Today, I wanted to share my three secrets for clear skin, because these skin-tips are what I wish I’d known years ago.
As some of you might already know, occasional breakouts happen. We’ve all woken up after a long weekend of partying, not having removed our makeup the night before…with a pimple. Or even after a weekend of indulging in heavy meals, and the popularly termed “cheat foods”.
Although I’ve never experienced bad cases of persistent acne, I did used to encounter occasional monthly breakouts, as many of us do, which really affected my self-esteem and my ability to have make-up free days. I still get the occasional spot, yet the difference being is that I no longer allow it to consume me, and take the adequate preventative steps to manage my skin health.
I spent years investing in skincare, and trying tons of different products. Some turned out to be effective, while others fell short. But, it wasn’t until I realized that skincare products are in actuality supplementary to inner well being, and that true skin health starts from within that I began to notice a real difference.
Thanks to eating a balanced plus nourished diet of wholefoods and finding the correct products for my skin, my breakouts are infrequent now. So here are my 3 secrets for clear, radiant skin:
1. Skin Health Starts Within:
Whenever I feel an imbalance in my body, it tends to show in my skin. That’s why I’m a firm believer that true skincare starts from within. Your skin is a reflection of what’s happening inside of your body. For example, chin spots are hormone related and can be frequent during PMS, whereas forehead acne is normally related to digestion.
- I like to implement lots of healthy fats such as omega 3, coconut oil, mct oil, and fish into my weekly diet. Healthy fats are linked to clearing acne, so this is a preventative measure I make sure to include when planning meals. Moreover, I normally try to include either a green smoothie, celery juice in the morning, Sakara chlorophyll water or a leafy green salad into my daily routine. Greens contain water and chlorophyll which hydrates and cleanses our body.
- Dairy can upset my skin complexion so I cut it out completely – I prefer almond or coconut milk and coconut yogurt to the cow-based options anyway. Another thing I’ve completely removed from my diet is processed foods, these aren’t good for health in general, but can really mess-up digestion and gut health, which is intrinsically linked to skin health. Removing processed foods from your diet will not only benefit your skin appearance and breakouts, but your overall well-being!
As a rule of thumb, the less ingredients a product contains is normally a good indication and guide of the amount of processing or “clean” levels. The same applies to packaging. Less is more!
- I normally try to drink about two litres of water a day, but when I experience a breakout I become more mindful of my liquid intake. I sip on a matcha latte every morning because it’s full of antioxidants and treat myself to a calming bedtime Yogi tea in the evening, because a good night’s sleep is crucial for skin health. Occasionally, I’ll also incorporate some CBD drops into my evening routine, especially if I’m feeling more anxious or stressed.
- I also like to add some Sakara chlorophyll water drops into my smoothies to make sure I’m getting my daily dose of whole-system detoxification support. You can use my CODE XODARYA for a 20% discount.
2. My Go-To Products For Clear Skin:
Regularly touching acne and spots will only spread bacteria and can create even more problems. So, I do my best not to touch my face or squeeze spots if I’m experiencing a breakout. Even though it takes a lot of willpower, it can minimize recovery time and speeds up the healing process altogether. Patience, and good products are key! So here’s what I do:
- I use Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion daily in the AM-PM and it’s been one of my staples for the last 2 years. This product is an all-round gem and it’s hard to dismiss the fast results and glowing skin even after a few weeks of routine use. It’s a multi-functional lotion that exfoliates, cleanses, and purifies the skin, helping it maintain its acid pH balance. With daily gentle purification, the skin becomes mattified and regenerated, meaning that although it’s not specifically for breakouts this product can help with overall skin health.
- If I’m experiencing a breakout, I make sure to use Masque Vivant. I normally apply the mask directly to my face and add a sprinkle of baking soda combined with the face mask on the spots. The mask-baking-soda combo can also help with pigmentation. Masque Vivant is a balancing mask that addresses everything from dullness to acne.
- I use MZ evening skin moisturizer, and apply it every night before bed. This product is rich in Vitamin A, C and E which helps protect against free radicals, boost cell renewal, correct imperfections and brighten skin tone for an all over glow! It’s also clinically proven to improve skin moisture and reduce wrinkles. What more could you want?!
3. Extractions facials:
Last but not least, I’ve found that routine extraction facials really help my overall skin health and breakout frequency. I try to schedule an extraction facial once every 2 to 3 months. But, this routine can vary as I usually try to listen to my body and be mindful of when things might be needed. Extraction facials can help to reduce acne symptoms by:
- cleansing the skin to remove excess oil, impurities, and debris
- unclogging pores
- removal of dead skin cells
- reducing oil production
- Lessening skin inflammation
I also really like microdermabrasion, and would highly recommend this treatment to anyone who’s never tried it. It leaves your skin looking and feeling absolutely amazing.
Although It’s really nice to get clear skin the natural way, sometimes our body’s need extra help. So if you’re doing everything right and your skin is still not looking it best or experiencing extreme cases of acne, it’s worth visiting a dermatologist and checking your gut health which can be done with your healthcare provider (I prefer naturopaths, and minimal use of pharmaceuticals). There could be something else going on that you need to address with guidance from a trained professional.
I’d love to hear all about what works for you, so if you have any secret tips for clear skin then please hop over to Instagram and let me know!