Anyway due to the bizarre torrential downpour and the general gloominess of the weather, I figured I would write about a somewhat gloomy subject: skincare. And more specifically, acne. Don't you dare read that word "acne" and go find another post somewhere else to read because you "don't get pimples." I know you have had at least one little flaw or bump on your near-perfect face in your lifetime. So why is skincare a gloomy subject? Because people are often mislead by the well-advertised, brightly-colored, heavenly-smelling, beautifully packaged "miracles in a tube" that promise to cure whatever is afflicting your skin. Truth is, you can achieve very clear and healthy skin with several all natural products. Here are my top all natural skincare/acne-fighting products.
1. Tea Tree Oil
2. Lemon Juice
3. Manuka Honey
4. Apple Cider VinegarThere are countless health benefits I have heard of from taking apple cider vinegar orally on a regualar basis. I can tell you that this stuff definitely works topically for your skin. Its a great toner (I combine a half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with the same amount of lemon juice for a nightly toner). It's extremely cheap. You want to buy the raw, unfiltered kind that looks a bit cloudy that says it has "the mother." I'm not exactly sure what "the mother" means but I know its important, go Google it. Only one problem: it has that classic, nasty vinegar smell. If you can avoid inhaling the stench while you apply it, you're good to go because the smell doesn't' linger, I promise.
Not mineral water. Not spring water. Not Evian, Voss, or Fugi. Just whatever comes out of your refrigerator or kitchen tap. Drinking water is absolutely crucial in clear, healthy, and hydrated skin. The more you drink, the more toxins are flushed out of your body. Aim for 8 cups a day, and 10 cups if you sweat when exercising. This isn't only the best way to cure acne form the inside out, but I find drinking plenty of water every day de-bloats my stomach and gives me so much more energy! And, when you are constantly drinking water, you won't even be thirsty for that soda or two at dinner or sugary juice with breakfast. Having a soft drink or juice will become more like a treat, rather than a necessary thirst-quencher. Also, to give your skin a break from all the treatments you use, wash your face with just water a few times a week rather then your cleanser.
I have personally tried all these remedies and they have been incredibly successful. Why would you stuff your face with harmful chemicals and too-harsh medications when you can use simple, gentle, and often cheaper skincare treatments? I hope this helps you, and thank you for reading!