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    • Favorite Accutane Hacks (Face, Body, Makeup...)

      Being on Accutane changes so much in your skincare routine, including some changes which aren't too fun. Here are my favorite "issues" and hacks to solve them that hopefully help you too. White Cast From Sunscreen If you aren't used to wearing sunscreen so incredibly often as you now are, having a constant white cast from your sunscreen can be annoying. Usually, the higher in SPF you go and the more layers you have underneath the sunscreen, the more chances for a nice ghost face as I like to call it. Especially with such thick layers of moisturizers and serums, it's hard for an SPF to sink in your skin rather than sit on top of your skin and make the white shade we don't like. The trick to this is to add moisturizer to your sunscreen. When I do my morning routine on Accutane, I do my skincare, but rather than separate the moisturizer and sunscreen in two steps, I literally combine them in my hand, so I rub my fingertips together a bit to mix them, I then apply. It does cause quite a thick combo since I don't want to use any less moisturizer as I normally would, but it does do the trick! I usually close to no or absolutely no sunscreen residue. Dry Look With Foundation If you love makeup just as I do, I really didn't want to go 6 months without wearing foundation. It's just fun for me. On the days I did do my makeup, I used my beloved Colorpop Hylauronic Acid Foundation which is amazing because it's light yet with great coverage which means I found it perfect for sensitive skin like on Accutane. The problem is I still had a hint of dryness through it. What I found to be useful was to combine some more lotion in my foundation. The good news is, your skin is probably so dry that it loves you for that extra layer of moisturizer. I just want to emphasize on this point that if your skin is insanely dry or you aren't moisturizing your skin enough, this hack may not work or you may want to try even more foundation in your makeup. Check out my other posts on Accutane because I talk in-depth about my routines, side effects, and most loved products. Itchiness on Body Spot Treatment I started getting extremely itchy very early on with Accutane, in fact in week 2 my arms were already itchy. My mom then recommended I start using an anti-itch cream like Benadryl but we didn't want to go through a bazillion bottles since I had to apply them from wrist to shoulders every day if not multiple times a day. I realized what helped me greatly was applying some of the anti-itch creams with a pump of lotion and mixed the two together in my hand and applied it on my arms. The amount of anti-itch cream will depend on everyone but I recommend starting with a little and add more if you realize it doesn't go away. I could usually do this and not be itchy anymore for 5-6 hours. Itchy Scalp (& More) If you start having an itchy scalp, the only thing that relieved it for me was the T-Gel by Neutrogena. The reason I am mentioning this product under the hacks post is that when anti-itch cream didn't do the trick or for not long enough (I didn't always want to lather a load of cream on my arms), I would use the T-Gel as a body wash. I would use the T-Gel as shampoo, use my normal body wash, but then I'd use the T-Gel on the places that itched the most, aka my upper arms. I didn't have too many other issues, but feel free to let me know what issues you all experience and I can see if I have any other tips for it!

    • What I Bought To Keep Me Active, Healthy, and Motivated

      It isn't easy to always be on your A-game when it comes to eating right, staying active, feeling motivated to continue, and just all-around living a healthy lifestyle. Believe me, I know. But there's certain tips and items I've picked up over the last year that have helped me out so much. Now I want to say, of course, there isn't a set way to do things, and no you don't need to spend money on these extra items, but if it helps you and you can, then why not! Drink Plenty of Water It is so important for you to drink water. Water helps you keep your body hydrated which in terms gives you so many benefits from giving you more energy, increasing your metabolism, repairing/building muscles, and so much more. The thing is, I have always been horrible with drinking water. The best way I find to drink water is to have just one or two water bottles prepped at the start of the day and you make sure you get through them. I love this half-gallon water bottle I have as you can infuse fruit in it and I recently bought a full gallon that has a straw because I always find it much easier to drink my water mindlessly when I have a straw. Change Up Your Water I get so tired of water if I am being honest. Sometimes I just need a little extra motivation to get me through the water-drinking process. That's why I have always loved fruit-infused water. My friend bought me for my birthday a soda stream and I'm obsessed. I have always loved bubbly water and I very often buy San Pellegrino and add some Mio into it or I'll be flavored soda water from Vons. My friend noticed so the soda stream was one of the best things she could have gotten me that I didn't even know I needed. Now I easily make bubbly water whenever I want and add some type of flavor to the water and it gets me to drink a bit more. I get not everyone is into Mio and other flavorings of that sort, and that's totally okay. You can easily infuse fruit as well for a natural alternative. The moral of the story, if you like sparkling water or soda, this could be a game-changer for you. At-Home Workout Equipment Depending on where you are in your workout journey, it can be really tough to continue seeing progress without new equipment, especially if you're working out from home. The top 3 purchases I have made over the last few months have been buying fabric non-slip glute bands, resistance bands to replace having plenty of dumbbells, and a jump rope. With these, I have been able to improve my workouts so much and have also been able to add diversity to the exercises done which I love. I have also been dedicated to getting really good at jump rope and it is one of the best forms of cardio you can do, so it's definitely a great thing. Try Different Workouts The last thing that is so important is to try different ways of working out and different activities. If you're struggling with getting motivated, you may not have found your best way to get the exercise in. It took me until I found my personal trainer that I truly became motivated and now I am on my own journey to get my personal training certification and I can't wait to help others achieve their own goals through Bold Fitness, my own personal training. But as I said, personal training my be your thing, maybe home workouts keep you motivated, perhaps you just need to get to the gym, maybe swimming is your favorite method of cardio, maybe you'll find your favorite group class, there are so many options out there but you have got to try them and give it a solid effort to see what you love and what sticks. I've always said if buying an extra water bottle, buying an adorable matching workout set, or any other thing helps you make a healthier habit, then do it. As long as you can afford it, there's no reason you shouldn't be spending a little extra money to help you find what truly makes living a healthier lifestyle easier for you.

