Easy tips for Clearer Skin in Days

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Our skin is noticed first and foremost. This comes to no surprise considering it is the largest organ in the body. Thus, to have good skin health is very vital.  There are inexpensive and minute changes to our daily lives that we can make to get clearer, glow-y looking skin.   I for one am not perfect and do not follow this tips as religiously as one should but it is something I am trying to incorporate more. 

1)    Drink more water.  This is one tip that is shoved down everyone’s throat.  Water is an all-rounder.  It will forever do more good than harm.  It flushes out waste products and toxins from the body which will aid in clearing up your skin. Otherwise, they will continue to accumulate and fester in the body; producing spots/zits and dullish skin.    Women should be drinking about 1.6 litres worth of water a day compared to 2.0 litres for men.  Drinking water also helps in preventing and reducing wrinkles without altering other aspects of an individual’s diet within 6 weeks, whilst also giving us a healthy glow and clear skin. 
2)    Exercise.  Physical activity, especially cardio, is amazing for the skin.  As your heart begins to pump faster and harder, more blood (which carries nutrients and oxygen) flows throughout the body; bathing respiring cells.  At the same time, the blood eliminates waste products such as carbon dioxide and free radicals, sending them to the liver for detoxification.  Exercise essentially increases this process.   Furthermore, if you suffer from any skin conditions such as eczema or acne, the reduction of stress by exercising can improve these conditions. 
3)    Diet.  A healthy, balanced diet is always going to be beneficial.  A majority of the reason why expensive facial and skincare products appear to do no good is because our diet overrides the benefits.  Ensuring that you get all the essential nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, water, vitamins and minerals, will ensure that the cells of our body are able to work efficiently.  This will improve the health of skin cells and in turn, provide a clearer, glowing complexion.  There are many sources that will explain how diet impacts outbreaks at certain regions on the face which would be worth a read to understand why your complexion is how it is. 
4)    Tea Tree Oil (or any kind of natural spot reducer such as charcoal).  Using just a little bit of tea tree oil for zit/spot treatment is very beneficial.  Just by placing 1-2 drops on the problem area, within 2 nights, the zit or spot has practically disappeared without any scarring.  
5)    Washing your face.  It should be everyone’s goal to have the cleanest skin possible before they go to sleep.  The moment your head hits your pillow, you should’ve gotten rid of a majority of the makeup, pollutant build-up from the day, and oil/grease.  This will give your skin the best chance to repair and refresh over night so by morning you wake up closer to flawless.  This is why I always preferred exfoliating at night instead of the morning.  In the morning, it is better to wash your face using a daily face wash that is not too abrasive or harsh.  This will just take away any toxins, oil build up, etc. from the night and allow you to have a smooth canvas for your moisturiser and makeup. 
6)    Moisturize within 2-3 minutes of coming out of the shower or washing your face. This will give your skin the best chance of retaining moisture and avoid the formation of dry patches.
7)    SPF.  SPF is Sun Protection Factor.  The sun is not going anywhere for a long time, so it is important to protect our skin to help reduce the speed of ageing, burns, and damage.  There are many scientific reports and papers explaining how SPF works in immense detail.  The higher the SPF, the LONGER you can stay out in the sun without burning.  It doesn’t directly correlate with strength.  Long story short, it is recommended to use SPF 30 minimum as it will protect from at least 97% of the UVB rays which damage skin and cause burns.  Nevertheless, this does not include UVA rays which is usually measured on a scale of 1-3 and is labelled on the back of sunblock.  If you’re against the white cast that SPF usually provides, invest in BB creams which have an SPF above 25 or a primer.
8)    Skincare routine.  It is important to establish a skincare routine which works best for you.  For some, a more complex process including various toners, mists, and creams gives someone clear and glowy skin. For others, a simpler routine is more beneficial.  First, work out what type of skin you have.  This can be done at various free makeup and skincare counters or online tests/quizzes to have a general idea of the specifics.  I don’t believe it is necessary to spend an excessive amount of money on a moisturizer or face wash.  The drugstore has many varieties suitable for every individual, meeting their needs.  Whether it be blackheads, acne, dullness, anti-aging, etc.  However, at the same time, I am more likely to trust a brand I can find at Walgreens, Target, or Boots than I am at a Poundland/Dollar store. 
9)    Change your pillow cover.  Now this one is a biggie.  Do you ever find that, despite having a stellar diet and exercise regime, doing everything right, that you still wake up with the odd blemish?  This could be because the buildup of dirt and grime on your pillowcase is rubbing against your skin at night, resulting in spots and irritation.  Therefore, it is always a good idea to change your pillow covers at least once a week.  As long as you have one or two spare ones, you can just toss the cover into the washing machine alongside your clothes.  If you find you don’t have a spare pillow cover, use a clean old shirt that you don’t plan on wearing for a while as replacement. 
10) Paper towels.  Believe it or not, using a towel is not as hygienic as it seems.  It can collect dirt, grime, dust, dead skin cells, and etc.  Because of the texture, it is very adhesive for bacteria and towels also retain moisture; providing a damp environment.  Therefore, using paper towels or toilet paper instead will help reduce contact with bacteria and dirt which can cause breakouts and blemishes. If you do not wish to waste so much paper, however, you can let your face air dry and wipe of excess water with your fingers prior to applying moisturizer. 

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