5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

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5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

Happy Friday Guys! Who here is SUPER pumped about the weekend!?  I really do enjoy blogging, but I do it 7 days a week and honestly don’t take much time off.  Tomorrow my family is coming over to celebrate my birthday, so I’m really excited to unplug for a bit and spend some time with them!

It’s really hard to believe that another whole year has almost passed – but more on that in another post!  This year, I noticed a huge improvement in my skin, and it’s looking the best it has in a really long time.  It actually looks like it aged backwards, and I even got confirmation it DID when doing an age scan of my skin at a spa!  Just between last April and June, the ‘age of my skin’ went from 28 to 27, and it looks sooo much better now than it did in June.  To the point where friends have commented!  I can’t wait to do another age scan and see what it is now!

5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

Sooo, I’m excited to not only sharing 5 things I did this year that I found to make a big difference in my skin, but to be partnering with one of my favorite skincare brands, Clarins, to do it!:

1) Eat Well!

This seems like a no-brainer, but it seriously makes a difference!  I found my skin looking dull and breaking out towards the end of our Europe trip. Part of it was due to the next point, but part of it was definitely diet related. I find when I eat my greens and limit/avoid cards, dairy, and sugar, my skin looks best!  And there’s actually scientific proof to back this up…

To quickly summarize, dairy, especially liquid dairy like milk, is highly inflammatory for most people, as it is acidic and our bodies weren’t meant to break down lactose, the primary sugar found in milk and dairy products. (After all, it was designed by nature to make calves gain weight quickly, not for humans to digest… )  Then on top of that, many dairy products are full of antibiotics and hormones.  Inflammation can cause acne and a slew of other problems, and I find my skin the clearest when I am consuming less dairy.

Sugar also has negative results on skin: it damages and destroys good proteins in your body like Elastin and Collagen, the proteins which keep skin firm and plump… Essentially promoting aging!  Our bodies break down most carbs into sugar, which is why I try to avoid them too!

2) Get Enough Sleep, and Get it Early!

This is still a work in progress, but I have been improving this year, especially on being earlier to bed and earlier to rise.  I see a big difference when I have weeks where I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night and am in bed before midnight!  My parents used to tell me sleep before midnight is worth 4x sleep after midnight…  While that isn’t necessarily true, there is some truth behind the saying.  There are two types of sleep:  REM and non-REM.  Non-REM is what you want a lot of, as it’s the deep sleep that is most restorative.  It tends to happen most earlier in the night, where as the later it gets, the more REM sleep tends to dominate.  After a certain point, around 2am/3am, almost all of your sleep will be REM, meaning less skin restoration happening!

3) Hydrate, Hydrated Hydrate!!!

Hydrating is SO essential for good skin!  Drink lots of water and use lots of products that will moisturize and lock in that hydration.  Use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid – it’s a super-strength moisturizer that holds 1,000 times it’s weight in water (and also boosts collagen production!).  Our body already naturally produces hyaluronic acid, so it works great with our skin, but it produces it less as we get older.  I also like to end my skincare routine with an oil, which has a plethora of benefits.  First and foremost, it’s a great moisturizer; it also acts as barrier – locking in moisture the products you put on before it and keeping out pollutants and toxins, and can minimize wrinkles and pores!

4) Use Products with Vitamin C & Retinol

I started using a lot more products packed with vitamin C (especially) and retinol this year, and have seen such difference in the brightness and smoothness of my skin.  I’ve also seen a lot of dark spots and scars fade, and some even disappear!  Vitamin C not only stimulates collagen production, but it acts as an antioxidant, so it protects what collagen your skin is already producing.  And retinol is amazing for skin cell turnover!

5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

5) Use SPF! 

This was something I neverrrr did until about a year and a half ago.  I have a back full of freckles because of it and really wish I’d treated my skin better.  The number one reason why protecting your skin from these is so important is of course to try to prevent skin cancer.  Sun exposure over time can damage your skin’s DNA which can cause mutations when regenerating, which if you have enough of lead to cancer.  But sun damage is also responsible for visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dark spots and negatively affects collagen production. So protecting you skin from the sun can also make huge difference in keeping your skin young and smooth!

I recently started using Clarins UV Plus Sunscreen, as it has SPF 50 and protects against pollution and free radicals as well.  I mentioned earlier that one of the reasons I love using an oil as the last step in my skincare routines is because it locks everything in and provides a barrier against pollutants and toxins.  While I use an oil year-round to finish off my nighttime skincare routine, I often don’t feel like using an oil at the end of my morning routine during the summer.  Clarins UV Plus is the perfect solution to keeping that protection while lightening things up for summer.  It’s very lightweight, sheer, and doesn’t feel greasy or sticky.

5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

I hope these tips are helpful for you guys and leave you with better skin as well!  Let me know in the comments below if you follow any of these or plan to try them!



This post was sponsored by Clarins, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

5 Things That Drastically Improved My Skin This Year

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  • Sheree
    April 9, 2018

    Great post, thank you for sharing your tips on what improved your skin, I will have to try these different tricks out!

