With over 3 million Instagram followers and countless YouTube subscribers — internet sensation, fitness guru, and fashion model Sophia Miacova is certainly no stranger to the public eye. Although the natural beauty serves up an undeniable #wokeuplikethis glow, life in the spotlight hasn’t always been easy due to her previous struggles with cystic acne.
Say goodbye to unsightly blemishes…
Cystic acne isn’t your average pimple. Unlike a typical blemish, cystic acne breakouts involve deep, painful lesions under the skin caused by infections that occur after bacteria gets trapped in your pores. Although these breakouts can be treated, they’re not always the easiest to clear up. Miacova found this out the hard way after using a plethora of pills, creams, and medications all to no avail. After realizing there was no “quick fix” to ridding her face of cystic acne, she decided to try healing her body naturally from the inside out.
A staunch animal rights advocate, Miacova made the switch to a vegan diet and immediately noticed a change in her skin. Realizing an effective skincare regimen would only work when combined with eating a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise (sweating helps your body release harmful toxins!), Miacova quickly learned just what her body needed to thrive.
…and hello to blemish-free, radiant skin!
After overcoming her battle with cystic acne, Miacova’s skincare routine is now centered on keeping her pores clear of dirt and other debris. Since the list of pore-clogging culprits is rather extensive — e.g., outdoor smog, pillowcases, cellphones, makeup — following a daily skincare regimen that targets clogged pores is especially important as clogged pores can lead to future cystic acne breakouts, blackheads, pimples, and other unwanted blemishes. Whether you suffer from clogged pores or are simply looking to heal your dry, damaged skin — here are five vegan skincare products Sophia Miacova swears by for healthy, beautiful, glowing skin!
Sophia Miacova’s 5-Step Morning Skincare Routine
In order to keep dirt, oil, and makeup from building up in her pores, Sophia Miacova’s first step in her morning skincare regimen is to close off her pores using Bogavia Pure + Fresh Essential Facial Cleanser. This ultra soothing combination of sea kelp, aloe vera, calendula, and coconut oil, gently purifies the skin and removes impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. This fragrance-free facial cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin and helps to reduce inflammation, fight acne, and can help improve your skin’s overall texture.
If you suffer from skin discoloration due to cystic acne scars, DeVita’s Optimal Rejuvenation Serum is *perfect* for evening out your skin tone. Packed full of antioxidants, this anti-aging super serum helps to firm skin, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and will leave your skin positively radiant! Along with being 100 percent vegan, this serum is also non-GMO and paraben-free!
Another product that works wonders for sensitive skin — this Pomegranate Repair Serum is made with all-natural pomegranate, rosehip, and jojoba seed oil with sea buckthorn and free radical-fighting vitamin E. The nutrient-rich therapeutic treatment is especially good for dry, sun-damaged, or aging skin, and the serum’s natural orange tint also helps give Miacova her signature sun-kissed glow!
One of the final steps in Miacova’s morning skincare routine involves hydrating her skin. This product does run a tad bit on the expensive side (a whopping $78.00!), but the revitalizing cream’s natural blend of herb-infused oil, antioxidants, and plant extracts help reduce skin damage, boost collagen production, promote DNA repair, and will help protect your skin against further damage. Used on a daily basis, the moisturizer can help keep your skin clear, glowing, and hydrated for simply age-defying beauty! And if you’re looking to get away from heavy, pore-clogging creams, ISUN’s lighter weight moisturizer is a terrific option because it won’t suffocate your skin.
An alternative to ISUN’s moisturizing cream, Miacova varies the moisturizers she uses during her morning skincare regimen with Avalon Organics Intense Defense Renewal Cream. The rich, oil-free moisturizer is great for hydrating the skin, plus it encourages collagen and elastin production to help fight against premature signs of aging. The antioxidant-intensive formula helps support the skin’s natural renewal cycle for improved texture and elasticity.
For Sophia Miacova’s nightly skincare routine, you can visit her YouTube channel here.
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