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How to beat acne : 10 tips

Hey you ! ♥

I’ve been thinking about doing a post about this topic for a bit now and when I asked on Snapchat if you would be interested you seemed like it so here it is !

First of all, as an introduction, I have been struggling with acne since I was very young (around 12) it went stronger and stronger until my mom took me to see a dermatologist when I was around 14-15 to cure it.

I do know now for a fact that acne is one of those things that destroys your self esteem and confidence. Finding out those tips that I’m about to share with you was life changing. I hope you’ll find them useful too!

The first thing you need to bear in mind is that there’s no miracle product when it comes to beat acne. No cream, no mask, no anything, they might make the spots disappear but won’t prevent them to arrive. It has to be cured from “inside” with medication, or other things listed here below.

1. Lower sugar, dairy and junk food

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The first thing that can help clear out your acne from within is what you eat. Ask any dermatologists, they will tell you that sugary food, dairy and fat can cause or worsen your acne. Try to avoid your sugar intake by replacing it with honey, a less “arming” product skin wise. Replace milk with almond or soya milk and stay away from junk food as much as you can.

 

 

 

2. Drink Tea

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Especially Green tea. What tea does, is that it cleanses your stomach and your digestive system from bacteria and other sh*ts that might cause you breakouts. Drink one cup of green tea with a tiny spoon of honey every morning and your skin should look and feel better ! At least, it worked wonders on me! I also tried some “beautiful skin teas” which are teas specially designed to clear out your skin, they have properties that target directly the bacterias I told you about.

Here’s the tea I’m drinking at the moment, (otherwise I drink plain green tea)

 

 

3. Drink Hot Lemon Water Every Morning

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If you’re not really a tea person, simply drink a big glass of warm lemon water every morning 30 minutes before eating. It’s not the most delicious drink ever but it’s amazing in results ! Just like the tea, the lemon water will clean out your digestive system and what’s clean inside, will show outside. Disclaimer : Don’t add sugar or honey in this one and don’t over pack the lemon part !

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Water

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Do I really need to explain ? We are made out of 60% of water so…. you need to drink some ! By drinking minimum 1L of water a day, you’ll help your body flush away the impurities, therefore, will make your skin clearer and also more radiant, fresh looking. Don’t trust me ? Try this ; drink 2-3 glasses of water before bed and you’ll see by morning your face will be a lot better looking !

tip : I always carry a 1L bottle of water with me so I don’t forget to drink. I know the goal at the end of the day is that the bottle needs to be empty !

 

 

 

 

5. Keep it minimal with make up

If you’re struggling with acne, you might feel the need to cover it up with thick foundation. And I totally understand. But it’s definitely not a good idea. Because you’re covering your spots under a thick layer that will not allow your skin to breath normally, it will cause infections, and even make more spots arrive. The better is to go for a lighter option ; a CC or BB cream and then conceal the spots individually with a concealer MADE for acne/spots. I have one from The Body Shop from the tea tree range (made for acne prone skin) and it’s great! It dries out the spots during the day while hiding them !

Here are some of the products I used to use :

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6. Beauty Sleep

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Not only lack of sleep gives you dark circles, but it also makes your skin looking overall sh*t. That being said, 8 hours sleep at night will give you a more fresh looked face, of course but will also allow your skin to regenerate itself better and therefore, repair the “damage” caused by acne. The products you apply on your skin at night will also work better if you sleep enough. So take some extra snooze time !

7. Exfoliate

What is Exfoliation ? –  Wash or rub (a part of the body) with a granular substance to remove dead skin cells

“Exfoliation” was a word that used to scare me.. I used to think it was not THAT necessary, and thought it was too tough for young skin. Ho boy how I was wrong ! Not only do you need to exfoliate, but at least once a week. Why ? Because by removing the dead skin cells, you allow the new ones to come and you’re also saying GOODBYE to previous spots, imperfections. I wouldn’t recommend to overdo it tho ! I do a very light exfoliation every night and one “bigger/stronger” once a week. This way you should see a real difference in your skin’s texture and overall look.

