Have you ever panicked at the sight of a nasty red bump, knowing fully well that a pimple is going to appear just before that important meeting? Yes, this is a universal problem which has led us to collecting tons of quick and effective tips on how to get clear skin fast and naturally.
- How to get clear skin
- Wash your face twice a day
- Get your beauty sleep
- Be mindful of what you eat
- Use a cleansing brush
- Opt for the right cleanser
- Try acne treatments
- Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise!
- Exfoliate regularly
- Wear sunscreen
- Stop picking at your skin
- Try lightweight makeup
- Workout at least twice a week
- Home remedies
How to get clear skin
Wash your face twice a day
Sometimes, we forget the most basic rules. If you are prone to breakouts, washing your face in the morning and evening can make a world of a difference. The AM cleansing preps your face for the day while the PM cleansing gets rid of the grime and dirt accumulated through the day. Good cleansing also helps your skin better absorb skincare products. Also, do note, if you are a fitness buff, it’s important to wash your face before and after your workout. Don’t let the bacteria and sweat turn into a hotbed for all kinds of blackheads and acne.
Get your beauty sleep
No, beauty sleep is not a myth. It reduces your chances of dark circles, eye bags, wrinkles and even acne. Stress and sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to zits and fine lines. Try calming rituals for a stress-free beauty sleep of eight full hours for making your dreams of clear skin a reality.
Be mindful of what you eat
Why is it that the tastiest food items are the worst for your skin? Yes, we are declaring sugar and oily food as your face’s number one enemy. Sure, you can have your cheat day, but know that sugar, oily food, excessive carbs and processed food are also responsible for ageing, wrinkles and acne. Opt for baked goodies instead of fried stuff. Try to find the right balance by following the ‘less is more’ ideology and filling in your quota of fruits, veggies and proteins that will help clear your skin faster.
Use a cleansing brush
You don’t have to use a cleansing brush every day, because if not used correctly, it can cause more harm than good by creating mini-abrasions. However, using it a couple of times a week helps you clear your skin fast and naturally. Add a few drops of a mild cleanser like the Pond’s Bright Beauty Mineral Clay Facial Foam and then get to removing makeup,clearing grime and gently exfoliating all in one go.
Opt for the right cleanser
A lot of times, your face suffers due to harsh chemicals in skincare products. Each person’s go-to cleanser can differ which is why you should ideally consult a dermatologist or be sure of your own research. For instance, if you have dry or sensitive skin, a salicylic acid-based cleanser may not be the best option for you, and so on. Pinpoint the skin conditions that you might want to treat and then look for a cleanser accordingly.
Try acne treatments
Are you prone to breakouts and cystic acne? Is your mom’s advice of ‘it will heal naturally’ not working out for you? Some skin types do need additional help along with the age-old home remedies of turmeric and aloe vera. If that’s the case with you, it may be time to look for some professional help. Dermatologists will have the best solution as they advise medical treatments for your acne like chemical peels or serums and face washes with ingredients like retinol, benzoyl peroxide, Vitamin E or salicylic acid like the Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil.
Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise!
When it comes to good skincare habits, nothing is as important as moisturising whether you have oily or dry skin. If not moisturised, your skin might try to produce excessive oil to compensate for the dryness which will further lead to breakouts. Moisturising also hydrates the skin keeping it smooth and supple.
If you have oily skin, look for moisturisers that are light like water or gel-based formulas. If you have dry skin, look for a cream with a more nourishing formula. If your skin is acne-prone, opt for non-comedogenic moisturisers that won’t clog your pores or lead to further acne.
Again, you don’t have to go all out and do all of these treatments every day. Exfoliate a couple of times a week at the end of your day to get rid of dead skin cells. You can try making a DIY scrub with natural ingredients like oats or coffee or opt for a chemical peel. Simply pick the weapon of your choice and hop aboard the exfoliating train.
The sun really is a double-edged sword. While on one hand, it provides your skin with vitamin D, on the other hand, excessive exposure to harmful UV rays can cause ageing and acne. Opt for a sunscreen that is oil-free and water-based. Apply it at regular intervals when you’re outdoors.
Stop picking at your skin
Popping pimples might be satisfying but the guilt that follows after seeing the scar it has created is not worth it. Additionally, that old adage of 'pop one pimple, and you'll get three more' holds true, since popping a zit can expose the skin to more bacteria and increase the chances of getting another one. Not only should you stop picking at your skin, but also keep your hands away from your face which may be covered with all kinds of bacteria thanks to the surfaces you touch all the time, including your phone.
Try lightweight makeup
Makeup may help you look good in the moment but forgetting to remove it at the end of the day is complete no-no. Let your skin breathe on certain days by skipping the foundation and opting for a lightweight CC cream or even just a concealer.
Workout at least twice a week
A workout is always a good thing, even if you have acne-prone skin. In fact, the whole myth about working out being bad for the skin is not true. The sweat produced from exercising only clogs pores if you don’t clean your face properly. Exercising regularly will help flush the toxins out of your system, boost blood circulation and provide oxygen to your skin giving it a healthy glow.
Did you know that you can also achieve flawless skin with the day-to-day items available in your very own kitchen? After exposing your face to all kinds of pollutants, chemicals and stress, it does need some pampering and added reinforcement to help make your skin glow. Along with the standard CTM (cleansing, toning and moisturizing) routine, try out these home remedies.
Green tea ice cubes - freezing green tea and then applying its ice cubes to the face unclogs pores, treats acne and replenishes skin cells.
Rose water - it maintains the skin’s pH balance, hydrates skin and strengthens skin cells.
Honey - it slows down ageing, evens skin tone, treats and prevents acne, and unclogs pores.
Oats - it is a natural cleanser that undoes the damage done by sun, pollution and chemicals. It also reduces tan, acne marks, blemishes and dark spots.
Turmeric - it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory hence treating redness, and blemishes. It also fights acne, protects against UV rays and fine lines, and also calms conditions like rosacea and eczema.