Important Tips for Clearer and Healthier Skin
Drink Plenty of Water
Now, this should be the most obvious and most important thing you can do for yourself. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so you can see as to why it is very essential to drink water. Not only is water good for your overall health, but it keeps your skin hydrated and it flushes out toxins that are in the body. If you do not drink enough water, toxins will build up inside of your body. Your skin is a reflection of your internal health, therefore its good to work on your skin from the inside out. It is recommended that you drink at least 60 oz. of water per day but it varies by person. Of course you're going to be urinating a lot throughout the day, but just think about it. Nasty things belong in the toilet and you're getting rid of the nasty things from your body! :)
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Likewise to the tip above, eating fruits and vegetables and do wonderful things for your skin. As they say, "you are what you eat". More to say, You are healthy if you eat healthy. A healthy you is a beautiful you! Here are a few examples of fruits and vegetables that are good for you:
Apples: Apples have a lot of vitamin C which is helpful for your skin because it helps keep your skin firm and it prevents premature skin aging. In addition to consuming the fruit, you may also apply the juice of the apple to your skin as a mask and wash it off after 10 minutes.
Carrots: Carrots have beta carotene that gives the skin a healthy glow while improving skin conditions. You can simply eat carrot plain, add it into salads, or drink it as a juice.
Lemons: Like Apples, Lemons are high in vitamin C. Lemon can give your skin a boost when it's looking dull. You can add lemon to your water and drink it every day add you can also rub a slice of lemon to acne scars to help them fade away!
Spinach: Spinach has antioxidants that can help flush out toxins in your body and help you achieve a clearer complexion because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The easiest way to eat spinach is with salad. It can also be used for juicing.
Sweet Potato: Sweet Potato has anti-inflammatory properties as well has Vitamin A which helps get rid of bacteria that can lead to acne. Simply boil the sweet potato and season as you prefer.
Avoid Eating Junk Food
If eating healthy, nutritious food can do wonders for your skin, can you imagine the opposite effects of junk food? Junk food is good to your taste buds, but you need to realize that they aren't as nice to your skin. As said previously, your skin is a reflection of your internal health. Therefore, eating junk food will do unimaginable things to your skin. Consuming too much junk food, especially ones that contain a lot of grease, can make your skin oily and as a consequence, cause you to break out.
Work Out Regularly
Not only is exercising wonderful for your physical health and cardiovascular health, but it can also benefit your skin. Working out can help you sweat out the nasty things out of your body and pores! Just make sure you don't wear a full face of make up when you work out and make sure to shower or at the very least, wash your face after sweating so that you don't end up clogging your pores instead.
Don't Wear Too Much Makeup
People have different opinions as to whether or not make up causes acne. I feel that as long as it is right type for your skin, it should be no problem. For example, if you have oily skin and you use a foundation meant for dry skin, that's a huge mistake as you're adding unwanted moisture into your skin. With that said, even if you wear products meant for your skin, piling on the make up won't do your skin any justice. This can lead to clogged pores and in the long run, acne. Therefore, I recommend investing in a good coverage foundation, if you have a lot to cover up. This way, you will have good coverage without caking up your face. In addition, if you have very stubborn spots that still peek through your foundation, use concealer to cover them up. It is better to build coverage on spots that are needed rather than to build coverage on your entire face, even when it isn't needed.
Wash, Tone, and Moisturize
In order to maintain a clear skin, you should have a system/routine specifically for your face. In order to do so, you need to know your skin type so that you can cater to it's needs. If you have dry skin, you should use products that are gentle and moisturizing. Although, if you have oily skin like I do, you should make sure you use products that are oil free and controls oils.
Washing: your face is essential because oils, dirt, and make up need to be wiped off of your face so that it doesn't clog your pores. It is recommended that you wash your face at least 1-2 times a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Toning: is not necessary, but is recommended as it can pick up left over dirt and oil that your cleanser did not pick up. Toning can also firm, tighten, and brighten the skin!
Moisturizing: should not be looked over. Washing your face may strip your face of it's natural oils, therefore it is important not to forget to moisturize. Even if you have oily skin, moisturizing is important because if you don't moisturize, your face could become dry and your oil glands will produce more oil than it already does to balance out the oiliness. Excess oil can lead to breakouts.
Treat your Skin 2-3 Times per Week
Use a scrub 1-2 times a week: Scrubbing your face is essential because doing so will get rid of the dead skin cells that have built up on your skin. If your skin ever looks dull, it's time to scrub your face. Getting rid of dead skin cells gives new skin cells a chance to grow, thus healing any scars or current blemishes.
Use a mask 1-2 times a week: Using a mask is one of my favorite facial treatments, because not only does it help with your skin, but it also helps to release stress. Using a mask will help remove any impurities, absorb excess oil, dry up unwanted pimples, and tighten the skin as well as minimizing pores.
Just like the many good things in life, having a perfect complexion isn't easy unless you were blessed with genetics! The main thing to remember is that a healthy, glowing skin starts from the inside of your body. Eating healthy and nutritious foods will, in return give you a healthy, glowing complexion. In addition, taking care of your skin externally will benefit you so much in the long run.