My Skincare Journey to a Make Up Free Selfie!

 Hey y’all! Today’s blog post is ALL about skincare! If you follow me on Instagram you saw my first MAKE UP FREE, up close and personal picture! This is a major moment for me! In all my 25 years I have never felt confident enough to take a make up free picture! If you follow me on YouTube you saw my Top 4 Mask for Oily & Hyper-pigmented Skin!

This blog post is the back story to my skincare journey! If you’re not following me on Instagram or subscribed to my YouTube channel, make it happen! You don’t want to miss out!

I partnered with Fré Skincare to make this moment happen and share their Detox Me mask! This mask is formulated for sweaty skin! As a trainer and workout junkie, I have sweaty skin! My entire life, I have had acne prone skin. As soon as puberty hit I had tiny bumps all over my nose and forehead and it only got worse from there. I’ve tried everything from proactive(which didn’t work) to super strong antibiotics (which did work) that ruined my gut!

After years of struggling with no end in sight I got into make up. I thought it would be the perfect way to cover my bumps and dark marks. I had this horrendous phase of a non-existent skincare routine with a heavy handed make up routine! Let’s not talk about it.

Then, I got my second concussion and developed a gluten intolerance that went undiagnosed for almost a year! If you’re not well versed in food intolerances let me explain. If you’re eating something your stomach doesn’t like, you break out!

During that time my skin broke out no matter what! And they were painful large bumps because there was so much inflammation in my body. It wasn’t until I found out I couldn’t eat gluten and removed it from my diet did my skin calm down. I thought I was getting somewhere!

Until I saw a facial deal on Groupon and meet an esthetician who informed me that had hormonal acne. That I was treating like regular acne, which was causing me to have hormonal AND regular acne! I was shocked! Who knew you could give yourself acne by using acne treatment products!

From that day forward I stopped using all the salicylic acid and acne focused cleansers and my face calmed down even more! All I was left with was hormonal acne!

Luckily my 24th birthday was around the corner and around 24 & 25 your hormones behind to change. Well at least mine did and my skin FLOURISHED!! Along with that, I was getting my gut healed from the months of inflammation and irritation from gluten. Around the beginning of 2017 I had the best skin of my life and started my current skincare routine!

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 I did a ton of research and incorporated Skincare tools and mask to take care of my skin. Is my skin perfect? No! Right now my main concern is hyperpigmentation. The thick, textured skin and enlarged pores are a thing of the past and I am so grateful! When I see people who knew me during the rough times, they immediately compliment my skin and that means so much! I know I may not be everyone’s skin goals, but I wanted to share the process. Not just the before and after, but the during. More skincare post and updates to come! Thank you for reading!


If you watched my video here’s all the info on the mask!

Alba Botanica Good and Clean Pore Purifying Mini Peel    https://www.albabotanica.com/en/products/good-clean-pore-purifying-mini-peel-4oz/    I got mine for $6 at Marshall’s.

Alba Botanica Good and Clean Pore Purifying Mini Peel https://www.albabotanica.com/en/products/good-clean-pore-purifying-mini-peel-4oz/ I got mine for $6 at Marshall’s.

Bomb’d Aesthetics Tumeric Hyperpigmentation Mask     https://www.lovebombd.com/collections/all?page=2    I ordered this back in October so I think they are not making it anymore. I would reach out to confirm. It was $15

Bomb’d Aesthetics Tumeric Hyperpigmentation Mask

https://www.lovebombd.com/collections/all?page=2 I ordered this back in October so I think they are not making it anymore. I would reach out to confirm. It was $15

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Fré Detox Me Post Sweat Clearing Mask https://www.freskincare.com/collections/fre-products/products/detox-me use code MERMAID25 to get 25% off your order!

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Bliss In the Honey Mega Moisturizing Lavender Honey Mask https://www.blissworld.com/in-the-honey/ it is $15 on the site but I paid about $13 at my local target!

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