Time to start another series! This one is all about getting rid of acne and achieving clear skin without using any chemicals. In this blogpost, I share 10 simple tips that will transform your skin. Less is more, epidemic of over-exfoliation, and using oils on the skin are some of the things I’m going to talk about. Hope you find it helpful and enjoyable!
- Ditch any products marketed for acne or oily skin. They’re way too harsh and will just exacerbate our skin condition.
- The less you do, the happier your skin is going to get. Try a modified Caveman Regimen where you only rinse with water and use oils to moisturise, plus wipe with a soft muslin cloth occasionally. This is what I’ve been doing for years with great results. Less is really more when it comes to skincare. Minimise your routine as much as possible.
- Only rinse with water in the mornings, no matter what. Even if you’ve had an intense exercise session and you’re all sweaty, warm water is all it takes to remove the excess sweat and get your skin ready for the day. In the colder months, even rinsing with water might be too drying and irritating. Wiping with rosewater might be just what your skin needs.
- If you don’t want to go DIY all the way, at least use completely natural, organic skincare products, and don’t go overboard. All you need is a good cleanser and a moisturiser. The best toner in the world is pure rosewater.
- Try the Oil Cleansing Method as a deep cleansing treatment a couple of times a week and also use oils to remove makeup. Did you know that oil is the most powerful makeup remover in the world and it’s completely natural? The best oils to start with if you have acne-prone skin are sunflower oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, argan oil, and sesame oil. Coconut oil is amazing too. However, some people break out from it, so you’ll just need to experiment for yourself.
- Try using 2-3 drops of oil instead your regular moisturiser. I love rosehip oil the most. Also coconut oil, sesame seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. I haven’t used conventional moisturisers for 4 years now and wouldn’t even imagine going back to them. Oils works so much better! A lot of people try oils and find them drying. That’s because they apply oil on dry skin. Also apply oil on damp skin to trap the moisture in.
- Try to minimise makeup and switch to organic makeup brands if you can’t avoid it completely. My top recommendations are Sappho Organics liquid foundation and all the face products from 100% Pure. They’re extremely natural and even beneficial for the skin. If you prefer mineral powder makeup, Lily Lolo is my favourite brand. It’s hard to stop wearing makeup all the time, but it’s an amazing confidence building exercise. Hard to believe but it’s true. If you get comfortable facing the world without makeup, you’ll stop hiding behind the mask you’ve created from your makeup and you’ll embrace yourself being vulnerable and imperfect. It’s so liberating!
- Forget about harsh exfoliators like Clarisonic and all the other face brushes, dermabrasion treatments, peels, etc. You need to rebuild the acid mantle of your skin, not to continuously take it off. There is a real over-exfoliation epidemic going on in the world at the moment and it’s scary. Use a gentle muslin cloth every other day or make a homemade scrub from brown sugar and your favourite oil, but don’t do it more frequently than once a week.
- Get yourself a shower filter or at least use filtered or bottled water. Chlorine in the water disrupts the good bacteria on your skin and irritates and dries your skin. You’ll see a huge difference if you start avoiding chlorinated tap water.
- Try a couple of homemade masks, again no more than a couple of times a week. For the first one, mix raw honey with a little bit of cinnamon, apply it on your skin, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse. It can be burning and stinging, but if it’s really too strong, you’re probably sensitive to cinnamon. It’s always a good idea to test on a patch of skin before trying on the face. For the second mask, mix Fuller’s Earth (also called bentonite clay) with a little bit of water to form paste-like consistency, a little bit of your favourite oil to make sure it isn’t drying, you can also add some rosewater if you like for extra nourishing properties and to make the mask smell really good, apply it on your skin, and rinse off after 10-15 minutes. Apply some of your favourite oil to prevent dryness. This clay mask pulls all the excess sebum and clogs from the pores and leaves your skin as soft as a baby’s butt.
That’s it! These tips will make your skin healthier and happier. But these things alone won’t clear your skin. Acne comes from within. Just like clear skin comes from within, too. But that’s a topic for the next blogposts in this series, so keep an eye out for them! 😉
Hope you found these tips helpful!
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