Just to give you a bit of ‘my skin’ backstory: I’ll keep it short because it’s not the most enthralling of stories is it now?

I’ve always had oily/combination/sensitive skin since I was a teenager, (good skin isn’t in my genetics) and I went on prescription for acne tablets and treatments which worked. Since then it has never been *as* bad, but I did go on the pill a few years ago because it was getting a bit out of control again. And again, that works really well for my skin too.

There are definitely lifestyle choices that keep my skin staying clear (it’s the best it has ever been) and I wanted to share them in today’s post incase it helps anyone out.



I’ve always drunk a lot of water since I was a child, we never had fizzy drinks or even orange juice in the house so it’s always been my go-to. It’s extremely rare that I’m ever dehydrated, but on the few times I have been I’ve always noticed how much more sallow my skin looks.



I’m not a sweets person, but chocolate is my gal. I try to make healthy choices and stick to one chocolate treat per day, and that way I still get my fix and a whole load of sugar intake doesn’t give me any blemishes, which is definitely does if I’ve been going crazy on it. Of course some days it is harder to resist than others!



I’ve wrote about my simple skincare routine and products that never let me down so I’ll link that post here and here but I always find a more stripped back, simple routine does me well and doesn’t overload my skin with different products and textures. It just keeps my skin having a healthy glow.



Without fail, I get a few small spots cropping up around that time of the month, so I try to add a toner to my skincare routine on most nights of that particular week. Most times it can usually be too harsh for my skin. I try not to stress on it too much because I know that will only make it worse and they do go away.



As gross as it is, I’m definitely a picker and always have been. This past year I’ve started being really strict with myself and not touching it as much, especially not when I have a blemish or problem area. It really makes it SO much more and takes a lot longer to disappear when it’s been messed with. It can be so hard to just leave it alone but after lots of teenage scars, I know it’s the right step to take!


Have you suffered with bad skin? 

  • Courtney Hardy

    Sugar affects your skin for sure. It’s good that you’re cutting out sugar, and a simple skincare routine helps for sure because you are not overloading your skin.

    • Sugar is definitely a thing I always look at when I have bad skin! My skin does not like it x

  • I loved this post, Natalie! I definitely find a more simple skincare routine is so much kinder on your skin, rather than overloading it with different products all the time. That’s a good tip about using a toner on your PMS week. I’ll have to try that out. I always struggle to not touch my skin. I can’t help it!!!!x

    Lauren –

    • Aw thank you Lauren! That means so much to me. I’m the exact same, it’s so hard to resist touching your face! xx

  • I too drink loads of water and defo think it helps!
    I also really enjoy looking after my skin and definitely keep my hands off it!

    • For sure! I always try to distract myself when I want to head to the mirror! x

  • Amy Eade

    I neeed to stop touching my face for sure! Annoyingly I didn’t even notice any difference to my skin when I gave up sugar, but drinking a lot of water definitely helps!
    Amy xx

    • Oh really, If I have something that is quite big, a dessert for example I always wake up with a blemish- so annoying! xxx

  • I am such a spot picker too and it always makes things way worse than if I had just left them alone! Water is also major and avoiding dairy seems to work for me too.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

  • My skin has got SO bad around that time of the month lately. I’ve just started using Glossier Super Pure, and OMG it’s magic!
    Abi xx

    • Ooh I got that for Christmas, so excited to use it! Trying to finish a few products before I dig into my goodies x

  • I am such a picker too, it’s awful! Really need to try to kick the habit this year as my skin is not looking its best, though it has improved slightly from a couple of months ago. Water is so so important! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • It’s so bad but so hard to resist isn’t it? Especially if its bad, which just then makes it worse! Staying hydrated is so good for your skin xx

  • My skin has been useless in the past few years, it was great when I was teen! Problem is that it’s so hormonal now which is so hard to try and tackle!! x

    • I totally get hormonal breakouts too, I just try and let them do their thing- no matter how annoying they are! x

  • I think I have a sweet tooth for chocolate, too! But I’ve noticed that my skin starts to get really bad when I eat a lot of greasy foods, or don’t wash my face at the end of the day (oily skin is a NIGHTMARE in the morning if I don’t at least do a rinse!).

    Kyia Belle //

    • My skin hates it when I eat too much sugar, but when you have a sweet tooth its hard! xx

  • I always get a lot of blemishes around my chin because I unconsciously
    touch it, like a lot. It’s a never ending struggle for me right now to stop doing it, but I hope I’ll eliminate it soon! Also 6 months ago I quit chocolate because I didn’t feel well after eating it and turns out my skin looked much better as well 🙂

    Roksana |

    • Well done for 6 months! I don’t think I could ever go that long without it! xx

  • great tips! a simple skincare routine that works is always helping x

    Erin Azmir

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