23.12.15

In My Skin || End of Perfect7 Challenge

Back in October, I shared with you that I would be taking part in the Perfect7 Challenge with Seven Seas. Here's a quick recap (or you can watch the video and read the post):

Seven Seas Perfect7 conducted some research and identified 7 healthy habits of younger looking people - 

1. They drank more than 2 litres of water a day 
2. They didn’t smoke 
3. They ate a lot of oily fish (2 or more portions a week) 
4. They drank less alcohol 
5. They ate less refined sugar 
6. They ate high levels of fruit and vegetables 
7. They had a positive attitude

They tasked 7 bloggers to take on ONE of the habits over 7 weeks and share our journey! My new habit will be to consume two or more portions of oily fish each week during the 7 weeks. During this time, we'll also be taking the Perfect7 Woman Supplement. 


The plan was to keep a "skin diary" and a little log of the food (especially which oily fish) that I consume. 


When the challenge started, I was pretty frustrated with my skin. I didn't understand why when I am 31, I still suffer from blemishes and spots. What makes it worse is that each time I get a spot, I am left with dark pigmentation which takes weeks and weeks to disappear. 

In the first few weeks, I think I went a little overboard with the oily fish challenge. I stuffed my face with salmon, mackerel and fresh tuna. By weeks 3 & 4, I branched out to try pilchards and trout; then I kinda fell off the "recording what fish I've eaten" wagon! But, I did continue to make a concerted effort and I'm sure I hit my target of 2 or more portions each week. 


During the 7 weeks, I took my Perfect7 supplements each and every day! I have also been using African Mango Extract too, which according to the reviews helps with skin issues. With any such challenge its always hard to extrapolate and say that a caused b or vice versa so anything I share with you here, I'm not directly attributing to any one source. 

Over the 7 weeks, my skin has improved a little. I'd say I'm still in the same position as I originally started but a little more happy with my overall skin condition. I've made an effort to ensure I remove make up at night and have been using more natural products such as coconut oil. 

Although I focused on one lifestyle change, I feel like a few of the others apply to me anyway as I don't smoke, I don't drink much and I like to think I have a positive attitude etc. I think that combining all of these changes would have the most impact in terms of results. 

Where do I go from here?! I recently learnt that Lush (a store I have never shopped in) sell amazing skincare products so I plan to pop in there and check out what they may have for me! I also read that sometimes your skin is a reflection of your gut health and taking pre- and pro-biotics is a good way to help clear things up so this is something that I will be looking into! 

Will I continue supplementing?! I for sure will use the rest of my samples (I think I had 3 months in total) as I think sometimes you need to give something quite a while to really see the changes possible. I think this challenge was a great opportunity to really be mindful about what I was eating in general and catching patterns of having more spots after eating greasy food like pizza. 

What else do I commit to?! I'm committing as always, to drinking more water, keeping an eye on my refined sugar intake and really caring for my skin. 


Before I go, maybe you're thinking you'd like to try this for yourself?! So I'm offering one person the chance to WIN 6 months supply of the Seven Seas Perfect7 Supplements to take on their own challenge as week 4 (and the final week!) of my advent series! 

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What skin issues, if any, do you suffer with?! What are your skincare secrets?!

Elle :) 

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10 comments:

  1. From all the 7 items, I don't do 2 of them. Drink enough water - but I want to do that (maybe that can be my next challenge) and eat fish (I'm a vegetarian, but I eat seafood once in a while). After I switched to a healthy lifestyle one year ago, my skin was among the first things to change. And now I have breakouts every time I have sugary things. Dairy also affects my skin so I try not to eat too much.

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    1. I am lactose intolerant but I do still consume dairy every now and again and I think this could be affecting my skin. I also think refined sugars are not great, or greasy food - I usually get some extra spots after a greasy burger or pizza! haha! I defo need to also focus on drinking more water!

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  2. I need to drink more water. I drink lots but not enough every day.

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  3. I feel like my skin has gone downhill since moving to London but I think not having a tan and the sun has seriously affected it...or my tan hid it. lol

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    1. You're not the first person to have said that about London!! I'm starting to think it may be part of my problem! My skin was no problem before I moved to the UK!! I know part of it is genetic but at the same time, I'm 31, I didn't expect to be battling this at my age! haha!

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  4. Great post. I'll definitely keep this list in mind xx

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  5. I am surprised that sleep is not on the list! That definitely make a difference for me.

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    1. That is quite true Laureen!! I think a lack of sleep also indirectly affects skin in that if you don't get enough, you are more likely to hit the caffeine, and make bad food choices! ...so much going on behind the scenes, eh?!

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