Clear skin… ain’t that the dream. I get it, sometimes it’s frustrating and hard to know what your skin really needs and what it wants and It may seem impossible especially if you’ve been struggling with skin issues, but no stress - it is possible.
I’ll keep it simple for you and list out what you can do to achieve clear skin.
#1 - Face Wash
It’s beneficial to know your skin type so that you can pick out the best face wash for your skin. If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, it’s recommended that you buy a mild or gentle cleanser.
Regularly wash your face and by regular, once in the morning and once at night. This really helps remove the dirt, oil, bacteria, dead skin cells and other gunk that you don’t want on your face.
#2 - Toner
No matter what skin type you have, Toners are highly recommended by skin experts. Toners (specifically with glycolic and salicylic acid) help remove the dead skin cells that tend to clog your pores. Toners also balance out your skin’s pH balance (pretty important).
After cleansing, you can apply your go-to Toner and your skin should look calm and notice little to no redness.
#3 - Retinoids
Retinoids can help unclog your pores and actually help your other go-to products to work its magic, better and faster. Topical Retinoids can be unpleasant when first introduced to your skin, so applying small amounts and spacing it out every 3 days is recommended, so that your skin won’t get irritated. Spacing it out will also give your skin time to tolerate it, but when your skin gets adjusted, you can increase application.
#4 - Sunscreen
If you’ve been reading our blogs, you’ll notice a repetitive emphasis on not skipping your sunscreen. You may have the best skincare routine with the best skincare products, but that’ll all be irrelevant if you’re not taking SPF seriously! Sun exposure without sunscreen can lead to both short and long term damages (sun spots, sun burns, hyperpigmentation, skin cancer). Oh also, the heat and the humidity will cause your sebaceous (oil) glands to go wild causing acne, you can prevent this by using SPF protection.
#5 - Big NO to picking and popping your pimples
The only time you should be touching your pimples and other skin blemishes is when you’re applying treatment products on them. Picking and popping them will make them worse and not to mention, you’re risking infecting them with the dirt and bacteria that’s most likely sitting on your hands.
#6 - Sleep
Have you heard the term “beauty sleep”? It helps with getting clear skin! When you’re sleeping your skin gets the chance to rejuvenate, repairs itself and produces collagen. Lacking sleep makes your skin look worse making it look dull, dehydrated, it highlights those fine lines and wrinkles and it triggers acne.
I know sometimes it can feel like there’s not enough hours in the day! But try your best to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This will not only help your skin look supple, clear and youthful - it will help your overall well-being.