    ~xo Sheree

  • Jessie
    April 10, 2018

    Love this post!!!! I definitely need to work more on sleep well. Sleeping is the best skin food for our skin and yet, sometimes we are so busy we tend to sacrifice our time to sleep. Hoping to work on it a little more this year! Thanks for sharing such a informative post!

    xx, Jessie

  • Suzanne
    April 10, 2018

    Wow, these are all great tips for better skin! Hydration and rest are definitely key on top of other skincare regiments that are out there.

  • Darya
    April 11, 2018

    I love you tips, girl!
    I’m always improving my skin and it’s really difficult to make it look flawless.
    Also, Clarins is my favorite brand, I love it!


  • Erica Luczakowsky
    April 11, 2018

    SO many great suggestions! I am currently working to get my 60 ounces of water in a day, and I do think it had a small change on my skin health. I can’t wait to see the effects after I have maintained the habit for a while!

    Great post, girlfriend!


  • Massiel
    April 11, 2018

    Sleep and a lot of water works wonders for me, my skin looks so dull when I haven’t had enough sleep.

    I recently started using SPF because I noticed my skin was ageing and I’m very happy with the results so far.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂



    • bellebylaurelle
      April 14, 2018

      Yes, it’s amazing how sleep, water, and SPF make such a drastic difference! I’m so glad you’re seeing a difference too! Xx Laurelle

  • Shopdealman
    April 15, 2018

    Its an Amazing Post, Lovely dress. So Nice

  • Ashlyn Dailey
    April 17, 2018

    Love this post! I’ve been trying to take care of my skin much more, just from drinking lots of water I’ve seen such a difference

  • Tandya
    April 17, 2018

    Happy late birthday! You look amazing! Skin is such an important thing and I am glad that with age, your skin is getting better! One thing that I have done to improve my skin is drink a loooot of water! I drink over half of my body weight in fluid oz a day! I have seen a drastic improvement!

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Diana
    April 18, 2018

    I MUST work on hydrating. I do everything else, and have very dry skin, but for some reason, has issues with getting in enough water!! Any tips?

  • Joshua
    April 19, 2018

    What about using #oliveoil ?

  • Phyllis A Huebbe
    April 19, 2018

    All sound advice for hair and skin

  • Barrie
    April 19, 2018

    thank you for some great pointers for skin. Most I knew about eating and sleeping but I am surprised about the vitamin C and retinol. I’ve heard about them but thought it was just hyped up. I’ll be sure to use both now!

  • Leanne
    April 20, 2018

    I love clarins uv plus and your outfit lol. Great tips , I work outside so It takes a lot of effort to keep my skin looking good .

    • bellebylaurelle
      April 24, 2018

      Aw so glad you found them helpful! Yessss, I can imagine! I had no idea how much of an impact the sun had on aging! That’s so good you’re proactive though!

  • Arlene
    April 21, 2018

    which is better spf 40 or 50

    • bellebylaurelle
      April 24, 2018

      50 is a bit more protection, but SPF is telling you how many rays are getting through, so with 40, 1 out of 40 rays get though, with 50, 1 out of 50 rays gets through. It’s not a big difference, and you can have more effect using what you have by applying enough when you do apply and reapplying frequently enough 🙂

  • Terri Quick
    April 22, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing all these great tips 🙂

    • bellebylaurelle
      April 24, 2018

      You’re so welcome!! Hope they are helpful <3

  • Angie Fiack
    April 22, 2018

    Great ideas,I do pretty well on most of these, except for the SPF, but I’m getting better about remembering to put it on.

    • bellebylaurelle
      April 24, 2018

      It’s so hard to remember some days!! That’s why I started using more products that had it incorporated already, like primers and moisturizers.. I’m too forgetful haha!!

  • Joshua
    April 24, 2018

    What about using #coconutoil from head to toes after a 🚿🛁🛀?

    • bellebylaurelle
      April 24, 2018

      Oh coconut oil is great too! SO good for you! I had been using it some, but I found these 5 things had a bigger impact than just the oil did though! 🙂

  • Sally Bridges-Stanbrough
    April 25, 2018

    This is an awesome post! The problem I have the most is lack of sleep! I drag all day and it really effects how your skin looks! I already use a retinol product but will be dding one with vitamin c as well!

  • Jennifer Dugan Murphy
    April 29, 2018

    Water and sleep are 2 things I need more of.

  • Starla
    May 1, 2018

    So many great reminders and tips. I have got to get in a better habit of staying hydrated. Lately it has been such a task and I have got to do better!

  • Christina Gould
    May 12, 2018

    These are great tips. I love the outfit. Thanks for posting!

  • Stephanie Z
    June 7, 2018

    These are all good tips. I always wear SPF when going outside!

    • bellebylaurelle
      June 11, 2018

      It’s a must!

      xo, Laurelle

  • reetu
    December 10, 2018

    Great post, thank you for sharing your tips on what improved your skin
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