Good Habits for Better, Clear Skin

I know a lot of you have asked for skincare tips, and we all know there is no limit to what many of us would do to have perfect skin. Whether it's harsh lasers or chemical peels, we try to find a way to a glowy, dewy, and unblemished complexion. The fact is healthy, clear, and beautiful skin starts with good habits. It’s the smart choices you make throughout the years that add up and pay off. So, put your best face forward and absorb the advice below for skincare tips to keep you looking, and feeling, your best.

Hydration

Always remember that hydration is key to clear skin. So drink lots of water! Since the skin overcompensates and produces more oil than necessary when it’s dry, dehydration can cause breakouts, so be sure to drinks lots of water! And if you have dry skin like me, I recommend you try our Hyaluronic Acid Serum and USDA Organic Rosehip Oil instead of a lightweight lotion. The all-day hydration will change your skin for the better, even if you have oily skin.

When applying makeup on top of dry, flaky skin, your skin looks even drier and flaky, so opt for our Vitamin C Moisturizer to keep things smooth and clear. Try adding MCT Oil to your diet to help moisturize and smooth your skin. While on the topic of coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil mixed with baking soda makes for an awesome facial scrub that will help with eczema. Thank me later.

*Pro-tip, if you’re taking a hot shower, try not to linger. The heat can dry out your skin, leaving it dehydrated and flaky.

Makeup

When your inner beauty radiates, it’s not necessary to wear makeup every day! Try going without makeup for one day a week or the weekend to let your skin breathe. If it seems like a certain beauty product is making you break out, talk to your doctor to test if you’re allergic to gluten or any other ingredient that may be irritating your skin. You can try searching for non-comedogenic makeup and moisturizer to avoid breakouts. Using mineral makeup that contains zinc oxide will help to fight acne as you cover it, instead of other makeup that will simply clog pores.

Keep in mind, steam and hot water will open pores while cold water and air will help to close them. So never apply your makeup directly after a hot shower because when your pores are open, they’ll instantly absorb more of the makeup, clogging pores. Try waiting about 10 to 15 minutes before applying makeup so that your pores will close up first.

*Quick tip, during your morning beauty routine, it’s best to style your hair before doing your makeup. If you’ve got makeup on your face before you start using a blow dryer, the heat begins to melt your makeup, sealing it into your pores and making your skin much more susceptible to breakouts.

Hygiene

Beauties, please stop touching your face throughout the day! Be sure to wash your hands before you wash your face; going straight into washing your face with dirt and oil on your hands will defeat the purpose of cleaning your face. Also, try not to use your hand towel as your face towel! We pick up bacteria from every surface we touch and all of that bacteria floods our face once you start touching your skin. So be sure to keep your hands away from the face for clearer, healthier skin overall.

Dark Spots - Acne

Yeah, I know, acne and dark spots take time to completely heal but don’t give up.  Continue to treat with dark spot corrector religiously until you see results. Using retinoids, like our Retinol Moisturizer, at night helps to prevent acne and fade spots. You may also try using our 100% Tea Tree Essential  Oil on the marks before bedtime, and you’ll wake up with a much happier, healthier complexion. Don’t be discouraged; it works!

Regimen Tips

Many people try and replicate the beauty routines of their friends, families, and loved ones. However, the complicated facts of skin types, beauty products, and non-specific advice everywhere we look make the process of finding YOUR routine a process. Remember, there are different types of skin; whether it’s dry, normal, oily, or combination there’s a specific type of product you should be looking for that will work best for that type. By learning which skin type you have, you can also learn how to treat it.

Try to make washing your face in the morning and night a routine; once you do it for three weeks straight, it will become a habit. In addition to face wash, use a toner if you have oily skin. Any excess makeup and bacteria will be removed and you’ll have fresh skin. Radha’s USDA Organic Rosewater Toner is both balancing and soothing, making it great for all skin types to even out redness and calm any irritation that may be happening.

Apart from your face wash, toner, serums, and moisturizers...face masks and exfoliators are just as important. Try a face mask about once a week and be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. For sensitive skin, look for a gentler exfoliator to use it more frequently without harsh effects.

*Quick tip. Try incorporating our Vitamin C Cleanser, Vitamin C Serum and Vitamin C Moisturizer into your regime. They’re packed with antioxidants, so using Vitamin C will help to wake up your skin and leave it feeling clean and fresh.

Lifestyle

We all know stress can cause flare-ups in your skin, but working out can reduce stress and acne. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine will combat stress and keep your skin clear. Relax, rest, and get a seriously awesome skin treatment that will make you feel like a new person.

Try taking up yoga or another relaxing activity to de-stress yourself on a regular basis. Because stress is a huge cause of acne, combating it in any way will reduce breakouts. It won’t hurt to treat yourself to a spa day once in a while, even if it’s in the comfort of your own home. Our 160mL Diffuser and 100% Natural Lavender Essential  Oil will be a great combo against stress.

And remember, when you work out, be sure to wash your face both before and after you exercise. Leaving makeup and/or dirt on your face while you exercise means that it will mix with your sweat and clog pores, so be sure to start and end with a face wash. Exercise is important to staying healthy and keeping your skin clear. I would recommend exercising for about 15 minutes a day to keep toxins in your body at bay and maintain clear skin.

Last but not least, make sure you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Adequate sleep is vital for skin health. It’s a dynamic time when your body and mind re-balance. Sleep loss can lead to dull-looking skin, dark circles under the eyes, and eventually fine lines. So be sure to get enough rest at night to allow your body rejuvenate and restore itself, leading to clearer skin.