Clear skin is what we all want and to be fair, there are many ways of getting it. There are clear skin products on the market that promise radiant and clear skin overnight. There are also clear skin clinics that promise to heal skin issues with treatments such as facials and peels and you can buy a ton of clear skin creams in beauty shops that promises a lot but all of this can make a huge dent in your wallet.
But there are also alternative ways to get clear skin, like adopting simple lifestyle habits that will improve your skin and give it that healthy clear quality that really, money can’t buy. Here are 7 lifestyle habits you can start using now to get clear skin.
This is an old but good one. Drinking enough water every day is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. In terms of skincare, drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, and younger looking complexion because skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water and without it, skin will turn dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Think of drinking water as the best and cheapest anti-aging treatment in the world and make it a daily habit.
Double cleansing is the craze right now but it really is quite simply using two different types of cleansers, one after the other. Or using the same cleanser twice to get rid of stubborn makeup, sunscreen, dirt, pollutants, and other surface debris; and leave you with clean clear skin.
Cleansing in general is important to prevent clogged pores, acne etc, and double cleansing ensures your skin is clean and free of anything that will stand in the way of a radiant complexion.
Exfoliating skin at least once a week is recommended by beauty experts because it unblocks pores and evens out your skin tone. It also improves circulation and keeps your complexion radiant and glowing so it’s a good habit to adopt. Regular exfoliation helps you achieve and maintain clear pores because it clean pores, decreases pore size and minimizes many types of scarring like blackheads, acne scarring and hyper pigmentation, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, removing the top layer of dead and damaged cells allows moisturisers, serums and other ingredients in your skincare products to work effectively.
Use face mask
A lot of people skip this step in their skincare routine but using a face mask is important if you want clear skin.
The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They’re also an excellent way to help pull out impurities. A healthy skincare routine should include the daily or weekly use of face masks depending on your skin type and your skincare concerns.
Cut out dairy
This is not one you hear a lot about but removing dairy from your diet can make a big difference to your skin. It can improve skin texture and tone and improve skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Getting rid of foods like milk, cheese, and ice cream can seem like a pain but the clear skin and glow you’ll get a mere 2-3 weeks after giving up is well worth it.
Cut down alcohol & Cigarettes
Cutting down or cutting out alcohol and cigarettes is probably the hardest habit to adopt for clear skin but it’s also the most essential as alcohol and cigarettes cause more harm to your skin, and body in general.
Alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including the skin, causing dry flaky skin and wrinkles. It also causes puffiness and acne, while cigarettes can cause your small veins to break. None of these two scenarios is good for your skin.
Use SPF Moisturiser
One of the best ways for skin to maintain its natural plumpness and healthy glow is through hydration, and the best way is to apply a hydrating moisturiser, preferably one that contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of my favourite skincare ingredients of all time because it can hold 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.
Also, use moisturisers with SPF to combat the sun as it is the number one ager of skin. It dehydrates skin and will cause your wrinkles and pores to be more visible