The 10 Best Tips for Clear Skin Aug 24, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)
We all want clear skin. Some people with clear skin are blessed not having to worry too much about breakouts, oil, or other skin problems. Well, not me! There’s never a time where I don’t have a pimple or two on my face (and every day am thankful for the invention of makeup). If clear skin is something you long for, there are some things you may want to consider to help you get that clear skin you’ve always wanted.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
According to a lot of dermatologists and doctors, sunscreen is the single most important thing you can do for your skin each day to prevent sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The sun degrades the skin’s collagen and elastin and also affects the body’s ability to create new, healthy cells. Damage from a burn is bad, but it’s not as bad as exposing your skin to the sun over the span of a lifetime. Look for a broad spectrum SPF, so that you’re protected from all types of UV rays, and go with at least a 30 SPF (even in the winter and on cloudy days).
This is a new trend, but it’s actually vital at night. Double cleansing consists of doing just that, cleansing twice. You want to ensure that all of your makeup is removed off of your face and neck before you go to bed.
Use the Right Skincare Products
Knowing your skin is so important if you want to ensure it stays clear from breakouts. Find out what skincare brand works best for you and make sure to test around, a lot of products have sample sizes available for purchase before you commit to a full size. Try out different cosmetics and keep note of what causes your skin to become oilier, and what lasts all day without irritation on your skin. If you’re really unsure of what type of skin you have, then visit a skincare specialist and have them assess it for you. Also, keep in mind that different areas on your face may have different needs, so using one product on your whole face may not be what you need. No matter what skin type you have, always make sure to moisturize. If you have oily skin, opt for a moisturizer that is oil free and has hyaluronic acid in it to help combat breakouts.
Don't Forget Your Your Neck
When you’re taking such great care of the skin on your face, don’t forget about the skin on your neck! Our necks can actually show our age more than our faces do so make sure that any products you’re using on your face you bring down the neck as well. When applying the product to your neck, apply in a circular, upward motion mimicking a lifting effect for the neck, and just like the face, always ensure you’re using SPF liberally.
Exfoliation should be a part of your skincare routine every day. It’s been said that when you’re in your 20’s, you should exfoliate twice per week, when you’re in your 30’s you should exfoliate three times per week and when you’re 40 you should exfoliate up to four times per week. Exfoliating is important because it helps take off the dead cells sitting on the surface of your skin and lets topical products absorb much easier into the fresh, healthy skin on your face. Stay away from products that use seeds or sharp nuts as their exfoliating agent and opt for fruit enzyme scrubs that won’t scratch your skin. Also, always ensure that your skin is steamed and warm while exfoliating, preferably while in the shower. Steam helps add moisture to the skin while you’re exfoliating.
Treat Your Pimples With Care
Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s impossible not to pop a pimple looking at you in the mirror. If you do have to squeeze, make sure you’re doing it correctly with as little damage to the skin as possible. Ensure that you have the proper supplies and actually examine the blemish to ensure it’s ready to be popped, or else avoid it all together. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin before you get near those blemishes. Either use two cotton swabs or wrap your fingers in tissues to squeeze. Gently place a lancet or extraction tool at the center of the pimple, push it straight in and pull it straight out. This leaves a canal for the pimple and that’s important because if you squeeze it without a canal it actually tears the skin causing injury and it leads to scarring. It could also result in infection because the blemish can erupt under the skin.
Water is probably the single most important thing you can put in your body that’s going to help your skin overall. If you’re not drinking enough water, this is where you need to start. If you are already drinking enough water, it may be time to look into what exactly is in your water and look into a purifying system for your faucet. Certain contaminants can be filtered out using a Brita or something similar, but other things cannot. This is a very personal decision, but it could potentially help the skin issues you’ve been having.
Dairy, Coffee and Alcohol
What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies, so make sure you’re noticing your skin when you eat certain things like dairy, coffee or alcohol. Studies have shown that milk products contain steroid hormones from the cattle which may contribute to clogged pores, inflammation and acne. Coffee dehydrates the skin so when you do drink coffee, try to drink water right after to make up for the dehydration effect. When you’re drinking alcohol, opt for red wine which contains a compound known as resveratrol which has some anti-aging properties in it. You should avoid foods that give you any digestive discomfort, headaches, low energy or joint pain because that means you are most likely sensitive to these foods.
Supplements aren’t just for working out, a lot of supplements actually help the skin as well! Vitamin A helps to keep the skin functioning properly, as it repairs and reinforces mucous membranes and tissues that fight against bacteria and infection and also prevents the skin from becoming dry and flaky and helps fight against acne. Calcium is important because when our bodies are low in calcium it can lead to premature aging and we have a higher risk of skin cancer. Vitamin C helps our form collagen (which keeps our skin looking plump and youthful) and it also helps to heal wounds and fish/flaxseed oil help to lock moisture into our cells. Always make sure to double check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.
Work Hard, Rest Hard
Take one day per week and do something that restores your mind and your energy. Visit an infrared sauna or have a facial at a spa, but do something that helps lower the stress level, helps you relax and, as a bonus, clears out your pores. If you’re low on sleep, use some time and play catch up. Being deprived of sleep causes your body stress and when your stress levels are high, your hormones go wild which can lead to breakouts. Your body also repairs itself while you’re asleep so this is an excellent general health rule anyways.