By: Taylor G.
Number one rule! Always read ingredients and check labels! It is so important to always check labels with food and skin care. Anything you cannot pronounce or you have no idea how to say it, well that’s a sign you shouldn’t be eating it or putting it on your skin. Processed foods are pumped full with fillers and artificial colors. These are carcinogens to the body and cause acne. Eat wholesome natural foods. Promise to make a rule with yourself to only eat foods you actually know what it is and what is in it.
As for skin care, I suggest the same. Always get skin care that you can read through the ingredients with no questions. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed within 26 seconds and gets into your blood stream. Only use products that are filled with nutrients and beneficial ingredients. Avoid anything that is brightly colored red, yellow, or orange they likely have artificial colors. You will want to avoid ingredients that aggravate acne. Parabens, mineral oil, aluminum, phenoxyethanol, and FD&C dyes are some of the top ingredients to avoid. DO NOT use these at all costs.
I suggest reading the book “The Acne Diet” it is packed full of beneficial information. This book gives good insight into what types of things to do and stop doing to clear up acne. Plus, it has tons of natural recipes for making your own skin care! Some things that help me are shopping at health food stores or googling organic skin care online. Always make sure to do your research on products.
Also, since natural skin care doesn’t have all the harmful ingredients it needs to be stored properly. A lot, of natural products have a shorter shelf life and need to be stored in a cool dry area. If you are going to the store to shop for some new skin care, make a cheat sheet to take along. Making a cheat sheet can help you remember those top ingredients you want to avoid. Most stores like Target and Wal-mart have “natural” skin care isles that you can check out. If you want a lower price point you may want to check these stores. To take good care of your skin it may cost a little more, but it is well worth it!
If you can’t afford pricey products, you can always make your own. I like this alternative because as a recently graduated college student I don’t have a ton of money. If you make your own skin care it only has a shelf life of at the most a week. However, you know exactly what is in it and what you're putting on your skin. Regardless if your making skincare or buying it, always make sure it has healthful ingredients.