Posted by Manuela on March 17, 2015
Whether it's redness from dry skin, acne and the resulting scars, or sun spots that come with age, we all have dreamed of having that perfectly healthy clear skin. With some time, effort, and a little patience, you can give the cover-up a break, and dare to go bare faced.
Here are 5 skinnyskinny-approved crucial steps in your journey towards a radiant complexion:
1. Drink up! You’ve heard it a million times before, but we’re going to say it one more time because yes it is that important – drink more water!
This is one of the easiest steps you can take to a more beautiful complexion (not to mention drinking more water is crucial to your overall health). Dry skin? Hydrate internally first for results externally. Mature, or aging skin? While it won’t turn back time, drinking more water can result in plumper skin cells that don’t show signs of aging as quickly. Acne, or breakouts? Drinking water is the most simple cleanse you can do to combat infections and other irritations.
We have two tricks to getting more water. First, get a cute water bottle that’s going to make you want to drink more. We suggest getting an eco-friendly bkr bottle. Second, make sure you’re getting enough water by keeping track in a notebook or even an app. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is about 3 liters of total beverages a day. For women it’s about 2.2 liters a day.
2. Protect your skin! Whether you have a 10-step beauty routine, or just stick to the basics, the unfortunate truth is that many of us (despite knowing better) forget about sunscreen.
The sun can do irreversible damage to your skin, whether it’s the middle of the summer, or the dead of winter. It can be hard to remember sunscreen especially when you’re bundled up in a coat and scarf, but just a few minutes of unprotected skin in the sun can lead to sun spots, premature aging, and more prominent acne scarring. Is it really worth the risk?
The best part is you can get the SPF you want without all of the chemicals you don’t need. One of our favorite sunscreen brands is Suntegrity.
3. Wash up! So obviously you should be washing your face regularly, but did you know not all cleansers are created equally? There are a couple of common face wash mistakes we all have made in the quest for clear skin.
Mistake number one? Reaching for the harshest salicylic acid wash you can find at the first sight of a blemish. Washes like this dry the surface of your skin, furthering the problem by forcing your skin to produce more sebum or natural oils to combat the dryness, and more often than not more sebum means more breakouts. Mistake number two? Using too gentle of a cleanser. Of course a gentle cleanser is good, but one extreme doesn’t beat out another. If you are using a gentle cream cleanser, chances are you aren’t really cleaning your skin. Yes, you are wetting your face and wiping all visible signs of makeup and dirt off of your face, but the problem is what you are leaving behind. This can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and a dull complexion.
The solution is between these two extremes. Oil based cleansers, particularly ones like The Cleanser which is packed with active botanicals, penetrate deeply to fully clean pores and remove makeup and other hidden dirt that other cleansers just can’t get to.
4. Eat Clean! Beauty starts from inside. If you want truly healthy clear skin, you’re going to want to steer clear of processed foods, white sugar, and stop overdoing it with conventional dairy.
If you need some guidance (don’t worry, we did too), there are some really great resources out there for clean eating. One of our favorites is Jolene Hart’s blog Beauty is Wellness and book Eat Pretty.
Click the picture below for a recipe high in zinc, a crucial mineral for achieving clear skin:
©2015 Jolene Hart
5. Treat yourself! While you certainly don’t have to spend thousands or even hundreds on skincare to have beautiful skin, treating yourself to a “luxury” item every now and then can really make a noticeable difference.
Don’t just look for the most expensive product, really look at the ingredients to make sure you’re getting the very best. Don’t settle for unrecognizable ingredients, harmful artificial preservatives, or ingredients that don’t serve a real purpose in the product. When you’re spending more on something like a serum or facial treatment you don’t want to be paying for filler.
For clear skin, we recommend our o/c Organic Skin Serum which will treat and also prevent all signs of spots, or breakouts with a concentrated formula that is packed with active organic ingredients.
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