My skin has had its trials and tribulations throughout my teens and early twenties as I used to suffer from spots & breakouts. Fortunately, due to small lifestyle changes and effective skin care products I’ve had relatively clear skin over the last few years. Of course, like everyone else, I do get occasional breakouts… I recently had a stress induced breakout which inspired me to write this post to share my tips in hopes that it will help some of you.
Diet & Lifestyle
So firstly I want to start with what you are fuelling your body with as I feel that it will have a major impact on how your skin looks and also on how you feel. I notice a huge difference in my skin when I make the following changes;
Water, Water, Water!…
I’ve always been an avid water drinker, therefore, I make sure I carry a big bottle of water with me wherever I go and try to consume at least 2 litres a day. Getting your optimum water intake cleanses your cells from built up waste and flushes out any toxins from your body. Your skin is the largest organ and as a plant needs to be watered every day in order to flourish, so does your skin! Water helps to keep your skin stay hydrated and gives it a natural glow. If you feel your bad skin is due to poor diet and lifestyle choices, then you’ll notice an immediate difference once you increase your water intake.
Eating refined sugars, which can be found in things like chocolate and fizzy drinks generates a spike in your blood sugar levels and causes your body to produce more insulin. Too much insulin releases androgen hormones and an excess of androgens will cause our skin to produce an excessive amount of sebum which can lead to acne inflammation. Good/natural sugars can be found in fruit which keeps your blood sugar levels balanced and release nutrients to your body thus making your skin glow!
This was a big one for me and I noticed an immediate difference once I eliminated it from my diet. Dairy that is found in dairy milk is intended to grow calves and contains a lot of natural male/female hormones. These hormones can interrupt your natural balance, which can then lead to breakouts. There are plenty of great alternatives to dairy out on the market, which includes soy, unsweetened almond, coconut, hemp, or oat milk, but, make sure that you choose ones that are GMO-free. I particularly like the taste of KOKO which is derived from coconuts.
I made the personal choice to eliminate most meats from my diet (except for fish) for almost a year and a half now and I’ve noticed a massive improvement in the condition of my skin along with my general well-being. My hormonal breakouts have reduced and my cycle has become a lot more balanced and regular, which may have contributed to the health of my skin.
Stress & Excercise
Exercise helps decrease stress, which may contribute to breakouts or acne. Physical activity also helps your skin by increasing your blood circulation, which sends more oxygen to your skin cells and gets rid of waste. I always notice that my skin has a healthy glow after a good workout, although you must also remember to cleanse your skin thoroughly after exercise as the excessive oil may worsen an existing breakout. Yoga and meditation are also great for reducing stress and will have a long-term and positive effect in improving your skin.
You must not let your skin endure stress on you as this will only exacerbate your breakout/acne and stress is generally bad for your health. Recognise that your skin does not define you and you have full control over it! You must speak kindly to yourself and remind yourself that it is curable and temporary:)
Now I’m going to move onto what I use to treat my skin externally. I have been using these products for the best part of four years and I feel that they have been a massive contributor in helping keep my skin clear. I notice that my skin is at its best when I’m using minimal products as it starts to freak out when I overload it. I have listed my favourite skincare products that I use down below;
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish– I feel that this cleanser has been a key contributor in helping keep my skin clear. As well as cleansing, it gently exfoliates, which helps regenerate the skin. I use this every evening without fail to remove daily grime and makeup and it is packed with effective natural active ingredients.
Ren Evercalm Cleansing Milk– This is a gentle milk cleanser is designed for sensitive and problematic skin. I like to use this cleanser in the morning to give my skin a gentle cleanse and love the way it leaves my skin feeling super soft, clean and clear without drying it out. One of its main ingredients is Calendula which helps to soothe and heal your skin and is particularly effective in helping heal acne.
Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser– I will use this cleanser in the evening to do a double cleanse if my skin has had a breakout. This cleanser is honestly magical at reducing inflammation and active breakouts.
Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Mask– This mask is also formulated as part of the Clearcalm 3 range to help combat and prevent breakouts. I use this once a week to give my skin a deep cleanse and I have to say that I notice a massive difference in my skin after I’ve used this mask. It leaves my skin looking clearer and feeling soothed.
Pixie Glow Tonic– Mild BHA and AHA acids can do wonders for acne. I recently discovered the Pixie Glow Tonic toner which has been a godsend for my skin. It is formulated with 5% Glycolic Acid which does a great job of brightening your skin texture by removing dead skin cells. I have seen a huge difference in the texture of my skin since using this toner as it looks a lot more even and clearer.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray– This spray is designed to target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. It contains Zinc Sulphate which is renowned in helping heal and calming spots/acne. I like to spray this on my face after cleaning my face with my cleanse & polish in the evening as I don’t like to put anything having on my at night time. I have noticed a reduction in my blemishes and it also leaves my skin feeling smooth & supple.
So guys, that is the end of this blog post. I hope you have enjoyed it and gained some inspiration. Please remember that your skin does not define you and you have full control over your breakout/acne.
What helps you keep your skin clear? xx