Achieving beautiful from the skin if you have acne and oily skin does not have to be hard work; nor does it have to be as expensive as you think. Here are some everyday habits you could, and should, incorporate into your routine to help improve your skin:
A person is recommended to drink about two liters a day (eight cups of water). This doesn’t sound that difficult, does it? Well, you’d be surprised how little a person drinks a day. Drinking water helps remove toxins from your body. Why is this good for skin, you ask? Toxins can often cause acne, and flushing them out can drastically reduce the appearance of acne. Try it! Notice how much water you tend to drink in a day, and try to bump it up to two liters a day. If it doesn’t work out, at least you’re well hydrated!
I know what you’re thinking…. “I have to work out to help my skin?!” The short answer is, well, yes! There are so many benefits to exercising, and getting clearer skin is one of them. Exercising releases a hormone in the body called endorphins. When endorphins are released, it activates a feeling of stress-relief or “feel good” chemicals. If stress is what is causing your acne, this will help. Exercise also helps release toxins from the body, just like drinking water. Lastly, exercising can often cause you to sweat, and when you sweat your pores are opened up. Because your pores are opened up, it will be easier to wash out all the dirt and gunk from underneath, but you MUST wash your face/body after sweating and exercising or it will cause more breakouts. Wearing makeup during exercise is not advised—it is more likely to seep into your pores and clog them.
Getting your beauty sleep is a very real thing. Studies show that the less sleep you get, the more stress you experience. As we know, stress causes acne and we don’t want that. It’s recommended that a person should sleep around 8-9 hours a night, but if we’re being realistic, 7 is fine too. Even losing just one hour than recommended can make a huge difference. Getting a good night’s rest will also significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. So if you don’t want to look like a zombie all the time, get some rest!
DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. Just don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. Are you a pimple popper? Well, those days are over, you have to retire that life now! There is a disgustingly huge amount of bacteria and dirt on your hands, and touching your face just further spreads it. When you pop a pimple, you open up a wound on your face and allow the bacteria from your hands to get inside it. Popping pimples do not help your skin whatsoever; instead, it just spreads bacteria and makes scarring more likely to occur. Picking your skin can irritate it, therefore causing more breakouts. If you MUST touch your face, first wash your hands thoroughly beforehand. The only times you should touch your face is when you wash it and put products onto it. If you must pop a pimple, it’s best for a professional to do it.
What you put into your body actually affects your body, crazy isn’t it? When you eat healthy and clean foods, your body will know and react accordingly. If you are eating greasy and sugary junk all the time, your body will process it the only way it sees fit. People often believe that because greasy foods contain a lot of oil, and oily skin causes acne, the oils in greasy foods cause acne. This isn’t necessarily true, but it also doesn’t mean greasy foods are good for you. Greasy foods contain little to no nutritional value, and bad nutrition can be the cause of your acne. Eating too many sugary foods can also cause acne because it affects the balance of hormones in your body, and I’m sure most of us have experienced how terrible hormonal acne is. Another surprising food that causes acne is dairy—milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc. Dairy products often have growth hormone chemicals inside of it, and putting that into your body can do no good. It also has many inflammatory substances that cause you to break out. I’m not telling you to become a vegan overnight, but being more aware of what you put into your body can help clear your skin. Try to eat less greasy foods, sugar, and even dairy and see what this does for your skin.
Most of these tips to improve acne and oily skin encourages overall healthy habits. That’s the thing—to have healthy skin you must generally be healthy. Being healthy is beautiful, and the beauty will show through your skin and energy. Take the time to improve your health, and a natural beauty will come from it.