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Top 10 Clear Skin Hacks

Updated: Feb 6

Let’s be honest, we are all chasing clear skin. That flawless finish. That dewy glow. But at times it can feel like a monumental task to try and achieve.


We are constantly bombarded with new skincare products and the latest celebrity trends. So what in the heck is a girl meant to do?!


Well never fear, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 easiest ways to see the biggest results to banish the blemish and get you closer to your clear skin goals.


Let's get started!


Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated throughout the day is probably the easiest, most inexpensive and effective way to achieve clear skin. It helps detoxify the body and regulate oil production, both of which work to prevent breakouts. It also has the added benefit of improving skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and helping to prevent skin conditions

such as eczema and psoriasis. It’s also great for cognitive functioning and overall health. Conversely, dehydration can cause your skin to become dry and flaky. In response to this, the body will generate an overproduction of oil which can result in breakouts. So stay hydrated, people!


Stop touching your face

Ever wondered why you get a breakout after you’ve been resting your face on your hands all day? Well, it's most likely to do with what else your hands have been touching. Your hands and fingers are constantly coming into contact with germs and bacteria, so every time you are touching objects and then touching your face, there’s a chance you are transferring these germs directly onto your skin. This is why it’s important not only to regularly wash your hands but to also make it a rule to not touch your face - this is easier said than done though, as most of us don't even realise we are doing it.


Clean your mobile phone screen, eyewear, and face masks regularly

Living under our new COVID-influenced lifestyles has meant that frequent hand washing has become commonplace. What many of us tend to overlook, however, are the unwashed everyday items that still regularly come into contact with our face. Things like your mobile phone, glasses and reusable face masks all have the potential to harbour acne-causing bacteria. The best way to kill off this bacteria and prevent breakouts is through regular sanitisation, be it with a quick wipe down of your glasses and phone with an alcohol wipe or by thoroughly washing your reusable face mask at the end of each day.


Know the expiration dates on your products

Ever wondered why that year-old tube of acne treatment just doesn’t seem to work as magically as it once did? Well, it’s usually because of the shelf life of the active ingredient. It’s an unfortunate fact but active ingredients don’t stay that way forever. Benzoyl peroxide, for instance, a well-known ingredient that helps fight acne, becomes inactive after just 3 months. This means that any products containing this ingredient will have a limited efficacy after this time. As a general rule of thumb, it's a good idea to throw out any skincare and cosmetics after a few months, as over time they can begin to accrue bacteria and germs that you are then applying directly to your face. If your products have a long shelf life, this should be a warning that they probably contain strong preservatives and chemicals which can be damaging to not only your skin but also to your hormones and overall health. A handy tip to know the shelf life of your products is to look out for the below image. The number indicates the shelf life of the product once opened.


4 cosmetic jars in a line, displaying different expiration dates

Exfoliate

Throughout the day your skin and makeup can accumulate environmental free radicals, pollutants and pore-clogging dead skin cells and debris. This build-up can be potentially damaging to the integrity of your skin, leading to fine lines and breakouts. Exfoliating not only helps to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, surface debris and pollutants, but it also acts to trigger your body’s natural repair response. Gentle exfoliation also works to stimulate collagen and new cell growth, leaving you with clearer, plumper-looking skin.


Turn down the heat

Hot showers can cause flaky and dehydrated skin. To compensate for this loss in moisture, the skin then overproduces sebum, which can result in your skin breaking out. The easy hack to avoid this is simply by turning down the temperature in the shower. It’s also recommended to always finish your shower with a quick burst of cold water, especially to the face, to close the opened pores on your skin. As a further benefit, recent studies have shown that cold showers help improve mitochondrial functioning, and can increase circulation and strengthen your immune system.


Change your pillowcase regularly

Oil and bacteria from your skin and hair can build up in the fibres of your pillowcase. When you lay your face down to sleep, this oil and bacteria can then transfer onto your face, causing acne. Imagine cleansing your face, only to wipe it dry with a dirty towel. It doesn’t make sense. Similarly, you don’t want to be placing your freshly cleansed and moisturised skin on a dirty pillow. It’s recommended you change your bedding, but in particular your pillowcase, at least once a week.


Get a good night's sleep

Your skin naturally repairs itself while you sleep, so if you're skipping out on that essential shut-eye, you are limiting your body’s opportunity to heal and repair. Both collagen production and blood flow to your skin are increased while you sleep. These key functions work to undo any damage caused to the skin during the day and help to decrease skin sensitivity. A good night’s sleep is also essential to ensure your hormones stay in check, reducing the risk of breakouts. Aim for between 7-9 hours of rest a night. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason!


black and white image of a female asleep in bed

Never go to sleep with your makeup still on

This one is a no-brainer. Don’t go to sleep with your makeup on. Just don’t do it. Ever! The most obvious reason is that makeup can clog your pores, leading to breakouts. What you might not realise, however, is that leaving your makeup on overnight can also expose you to free radicals from the environment that were absorbed into your makeup throughout the day. Such free radicals can cause the appearance of fine lines through the breakdown of healthy collagen and are not what you want incubating on your skin overnight. Sleeping with your makeup on can also inhibit your body’s ability to heal and repair. So it’s a damage double whammy; it can damage your skin and can also prevent your skin’s ability to repair.


Clean your makeup brushes regularly

This one is another no-brainer. Unclean brushes harbour dirt, oil and bacteria which you are then reapplying to your face any time you use them. Ideally, you should opt for an organic, fragrance-free soap when cleaning your brushes to minimise the potential for any residue of skin irritants to be left behind. And it’s especially important that you dry the brushes adequately before you use them again. If you’re using your brushes every day, it’s recommended you wash them weekly.


See? They weren't so hard, were they? With our simple top ten hacks, you'll be on your way to clear skin in no time!


Bruny Botanica

xox

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