Clear skin is truly a blessing to have. People who have had spotless, acne free skin all their lives really take that for granted. Us folks with potholes, speed breakers often find ourselves wondering just how these people manage to have clear skin. Just in case you’re wondering, the previous sentence was a metaphor for black heads, pimples and all kinds of acne. Anyway, in this blog, I’m going to share 15 steps how you, yes you, can get that clear skin that you’ve always wanted. Let’s get right into it then!
1) Wash your face (at least) twice on a daily basis:
Wash your face with lukewarm water. It’s the ideal temperature for a face wash. Too cold just causes your pores to close, which doesn’t let the dirt and excess oils collected in them to be removed. Too hot on the other hand doesn’t need an explanation. You’re gonna burn yourself! Be gentle on your skin though; you don’t want to lose the good oils, do you? Washing your face once in the morning and once at night is a healthy habit you should follow.
2) Moisturize your skin daily:
Moisturizing your skin twice a day is a very healthy practice. It has countless benefits for your skin in the short as well as long term. Moisturizers keep your skin hydrated, which enriches its quality as a result. It’s good to moisturize once during the day. However, applying a moisturizer again before going to bed, is what a gamer would call, a “pro gamer move”!
3) Exfoliate, mate:
Exfoliation is a process that requires to be done barely 2-3 weekly. Although, do not exceed that number. Exfoliation clears dead skin cells that block the minute pores on your skin. It takes a couple of days or longer for new dead skin cells to emerge. Chemical exfoliators are advisable as they’re way more effective as compared to their physical counterparts such as scrubs, microbeads, etc.
4) Drink plenty of water everyday:
Stay hydrated all the time, literally. Keep water handy wherever you go. Drinking water flushes out the toxins from the body. This is key to increase blood flow and thus, make your skin glow. Also, drinking ample amounts of water is directly related to acne reduction. Who doesn’t want acne-free skin after all?
Don’t know how much water you should consume? Well, a good rule of thumb to follow is drinking ½ to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking 80-160 ounces of water each day.
5) Eat healthier:
Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is key if you want clear skin. Reducing the consumption of sugar and dairy products is advised. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables; and as far as veggies are concerned, the greens are what you SHOULD NOT cut out of your meals. On the contrary, eat as many leafy vegetables as you can. Also, a vitamin-rich diet is ideal. Vitamins A, C, D, E and K have been pin-pointed by various studies as the go-to Vitamins when it comes to skin care. Each have their own unique health benefits. Eat foods that contain healthy fats such as biotin (also known as vitamin B7) and Omega-3. Reduce the consumption of foods that are rich in iodine.
6) Avoid touching your face:
A lot of dirt and bacteria gets collected on our fingers and palms over the course of the day. When you touch your face without washing your hands, the bacteria is directly getting in contact with your face. This leads to the rise of new acne, allergic reactions, etc. So especially when you’re outdoors, make sure your hands and face are not in contact with each other.
7) Get good sleep at night:
Our body needs sleep to rest and regenerate. The repairing process of our internal, involuntary functions takes place when we’re getting some shut-eye. Skin repair/healing is one of those function. While the major work is done internally, the results are externally visible for all to see. Not getting a good night’s sleep leads to dark circles, it highlights blemishes and scars (if you have any) and make the skin appear dull as a whole. So it’s best to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Avoid sleeping face-down as it leads to premature wrinkling, whereas sleeping sideways also applies pressure to your face, which leads to lines appearing from time to time. Sleeping on your back is the best and healthiest sleeping position.
8) Avoid drinking & smoking:
Drinking a lot of alcohol is harmful for your liver and causes liver failure in the future. Like that wasn’t bad enough already, alcohol also dehydrates the body, which directly impacts the skin negatively by reducing it’s elasticity. If you’re still going to continue drinking, the least you could do is make sure to rehydrate yourself.
Coming to smoking, avoiding it is a must. Although, completely quitting is the best for your own health. We all know smoking tobacco leads to lung cancer. That’s bad, like really bad. Moreover, smoking cigarettes cause the numerous chemicals that they contain, to decrease the flow of blood in your body, especially the blood flow towards your face. This leads to discolouration of your skin, speed up the ageing process and lead to premature wrinkles as well. All in all, what a nightmare!
9) Steam your face (and body if possible):
Regular exposure to steam is good for your skin. Facial steaming can be done at home itself. Just get a bowl or utensil of freshly boiled water and lower your face (not too close though!) and let the steam take over and do it’s magic. Steam opens up pores which makes it easier to clean the dirt, germs and bad oils from deep within. If it’s feasible for you, using a sauna is a fine way to expose the rest of your skin to steam and the shower after this sauna session will deep cleanse almost all the pores on your body. Majestic feeling, really!
10) Get a skin care routine:
An entire skin care routine may seem tough to follow at first, but trust me, it pays dividends in the long AND short run. It is worth every bit of time you put in. Face cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliators, SPF (sunscreen), masks (preferably mud/clay masks), eye creams, toners, etc. are all a part of a good skin care routine. I repeat myself, IT’S WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORTS.
11) Groom your facial hair regularly:
When beards aren’t groomed, it becomes a playground for dirt and bacteria. Not a pleasant to think about, right? Not keeping beards clean causes facial allergies and acne. Simplest way to keep your beard clean is to either use a face wash or shampoo it along with your scalp while having bath. It’s important to ensure that you don’t wash it too much as that would take away natural oils that are needed for moisturizing and maintaining good health of the beard. There are beard grooming kits exist solely to help you maintain it’s hygiene levels. It’s recommended to use them.
12) Shaving after bath is better:
For the men who prefer a clean shaven look, consider shaving after bath. After a warm water bath, your skin’s pores have already opened up and the dirt from within has been removed. Before you starts shaving, splashing lukewarm water on the face instead of cold water. Pores shut tight when exposed to cold conditions. Before you begin using your razor, use pre-shaving gel, cream or a mousse, this maintains warmth and moisture levels, which leads to a closer shave. Once you’re done shaving, splash cold water on your face and wipe it before applying aftershave for a cool, fresh feeling. It also works as a disinfectant on cuts that you got while shaving.
13) Leave your pimples alone:
This one’s a rather difficult step to follow. Popping pimples is a tempting act to say the least. Seeing them all day long, or even for days at a stretch without popping it seems like an too much of an ask sometimes; it’s so annoying and distracting after all, isn’t it? However, here’s why you should control your temptation. Firstly, popping pimples causes scars to appear on your face that take a long time to heal and may even be visible all your life! Secondly, a popped pimple is practically an open gateway for germs and bacteria to enter. That could lead to more acne, infections or even worse depending on what gets in. Finally, popping pimples increases inflammation in that area, which isn’t good for the skin. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to leave these annoying, uninvited guests untouched; after a point, they’ll show themselves the exit door.
14) Add dark chocolate to your diet:
Dark chocolate consists of a high percentage of cocoa, 70% to be precise. Cocoa contains antioxidants called flavanoids which slow down and even prevent ageing to a considerable extent. Flavanoids also protect the skin from sun damage, which is caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays that the sun emits. However, you should note that dark chocolate should be consumed during the daytime as opposed to night, as it contains quite an amount of caffeine as well (precisely 12 milligrams per ounce of dark chocolate). Caffeine takes away a chunk of your precious sleep. You don’t want that.
15) Work out regularly:
Last but not least, exercising your body regularly is very important. Working out regularly increases the blood circulation, which boosts your immunity level and leads to vibrant, glowing skin too! It’s important to have a bath after working out as it makes sure that all the harmful toxins get washed out of your skin and don’t clog your pores.