Drink Your Water.
Drink lots of it. No, like really drink it. The recommended amount is 64 ounces. Most of us don’t meet that goal every day. When you’re properly hydrated your body flows more efficiently and you will see it in your skin. I notice on the days I’m not drinking enough water….especially in the winter months….my skin will look dry and flaky. Fine lines and wrinkles are more visible.
Piggy backing on the idea of drinking enough water, squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon or lime in your water to give it an extra boost once a day. I drink warm lemon water every day before my breakfast. As an added bonus these two powerful fruits rich in vitamin C and antioxidants do so much more for your health than just clearing up your skin.
Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables
Your diet plays a big role in the health of your skin. I would venture to say even more so than what you put on your face. Your body craves essential vitamins and nutrients. Feed it right and it will show up in your face and skin. Try and eat organic as much as possible since it doesn’t contain all the chemicals.
Many fruits and vegetables include not only vitamins and nutrients but antioxidants as well which protects the skin. Here are a few fruits and vegetables that have contain noteworthy amounts of antioxidants: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, pomegranate, beets, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, artichoke, cauliflower, red cabbage, orange bell peppers.
Never Sleep With Your Makeup On
Don’t sleep with your makeup on please. Even if you’re not feeling it, wash your face anyways. It really clogs your pores and creates an environment for bacteria to grow. Your skin needs time to breathe and restores itself at night. Leaving it on hinders this process.
I always wash my face first and remove any eye makeup with a cotton ball. I apply a toner afterwards and then follow it up with a good moisturizer.
Invest in a good moisturizer.
Which leads me into my next tip. Invest in a good moisturizer. This is really important because the skin needs hydration. Finding the right one can be difficult sometimes. Spending a couple extra dollars on a good one free of harsh chemicals can make all the difference.
This article by HuffPost talks about common moisturizer ingredients to avoid. Avoid coconut oil and shea butter on your face as it can lead to acne. Bottom line, a good moisturizer can lead to healthy, younger looking skin instead of aged, dry and flaky skin.
Avoid Trigger Foods.
Certain foods can lead to breakouts. Some trigger foods might actually surprise you though. Most people know to stay away from chocolate but did you know dairy can actually bring on acne and create inflammation as well?
Dermatology Specialists shares ‘5 Foods That Cause Acne and Breakouts’ in this article. Next time you get a chocolate craving reach for pure cacao or dark chocolate instead.
Do you have any good tips to achieve clearer skin? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comment section below.