Everyone has skin impurities. Acne doesn't only affect teenagers. Men and women of all ages can get acne. Acne is popular, but others like eczema and rosacea affect many as well.
Don't forget the different types of acne too. You may notice whiteheads, blackheads, blemishes, or more severely, deep cysts.
It's a popular topic. It's why you're bombarded with skincare messages all the time. "The best skincare routine" "Try this product to get rid of acne" "Drink more water". They may help, but what does it really take to achieve clear skin?
We are bringing you 14 somewhat easy tips to answer the question above.
(Set yourself a goal. Make all 14 a habit)
1. Cleanse Your Face Twice A Day
If you have oily skin and are prone to breakouts, make sure that you're cleansing your face twice a day. Once in the morning, once in the evening.
According to top dermatologists, washing your face twice a day is the "magic number". People tend to think the more the better, but this isn't the case.
It can be overwhelming finding the "perfect" cleanser. You're presented with expensive options. Ones that are packed with fragrances and ingredients.
They may seem fancy, but sometimes the less, the better. This is exactly what our Pumpkin Enzyme Cleanser provides to you. Packed with natural goodness and leaves your skin looking youthful.
2. Apply a Serum
This one is often overlooked. People apply their cleanser and moisturizer and call it finish for their skincare routine.
A serum is like a "secret weapon" for treating your skincare issues. When gently, applied you'll feel the benefits almost instantly.
Applying a serum like our Blemish Repair Serum can be beneficial in many ways:
- Soothes skin irritation
- Reduces skin inflammation
- Helps to clear your pores
- Protects your skin from free radicals and future damage
3. Create Your Own Skincare Routine
If you want to achieve a clear and glowing complexion, it's important to create your own skincare routine.
All people have different skin types. Find out your skin type and tailor all your products to the needs of your skin.
An effective routine can help prevent acne, treat wrinkles and ultimately give your skin that 'glow' complexion.
4. Sleep Well
Not getting your 7-9 hours of quality sleep may also cause your skin to break out more often.
During sleep, your body rejuvenates. When you're beauty sleeping, your body produces collagen (a protein vital for healthy skin)
According to some research , getting enough rest makes wrinkles less visible and gives you a glowing complexion. You'll feel the benefits physically too.
Get your 7-9 hours of sleep each night and experience the benefits both on the inside and out.
5. Don't Neglect Your Self-Pampering
No, it's not selfish to indulge in some "me-time" and take care of yourself. Actually, the time can be valuable. It can limit stress and provide your skin with a glowing feel.
Sit back, apply a hydrating face mask and let the natural goodness moisture your skin in a soothing way. Why not sip on a herbal tea whilst this process happens?
It's not only about applying a face mask. Do what works for you. Exfoliate, apply an eye mask or even have an at home steaming session.
6. Drink your H20
Ok, you hear this one all the time, but it's probably the most important. Make sure you're drinking your water.
The more hydrated you are, the better you feel. High levels of water intake is also directly linked to clear and glowing skin. When you don't hydrate your body, it could result in dry and flaky skin.
When you're getting your 2 litres a day, it's the opposite. It'll effortlessly bring that 'glow' feel to your appearance.
7. Practice Stress-Relieving Activities
In a 2003 study, researchers found that students had acne-flare ups during exam periods. A period in which students report more stress.
It is said to be directly correlated, as cells that produce sebum (an oily substance) have receptors for stress hormones.
Some stress-relieving activities for you:
- Take a few deep breaths
- Practice some yoga or meditation
- Participate in your favourite sport
- Exercise at your local gym
- Read your favourite book
8. Eat Your Skin-Friendly Foods
We know that bad nutrition can result in weight gain, damage our organs and make us feel groggy, but what you eat also affects your skin.
Research suggests that foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and other antioxidants may benefit your skin.
Some foods that give your skin that 'glow' look:
- Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna etc)
- Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
- Sweet potatoes
9. Avoid Touching Your Face
You're probably doing it without realising. You could be relaxing at home, but you feel the temptation to touch something. Somehow your hands automatically touch your face.
Your hands and face don't always have a close relationship. Your hands contain a lot of dirt, oil and bacteria. When you touch your face, you pass this bacteria to your face.
Unless you're cleansing, moisturizing or even applying sunscreen, try to not touch your face. (If you find it too difficult, make sure you're washing your hands often)
10. Clean Your Phone
This one ties in beautifully with the above. Quite like your hands, your mobile phone carries a lot of bacteria.
If you're noticing breakouts on your cheeks, it could be a sign that your mobile phone needs a deep-cleanse. Wipe your entire phone with an antibacterial wipe and kill all the germs regularly.
Your phone is close to your cheeks when you take calls, so you can't neglect to give it a good wipe.
11. Change Your Bed Covers Regularly
You spend 7-9 hours every night sleeping. When your pillowcase isn't washed regularly, you're transferring the build-up of bacteria from your pillowcase to your face. This causes clogged pores and breakouts.
This is called Acne mechanica, according to Dr. David E. Bank. A type of acne caused by materials or objects touching your face.
Make sure you're keeping your bed covers fresh. Change them every week.
12. Make Working Out A Habit
If you're not already working out, try to make it a habit. Working out has its physical and mental benefits, but exercise can also make your skin complexion shine.
When you exercise, your body stimulates blood circulation and pumps oxygen and healthy nutrients to your skin.
It doesn't take extreme effort as well. Start with exercising for 20-30 minutes a day.
Do your daily exercise and let your body naturally produce the goodness that your skin needs.
13. Wear Sunscreen
Too much exposure to the sun can damage your skin. The sun produces ultraviolet radiation which causes DNA changes in the skin.
In the long run, these ultraviolet rays can cause premature ageing of the skin, wrinkles, liver spots and even sunburn (If your skin is sensitive).
These risks are easily prevented with sunscreen. By applying sunscreen daily, you're making your skin superior to the sun.
14. Switch Up Your Makeup Routine
Sometimes, makeup products can aggravate your skin problems. Especially if you're using chemical-based products to cover up signs of acne.
If you're a makeup lover, switch up your makeup routine. Use more natural-based products. Use products that are designed to let your pores breathe more.
Don't forget... Make sure you're removing all your makeup before you go to sleep. Doing so reduces the risks of breakouts.