Want clear skin for spring and summer? Think it’s too early to even worry about skincare? Not at all because beautiful skin should always be priority and black women want to go bare or makeup free when its hot.
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When you want clear skin, you want it as fast as possible. Many lotions and potions ask that you stick to a regimen for up to 3 months before results start to stick. Why wait? Here are 8 steps to clear skin to put into play today so by month’s end, your skin is clear and glowing.
According to Dr. Kally Papantoniou, Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Instructor at Mount Sinai in New York City, an acne skincare regimen will be centered on these 4 goals: cleansing, exfoliating, controlling bacteria, and maintaining a healthy skin barrier with good emollients.
“Look for cleansers with salicylic acid or glycolic acid and exfoliate two to three times per week to get rid of dead skin cells. Consider a mask containing sulfur and a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide put on places on your face where breakouts mostly occur is also beneficial. Creams for the evening that contain Retinol or Vitamin C can also be helpful in improving acne,” she advises.
*I love charcoal masks and when suffering from acne, you have to stay on top of it!
You pull hair back when you work out but few of us do this when we sleep. According to Dr. Papantoniou, as we toss and turn in our sleep our hair and the product we use in it touches our faces, which can lead to breakouts. A low loosely tied ponytail ought to do the trick. “Also, be sure to change the pillow case weekly, oil from our hair gets on the pillow case and then onto our face,” she adds.
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*This is why we protect our hair with a satin bonnet, pulled up or back in a pineapple and a satin pillowcase.
Avocados are packed with skin protecting antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene that prevent wrinkles, plump skin and protect from the environment. Vitamin C helps to create collagen and elastin which gives skin that suppleness and firmness. The oleic acid found in avocados helps to regenerate damaged skin cells. You can add avocado to salad, make guacamole or even add it to a veggie juice.
*Not a fan of Avocado but a fan of what it can do for your skin! May have to start using Avocado oil more often.
We’ve all heard over and over that water is great for skin and when we’re dehydrated skin appears dull and is more prone to breakouts. Take water intake to a whole other level and save money at the same time. Instead of buying bottled water at $2.00 a pop; buy a heavy-duty water filtration system that gets 99% of impurities out of every glass.
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*Increasing your water intake will definitely help your skin!
Shrink pores, even out skin tone and brighten skin by cutting a tomato open and rubbing on your face. Tomatoes are of course great to eat so put them in a salad or eat them alone. They are high in lycopene, which protects skin from harmful sun rays.
*If not into rubbing a tomato on your face, try a tomato toner like Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner.
Sunflower seeds are a must-have daytime snack when your mission is clear skin in 2 weeks. It makes skin soft and smooth thanks to fatty acids such as linoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids. These fatty acids also have anti-bacterial properties which lower the chances of an acne flare up.
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You can also add sunflower seeds to salads or use sunflower oil and even directly on your face!
“It’s important to read labels carefully and check to see that it says non comedogenic, meaning it does not cause acne or clog pores,” explains Dr. Papantoniou. Something as simple as switching to an oil free make-up can clear skin up within the first week of use.
*Oil-free is the only way to go and guest what? Fenty Beauty has oil-free foundations!
Our smartphones can sabotage any skincare regimen we have going. All it takes is a 10-minute conversation with your phone pressed to your cheek and jaw to trigger a breakout. If possible use speakerphone or an ear-bud. Wiping your phone off throughout the day certainly helps.
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Are you ready for clear skin this spring and summer?
Article courtesy of: ZeroWater