Growing up, I was envious of those with great skin. You know, those that can get out of bed in the morning and start their day without worrying about blemishes, acne and peeling. While my skin isnt naturally terrible, it wasnt until I took control of my daily routine that I started to notice changes and gained more self-confidence. As females, we take great pride in our natural beauty. Although makeup and cosmetics help, we still like to look our absolute best without it. This is the purpose of taking care of your skin as early as possible and as effectively as possible! Some may not know how to best carry this out. I hope to shed some light on what has worked for me. Here are ten tips that will lead to the improvement of your natural complexion.
#1 YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE
You must know your skin type to construct a beneficial skin care routine. If unaware of your skin type, it is very likely that the regimen you are following is actually damaging your skin or doing very little to help it.
Basically, there exists 4 different types of skin. Oily skin is characterized by having skin that is extremely greasy. This type of skin tends to be very acne prone. It is constantly on the brink of a break out however, it is almost never dry to the touch! Dry skin is seldom ever broken out but very prone to peeling, blotchiness and scabbing. Because of it's dehydrated nature, it is much less likely to develop acne however it is regularly thirsty for moisture! Normal skin has a balance of hydration and dryness. It is not neither acne prone or acne resistant. Lastly, there's combination skin. This can be a combination between any of the previous 3 skin types mentioned!
#2 DRINK A LOT OF WATER
Water is the life source of the whole body. Thus, you need to have a maximum intake of water so that your bodily systems can be in optimal running condition. It can not only serve to hydrate the skin but to help flush out bad toxins within the body that may be causing your complexion to have difficulties! Nutritionists usually tell clients to drink at least 72 ounces of water a day. I say go higher. Try to drink at least 120 ounces a day and watch how your skin changes!
#3 HAVE A HEALTHY DIET
Just as important as water is your food intake. Having an unhealthy diet actually causes more harm than you think. Because all of your anatomic systems are interconnected, if you are unhealthy in one aspect then you are likely going to be unhealthy in another. Try to eat a nice balanced diet so as to keep your body feeling great and your skin looking fierce. Include good monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat sources such as fish, nuts, avocado and legumes. Complex carbs such as oatmeal, rice and vegetables and lean protein sources. Of course you can treat yourself once in a while. I certainly do. Simply make it a point to limit yourself on anything greasy, fatty, sugary or overly salted!
#4 WASH YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY
You want to be sure wash your face in both the morning and in the evening. Oily skin should be washed with a mattifying cleanser with clay components. The clay will soak up all of the excess oil and leave your face nice and dry for the day. Combination skin should be washed with a foaming facial wash. This will have enough astringent to pull the oil out of the pores but will not suck the moisture out of the dry parts. Dry skin should be washed with a non-foaming cleanser. This will ensure that there are no harsh sulfates that will overly dehydrate the skin. Normal skin can be washed with a mild bar soap so as to thoroughly cleanse without causing any harm.
#5 EXFOLIATE ON A REGULAR BASIS
Exfoliation is the process of deep skin cleansing that helps to remove all impurities and dead skin cells from the surface. This helps with the rapid clearing of acne and break outs, the evening of a complexion, the smoothing of texture and an added healthy glow. Exfoliation rejuvenates the skin! But, too much exfoliation can result in sore skin, extreme dryness, patchiness and redness or irritation. The best way to exfoliate is with a soft bristle facial brush and a light beaded facial wash. Those with dry skin should only exfoliate once a week. Their skin is already dry and likely clear so they do not need constant exfoliation. Those with combination skin should exfoliate twice a week, with heavier concentration on the oily zones of the face and a lighter hand on the dry bits. Those with oily skin may exfoliate up to 3 times a week to ensure that they are minimizing pore clogging and acne control. Those with normal skin can exfoliate anywhere between once and twice a week as needed.
#6 REMOVE ALL OF YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED
You must remove your makeup thoroughly and entirely before bed because it is vital to steer clear from acne and break outs. If the products are left on too long they will begin to harden and settle into the skin. Thus, they will clog the pores and only bring unwanted issues. Therefore, be sure that you are making an effort to not only remove surface makeup with a makeup remover but to deeply cleanse the skin with some form of exfoliant.
#7 VISIT A DERMATOLOGIST
There can be medical reasons behind your skin issues that you may not know of. You should make effort to have accurate knowledge and proper tools on how to deal with such things. Thus, it is recommended that you visit a dermatologist at least once in a while. They are medical doctors who can examine the skin on a microscopic level and detect the exact cause of any extreme circumstances that you may be suffering from! They will be able to give you the best results because they are trained professionals in the field of skin care!
#8 WASH YOUR BED SPREAD AND PHONE ON A REGULAR BASIS
This might seem irrelevant to the topic of skin care. However, it actually has a very strong correlation to the clearness of your skin! Keeping anything that has constant contact with your face clean is vital! This means that you should be washing your bed spread at least once a week. As far as your phone goes, wipe it down every night with an antibacterial wipe or a paper towel and cleaning product.
#9 KEEP A CONSISTENT REGIMEN
It's all about consistency when you are caring for your skin. Sometimes, it's fun or even necessary to try new products. However, you want to maintain a similar regimen so as to not shock your skin! This can cause break outs as well. Incorporate new products one by one so that you can thoroughly examine the effects of them on your complexion.
#10 HAVE FUN!
Skin care can seem like a lot of work, and sometimes it can be. Yet, you want to make sure that you are enjoying yourself. Don't feel like you can't ever wear makeup just because it can clog your pores! Simply alternate days and allow your skin some breathing time. Don't feel as if you can never try a new product. Just be sure to incorporate one by one. You should enjoy your skin and have fun with it.
There you have it! These are my top 10 tips for perfect, healthy skin! Feel free to ask any questions and I will reply as soon as I can.