5 Tips for Clear Skin
Clear skin! Two wonderful little words that mean so much when put together! Two wonderful little words that I have not been able to use to describe myself in a very long time. As a teenager, I never had a huge problem with acne. I would have breakouts from time to time, but they were easily managed. Fast forward 15 years, 3 kids, and lots of stress from adult life later and I really struggling with acne. With the exception of visiting a dermatologist (something I have tried to avoid), I have tried absolutely everything I could to get my skin to clear up. I had reached my breaking point and finally decided that it may be time to visit the dermatologist; however, I wanted to try one more thing first. I booked an appointment to have a facial, which would be the first facial I had ever had in my life! I know! Insane right? It was a fantastic experience and my esthetician was able to give me some awesome tips that I wanted to share with you. This continues to be a struggle for me, but slowly and surely with the steps below I am beginning to see improvements in my skin. Please note that these are things that have helped my skin, but they may not work for everyone.
1. Schedule a Facial
This is my top recommendation! If I would have known how beneficial this was going to be to my skin, I would have scheduled one years ago! Not only was the experience incredibly relaxing, it was good for my skin! I recommend booking an appointment with an experienced esthetician at a place you will feel comfortable going. I booked my appointment at my local Aveda, which is where I go for all of my salon needs. You can ask about treatments specifically for acne prone skin. I also recommend to ask what to expect during the facial when you book your appointment if this is the first time you have ever had one. At the appointment, your esthetician will be able to tailor your facial to your unique skin care needs and make recommendations about what products and routines may be beneficial to you. I will create a more detailed post about my experience at a later date for those of you who may want more information about what to expect.
2. Drink Water
This one is major and I know how important it is, yet I struggle! With my job, it can be difficult to remember to drink my water during the day. Water is important for the health of your skin. It improves skin elasticity and helps flush toxins from your body. The first thing my esthetician asked me was, “how much water are you drinking?”
Ok, so I’ll admit, I thought that if used unmedicated moisturizer not specific to acne prone skin I would be making my acne problem worse. WRONG! The truth was, I was under moisturizing my skin and in turn the lack of moisture was making my acne worse. Because I was not using a light weight oil free moisturizer, my skin was creating more oil in order to compensate for the lack of moisture. I’m not afraid of moisturizer anymore, now I embrace it! This is making my skin very happy!
4. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Ugh! I don’t mind the task of cleaning my makeup brushes, but remembering to clean them is something else completely! To solve this problem, I have set a reminder on my phone to go off each week on a day that I know is usually a little less busy for me. My esthetician recommended to clean my brushes twice a week to cut down on the amount of bactaria I spread when using my brushes each day. Twice a week may be a little over zealous, but I am trying to at least commit to once a week for my concealer brush and my face brush.
5. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face
Just like your brushes, keeping your hands off your face helps prevent the spread of bacteria. I tend to rest my face on my hands a lot. By doing this, I am spreading not just the bacteria from my breakouts, but also the bacteria my hands have come in contact with on doorknobs, my keyboard, etc. Kind of gross when I think about it! I have been making a conscious effort to remember this one and am finally starting to break free from this habit.
In addition to these things, I have also decreased the amount of sweets I eat and try to limit dessert to once I week (I know some of you are thinking that is way too often, but if you know me and how much I love my ice-cream, then you know this is a major accomplishment!) and cutting down on soda. I hope you found these tips helpful! Keep a look out for my post about my facial experience in the future!