Monday, April 4, 2011

My top 10 tips of having clearer skin

I just want to share how I got my skin cleared of acne and other blemishes; you might have heard most of the tips before but I'll also share some new treatments and procedures that would help your skin look and feel its best. Obviously these tips may or may not work for some, but these tips are what worked for me :) So read on and if you have more tips you can share it to me too :)

1. Have a simple skin care regimen.
Cleanse, tone, moisturize- yep! I know you've heard that before! but I bet, most of you don't have a skin care regimen like this. Try to buy products that are designed specifically for sensitive skin and NOT the ones that are for pimple/acne prone skin. Salicylic Acid in most products can sometimes be more irritating than help clear the skin. I personally recommend Celeteque' s 3-step kit because it is made for sensitive skin. 

It's facial wash is fragrance- free and has chamomile extract which has anti- inflammatory properties that soothes sensitive and irritated skin

The Toner is alcohol- free and has witch hazel extract. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent, which makes it very useful in fighting acne.

Their Moisturizer is surprisingly oil-free and colorless :) It's a joy applying the gel- form moisturizer that contains another organic ingredient; Aloe Vera. It is mainly for soothing the skin and keeping the skin moist in harsh or dry weather. aloe Vera also has the ability to stimulate healthy cell growth and repair damaged tissues

2. Don't dry your face with your Bath towel. Use Tissue/ Facial Tissue instead.

Bacteria can sometimes harbor on towels that are not properly dried and then reused. Of course as economical as we are in the Philippines, we reuse our towels every bath, let it dry under the sun and change it every week. As my very wise dermatologist said, "Dry your face with Tissue" . Use a separate set of tissue paper that you could use to dry your face to prevent bacteria from getting to your face.

3. Change your bedsheets, pillow cases and curtains. Clean YOUR room! :)

4. Disinfect your cellphone

5. Get your Hair out of your face

6. Eat Healthier, Drink Water and Fruit Juices and some coffee

There are a lot of aesthetic procedures out there to take care of our skin externally. But it is true that you are what you eat so fill yourself up with these foods for the skin.

Carrots are a good food for skin because they are a high source of beta-carotene. The body coverts beta-carotene to vitamin A for use within the body. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that mops up free radicals, such as those produced by overexposure to the sun, that lead to the premature aging of skin. It also aids in skin collagen formation. Collagen helps skin look young and plump.
Vitamin A aids in the development of skin cells and the maintenance of proper skin cell health. A vitamin A deficiency can lead to dry skin.
Eating carrots can be a natural sunscreen, providing a SPF factor of 2 to 4 in people with light colored skin.
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and vitamin C as well. In addition, these potatoes contain vitamin E. Vitamin E helps the body regenerate vitamin C and therefore is necessary in order to maximize the effectiveness of vitamin C. Foods that contain high quantities of vitamin C and vitamin E are very effective antioxidants for skin protection.

Salmon Salmon and other oily fish (sardines, mackerel, fresh tuna ) play an important role in skin health. Salmon contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids which the body cannot manufacture on its own. These fatty acids improve the skin by decreasing the occurrence of clogged pores, reducing the body’s production of inflammatory agents that can lead to skin damage, reducing skin dryness and skin dryness related problems such as eczema, and improving the skin’s elasticity. These fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes. They prevent harmful substances from entering the cells, but allow essential nutrients in. Because these substances strengthen the cell membrane, they help to keep water in and keep the cells hydrated. This helps the skin maintain its proper moisture level resulting in skin that is plump and younger looking.
Salmon is also high in selenium, which improves various skin problems and overall skin health.

Dairy Products
Dairy products are a good food for skin because they provide vitamin A. As previously stated, vitamin A is important for proper skin health. Unlike foods containing beta-carotene, which is the precursor to vitamin A, dairy products provide vitamin A directly. Therefore, individuals with certain health problems that interfere with beta-carotene to vitamin A conversion will still get vitamin A into their bodies if they consumed sufficient amounts of dairy products.

Whole Grains
Whole grains, as can be found in certain breads and cereals, are a good food for skin because they are loaded with the B group vitamins. B group vitamins are essential for normal skin functioning. They are required for the growth of new cells, replacing those that have died, and help strengthen the skin against infections and stress. Specifically, whole grains help prevent the peeling and cracking of skin, rough skin on the hands and feet, and conditions such as mouth ulcers.

Green Tea
Green tea is a valuable food for skin. It provides a wide range of benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to play a role in preventing certain types of skin cancers by reducing the risk of damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Green tea is loaded with a variety of antioxidants and is a good food for skin and overall good body health. It is high in vitamins C, D, and K, as well as riboflavin, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron.

7. Drink VITAMINS for the skin

I personally take USANA's Proflavonol, a supplement that supplies powerful bioflavonoids from grape-seed extract, which is clinically proven to sustain sound cardiovascular health. It also maintains a balanced immune function and healthy, younger- looking skin. I only take 1 tablet a day :)

8. Change your make- up and clean your make-up sponges/brushes

Its better to use make-up and beauty products that has less chemicals and has more ingredients that are more organic and safe for the skin. I personally use Skinfood Aloe Sun BB cream, A multi-function BB cream that protects skin from UV rays and moisturizes skin with aloe extract, while achieving a clear, radiant skin tone., I have less on my skin and have the benefits of having SPF and a fresh face throughout the day :) Make sure you also know the expiration date of your beauty products.

9. Get More SLEEP

Accept it, You look better when you get more shut- eye. Progressive loss of cellular water may be one reason sleepless nights affect our skin more visibly as we age, says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad. Water retention is key to keeping skin moisturized and supple, which can translate to fewer lines and a smoother complexion.But if there's really a need for you to stay up at night, make sure you are hydrated.

10. Forget the old-school facials, Try having laser genesis treatments

Laser Genesis Skin Therapy uses advanced science to achieve vibrant, even skin tone and smooth texture in both men and women. Light penetrates deeply into the skin where collagen is manufactured, stimulating an increase of new collagen production. Unlike harsher methods, this is done without destroying the upper layers of skin (non-ablative). The Laser Genesis procedure safely, discretely and effectively treats scars, uneven textures, fine line wrinkles and large pores. The result is skin with smoother texture and a healthier appearance. The skin is gently warmed during this procedure, and daily activities may be resumed right away. This is truly a rejuvenating experience with no downtime. I had two sessions already and it has greatly improved the appearance of my skin.

There, simple tips and lifestyle changes can not only help your skin but your over all wellness :) Try some or all of it or better yet tell me what you've done to clear your skin of those stubborn acne. :)

*I do not own any of the photos above

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