Here are some of the products I love for exfoliation :

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8. Clean your face

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Even tho it seems OBVIOUS to me and some of you (I hope haha) I feel like very little girls know how DAMN IMPORTANT it is! Just like you brush your face twice a day (normally at least..) You should clean your face as well. Because we tend to touch our face, put our phones on our faces all day, wear make up, are exposed to pollution,  etc.. The skin is exposed to a crazy amount of bacterias. Bacterias + dead skin cells + Pores = Infection = SPOTS. This is the most important step of your routine. You could apply any cream, lotion you want, if your skin isn’t clean forward the application, it won’t do anything. What I do ;

1. Take the make up off with a facial cleanser 

2. Wash my face with a soap free , antibacterial cleanser

3. Use Micellar water to take off the last bits

4. Use a lotion that shows you how much CRAP was really on your face (haha)

For the second step, this summer I discovered a product that changed my life. It’s the Eucerin Dermo Purifier cleanser. I had a sample that my dermatologist gave me and I sed it while on holidays and I DIRECTLY saw a difference. So I highly recommend it to you ! (+ it’s quite cheap ! )

The products I use : 1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser / 2. Eucerin Dermo Purifyer / 3. Bioderma H2o Micellar Water / 4. Kiehl’s Calendula Lotion

9. Birth Control Pills & Other Treatments

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Telling you I got rid of my acne only by washing my face would be a lie. In fact, if there was ONE cream/ One product that could clear acne, trust me it would be sold out all the time and the person who would have invented it would be a Trillionaire (does this word even exist ?? haha). I did a Roaccutane cure 3 times ( when I was 14-15-16) and then I had to do it again when I was 18 because my acne came back. Problem, that last time I had severe side effects.. Including some sort of depression. I don’t want to scare any of you by saying this, it’s just simply what happened and when I told my doctor she made me stop the treatment immediately. Depression feeling is one of the side effect that can happen with some acne clearing treatments, I know one or two friends who had the same. ( NB : again, it only happened to me the last time when I was in a difficult part of my life as well, which might’ve helped that feeling ) Anyways, I decided I didn’t wanted to take those treatments anymore. ( Disclaimer : If I had to, I would still do it because the first times I had no side effects and it was really efficient, my brother just finished his treatment and had no problems either ! )  If you have severe acne tho, it’s one of the only solution you’ll ever have.

Some Birth control pills also have an “acne clearing” property without those side effects. I personally was prescripted “Louise” because of this reason, and I have seen a change. My acne was a lot more under control. But My skin was still not completely clean, that’s why I started looking up for other solutions listed above.

DISCLAIMER 2 : DON’T TAKE ANYTHING WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S OPINION !!

10. Keep calm !

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It depends on the people, but often, Stress can cause breakouts as well. So not only do you need to relax but also, you need to take a step back and not panic about your skin situation. I know it’s easier said than done, but the day I stopped counting and worrying about how many pimples I had on my forehead and all, I was A LOT happier. I realized it was something I could hardly control and that it was okay to have pimples. It’s human, it’s natural. And it’s still the case today, I still have one or two (or sometimes more) pimples that pop out, but I don’t mind them that much anymore, I hardly try to hide them. (unless they’re really ugly or disgusting haha)

TAKE IT EASY !

I hope all of this was somehow helpful !

Kisses,

 

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Soft end of summer

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I can hardly believe it’s September already and that summer is ending *uggggh :'( Now, autumn is definitely on its way, and it’s time for that sweater weather fever everyone gets around september haha !  But here in Belgium it’s still quite warm and for once the weather is really nice (so far..). Therefore this outfit is simply perfect for this “in between” seasons weather ! It’s also a TOTAL ZARA look & from the new collection (which is amazing this year !!) (you know how much I love ZARA )

I’ve always loved the combo  : skirt-jumper. Plus, I also love to play around with textures so here, mixing a shimmering skirt and a big fluffy jumper is really cool I think and really shows the transition between Summer and Autumn!

Also I don’t know if you can really tell but I just had my hair cut the weekend before shooting this look and I really love it, I really wanted something more textured and defined, something more polished ! My hair inspo for this was….. Olivia Palermo OF COURSE.. She’s my inspiration numero uno, I’m obsessed with this lady 

So there it is,  I hope you like this look, I personally love love love it !

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Hat – ASOS

Nail Polish – Chanel April

Rings – And Other Stories (Sales)

Kisses,

 

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Dolce Vita in Cinque Terre

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Yes, another outfit from Italy. I knooooow it’s the second one in a row but I just couldn’t help myself .. whoops ! I still hope you don’t mind that much because this look seemed to have a little success when I posted some pics on Instagram !

