Follow these actionable tips to keep your skin looking its best.
No matter our age or what stage we’re at in life, we all want to have radiant, plump, and blemish-free skin, as this signals health and vitality. And in our increasingly image conscious world, the condition of our skin can impact our careers, as well as our social and dating lives.
But achieving radiant, blemish-free skin is easier said than done. We all have to go through life battling skin issues like pimples and acne scarring, lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other conditions, like excessively dry or oily skin.
While achieving truly flawless skin is virtually impossible (even celebrities get lots of help from photo retouching, makeup, and professional lighting), there are steps you can take to keep your skin looking its best.
- Avoid pricking your pimples.
Yes, pimples tend to appear at the most inconvenient of times—seemingly before every big date or job interview. And when you look in the mirror and a new pimple stares right back at you, it can be difficult to fight the urge to squeeze it and get rid of the problem right away.
Far from solving the problem, pricking your pimples is about the worse thing you could do to your face. Pimples contain oil, debris, and acne bacteria. When you puncture the pimple’s outer skin (or pustule), the gunk oozes out and lands on the surrounding pores, which could lead to more pimples.
If pricked the wrong way, you could force the debris and acne bacteria deeper into your skin. Plus, you may introduce new kinds of bacteria from your fingers and fingernails into the open wound. This could cause the zit to become red, inflamed, and infected, and could lead to permanent scarring.
If you’re not wiling to let a pimple run its course, you could always visit your dermatologist or esthetician. These professionals are trained to pop pimples both safely and hygienically. Using gloves, they’ll lance a pimple with a sterile needle, then remove its contents with an instrument called a comedone extractor.
- Limit sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Sun exposure is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation, a skin condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. Sunlight triggers the production of melanin, which acts as your skin’s natural sunscreen by protecting you from harmful UV rays. However, excessive sun exposure can disrupt this process, leading to hyperpigmentation.
Sun exposure can also make freckles, age spots, melasma, and other dark spots even darker.
You can combat hyperpigmentation by limiting the amount of time you spend in the sun. Avoid the sun during peak hours, which are generally between 10am and 2pm, as these are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging UV radiation, even on cloudy days.
You should also wear protective clothing when going outdoors, including pants, long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats.
Just as importantly, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors. This type of sunscreen will protect your skin from two types of harmful UV light: UVA and UVB. UVA rays can prematurely age the skin, while UVB rays can burn the skin. Excessive exposure to either UV light can cause skin cancer.
- Eat nutritious food to improve the condition of your skin.
You are, quite literally, what you eat—and the condition of your skin is significantly impacted by the type and quality of food you consume. Eating processed foods that are low in nutrients will produce skin that is dull, dry, wrinkled, and marred by pimples.
In contrast, foods rich in healthy fats—such as olive oil, avocado, flax seeds, nuts, and salmon—will give you glowing, youthful-looking skin. You should also consume fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C, as this will lead to fewer wrinkles. Studies have found that skin exposed to Vitamin C for long periods of time can produce up to eight times more collagen.
Just as importantly, avoid foods that can trigger acne breakouts. Foods like pasta, white rice, white bread, and sugar will raise your blood sugar more quickly than others. When your blood sugar rises too quickly, it causes the body to release a hormone called insulin, and excess amounts of insulin in the blood can cause your oil glands to produce more oil, which in turn increases your risk of developing acne.
- Treat hyperpigmentation and acne scarring with Wildleaf’s Brightening Care Set.
If you’re currently struggling with skin issues like acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, large pores, and other skin conditions that are keeping you from achieving blemish-free skin, consider investing in Wildleaf’s Brightening Care Set.
This complete step-by-step skincare set contains the Aloe Herb Face Wash, Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Rosy Toner, Vitamin C Serum, and Hibiscus Face Cream. When used over time, these products can help minimize the appearance of pores, acne scar marks, and pigmentation, while combating the signs of ageing.
Start by cleansing with the Aloe Herb Face Wash. This gentle, cream-based cleanser is packed with potent antioxidants and skin nourishing herbs. It removes makeup and impurities without drying the skin or leaving any residue.
Your face should then be toned with the Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Rosy Toner. This gentle toner contains natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that fight off acne-causing bacteria. It also enhances the absorption of all serums and oils.
Next, apply the Vitamin C Serum topically to the face and neck. The serum’s highly concentrated antioxidant formula protects and brightens skin, while repairing the damage caused by acne, the environment, and sun exposure. Regular use should boost collagen production, reduce wrinkles and acne scarring, and eliminate hyperpigmentation.
Round off your regimen by applying the Hibiscus Face Cream. This cream acts as a protective barrier for the skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy, and preserving the skin’s suppleness.
By mildly exfoliating and evening out skin tone, you’ll achieve a healthy glow and unsightly pock marks will become less visible.
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