In my teens I had crazy combination skin, then just straight-up oily skin. Things began to level out for me at about age 23 (finally!), but now that I’m climbing towards 30 my hormones have decided that my skin be every shade of oily and dry, all at once.
I have wrinkles and breakouts simultaneously!? What is happening!!??
Clear Skin Tips
The good thing is that since I’ve progressively achieved nearly every skin type, I have all kinds of advice for you! Here are my top 10 tips for transforming your skin:
1. Change your diet.
If you aren’t already aware, breakouts, blackheads and oily skin are a direct byproduct of eating junk food: sugary treats, greasy food, chips, ice cream, burgers, fries, etc. Healthy eating = healthy skin. Lay off the carbs and processed foods. If you are going to treat yourself, eat these things in moderation, and wash your hands/around your mouth after eating greasy foods. Most importantly, drink water, water, water.
2. Use a mask.
Once a week or so, use a mask for your skin. Tons of these exist for pore refining, detoxifying, hydrating, etc. Take a peek at our GlamGlow review–this mask is amazing and a literal cure-all for all skin types.
3. Use the Clarisonic Opal.
This little vibrating device takes eye wrinkle treatment to the next level by allowing your skin to absorb skincare products at a much higher level. Using it, I’ve noticed less visible wrinkles and more glow in the skin around my eyes.
4. Change your face wash.
Whether you have oily, combination, dry or sensitive skin, do not use a harsh face wash. You’ll end up over-drying your skin, causing it to freak out and produce excessive amounts of oil to replenish itself. Find a natural skin cleanser that gently removes oil. Facial cleansers with salicylic acid should not be used every single day.
It is worth it to spend a few extra dollars on your skin. If you just want to pick something up at the grocery store, I really like Alba’s Pineapple Enzyme face wash, and Kiss My Face makes nice products too. If you’re in the mood to be adventurous and spend a little more, I love the Hawaiian skincare company Ola. They make an amazing Passion Fruit Facial Cleanser.
5. Don’t touch it.
When a blemish rears its ugly head, our first instinct is always to touch it, squeeze it, fiddle with it, etc. Just leave it. Cleanse it, put a spot of tea tree oil on it, and let it be. In general, keep your hands off your face to prevent breakouts. Your hands have all kinds of oils and dirt on them.
Keep your face clean and makeup-free every opportunity you get. Let your skin breathe, and it will love you for it.
7. Stay out of the sun.
While it might be true that a little sun is good for body breakouts (helps dry up the excess oil on our skin and provides Vitamin D), the face is a different story. Keep your face out of the sun. A broken out, oily face is WAY less fun when sunburnt. Your skin will peel and burn and you’ll start to see wrinkles and age spots.
8. Get facials.
If your skin is important to you, get a facial every couple months. Splurge on it. Facialists are professionally trained in all skin types and how to correctly do pore extractions. Making this a part of your routine will help your skin to calm down and stay clear.
9. Use the Clarisonic Face Brush.
This little guy is a miracle product. There are plenty of imitators and similar face brushes out there, but I assure you the Clarisonic Face Brush is the best. It gives a deep clean and exfoliates really well. I use mine every day. There’s a reason it’s so expensive–it works.
10. Feed your skin.
There are a number of fresh foods that help with skin clarity and nourishment. Experts agree that dairy can aggravate acne, but thankfully there are lots of dairy-free alternatives for cheese, butter and milk products. Excessive sugar and the wrong oils can wreak havoc as well.
Foods for Healthy Skin:
Alfalfa sprouts, beets, broccoli, fennel, watercress, kale and cucumber all are veggies your skin will love. By decreasing inflammation, killing bacteria and detoxifying the cells, you’ll notice these plants contributing to clearer skin right away.
My Personal Favourite… Hormonal Breakouts!
And what of our beloved pre- and post-menstrual pimples? You can usually tell a hormonal breakout by the fact that spots normally appear on the neck and jawline. These pimples are painful and swollen sub-surface blemishes that will only get worse if you try to squeeze them. Use a salicylic acid spot treatment to decrease the swelling, and try the following supplements:
- Fish Oil
- Burdock Root
If you spend a lot of time playing sports, working out or doing things which get you sweaty, you’re probably prone to sweat-induced breakouts on the body (back, shoulders, chest) and face.
The gym is a bit of a cesspool for bacteria, so don’t stay in your sweaty gym clothes for long. If I’m extra sweaty, I give my face and body a once over before I even get in the car. Pat your skin lightly with a towel to absorb sweat. Rubbing it can aggravate pores and cause breakouts.
Find a good antibacterial body wash and keep your gym clothes clean–bacteria can hide in your clothes and cause breakouts, even after you’ve washed them. You might want to invest in a specialized detergent if this is a problem for you.