    • Accutane Essentials You NEED

      You're on Accutane and you've heard you're going to need a whole lot of new products... what should you get? Here are all of the products I used during my time on Accutane that are simply irreplaceable. Burt’s Bees Lip Treatment I swore by this product pre-Accutane and if I had to stop using it during Accutane I would have been a little sad. Turns out, it was one of the best things ever. If for some reason during the day I forgot my chapstick so by the end of the night my lips were extra dry, my lips would be almost completely healed and hydrated by morning. I always put on a thin coat as it is pretty thick to start with, but on nights where I felt like my lips needed extra help, I'd layer on a thicker coat. Cetaphil Moisturizing Body Cream I did my research before getting on Accutane and I knew I did not like the idea of applying straight-up Vaseline on my face. I had a few people say this body cream was great to use on the face as it was thick and I liked the idea of a large tub of lotion for less than $15. I knew beforehand that those with dry skin should use tubs rather than pump bottles because generally, a lotion has to be Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser There's a reason why everyone hypes this product... because it genuinely is amazing. I started using the Cerave cleanser for oily skin and once I got on Accutane I tried the normal to dry skin version and it was a must-have. It is so gentle on the skin, doesn't tighten my skin or dry it out, and keeps my skin feeling cleaning. You bet I am continuing to use the cleansers after Accutane as well. Neutrogena T/Gel During the first month of Accutane, my scalp started getting pretty itchy so I decided to look into what could be used for this. Let me tell you, this was amazing. I will give a warning it does have a strong scent, however, it isn't bad, you just know its a medicated product from when you squeeze it out. The reason I recommend this is because almost immediately after I used it, my itchy scalp was gone. The first few weeks I would wash my hair again once my scalp would start getting itchy once again, but over time the itchiness went down and I only washed my hair when it actually started getting oily (about once a week due to Accutane). It was the only shampoo I used during Accutane but I also found it to be amazing to put it on my arms as a body wash when my arms would start getting itchy as well. Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Body Oil This oil has been a must-have since month 2. I heard of a lot of people using vaseline or baby oil in their nose to keep their nose moist to help prevent a bloody nose. I hated the feel of vaseline and baby oil caused me to sneeze non-stop every time I used it for some reason. I decided to start searching what else I could use and discovered a lot of people loved coconut oil. I found this one by Shea Moisture that stays in its liquid form and made of 100% coconut oil so I gave it a try. I never sneeze again due to applying something in my nose and I've never had a running bloody nose yet ever, pre-Accutane and officially post which I think is a definite win. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist I only got to use this item during the last two months, however, I always found it annoying to reapply sunscreen when I had done my makeup, but I knew my face would not be able to handle even a sunset if I didn't have proper protection. I finally found a sheer enough spray that I could easily spray all over my face without worrying about my makeup coming off or dripping down my face. I just make sure to cover my eyes when I spray as my eyes are extremely sensitive to even having sunscreen near them. Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque I love this mask so much. I used it a few years ago when my hair was crazy damaged from excessive home hair dying kits and it did wonders. I figured I would buy another during this journey as I wanted to prevent my hair from getting damaged and I knew I needed extreme moisture. I used this every 3-4 weeks and I would apply a good chunk on dry hair and try to keep it in for 1-2hours (sometimes longer if I had no plans!) and my hair stayed incredibly soft and healthy throughout. ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer If you wear makeup, I loved this foundation before I got on Accutane and it worked perfectly for the days I wanted to wear a foundation while I was on it. It is hydrating and never irritated my skin. It is a tinted moisturizer made it so that it blended on top of my thick layers of moisturizers and sunscreen easily. I love this because despite it being a tinted moisturizer, it also has great coverage. I mentioned in my Accutane Hacks post that I would mix it with moisturizer before applying it on and it worked out perfectly. These are by far my favorite items that I have used non-stop throughout these last 5 months on Accutane and I know I will be using most of these even after as well. I recommend buying them all and the good news is, none of them are too expensive and all can be found at places like CVS and Target!

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