Spots are the bane of many lives and particularly with the summer Sun still lurking, we have a cause for more days and nights out. So, you’ll want your skin to look the part. Here are my 8 go-to steps for how to clear skin and prevent breakouts.
#1 Drink Water (A Lot)
Drinking water is one of the key ways of helping to clear your skin no matter the weather. However, particularly in summer, it’s important to stay hydrated with an increase in temperature that often leads to a loss of water via sweat.
I tend to aim for around 2 litres of water a day which is said to be the equivalent of 8 cups. I drink around 6-8 cups at work to ensure that I’m drinking the recommended amount during the day and then in the evening whatever I drink on top of that, usually 1-2 more cups of herbal tea, is a bonus.
Don’t forget, you also take in water through foods. The most water-filled foods tend to be fruits and vegetables like melon, strawberries, oranges and similar. If you’re not keen on drinking lots of water, opt for an extra portion of fruit or vegetables to up your water intake in a more do-able way.
#2 Apply SPF
Whether you apply SPF in the form of suncream or it’s in your makeup products. SPF is vital to protect your skin from the Sun to not only help with ageing but from getting skin cancer and similar skin conditions that can be life-threatening. Below are some of my favourite makeup and skincare products that contain SPF.
#3 Wash Your Face Everynight
Every day your face will be subjected to bacteria found in the air, the makeup and others products you apply to your skin and so on. In order to remove these harmful substances from your face, you should wash your face every night.
Make sure you use firstly remove any makeup using a face wipe or similar. Next using a cleanser, complete a “deep clean” of your face and gently rub it with a flannel and warm water. Creating “suds” and working the flannel over your skin for a few minutes will help to break down the stubborn build up of dirt. (Obviously, take care when washing around your eyes.)
I watched YouTuber, Holly Boon, say how she wipes her makeup off with a face wipe and thinks it’s all gone until she goes back in with another face wipe or flannel and loads more “hidden” makeup comes off.
That’s why I recommend wiping your face first with a face wipe before going in again with a flannel wash.
After I’ve taken my makeup off, before I go in with a cleanser, I tend to exfoliate my face. However, I don’t do this step all of the time, perhaps twice a week and only in the evenings.
I simply add a blob of the No.7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion to my finger and rub it on my problem areas. Those being my forehead, on and around my nose, chin and sometimes cheeks. (Basically my whole face!)
I do this for a few minutes so that the “gritty” pieces in the cream, work their way into my pores to scrub out the dirt. I then wash my face using a cleanser and hot flannel before applying night cream.
#5 Steam Your Skin
I don’t think I know anyone who would turn down a spa day or use of a sauna. Not only are they extremely relaxing, they’re great for helping open your pores and de-clog them from bacteria and god knows what else. You don’t need to go to an expensive spa facility to do this.
Using a large mixing bowl, boiling water and a towel will enable you to steam your skin easily and cheaply. Simply pour the boiling water into a large bowl but not so it’s full, probably about 1/3 of the way depending on how deep it is. Then, place the towel over your head to trap the steam from escaping and instead, it’ll heat your face/neck area and work it’s magic.
Good to know: You should be able to rest your face over the bowl without it touching the water.
Do this step once a week after you’ve taken your makeup off and before you exfoliate (like step four) or cleanse (like step three).
#6 Clean Your Phone
Often irregular spots on your cheeks can be a from holding your dirty phone by your face. Although it might not look dirty, it will contain built-up bacteria that can be damaging to your skin. Wet wipe your phone every day to remove the dirt from the day and keep it hygienic. After all, most people nowadays will use their phones every day and so, it’s important you look after it in order to look at your skin.
#7 Three-Step Solution By Doctors
“If you have acne, dermatologists recommend fighting it with a three-step regimen: a salicylic acid cleanser, a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, and a daily moisturiser. Benzoyl peroxide works by fighting the bacteria that causes acne. Salicylic acid dries out the skin and helps exfoliate it to make dead skin cells fall away faster.” (Seventeen) Moisturiser will help to hydrate your face once the dead skin cells have been exfoliated.
#8 Don’t Squeeze Your Spots
This is probably something that we’re all guilty of. Squeezing your spots can cause infections, making the problem worse. Instead, it’s important to tackle your spots by dabbing a sulfur treatment on the problem areas in the morning and again at night. It will help to reduce swelling and redness until eventually, your spot disappears.
Another tip is not to clog your pores with concealer when trying to cover your spot. After all, everyone gets them. Hiding them with layers of makeup can often make the problem worse and cause them to stay around longer.
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