My tips for clearer skin
I’m often complimented on my skin by clients and friends, people are pretty amazed when I say I really don’t do much. So I figured I share some of my tips for getting clearer skin and in doing so, I’ll be posting in series for the sake of time.
Step 1 – I usually don’t wear a lot of make-up, mainly because I just don’t have the time in the mornings to try when I have a 2-hour commute; if I do, I do my eyes or brows. But if you are able to have time, ensure that you remove it at the end of the day! By not removing your make up you leave your skin as a breeding ground for bacteria especially if you have combo or oily skin, then your pores will get clogged causing breakouts.
Don’t be lazy! Regardless hoe tired you are wash your face before going to bed. When you lay on your pillow – as you sleep that is when your skin begins to excrete toxins from your skin, in addition to saliva (if you’re one to drool) leads to bacteria / breakouts over time.
So use a make up remover. I personally switch up between the 2 oil based cleansers: Aloette’s Essential Cleansing Oil, Dermalogica’s pre-cleanse, or grapeseed oil -with all three I use my hands to massage all over my face then use a damp soft cloth to remove the oil; then follow-up with my cleanser.
Step 2 – You need to exfoliate BUT don’t overdo it AND use the correct exfoliate for your skin type. I’ve had clients come in and tell me that they either don’t exfoliate, use things like a harsh “scrubber” or clarisonic brush EVERYDAY! NO!!! Yes you want to exfoliate regularly BUT at the most twice a day. Unless your product says it can be used daily stick to two times a week at night. Exfoliating at night will allow the skin cells to process while you sleep (uninterrupted), your pores will be free from dirt and, dead skin and also your skin will better receive your treatment products. (In lieu of the Clarisonic try this Lumispa instead!
Step 3 – Take the steps to better eating. What you put on the inside of your body will directly reflect on your skin. Check out Pinterest for some clean eating ideas or refer back to my post about this nutritional cleansing I’ve been on. When you begin to remove all the processed foods and non-nutritional valued foods your body will begin to excrete the toxins through your skin. Often wonder about the breakouts you get from eating a lot of processed foods/sugar? That’s because your body cannot break it down so it sits and sits and just begins to brew and as it slowly leaves your skin it causes inflammation to your body which will have an adverse affect to your skin. Also, drink plenty of water and cut down on the sugary sodas, chai teas, and fruit drink. Opt instead for adding fresh cut fruits to flavor your drink or try water enhancers.
Step 4 – Stop using bar soaps or watching DIY’s on Youtube. I get it, we all are trying to save a few coins here and there, but don’t be too stingy on your skin. If you can spend $$ for your nails, name brand clothing and accessories, then please don’t cut corners with your skin. The largest organ on your body does a lot so take care of it just as you would with your internal organs. Also, if possible spend $40-50 on a mini facial if you can’t do a full hour once a month or at least quarterly. They work just as well to have a professional skin specialist clean and treat your skin. After a facial, whatever products you use – your skin will be able to readily receive! And lastly…
Step 5 – Moisturize both day and night. Even oily skin needs to be moisturized in order to balance your skin through the day and while you sleep. Be mindful that each skin is different so you will need to make sure you’re using the correct one for your skin type. For example, if you have oily / acne prone skin you would look for lotions versus heavy creams at night and oil-free lotions in the morning. Plus using moisturizers will help keep your skin avoid any skin issues i.e. blemishes, cracked dry skin, a barrier for sensitive skin