This is going to sound narcissistic, but I have nice skin. It’s definitely a trait I’m most proud of, and is something I get complimented on fairly often I would say that 90% of the time I have clear, smooth skin; only occassionally do I suffer from dryness or blemishes.
This isn’t natural for me however, I work hard to maintain a healthy, clear complexion. For most of middle school and high school I had a hard time managing acne and flaky skin. That’s why I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Tuesday Ten to my personal strategies for healthy, perfect skin!
1. Wear minimal makeup, especially in terms of foundation.
This is usually taken the hardest by my friends when I try to teach them “my ways”. It’s the truth though; consistently covering your face in heavy makeup clogs your pores and makes your skin more prone to breakups. I understand this is somewhat of a vicious cycle, but if you can resist the urge for a few days and go au natural, you’ll soon be able to see the difference! I usually only wear a full face of makeup on the weekend when I go out, but on a daily basis I generally stick to mascara and some lip gloss.
2. Find a skincare routine that works for you and stick to it.
I can’t suggest the “best” cleanser for your skin because everyone’s skin is different. For myself, I use a gentle make-up remover/cleanser wipe twice a day along with a moisturizer. My skin is low-maintenance in this sense, but not everyone is the same. Try out different types of products and see how your skin reacts. Maybe you just need a morning and night cleanser, or perhaps your skin needs a toner and all the works to be healthy. It’s something only you can find out yourself, but it’s so important that you do!
It does not matter if your skin is dry or not, you need to always moisturize. This is especially important as we enter the dry winter months. The best time to moisturize is when your skin is wet, so essentially right after you get out of the shower or washing your face. I suggest moisturizing twice a day, in the morning and at night (or whenever you shower). I would also recommend investing in two types of moisturizers: a light one for the start of your day (I use Neutrogena), and a heavy cream for night (I use Claudalie).
4. Don’t pop your zits!
I realize this is so SO hard, I sometimes give in to the urge to pop, but we all really need to try and resist! Popping your blemishes can lead to scarring that is irreversible. It is much better to let it dissapate on its own or to use a spot treatment. I promise it’ll be worth it, and will leave you with less red, inflamed, patches on your skin.
5. Drink lots of water – and then drink a lot more.
Water is essential not just in getting clear skin, but also helps in weight loss and your overall health. However, you can not have clear skin without a lot of water. I know the government recommends 8 glasses of water a day, but that’s not enough to have flawless skin. I aim to drink at least 2 liters a day – which isn’t hard if you keep track throughout the day! A smart idea may be to invest in a reusable water bottle that marks the ounces on it, that way you can see how much you’ve drank and take not of when you’re not drinking enough!
Another way to get in your water is by eating food without high water content, such as fruits!
6. Eat Healthy (sorry!)
Sorry to break it to you, but that chocolate bar is not helping your skin at all. In fact, high sugar consumption is often linked to breakouts. While you don’t have to completely cut out junk food, you need to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need each day – which means eating a lot of fruits, veggies and lean protein. Try swapping out one unhealthy snack a day with a handful of berries, or some carrot sticks. I promise you’ll notice a difference!
7. Break a sweat!
Following along the same lines as eating healthy and drinking lots of water, exercising is a great way to get clear skin. Sweating helps detoxify the body – including the skin – of impurities. Exercise is also known for giving you a “glow” of sorts, a natural rosy flush, which also helps to make your skin look great! (unless your like me and look like a tomato after a run that is)
8. Keep your hair, and your hands, out of your face.
Both your hair and your hands contain natural oils that your body produces. While these are natural and normal, they do have a tendency to clog your pores. The best way to avoid this is to try and have your hair pushed off of your face (especially important to think about if you’re considering blunt bangs!), and try not to rest your face in your hands.
9. Wear sunscreen.
I know everyone is sick of hearing about the importance of wearing sun protection, but it is actually super important not just in preventing cancer but having your skin look nice! You don’t need to be 40 to see the impact the sun can have on your skin. I noticed the other day after working as a waitress outside all summer that I had developed a small brown sun spot near my lip. I’m 21! It can happen to anyone at any age, you need to start protecting your skin now if you want to avoid sun spots, wrinkles, and cancer.
10. Fake a sun-kissed glow.
Speaking of sun, protect your skin from harsh rays and get a tan by using a bronzing moisturizer. Most people prefer the way their skin looks with a tan, as it generally hides blemishes better, but laying in the sun or in a tanning bed is so hazardous to your health it’s generally not worth it. I like to use this bronzing moisturizer for my face once or twice daily.
What are you tips for healthy, flawless skin? Share in the comments below!