I am not a dermatologist but I have gone through years of insecurities because of acne which definitely crushed my self-esteem for quite a long time. Yes, I still do experience occasional breakouts here and there once in a while but my face had definitely cleared up and I want to share a few little “secrets”in achieving a clear and radiant-looking skin.
I believe that everything starts from the basics—proper diet, hygiene, exercise and good lifestyle choices. Here are my top 10 tips to start incorporating healthy everyday choices that would greatly affect the entire appearance of your skin.
1. Drink lots of water. Six to eight glasses a day is ideal. You most probably already know that—but do you actually do it? Just try a day drinking lots of water and no sodas or any unhealthy drinks and I promise you that you would feel a whole lot better--- your skin will actually start to have more elasticity and radiance.
2. Avoid eating foods that are too oily—especially the deep fried ones. Not only are they a lot fattening but they could cause your skin to get greasy—something that could eventually cause pimples because your skin gets prone to easily absorb dirt; therefore, welcoming bacteria build-up.
3. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Nuts like almonds and peanuts are rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. Greens like broccoli and snap peas can be delicious snacks you can munch on in between meals that are packed with nutrients. Milk every night or green tea every after meal are good and healthy diet choices. Just make sure that you are conscious of each and every food or drink that you incorporate in your body. Multivitamins that you could get over the counter would ensure that you are getting all the proper vitamins that your body needs in order to stay healthy.
4. If you pair the right diet with exercise or any enjoyable physical activity that works up every part of your body, your skin will be in perfect condition and it will rid of all the toxins that can cause irregularities in your body functioning. It could be as simple as biking or walking to the closest park rather than using your car all the time. You don't need to go to the gym, just everyday basic activities that require physical strength that you enjoy can help you get comfortable with your own skin.
5. Always maintain a good hygiene. Towels or facial cloths have to be washed every so often. I personally do not wipe my face with a towel but I use a tissue paper to wipe off my wet face because it is very sensitive. Pillow cases have to be changed as often as possible for it can also be one of the breeding grounds of bacteria if they are not cleaned for a very long time. Same thing applies with make-up and tools. Face brushes should be washed AT LEAST once a week and sponges should be gotten rid off if it's too dirty even to be washed. Toss out the old mascaras after three months. Chuck the powders or liquid/ cream foundations you have never used FOR YEARS---chances are: you will never use them again anyways because you know too well that-- that is unsanitary.
6. Don't smoke. Period. Not at all. Occasional smokers are still smokers and I am pretty sure that you have heard of the fact that it could speed up your aging process that could cause bad skin including wrinkles even at a relatively young age.
7. Don't over-clean your face at any given circumstance. Avoid stripping down the natural oils of the face because of too many chemicals that cleanse your skin. Too much of anything is a bad thing. Cleanse, tone and moisturize with the right amount of products. That's all you really need.
8. Get enough sleep every night. Sleep deprivation makes your skin look dull and tired. You need to give your skin some time to rejuvenate at its own pace. If your whole body is rested, your skin radiates the condition of your physical state.
9. If you know that your skin is sensitive, do not... and I repeat... DO NOT keep touching your face at any cost. Every contact of your not-so-clean hands could irritate your sensitive skin that can lead to instant redness or bumps.. or full-blown breakouts.
10. Avoid masking your face with too much make-up. Clogging it up with layers and layers of unnecessary powder or foundation after you have gone through a long, sweaty, hot day outside where it had been exposed to dirt and polluted air could cause bacteria build-up. Use make-up only where you need it and apply sparingly to achieve a flawless, natural look. Oil control sheets are effective in getting rid of excess oil without layering or touching up your face with powder.