If you think acne is only for teenagers, think again. Late nights, stress, long hours at work, pregnancy, and not eating right can all contribute to a face that looks like one you thought you’d left behind in high school. Before you resort to slathering yourself with Clearasil or canceling all of your weekend plans, there are better ways to get clear skin. Your skin care regimen and lifestyle play large roles in the appearance of your skin.
Been bingeing on pizza and fast food while you worked late all week? Chances are, your face is going to show it. Nutrients from food help your body build collagen and new cells, and repair damaged tissues. Pizza and French fries, unfortunately, do not contain all that many nutrients. Instead, choose fruits and vegetables, fiber and lean proteins. Berries, which contain antioxidants and vitamin C, are a great choice for clear skin.
Down the Hatch
You need to hydrate from within, with water that is, in order to have clear skin. Water helps to flush toxins and waste from the body. Beverages that contain water like coffee and soda do not help to hydrate the skin and actually can do the opposite. The dehydration from those types of drinks will cause breakouts as the body produces more oil to compensate.
Run Like the Wind
Okay, maybe not that fast, but getting some exercise stimulates blood circulation to your face. And, only 15 minutes per day gives you the benefits your skin needs. If you are prone to stressing out, yoga is a form of exercise that also reduces stress. Sweating opens your pores so make sure you clean your face well after exercising. Your waistline will thank you as well.
Keep your hands clear of your face. Sounds simple enough, but you’d be surprised how often you touch your face during the day. The bacteria and oil on your hands that you pick up from things like your cell phone, keyboard, and door handles transfers to your face and can cause blemishes.
The citric acid in lemon removes dead cells. It also contains vitamin C, which reduces dark spots by ramping up the cell renewal process. You can apply fresh-squeezed lemon juice directly to your face and neck for 10 minutes before rinsing. Or create a scrub by mixing two teaspoons each of lemon juice and sugar to get glowing skin.
You Don’t Need a Green Thumb
Aloe Vera’s antibacterial qualities kill bacteria that cause acne, while its anti-inflammatory properties soothe red skin. It also moisturizes the skin and stimulates cell turnover. The best way to use it is directly from the plant. Apply the gel from a leaf on your face for about a half hour. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can still keep one alive as these plants don’t require much maintenance.
Not Just for Salads
Cucumbers are great for hydrating your skin. Your skin’s overall appearance will improve because these veggies repair damaged cells and remove dead skin cells. Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices and rub them on your face. Leave on overnight and rinse in the morning.
With a little TLC and small changes to your lifestyle, your skin can be clear (and stay clear) in no time.
Our Immune System
According to dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas, M.D., of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, “Our skin can reflect what’s going on inside our body. As part of the immune system, the skin defends against environmental factors. But when your body is fighting an ailment, it can get overwhelmed and things like acne and redness can show up.” It’s important to keep up our immune system so that the rest of our body can function properly. Cold-Fix is a trusted cold and flu remedy that also helps to boost your body’s own immune system if taken once daily. Why wouldn’t you want to be as strong and healthy as possible?