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Taking Care of the Skin I’m In

Being a teenager, acne and breakouts are common. I deal with a lot of stress and being in sports, I sweat a lot. As a teenager, and I hope that many of you teens out there can relate, but our bodies undergo some pretty big changes in the teen years and our hormones are up and down and all over the place. This puts our bodies out of whack and we’re left with a struggle. Being the active person I am, it’s also very important that I wear sunscreen to protect my skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Here’s how I take care of the skin I’m in and control my acne.

It took me forever to find something that actually helped shrink my pores and keep the acne on a down-low. I first sought out a dermatologist who recommended Cera-Ve products and a prescription lotion called Clindamycin, which would supposedly attack the acne and help dry it out and then vanish eventually. While that did work for a little while, I found my skin becoming easily irritated and more dry than ever. I floated around with a bunch of different prescription lotions and products that were less sensitive and more effective than what I was previously using, but the acne just wasn’t controllable.

Finally, one day, I found my fit with a toner and exfoliant by Paula’s Choice. (Sidenote: The toner is specifically for dry skin.) My mom and I were strolling the makeup aisles of Nordstrom and there it was. I really like Paula’s Choice because it doesn’t irritate my skin, helps clean out my pores, and get rid of acne and flare-ups. Another product I found to be extremely helpful is a lotion you can get at Walgreen’s called Differin gel. Differin gel is pretty awesome in that it helps dry out whatever yuck is on your face and it’s gone the next day. I was really surprised with this product actually.

Taking Care of the Skin I'm In

So to take care of my acne,  after I wash my face, I apply a thin layer of Differin gel with a q-tip in the morning and then apply moisturizer. In the evening, before bed, I wash my face (typically without a cleanser) and then apply the toner with a cotton ball and then the exfoliant with a cotton ball. After those have dried, I moisturize with a Cera-Ve moisturizer and it’s off to bed.

Skin

As you probably know by now, I play tennis, and most of the time,I’m outside, and that means I’m exposed more to the sun. SUNSCREEN! I always apply sunscreen before getting on the court and even most of the time when I know I’m going to be outside for a while.

Also, living in the desert that is Colorado, I drink A LOT of water to stay hydrated, hydrate my skin, and flush out any toxins. Drinking water is like a detox for your skin to keep your skin clear and happy.

It’s always good to have some fun in the sun but you don’t want to get sunburnt let alone increase your risk of skin cancer. Make sure to apply sunscreen multiple times when outside regardless of what you’re doing. You want to keep your skin healthy and happy.

Have a good week and enjoy the great summer weather, everyone!

A Trip to Water World

Tons of sunscreen. Crazy kids. The smell of deep-fried twinkies. And of course a whole lot of water. Today, I went to Water World and my family and I had an absolute ball. Here’s how it went.

I had to work in the morning and as soon as I got off, my family and I packed our towels and swimsuits and headed to Water World which is maybe twenty minutes away from where I live. Convenient, right? Anyway, we got there around noon and it was great because the clouds overhead scared away most of the crowd. The lines for security and tickets were super short which made getting into the water park much easier. We also grabbed a tube valet pass which cost an additional $60 to our admission tickets, but they really are worth it. Tube valet at Water World is similar to the Fastpass at Disneyland, where you get to basically cut the rest of the line and get on the ride faster. Also, what’s nice about the tube valet is that you don’t have to haul the huge family tubes up the hills to get to specific rides. You get to pick up the tube at the top of the ride and then get on the ride shortly after. While the tube valet does cost more, I say it’s worth it. After doing all of that stuff, we then headed toward our favorite spot by the wave pool to set our stuff down.

A Trip to Water World

One of the really cool things about Water World is its ginormous wave pool. Every five or ten minutes, something triggers huge waves to start rolling in and everyone goes wild to get their inflatable tubes and attempt to stay afloat as the huge waves come crashing in. I’ve been in the wave pool a few times and it is pretty fun to swim around  in the deeper area where the waves really come crashing, but you REALLY, and I mean really have to be a good swimmer to keep up with the waves. I’ve got another story for another time about how my sister and I almost drowned in the wave pool, hahaha. So if you plan on going to Water World, and plan on hopping in the wave pool, be a good swimmer or at least be smart about where you put yourself when the waves start rolling in.

A Trip to Water World

Once we got into our swimsuits, we made the journey to my sister’s favorite ride, Lost River of the Pharaohs. It’s an ancient Egyptian themed ride and it’s pretty fun. There are some mild drops on it and a few big twists and turns, but overall, it’s a pretty chill ride. It was relaxing to get to sit in a tube surrounded by my family, enjoying a fun ride on a hot day.

A Trip to Water World

As the day moved on, we also went on several other water rides, two of which were Voyage to the Center of the Earth and Storm. These two are probably my favorite. Right off the bat, Voyage to the Center of the Earth had a steep drop and there were several others that occurred throughout the ride. The animatronics and cool scenes throughout the ride were fun and enjoyable to look at. I remember going to Water World when I was a few years younger, and I was absolutely terrified of all the dinosaurs and darkness in the ride, but going on it as a seventeen year old, it was quite fun. Unlike Lost River of the Pharaohs or Voyage to the Center of the Earth, the ride, Storm, didn’t have any animatronics or cool little settings to look at, it was just a super fast, twisty, and dark ride down a long, long enclosed tube. To really live up to it’s name, Storm, the ride incorporated some lightning and thunder and also dumped water on my family and I at the beginning and end. Fun times.

A Trip to Water World

 

Another memorable ride we went on was the Ragin’ Colorado River. Being from Colorado, I saw it fitting to go on this one, haha. This ride was designed to emulate the Colorado River and it was pretty fun. There were a lot of twists and turns and we definitely got wet on this one. This was one of the few rides we went on that didn’t take the tube valet, but it was okay, since we didn’t have to drag the tube too far uphill.

A Trip to Water World

When we felt like we had been soaked enough and were ready to go home, my family and I grabbed some funnel cakes (which are super good at Water World, by the way) and made our way home. Water World is a super fun water park and I recommend it for anyone who wants to do something fun in Colorado and escape the harsh summer sun. Definitely get the tube valet if you go, just to save yourself the struggle of taking the tube up to the ride you plan to go on, because trust me, it’s a looooong walk to the top of some of the rides. Bring lots of sunscreen, bring your own towel, and don’t forget to try the funnel cakes. It’s a lot of fun at Water World!

A Trip to Water World