It’s definitely easy to get tempted by tons of fancy and expensive skincare products in the seemingly never-ending quest for clear skin. While I do have several products that I use everyday, I find that my skin has sees the most improvement when I change certain eating and lifestyle habits.
In today’s post, I’m talking about all the completely free ways you can work toward clearer skin starting now!
1. Rinse — don’t wash — your face in the morning
This is one of the best changes I made to my skincare routine in the last year. It’s so tempting to just use product after product and repeatedly wash your face in the hopes of clearing your skin, but it actually has the opposite effect. During the night, your skin produces natural oils and constantly stripping them away (especially first thing in the morning when you don’t need to) can cause your skin to over-produce oils and lead to clogged pores.
My favorite thought on this topic comes from Diane Irons from The World’s Best-Kept Beauty Secrets. “Unless you’ve been up all night digging ditches (you poor dear!) your face is not dirty.”
Less stress = a happier body.
This maybe sounds like a tired piece of advice but it’s my most important, tried and true, skincare (and overall well-being) advice. In the last year, I changed my perspective big time on everything — from the way I look at the world and others to my daily efforts to stay present. And my skin has NEVER been better. I have always always suffered from terrible breakouts, especially on my forehead and it was always embarrassing and I couldn’t treat it with anything.
Though I have made some game changing skincare discoveries in the last year (namely Clarisonic and Egyptian Magic), I have to attribute the majority of the improvement I’ve experienced to my newly established inner state of peace. Less stress=a happier body.
3. Drink more water
Water is our bestest friend. I pretty much exclusively drink water and keep tabs on how much I drink throughout the day everyday. The benefits of water cannot be overstated, and it is one of the easiest and least expensive tricks for better skin.
4. Get a good night’s sleep
I’m somebody who needs a solid 8-10 hours of sleep to be a fully functioning participant of society. It’s something that I build my day, schedule, and life around because it’s that important to me. I go to bed early ( around 10:00 – 11:00 pm) and love every minute of it.
For others like me and those of you who need less nightly sleep, you may notice that when you’re behind on sleep or not sleeping well for whatever reason, your skin responds. Our skin does so much repairing during the night that it’s really a crucial time to heal breakouts and irritations.
5. Don’t pick!
This was a hard freaking habit to break. I know people are typically either super grossed out by this or super into it, but I was and am never someone who can leave a zit just chilling on my face. This habit, paired with stress, became a picking/popping/irritating nightly frenzy and led to even more breakouts and some light scarring over time.
I have found that if I touch a blemish, it probably makes it more clogged the next day 90% of the time. Not worth it for so many reasons. Now I still can’t leave terrible, obvious things on my face, but I don’t go searching for them. Because if you look, you will find things to pick! So resist the urge to search for them.
Little tip → If you do absolutely need to pick or pop something, do it at night on a clean face. The amount of healing that occurs through the night tremendously helps.
Thank you for reading, as always. <3 What is your biggest skincare hack?