Four Skin Care Tips You Haven't Heard Before

People offer skin tips a lot, but sometimes they seem self-righteous. I’ve seen people who don’t take care of their skin and have a gorgeous complexion and I’ve seen people with a poor complexion who really knock themselves out to do everything in their power to improve their skin. Here are four things that helped me.

Hormones

I’m a firm believer that 75% of skin problems are hormone related. I have no medical training, so that’s not a fact and you should consider talking to a doctor and figuring out what is best for you.

Simpler is Better

I have tried most acne products out there: the expensive ones from Sephora, the highly rated ones from Amazon.com, the ones from infomercials, and the drug store brands. What I’ve found is that the simpler the product, the better. All natural is best. I try to avoid PEG, Sodium Laryl (or Larylth) Sulfate, parabens, and the like. Good places to shop for these products include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, PCC, or Amazon.com. Otherwise check local naturopathic stores or organic spas.

This goes for makeup too. Not all of my makeup is natural, but I only use Bare Minerals on my skin which, to my knowledge, is generally lower in chemical content.It is scary how poorly regulated makeup and beauty products are in particular. We don’t know the long-term effects of a lot of these chemicals, and I’m not sure I’m willing to take the risk of finding out. If you want to avoid makeup all together, more power to you. When going simpler, also consider hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, cleaning products, and lotion. These are all products that could potentially contain skin irritants. Some people would say to go with all natural fluoride-free toothpaste, but I actually like fluoride, so that’s not for me. Feel free to try it, but consider talking to your dentist and reading up on the debate over fluoride.

Oil

This was huge for me. Moisturize a lot. Oil is great for the face, even if you have acne. The top three oils that I apply to my face are Argan oil, Jojoba oil, and Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is pretty greasy but when I put it on overnight, I see a huge difference. Just be sure to use a pillow case you’re not attached to in case the oil leaves any marks. I actually haven’t had a big problem with this. I even put Vitamin E oil on my upper arms before bed because I have Keratosis Pilaris and it has helped. If you try this, wear long sleeves to bed or you’ll end up oil all over your sheets. Argan oil and Jojoba oil are less greasy and I usually put them on under my makeup, sometimes mixing them together. They actually help keep my makeup in place, so I can skip a primer. If you’re going this route though, be sure your makeup has SPF to give some sun protection. I also use tea tree oil sparingly on blemishes and it’s quite effective.

 Sometimes the Clarisonic Isn’t Your Friend

If you use a Clarisonic, I urge you to try using it every third day (or less). The most important thing, however, is wash your face once before you use it. If you don’t, you could be driving dirt, makeup, and bacteria further into your pores. Be very gentle and don’t apply pressure when you use it. Just gently glide it across your skin and definitely moisturize afterwards. I love my Clarisonic and it’s a great exfoliator, but if I use it too often, my skin starts to look shiny and irritated.

These are things that work for my skin, but every skin type is different. Obviously the things you’ve already heard before stand true, drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods full of vitamins and nutrients, try to relax and reduce the cortisol levels in your body, get some exercise, keep your hands and nails away from your face, and get enough rest.