A smooth, flawless complexion reveals many things about you ... your age, your lifestyle ... your diet. From brilliant quick fixes to easy skincare tips, find out ways in which to radiate a glowing complexion while preventing spots from forming.
Adopt a Daily Skincare Regime
The Proactiv+ 3-step system is designed to get rid of any blemishes you have today and prevent new ones from surfacing tomorrow.
Step 1: Cleanse skin twice-daily with the Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator: containing 2% salicylic acid, the mild cleansing action gently washes away pore clogging impurities while breaking down dead skin cells, dirt and sebum. This important step works to rev up cell turnover whilst preventing further debris from building up in your pores.
Step 2: Apply the Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment, a unique advanced blemish- fighting product, twice daily. This Smart Target™ complex contains 2% salicylic acid, lquorice extract and honeysuckle extract, which work in unison to tone and tighten pores and soothe irritation and inflammation while promoting the cycle of cell turnover.
Step 3: Complete your new skincare regime with a twice-daily application of the Proactiv+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator: built in hydration helps to attract and bind water to skin whilst the skin-brightening complex works to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion.
Proactiv+ can help today’s blemishes disappear fast and stop tomorrow’s breakouts before they happen.
Practice Good Hygiene
Did you know that unexpected outbreaks might be the result of inadvertently pushing dirt into your face? When talking on your mobile, refrain from allowing the phone to touch your face.
Glasses, mobile devices and laptops may contain more skin damaging bacteria than you realise. Wipe accessories with a sanitising cloth and wash your hands regularly with hot, soapy water.
When it comes to basic hygiene, use common sense. Refrain from sharing towels that may harbour complexion-busting bacteria. Shampoo your hair regularly and keep it off your face. Oily, unwashed hair contributes to outbreaks on the skin.
Feed the Skin
If elimination of toxins is achieved through our skin, then a diet made up of junk food could be written all over your face.
For a smooth, flawless complexion, switch to a diet rich in essential fatty acids, good-quality proteins and organic fruit and vegetables, complemented with a copious supply of pure mineral water.
Eat Skin-Softening Foods
Foods rich in omega-3 are essential to skin health. To keep your complexion smooth, flawless and glowing, adopt a diet rich in skin-enhancing ingredients. Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium, an essential nutrient that helps repair the skin.
High in vitamin C and bromelain, pineapple contains an enzyme that helps soften skin. Salmon, sardines, shrimp, flax seeds, walnuts, soybeans, tofu, brussel sprouts and cauliflower are all foods rich in essential fatty acids.
Understand Hormones Happen!
If you adopt all of the above yet still suffer from breakouts, it might be time to look at hormones and how they affect your skin.
No matter whether you are a teenager, in your 20s and 30s or going through menopause, fluctuating hormones can wreak havoc on your skin.
Hormonal acne is considered a sign of an imbalance in the body, be it toxins or excess hormones. To regain balance take a close look at how you may be affected by poor diet, emotional stress and physical stress or a combination of all three.
To redress the balance and gain control of your skin health, take measures to eliminate or reduce stress as much as possible. Too much stress produces cortisol, which may lead to increased androgens and acne.
When choosing foods, look for organically sourced ingredients that are produced without the use of excessive hormones in milk and meat supplies.
While too much testosterone production is implicated as the androgen most responsible for acne outbreaks, it's a good idea to supplement your diet with natural anti-androgens such as:
Green Tea Extract - green tea or green tea extract is loaded with polyphenols, those powerful skin-protecting antioxidants which help reduce the formation of free radicals in the body.
Other properties of this amazing tea include a sun protective factor, helping reduce UV damage to the skin. The consumption of green tea can also prevent collagen breakdown, influencing the tone and health of your skin.
Saw Palmetto - a herb commonly used in the treatment of acne, saw palmetto helps dampen down the over production of testosterone in the body which in turn assists in clearing up hormonal acne.
Spearmint Tea - a herb belonging to the Mint family, spearmint is a popular anti-androgen packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties which are beneficial to the human body.
Spearmint works hard for acne sufferers by lowering the amount of free testosterone circulating in the blood. This effect leads to a slowing down and delay in the oxidation of fats, which in turn prevents the sebum on the skin from going bad.
This is good news for those suffering from breakouts as spearmint discourages the growth of acne causing bacteria caused by hormonal imbalances.
Soy - Genistein, a natural plant hormone found in soya, is found to be active in the production of collagen while blocking enzymes which cause the depletion of existing collagen. Genistein is particularly popular with women who are going through the menopause.
It's clear to see that no matter what your skin type, by following the tips above, and making slight tweaks in your lifestyle, you will be doing your best to keep spots at bay.