Clear skin is something many of us want but weren’t naturally blessed with. While some might have naturally clear skin, many others work hard trying everything we can think of to get it.
That being said, clearer skin is not all that difficult to achieve. Really! All most of us really need to do is follow these tips:
Clear Skin Tip #1: Restrict Cosmetics
Despite the love that most women, and some men, have for makeup, if you have blemishes it is important for you to restrict the use of cosmetics as much as possible. While makeup may give you the appearance of flawless-looking skin, it’s really a part of the problem.
Most cosmetics contain chemicals that are harmful to your skin if used over an extended period of time. If you must use makeup, try to apply it only when “essential” – like a photo session or a special night out. Opt for using only the best, most-natural brands you can find. It also helps to use a good quality toner and moisturizer before applying makeup.
Additionally, make sure you clean or replace your brushes and make-up sponges regularly to kill off the bacteria that form there. This bacteria is one of the primary causes of acne!
Lastly, make sure and remove your makeup completely before you go to bed! Leaving it on the skin will clog your pores as well as attract that nasty bacteria.
Clear Skin Tip #2: Keep It Clean
Keeping your skin clean is one of the most important tips for clear skin. As noted in the tip above, most skin infections and pimples arise due to dirty and oily skin.
Use a gentle cleansing lotion, or better yet – a homemade natural cleanser – to wash your face after it’s been exposed to sun, dust, pollution and after you sweat. While engaging in sweat inducing activity such as sports, exercise, and dancing will help you get healthy skin, you need to wash afterwards to unclog your pores.
Also, keep your hands and hair away from your skin, especially your face. When you touch your face throughout the day, oil, dirt and bacteria from hair and hands transfer to your skin. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying any product to your skin.
Clear Skin Tip #3: Maintain A Healthy Diet
A nutritious diet is the to having clearer and younger-looking skin. Additionally, consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants will help protect your skin against the ill-effects of free radicals that occur with age. Free radicals are responsible for damaging your skin texture and increased development of wrinkles.
Antioxidant-rich foods include:
- Green leafy vegetables like cabbages, kale, and spinach
- Vegetables like sweet potatoes
- Fruits such as oranges, strawberries and mangoes
- Vegetable juices like tomato and carrots
Clear Skin Tip #4: Don’t Smoke
Not only does a long-term smoking habit cause respiratory disorders, it also has an almost immediate side effect on your skin. The chemicals in cigarettes are damaging to all the cells in your body, including your skin. Smoking causes your skin become dehydrated, leading to earlier and more severe facial wrinkles.
Clear Skin Tip #5: Exercise
Following a daily exercise routine promotes healthy skin. Why? Because exercise stimulates blood circulation, which has a positive impact on the overall appearance of your skin.The proper circulation of blood is essential to transport nutrients to the skin.
Clear Skin Tip #6: Stay Stress Free
- Stress has been shown to be a leading cause of acne. But how do we fight that stress?
- Get enough sleep! When you sleep you give your body a chance to renew and regenerate your skin cells.
- Eat a balanced diet – vitamin and mineral deficiencies can take a huge toll on your skin
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. This helps keep skin hydrated and flushes waste from your body.
- Soak yourself in a relaxing bath complete with essential oils, rose petals or oatmeal powder.
Clear Skin Tip #7: Daily Care
Maintaining a daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing regimen is essential. Either invest in good quality products or learn how to make your own natural products to get the maximum benefit from your skin care routine.
Always consider your skin type before you choose your products. For example, don’t use products aimed at oily skin if your skin is dry. Your skin will only end up even drier.
Ignoring a single pimple on your clear skin is a mistake. Addressing pimples, blemishes, ingrown hair or bumps as soon as they appear will keep them from spreading, getting infected, or resulting in scars or permanent marks.
Finally, cleaning your skin well before bedtime is essential. Go to sleep with dirty skin and you’ll start to wake up with whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples!
Clear Skin Takes Work!
Like everything worthwhile, getting and maintaining a clear complexion can take a lot of time and work. In the end, though, think of how much happier you’ll feel with beautfiul, clear skin!
Deborah Watson-Novacek is a freelance writer and expert in the benefits of using homemade skincare remedies. No matter what’s wrong with your skin, home remedies can always be used as the first line of treatment.