Get Your Fleekness On: Five Secrets To Having Clear Skin

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As spring and summer quickly approach us, I’m quite sure that getting your body tight and your skin looking right are at the top of most of you ladies’ wishlist. Let’s keep it real here, we’re all trying to get summertime fine.  However, it gets pretty difficult trying to balance a social life, keep up with school work, get sleep, drink water, and exercise all in one day! I know some of you can relate. But, no worries. Although my road to getting a bikini body is not going so well at the moment–definitely not, I can at least offer some guidance in the skin department. You can trust me; I promise.

 

Contrary to popular belief, taking care of your skin is pretty simple, and there are so many amazing products to help you in doing so. But, it all starts at home. Clogged pores and germs are two of the number one causes of acne scars, blemishes, and dark circles. So, it is very important to take the proper steps in keeping your skin clean and healthy. Skin types vary from person to person. As women, our skin is naturally more sensitive. It actually amazes me how versatile our skin types are–from oily skin, to moist skin, to even a mixture. Depending on your skin type, that will determine what works best for your skincare regimen.

 

Moisturize (Deep Cleanse)

It is very prominent to moisturize and deep cleanse your skin daily. If possible, try to do so twice a day–once in the morning and before you go to bed at night. This helps on reducing the amount of bacteria, germs, and settled dirt in the face. Keep your skin conditioned, and be sure that whatever product you may choose to use is not too strong. That could lead to burning scars or even scabby spots. Always take heed to the type of brand you are using and do your research!

Recommendations:

AMBI Cleansing Bar (Also available in cocoa butter)

AMBI Black Soap Bar

AMBI Fade Away Cream

Olay Complete Moisturizer

Olay Foaming Face Wash

*Also available in-store.*

 

Makeup Removal Is A Must

We all love beating our faces to GAWDS! Well, that is until you get home late at night and it’s time to take it off, but you’re just too tired. Yes, I know the feeling. However, as much as we hate doing so, we have to. Being that foundation includes various chemicals–and in some cases heavy on the skin, it settles in very easily, causing your pores to clog. Leaving eye makeup on as well could lead to eyelid discoloration and under-eye bags, too. When removing makeup, be gentle and use lukewarm water only. Start off by rinsing over the face with a washcloth, then using your moisturizer and deep cleanser. Makeup remover and wipes also works great, too!

Recommendations:

Wet N Wild Eye Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

*Also available in-store*

 

Drink Water & Mind Your Business

As the good saying goes, drink water and mind your business! Although 98% of the time we never mind our business, drinking water–in fact, is something that we should do. Water is great for not only replenishing the skin, but also keeping your skin soft, smooth, and wrinkle free. High intake of soda increases the amount of dry skin and skin acid. The ‘8×8 rule’ says that it is good to drink eight glasses of eight ounce cups of water daily. I would recommend drinking four glasses during the morning and four before bed at night. Keep your skin hydrated!

 

When Life Gives You Lemons, Use Them On Your Face

Apparently, lemons are not only made for sweet tea and lemonade after all. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, which is actually great for brightening up the skin, and getting rid of dark spots and blackheads. You could use this method very easily by slicing a lemon and squeezing the juice onto your face, or you could also mix it with coconut water. The coconut will hydrate your skin, while the lemon brightens up the blemishes.

 

Stay Full In Fresh Fruits & Veggies

This is pretty much self-explanatory. Believe it or not, your bodily intake has a lot to do with the condition of your skin. Pineapple, kiwis, and broccoli are said to help defend against skin damage.