Who doesn’t want clear skin? Below, you can find some of the tips that I’ve learned the hard way. Be sure to also check out my Skincare Routine – Winter 2017!
Drinking enough water flushes toxins out of your body, leading you to glowing skin. I keep a 24 fl.oz. reusable water bottle with me at all times. At the end of each day, I’ll have drunken 5-6 bottles, so between 15-18 cups of water.
Not going to lie, when I first set my goal of drinking 8 cups of water a day, it was hard and such a struggle! But the more I kept my water bottle with me, the more I found myself reaching for it during class, at meals, and while doing homework. Your face will be so rejuvenated, colorful, tight, and lively, I promise!
Tired of boring old water? Feel free to cut up any fruits and add them to your water to make it more flavorful! Antioxidants from the fruit will also benefit your skin. Just don’t add sugar!
By staying active and sweating, toxins and salt are released from our bodies, keeping the inside clean. With a clean inside, the outside/surface of our bodies are clean in turn! Find a way of exercising that YOU enjoy. If you get up every day and dread the workout you’re about to do, then what’s the point?
Important: remember to shower immediately after working out! If you let all the sweat sit on your body, you’re pretty much asking for breakouts. Plus, if you plan on going anywhere after the gym, you’re going to smell pretty bad! So shower, wash your hair, body, and face, and THEN grab brunch with your workout buddies.
Exfoliating twice a week removes the dead skin from our faces, revealing the fresh, beautiful skin underneath that’s soft as a baby’s bum! Remember to not scrub to harshly, as that will make exfoliating more damaging than beautifying.
4. Take off your makeup!
I don’t care how tired you are at the end of the day; remove all the makeup you have on + moisturize! And there’s no need to actually bend over the sink and scrub your face. Just get some evening face wipes that remove makeup and dirt and you’re all set! I know Clean & Clear has some nighttime wipes, or if you don’t trust drugstore products, visit a Sephora and ask for their tips.
5. Give your skin a break!
If it’s the weekend and the only thing you have planned is staying indoors, watching TV or doing homework all day, do you really need to wear makeup? Let your skin breath a little and reset itself. You’ll feel so clean when it’s Monday!
6. Eat veggies and fruit!
While there’s been some controversy over whether or not junk food actually causes breakouts, I know it does for me. Anytime I go out to eat or have a lot of candy/sweets, I always look in the mirror and find tons of little pimples starting to emerge.
Fruits and vegetables have so many antioxidants in them and are so good for you. Instead of snacking on chips and processed foods, get creative with how to incorporate fruit and veggies! Some quick ideas:
- Make a smoothie for breakfast: who doesn’t love a smoothie?
- Greek yogurt with honey and berries
- Avocado toast
- Blueberry muffins
- Apple slices with nut butter
- Carrots and hummus
- Thinking of having some ice cream for dessert? Replace it with fruit! Or, if you can’t resist, top off your ice cream with plenty of fruit!
In addition, almonds are super healthy and good for your hair!
7. Wash your pillowcase!
The amount of bacteria that builds up on our pillowcases is unbelievable. Do you sleep on your side like me? Your pretty much just rubbing bacteria onto your face the entire night. Make sure you switch out your pillowcase every week.
8. Keep your hair out of your face!
Especially if you’re hair tends to get greasy, oil from your hair can easily transfer onto your face. Pull your hair back into a ponytail, but not too tight or else it’s bad for your hair, too. If you find yourself having a lot of breakouts on your hairline, ensure that you shampoo that part next time you shower.
9. Use a spot treatment!
Drugstore, Sephora, wherever, just buy some spot treatments! Ones with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are usually the best ones. Salicylic acid brings faster results, so I like to use products with that in it.
Clean & Clear also has a spot treatment that I absolutely love (this post isn’t sponsored by them, I promise)! e.l.f. Cosmetics also has an acne fighting gel and Clinique has an acne clearing gel. Both are spot treatments that you can use every night to help reduce a bit fat zit that you can’t stop poking at. Which leads me to…
10. Stop touching your face!
That eraser shaving you brushed off your desk in school? Bacteria onto your fingers. That old textbook you borrowed from your friend for physics? Bacteria. The pager you got for the hour wait at Cheesecake Factory? So. Much. Bacteria! Once you really think about it, there are tons of different germs on your fingers at the end of the day, so no matter what you do, keep your hands off your face!
This also includes talking on the phone. Try not to rest your cell on your cheek. All the oil from your fingers gets onto the screen which then transfers onto your face. Be careful!
Well there you have it! 10 tips to brighter, clearer skin! I want to remind you guys that even if you follow all 10 of these steps religiously, you still might not have clear skin, and that’s okay. These are just steps to help ease up any skin issues you have. Sometimes, our skin just disagrees with our intentions no matter what we do. Once you embrace your imperfections and feel beautiful, you’ll be so much more confident, and honestly, confidence beats clear skin any day, in terms of beauty. Love yourself inevitably!