Clear skin sometimes can be a challenge, but with these tips you can have better skin naturally! Following these tips is also good for your insides!
- Know your skin type. Different skin types need different types of care. It’s very important to know what type of care you need to pick the best methods for clearing your skin. Here are some different skin types and their descriptions:
- Dry Skin Dry skin usually has a dull appearance, feels dry and itchy and is sometimes sensitive. Dry skin must be hydrated regularly from the inside (with fresh water) and outside with (mists), as well as moisturized with rich hydrating creams or lotions.
- Oily Skin Oily skin usually looks slippery and shiny and has a greasy texture. This type of skin is prone to acne. Oily skin benefits from periodic herbal steam treatments and clay masks.
- Normal Skin This skin type is a gift. Not too oily and not too dry. Normal skin looks consistently plump, moist and vibrant. What a great blessing, but it still requires as much attention as the other skin types. It benefits from regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing.
- Most people have at least two different types of facial skin at any given time. The combination of skin is frequently characterized by an oily “T-zone” area, which covers the forehead, nose and chin. While the skin around the cheeks, eyes and mouth is normal or dry. These different types of skin call for different treatments, so people with combination skin should assess their skin regularly and use different products on different areas of the face.
- Drink water. Water cleanses your body, helping eliminate toxins. It also hydrates you and rids your skin of dirt and oils. Try to drink half your body weight in ounces.– For example, if you weigh 100 lbs (45 kg), drink 50 oz (1.5 l) of water each day).
- Use natural cleansers. Facial cleansers with too many harsh chemicals can actually be harmful to your skin. Harsher chemicals have been known to strip paint off of walls and bleach certain fabrics. Using natural, organic cleansers will help your skin clear up faster and can be much more effective than unnatural cleansers.
- Ensure a proper, nutritious diet. Eat lots of fruits, nuts, seeds, beans etc. Eating healthy, along with taking in the right vitamins and micro-nutrients can do wonders for your skin. Try going vegan for a week to see what it does for you.
- Avoid meat, fish, eggs, fried foods, white flour and white sugar products, coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, including contraceptive drugs, and any other stimulating over-the-counter medicines. Anything that is artificial, man-made or processed will be lacking in some way when compared to natural, unprocessed products.
- Wear less makeup. Wearing too much makeup will be damaging for your skin in the long run. Chances are people don’t notice skin breakouts when they first see you. If you have to wear makeup, use natural and mineral makeup only.
- Don’t stay in the sun for too long. Try to limit your exposure to the sun during the middle of the day (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM). If you must be in the sun for extended periods, be sure to wear protection. A wide-brimmed hat is best. Sunlight on your skin is a great source of vitamin D, but it it can also lead to wrinkles and skin cancer.
- Remember to use natural sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher.
- Exercise at least 15 minutes a day. Exercising properly can make your skin glow. Be sure to wash your face after your exercise routine: Sweat and dirt can clog your pores.
- Be sure to wash your face properly. Wash two times a day with a face wash and, sparingly, follow-up with toner applied directly to the affected areas. When washing your face, especially when washing off make-up, splash on cold water first as it helps to tighten the pores. Then apply cleanser or mild soap and rinse with warm water. Follow with a quick cold water splash. Warm water opens the pores of your skin, exposing your face to a build-up of bacteria, dirt and make-up. Open pores let foreign matter into your body where it can sit close to the surface or be absorbed deeper into the pores. If your face is not washed properly, the foreign matter– dirt, oil and bacteria– can get smudged across your skin during washing process. Improper washing way only spreads the germs and does not effectively eliminate unwanted dirt and build-up. Splashing the face first with cold water contracts the pores, sealing them off from further contamination, thus facilitating the complete removal of dirt and build-up without contributing to the spreading of dirt and bacteria. Rinsing with cold water after washing tightens the pores to seal them off from further exposure.
Drinking three cups per day of organic red clover tea as a natural blood purifier can help your acne clear up. Besides purifying the blood, there are dietary suggestions one can follow that can facilitate a quick recovery from outbreaks of acne. Eat a diet high in Vitamins A, B-complex, and C, or if need be, take daily oral doses of these vitamins. A study by Dr. Samuel Bluefard of Northwestern University found that “a combination of one gram of vitamin C, orange juice plus 100,000 units of vitamin A, administered daily benefits adolescent acne.”
- For deep blemishes and long-term infections, try diluted apple cider vinegar. Lavender oil can also be used as an effective anti-acne facial steam by diluting a couple drops in a hot pot of water, covering your head with a towel, and then by placing your face over the pot. The lavender steam opens the pores and is antiseptic.