I was blessed with pretty good skin… I don’t have crazy acne or super uneven coloring but I also don’t have that perfect one tone skin or that milk and honey silky smooth complexion. Overall though, I can’t complain. HOWEVER my skin will break out (and I mean break out) if I don’t take care of it. But I’ve discovered the secret to perfect skin and I’m here to share it.
People have told me that my skin glows and I’ve had friends tell me how jealous they are about the fact that my skin never breaks out. I just smile and thank them, instead of telling them that it wasn’t always this way and I used to have dull, break out prone skin.
Tip 1: Water, Lemon Water, and Coconut Water.
Staying hydrated is so important when it comes to keeping your skin clear. Drinking 2-3 L of water a day can work miracles for your skin. In order to clear up your skin you have to keep on flushing your system and the best way to do that is water! Also, AVOID soda, juice from concentrate or with added sugar, and any drinks with preservatives, chemicals, aspartame or added sugar.
Tip 2: Clay Masks
Clay masks are my obsession. On certain weeks I use them every other night, but sometimes I use them once a week. There are also different strengths of clay masks so if you have very sensitive skin you can use the lighter ones. These masks just suck everything out of your face (including moisture, so you have to replenish… I’ll talk more about that in tip 3) and when you wash them off your face is smooth and pure. I like to use the aztec clay masks which are pretty cheap and super effective.
Tip 3: Coconut oil for moisturizer
The best skin care tip I’ve ever received was “put coconut oil on your face, girl I swear to god” Now I can’t live without it. It keeps my skin so moisturized and I can put it on in confidence knowing that there are no added chemicals or weird stuff that I wouldn’t want in or on my body.
Tip 4: Wash your pillow case at least once a week
Pillow cases are covered in dead skin, dirt, and oil and putting your face on it all night, every night… is terrible for breakouts.
Tip 5: Wash your face every night and never sleep with make up on
This should be a no brainer, but sometimes girls do it without noticing and wash their faces in the morning. This is almost the worst thing you can do for your skin, behind tip 6.
Tip 6: Cut dairy and sugar out of your diet
Dairy and sugar, the lethal combination when it comes to breakouts. Diet plays a HUGE role in skin health and the best things you can eat for skin health are fruits and veggies. The worst are diary products and added sugar. Going vegan has done wonders for my skin and when I eat cookies, ice cream, and chips (all vegan of corse) I notice my skin gets a little wilder compared to when I eat a lot of veggies and smoothies. What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it.
Tip 7: Try to go a day without make up (each week) or use tinted moisturizer over foundation.
Make up clogs the pours and does not allow the skin to breathe, so going a day (or two) with out it can really help clear up your skin. Also, tinted moisturizer is a lot lighter than foundation and allows the skin to breathe more. Find a vegan brand and try it out, it may change your life! Also, if you’re worried about not covering your blemishes up enough with tinted moisturizer remember that the more you take care of your skin, the clearer it will get, and the less make up you’ll need. It’s a process!
Tip 8: Drink teas full of ginger, herbs, and antioxidants
I actually have my own recipe you can try.