We know that it can become very difficult to know what it is your skin actually needs in order for it to be healthy. There are millions of skincare products on the market which are all promising different things with hundreds of different ingredients. We are overwhelmed by the amount of hype around different products and regimes across social media, marketing, and beauty gurus.
So, what does your skin really need? What actually helps your skin and how to find it?
We have collated 10 top tips, which have been thoroughly researched and proved to help your journey to clear skin days.
1. Wash your face every morning and every evening
No matter your skin type, cleansing the day away is vital to the upkeep of healthy skin.
Acne treatments can sometimes be expensive, ineffective, and harsh to your skin. According to a study, conducted by the National Library of Medicine, washing your face everyday reduces inflammation and the appearance of spots and blemishes. Some of the participants only washed their face once a day to compare results and it was found that they had the greatest increase in spots. Therefore, it shows the importance of washing your face both at night and in the morning!
2. Use a Clarifying Toner
Although toners aren’t always widely used by everyone, they are amazing for your skin!
Toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. According to board-certified dermatologist Debra Jaliman, toners remove oil, traces of dirt, bacteria, and makeup, helping to balance the PH level of your skin. This is a great way to prime your skin for the rest of your products. You might be surprised to learn that a healthy skin pH is more on the acidic side. With more acidity, your skin can combat harmful microbes and damaging free radicals that might increase the aging process.
3. Use a gentle serum
A serum is a great way to inject a shot of active ingredients directly into your skin. Serums are lightweight, effective, and seriously good for your skin. Designed to nourish, protect, and hydrate your skin, serums are a great step after cleansing and before moisturising. According to a study conducted by J Clin Aesthet Dermatol, where the effects of serums were analysed on a group of individuals, the use of serum demonstrated significant reductions in dryness, tactile roughness and showed improvements in softness after just two weeks.
4. Use a hydrating moisturiser
Moisturisers are crucial for sealing the moisture in from your skin, as well as nourishing and hydrating the skin. No matter what skin type you have, moisturisers should be the most important step in your routine. When your skin becomes dry, your body makes more oil. The extra oil can clog your pores, which may lead to more breakouts. Therefore, keeping your skin hydrated with a moisturiser is sure to answer all our prayers!
5. Use a targeted treatment
Finding a good treatment for a spot or blemish is a great way to treat one area of your face. And no, toothpaste doesn’t help your blemishes! Spot treatments work by delivering acne-fighting ingredients directly to the offending blemish. Spot treatments help to reduce redness and swelling. Spots can be painful; trust us we know! So treatments can also help to loosen or dissolve the blockage within the pore that created the blemish in the first place.
6. Protect your skin
Using SPF is vital to any skincare routine as it protects us from the damaging UV rays from the sun and from blue light radiation. Your skin is the main barrier between you and the outside world, so to protect it is our one job! Choose an SPF 30 or higher to ensure full protection, blocking both UVA and UVB rays. They can also help to moisturise the skin which is vital to stop the product of excess oil in your skin.
7. Get some sleep
Having healthy skin goes beyond just what products you are using on your face. It is about your lifestyle too. According to a 2015 study, over 65% of participants who had lack of sleep also had more aggressive spots, blemishes, or acne.
The study found that a lack of sleep could, in some instances, cause the body to release inflammatory compounds which could cause the skin to break out or worsen acne.
Aim for around 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help look after your skin.
8. Stay hydrated
It might sound cliché but drinking water can really help the appearance of your skin. Dehydrated skin can trigger excess oil production, which could contribute to spots. According to several studies, upping your intake of water helps to keep your skin soft and smooth when used alongside a moisturiser.
For instance, one 30-day study in 49 women observed that drinking an additional 2 litres of water daily significantly improved skin hydration.
Not only does drinking enough water help your skin, it has many other benefits including supporting your immune function, regulating blood sugar levels, and promotes natural detoxification.
9. Try and not to pick at your skin
We know it is really hard sometimes not to pick your spots or give them a pop, but for the sake of your skins health it is important to resist. Picking your zits exposes your pore which can lead to infection and even more bacteria including from your fingers. Picking you spots can also lead to scarring, so it really is best to avoid at all costs.
10. Look after your mental health
“The most important thing you can do in terms of preventing or minimizing acne is to decrease stress in your life,” says dermatologist Ivy Lee, MD, of Pasadena Premier Dermatology in California. Many studies find that the amount of oil in your skin is directly influenced by stress. The more stress (physical and emotional) that you feel, the higher the cortisol levels in the body which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Destressing can be difficult but there are ways to do so such as relaxing, being more mindful, and focusing on wellness and exercising. All of which decrease levels of cortisol, lower stress, and reduce acne.
When it comes to clear skin, it is all about what your lifestyle is like along with what products you are using. By making small changes it may change the appearance of your skin! Pay attention to what you do want on your skin, e.g. moisturiser, serum, and SPF but also the things you don’t want on your skin for example bacteria from your hands and damaging products such as toothpaste!
Having a bit of consistency, trust in the process and dedication we can change the future of our skin for good! 💛