So, as part of our holidays trip, we went from Florence to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre was a place I dreamed about visiting for such a long time ! I literally begged my mom, showing her pictures of the landscapes, the houses, etc.. to convince her. Guess it worked haha !

OKeeeeeyyy, let’s start from my head. This cute striped-bowed-floppy Hat costed me …… 4€ at Primark. Next is this super simple white Tee that you most probably already own. (I did) Next are the shorts. Now these I got in Mango summer 16 sales for around 15€. (héhé) The exact same are still available, see link below. For the bag, these kind of bags have been literally everywhere this summer. And I honestly didn’t know of I should have bought a more expensive one but a good quality, or just buy a random cheap one for only this season?, etc.. Finally, my mom once got home from the supermarket ( ‘Carrefour’ ) and handed me this one and was like “there you go, it was 6€”. So yeah.. ahaha it’s really simple but it does the job, doesn’t it ? (+ it’s very big, it was very practical for going to the beach, etc..)

The shoes are from Zara sales. They’re honestly nothing crazy, they’re just nice little nude lace up sandals that I can pair with anything, and comfortable to walk in. They were around 30€.

The idea I wanted to achieve with this look was a very “Dolce Vita” 50s kind of look. A little bit like a Dolce & Gabanna advertisement haha

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Hat – Primark (old co ) similar here , here , here and here

Tee shirt – H&M

Shorts – Mango

Sandals – Zara (sales) similar here, and here

Bag – Carrefour ( sales – in stores only )

Kisses,

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Watercolour in Tuscany

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I hope you’re good ? I just came back yestedary night from my amazing holidays in Italy ! I can’t even express how much I love this country and how I miss it already.. ( must be my 1/4 Italian blood lol )

Here’s one of the outfits I wore while in Firenze ( Florence ) and also at one of my mom’s friends house in Tuscany in San Giminiano, 1 hour away from Florence. She invited us for the day, the location was beyond amazing so I decided to shoot the look there !

This look is mainly focused on the top. This little perfection that I found at Zara during the Sales. It’s a super original and very colorful off the shoulder top. Off the shoulder was EVERYWHERE this summer.. On Dresses, tops, crop tops, etc.. But I like the pattern of this one, the watercolour effect ! It’s very fresh & summery. I also adore the sleeves that are very large and have these cute bows at the end ! Once again, I brought out the Levi’s Shorts ! But you know, under almost 37°C, the less clothes, the better ! And this outfit is very floaty and fresh ! The sandals are also from Zara Sales, and I LOVE them. They’re very discretful but the sparkling stones add a little plus to them. My sunnies are the classic Ray Ban Aviator with a faded effect on the lenses !

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Top – ZARA Sales ( Similar here , here and here )

Shorts – Vintage Levi’s

Shoes – Zara Sales ( Similar Here )

Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Nail Polish – Essie : Hands / Feet

Bracelets – Twice As Nice

Kisses,

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Double Stripes in Berlin

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I’m currently unpacking from my trip in Berlin and re-Packing for my next one ; Italy ! I landed this afternoon in Brussels and we’re leaving at 6am tomorrow morning so let’s be honest writing this right now  is madness…  I guess I just really wanted to show you this look !! It’s one of these looks that are so effortless, really simple but really effective as well ! The ones anyone can easily recreate because the pieces are statements or must haves of any wardrobes ! This look is also a second idea on how to style the “Adidas Superstars” sneakers ( first outfit here ). I only took and only wore those while in Berlin and that was the best decision, they are SO comfy !

First, I think the key are the denim shorts. Those are vintage 501 levi’s shorts, ever since I found them in a random garage sales in Brussels.

Then, of course, the blazer. It’s a very simple, light fabric, cream blazer from H&M Sales.

And underneath, a simple striped long sleeves top, also from H&M sales, I think I paid 5€ for this one !

All this together make the perfect sweet style chic look !

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Blazer – H&M sales / similar here / and here

Top – H&M sales / similar here

Shorts – Vintage Levi’s

Shoes – Take-Off Sneakerstore 

→ You can still get 10% off of your next Sneakers from Take-Off with the code “The Tall Blonde” at checkout ! of course, not only the superstars !

Kisses,

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