I decided to kick my skin routine up a notch and see if any of these skin hacks you always hear about actually work. I decided to start off my skin-journey with 3 main changes - a multi vitamin, a probiotic and apple cider vinegar - all go-to's in helping improve the look of your skin and hopefully getting rid of my acne!
My new daily routine:
- 2 Vitafusion women's complete multivitamin gummies
- 1 shot of Apple Cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of Bio-K+ probiotics
First of all, I want to explain why I chose the products I did to help me clear up my skin..
studies have shown that vitamin A, E and C are particularly good for skin health and preventing acne - so, instead of buying all three, I thought, well why not just get every vitamin together! It didn't hurt that these were gummies and super easy to take.
"Ok, so I kind of screwed up on this one. On my first day of taking a shot of this, it totally burned my throat."
Apple Cider Vinegar
Ok, so I kind of screwed up on this one. On my first day of taking a shot of this, it totally burned my throat. I talked about it with my friend and…apparently I was supposed to buy the organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized version with the “mother” in it. The “mother” is the somewhat gross, brownish strand that you will find floating in your vinegar. Either way..I'm sure it still works?
From what I could find, here are some of the claimed health benefits of apple cider vinegar:
- Aids detoxification and gets rid of ‘toxins' from your body
- Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
- Reduces insulin and blood sugar levels
- Supports digestions
- Nutritional powerhouse
- ‘Alkalizes' your body and gets rid of excess acids
I'm basically a child when if comes to swallowing pills, so I got the ‘yogurt' version of the Bio-K probiotics. These probiotics came in various flavours and I chose the vanilla and blueberry; and honestly it didn't taste as bad I was expecting, but would have preferred gummies. I'm a little bit squeamish, so even the thought of probiotics kind of freaked me out (you're basically eating live organisms). I went into Shopper's after buying this and found that they had a gummy version..totally getting that next time!
Health/Skin benefits of probiotics:
Probiotics can help prevent and correct problems, such as:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- kill off invading pathogens
- help protect against stomach ulcers, food poisoning, lactose intolerance, yeast overgrowth, yeast infections, harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
- help improve your skin's health and appearance
The GI tract and skin are both organs of detoxification. We need a healthy microbiome in the gut to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate toxins. When our gut flora is not healthy, and there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria, a lot of problems can arise — including chronic inflammation, which is a cause of acne and other skin problems. Some bad bacteria, fungus, and yeast can even cause inflammation in and of themselves. So, if you are looking to clear up your skin, you have to start with probiotics and target your gut.
I tried this routine for a week, and my results are below..
Forehead - BEFORE
Forehead - AFTER
Cheek/Chin - BEFORE
Cheek/Chin - AFTER
As you can see, my skin did clear up slightly. My skin was REALLY bad to begin with (at least for my normal standards) and I was happy to see even a small change. The redness and inflammation of the big pimples clearly decreased, making me feel less self conscience leaving the house without make-up on.
I also found I felt other great side affects too. My stomach felt a bit lighter and I felt as though I all around had a bit more energy.
Of course, this skin-hack experiment is not fully conclusive - I did of course only try them out for a week.
Other factors that could have impacted this change:
- horomones (duh)
- I also was using a few The Ordinary products from Deciem (but these are pretty standard in my skin care routine)
- I also did a face mask or two - not quite sure if this had any affect
Overall, if you're looking for a way to spruce up the look of your skin, I would say that these hacks did help me. Maybe there was a bit of a placebo affect, but after all, taking the proper amount of daily vitamins can really do no harm!