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9.27.2017

How to Clear Skin Naturally

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If pesky pimples ruin your day, it’s time to change your skincare routine. There is no cure for acne, but you can manage mild breakouts by following these simple tips.
Don’t       
·         Over-exfoliate.
Using harsh exfoliates or exfoliating too much can damage your skin. Dead skin cells are designed to slough off naturally, and too much exfoliating can harm the new skin underneath. If you must exfoliate your skin, choose a gentle product made of natural ingredients and limit exfoliation to once a week.
·         Use harsh skin treatments.
Some people go to great lengths to get clear skin, but some of these treatments can make skin worse. Facials, chemical peels, and DIY face masks are just a few of the treatments to be wary of. Before you treat your face, test the solution on a small patch of skin on your hand. If your skin becomes inflamed, it’s not the right treatment for you. Consider cruelty-free skin care products that are gentle on your skin and the environment.


·         Wash your face with hot water.
Frequent harsh showers can cause burns, rashes, and dehydration. Your skin has natural oils that maintain moisture, but hot water strips away oils to leave your skin raw. Stick to cool or lukewarm showers to avoid inflammation.
·         Rub your skin with a towel.
Rubbing your face with a towel can damage skin. The fibers of the towel drag across the skin’s surface, causing redness and tearing skin cells. Instead of rubbing, pat your face dry with a towel to remove excess moisture and keep skin healthy.
·         Pop your own pimples.
If you want acne-free skin, stop popping your own pimples. It may be tempting, but squeezing your pimples can result in scarring, discoloration, and more breakouts. Mild breakouts typically disappear on their own, but applying pressure can rupture the pore’s lining and cause a crater-like pit in the skin. It also spreads more bacteria, increasing the likelihood of painful, infected pimples.

Do
·         Drink water.
Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to prevent dehydration. Drinking water flushes out toxins, increases circulation, and hydrates skin cells to brighten your skin. If you exercise or engage in intense physical activity during the day, drink even more to keep skin hydrated. If you need to increase the amount of water you’re drinking, invest in a HydroFlask and keep your water cold all day long.
·         Get enough sleep.
During sleep, the body repairs itself and recovers from the previous day. While you rest, your skin produces more collagen, which prevents sagging and wrinkles from forming. Your body also boosts blood flow while you get some shut-eye, which gives your complexion a healthy glow. Without enough sleep, your skin will look tired, patchy, and dehydrated. Get at least seven to nine hours of restful sleep to rid your face of under-eye bags and dark circles as well.


·         Eat healthy.
A healthy diet is key to clear skin. The nutrients in your diet directly impact your complexion. Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K help keep retain your skin’s elasticity, fight signs of aging, and give your complexion a healthy glow.
If you want clear, vibrant-looking skin, avoid junk food and sugary snacks. These foods contain artificial ingredients and preservatives that can increase oil production and the risk of acne breakouts. Instead of junk food, incorporate more leafy greens, grass-fed beef, and sustainably farmed fish into your diet.
·         Drink in moderation.
A glass of wine or beer may sound great after a long day of work, but if you want clear skin, drink in moderation. Alcohol dehydrates skin, which leads to redness, dryness, and bloating. Drinking alcohol also hinders the production of vasopressin, which is an anti-diuretic hormone. This causes your body to pass water through the kidneys and into the bladder faster without hydrating your body.
Alcohol also depletes your body of Vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient that renews cells and promotes cell turnover. Without Vitamin A, your complexion may take on a dull, tired appearance.
If you want clearer skin, you might not need to see a doctor. Start by following these tips to achieve vibrant, blemish-free skin.

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