You may find it strange that you still break out during the colder months. But the truth is, what it often comes down to with skin problems is that it is not necessarily about what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body.
Many people think that they need to treat their skin harshly to get rid of acne meanwhile gentle skincare is actually the answer to skin concerns. Especially in winter, you do not want to deprive your skin from its natural oils and moisture. The dry and harsh climate we have been experiencing for the past 6 weeks has already dried out your skin which means that it needs to be soothed as well as treated appropriately.
Gentle skincare routines are usually the most effective way to deal with temperamental skin. Also, it is important to limit our touching of the skin and keep our skincare routine simple. Your skin only needs basic, natural products that contain only a few ingredients that are not too abrasive. If you are not sure what to use for your type of skin, please feel free to book an appointment at my rooms and I will be more than happy to help you.
Drinking sufficient amounts of water is something people often forget to do. Adequate hydration will often make a positive difference in your overall complexion. Ideally, try and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. If you feel like you have to force yourself to drink plain water, why not try adding lemon or mint? It is delicious and caffeine free and will keep you awake and energetic for the whole day.
Another basic tip that you may have heard a thousand times is to moisturize every single day, even if you have oily skin. It is simple: If you dry out your skin by skipping the moisturizer part, your oil glands will go into overdrive to compensate. Therefore, it is imperative to always use a moisturizer.
My next advice is something not many people are aware can cause breakouts: Your pillowcase! It is really important to remember to change the pillowcase you sleep on at least once a week. Oils from your hair and face transfer to the pillowcase, then back to your skin. The same applies to towels as well as makeup brushes and sponges which, if not washed regularly, will spread bacteria and cause breakouts.
Taking vitamins and supplements every day can do much more than you think. Indeed, they are great at keeping your skin nourished and smooth all year long but especially in winter. The king of all supplements: Omega-3 Fatty Acids (most often found in fish), will give your complexion positive oils.
If you apply all these tips for a few weeks and realize you are still breaking out, you should maybe look into changing your diet. Often, cutting out certain foods will make a world of difference, not only in the way we feel but also in the way our skin looks. For instance, did you know that dairy can trigger acne?
Generally speaking, in patients who have a tendency to develop acne, the effects of dairy can make their acne worse. In such cases, dermatologists may recommend a dairy-free and low glycemic load (LGL) diet.
You will also notice that if you eat a diet high in olive oil (which your skin will love), your whole face will look and feel smoother, more alive.
See below the 3 best natural ingredients to get rid of acne.
Did you know that honey does a wonderful job at helping clear your skin? Simply apply some honey over your pimples and let it to dry on its own for at least an hour or overnight. Then, rinse it off with normal water. Honey is a natural anti-biotic and kills the bacteria that cause pimples. It also has hydrating properties and keeps the skin healthy.
TEA TREE OIL
Buy 100% organic tea tree oil for best results, dab it onto the spots, leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
You will need to dilute the unrefined apple cider vinegar in water before applying it. The ratio is 1:1. So for 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar there is 1 tsp of water. Then apply this mixture directly on the spots and leave it on overnight.
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