Up until this past Spring, I considered myself to be one of the chosen ones. I had never had a major breakout in my ENTIRE life. Following a strict skincare routine was entirely optional, I could use whatever skin products I wanted, whenever I wanted, & if I forgot to wash my face before bed, I rarely thought twice about it.
I was, as they say, #blessed.
Today, my skin is similar to a girl on the second day of her period. It’s sensitive, needy, and it requires ALL of the attention. It has severe mood swings & it literally can’t decide WTF it wants and when it wants whatever it is that it wants.
I started breaking out in April after a trip to South Africa. I had worn makeup on the 22 hour flight back to the US which, apparently, is THE WORST THING YOU CAN EVER DO TO YOUR SKIN. Of course, I didn’t know that because I had never followed the rules of skincare. I was #blessed, remember? When I realized my colossal F-up, I followed all the guidelines that the internet provided & I found peace in the fact that it wasn’t going to last forever. After a few days, however, my skin had reached an all-new level of TRAGIC. I had a full blown acne breakout that was incredibly painful. My pores had somehow quadrupled in size & absolutely NOTHING was working to fix the disaster that was unfolding on my face. I had developed adult acne. AND a level of insecurity that I had not experienced in years.
It took weeks for my skin to settle down. I had to change so many things about my lifestyle including basically drowning myself drinking endless amounts of water. Still, I could not achieve the clear skin I once had.
I discovered Yes To by accident when I received the ‘Yes To tomatoes’ detoxifying charcoal clay mask in a gift bag. And it changed my life. After the very first use, my pores felt like they were finally free of the dirt and oil that had been trapped in there for weeks. I can’t even explain it. I felt like I had lost a pound off my face & the results only got more remarkable from there. The next morning, my active acne was less red, less painful, and had decreased in size. I remember staring at my face and smiling because I knew I had found my answer. With 9 collections, plus a collection of body wash, and a collection specifically formulated for men, it’s obvious that the GENIUSES behind Yes To really, truly, and deeply care about skin. & MY FACE IS PROOF.
I am so unbelievably happy to partner with Yes To, a brand that has tremendously impacted my life, to share my morning-night skincare routine. Whether you have normal skin or are suffering with tragic breakouts, like I was just a few weeks ago, they have a collection for YOU.
This is my Yes To routine:
‘Yes To grapefruit’ daily facial scrub– A gentle, yet effective exfoliating scrub that evens skin tone & brightens complexion. Freshly smooth skin is the best start to the day. (Coffee is second). Available at Target for less than $7. That, my friends, is what I call a DEAL.
‘Yes To cucumber’ 2-Step eye kit: buh-bye bags & dark circles– Wake up your tired eyes with 2 easy steps. A soothing Depuffing Under Eye Mask for those puffy pillows chilin’ under your eyeballs & an Anti-Dark Circle Eye Treatment. Finally. No need to lather on the concealer. Grab the kit at Target or Ulta.
Also, you’ll finally achieve your childhood dreams of being a superhero. WIN.
‘Yes To grapefruit‘ vitamin c glow-boosting paper mask– Because dull skin is definitely not invited to the party. A no-rinse mask, made of real cotton, that brightens your skin & restores that natural glow that you thought was gone forever. Target has this one waiting for you too.
Your face is officially ready to start the day. Go get ’em, queen.
‘Yes To tomatoes‘ daily balancing moisturizer– Before you paint your face, prep your skin with this hydrating moisturizer that’ll prevent that annoying greasy shine. Great for oily or acne-prone skin. Snag it at Walmart.
‘Yes To tomatoes’ detoxifying charcoal facial wipes– Officially my favorite do-it-all facial wipe. Removes makeup, dirt, and oil, and gently exfoliates to free those nasty lil pores. Don’t go to bed with your long day still on your face. Grab these babies at Walgreens.
‘Yes To tomatoes’ detoxifying charcoal micellar cleansing water– Perfect for those post-club late nights, or when there’s simply not enough time to full-on wash your face. The micellar water cleanses, tones, and removes stuck-on makeup, and you don’t even have to rinse it off. So go ahead, be lazy. I’m not judging. Target has a deal on this one.
‘Yes To grapefruit’ vitamin c glow-boosting mud mask- Just like you prepped your pores to start the day, you’ll want to put them to bed too. The mud mask glides on so smoothly and you can literally feel it working with little magical tingles. Vitamin C, grapefruit, and pink kaolin clay really help minimize your pores and brighten your skin so you’ll wake up feeling like a glow queen. Another Target find.
‘Yes To coconut’ moisturizing sleeping mask- BUYERS BEWARE. You won’t be able to resist the smell. It’s UNBELIEVABLE. And if that’s not enough which trust me, it is, the no-rinse mask is made with natural coconut oil to really restore moisture in your skin. Plus, it won’t stain your clothes or pillow cases, so lather it on, and let the mask work while you get your beauty sleep. Grab it at Ulta when you’re picking up your Cucumber Eye Kit. I just helped you multi-task. You’re welcome.
And THAT is how I’m maintaining my skincare goals. If you have issues with your face, I totally understand the frustration. I’ve learned to love my skin for what it is, now that I’ve mastered how to keep it in check through it’s good days & it’s 2nd day period days. So take it from me. Say yes to Yes To to restore, or simply maintain, your skin.
Check out all their incredible collections here &, of course, let me know what your favorite Yes To products are. xo