I just want to share some of my tips for keeping my skin as clear as possible and treating breakouts when they come up!
1) Invest in your face. For me, this meant buying a Clarisonic Mia and Clinique moisturizer. That way, I can save on the things I use frequently, like face wash! On that note, cleaning your face consistently before bed is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Your internal temperature naturally rises when you sleep, and so if you leave makeup on, it is absorbed deep into the pore where it can trap bacteria, causing a break out. For late nights, keep face-wash pads next to your bed so you can at least swipe off your foundation!
2) WATER! I know you’ve heard it time and time again, but getting sufficient water is easily the best thing you can consistently do for your body. Keeping yourself hydrated helps flush your system of toxins that lurk, and also enables you to produce sweat easier when working out, which literally cleans your pores from the inside, out! Drink up, lovelies!
3) More fruits and veggies, less dairy! This has been a HUGE one for me. I know I’ve blogged about it, but I really think it’s made a huge difference. The best way for me to do this is by having a smoothie everyday, made with frozen fruit, coconut milk, and spinach. It’s tasty (try 1 frozen banana, coconut milk,1 cup of baby spinach, 1 tsp. of peanut butter. NOM!), healthy, and totally satisfying, especially after a workout! After about a week, I noticed a difference in my overall feeling of well-being, and especially in the clarity of my skin.
shown is banana, spinach, and frozen cherries – the coconut milk isn’t in there yet!
4) Tea tree oil is amazing for treating breakouts, especially those horrible under-the-skin, painful ones. I have had one of those on my forehead for around a month and I tell you, NOTHING was helping! Hot compresses, benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, even Tazorac – the thing would not shrink or come to a head. I finally pricked a little hole with a sterilized needle and smothered it in a cotton swab with pure tea tree oil on it before bed. By the next morning, it was almost gone. I’m seriously not joking. It’s still not gone, and it’s been 3 days of swabbing it nightly, but it is definitely on it’s way out. I’ve since used it on a few more minor breakouts, and also after popping (I know, I know, bad. So kill me, we all do it) and it works like a charm. The tingling sensation feels so amazing, and the pimple is dried up by the next day. I wish I had discovered this sooner.
So, those are my tips! (For now!) What are your best tips for keeping your complexion smooth and clear?