Now that you are consuming the right nutrients because of the first article in our series, you need to make sure you are supplementing this with useful regular practices. Whilst the afore-mentioned supplements, such as coconut oil and MSM, should help with breakouts and rough or dry skin, if all else fails any or all of these may help.
Everyone of any age can get pimples, and although it is hard to pinpoint the cause of a particular case there are ways of fighting it when it does occur. A bi-weekly aspirin facial is a popular trick; simply get two aspirin tablets (Anadin with caffeine is particularly good), dissolve partly in water until left with a clumpy white mixture and smooth onto the face, leaving for around fifteen minutes. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is a well-known spot-fighter.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is a miracle plant; I suggest buying one and using the sap straight from the leaf. It can also be bought in gel or liquid form from most health-food stores. Highly soothing and antiseptic, aloe vera fights acne and boosts cell turnover rate, improving the appearance of sore areas and discolourations.
FOR ROUGH, DULL FACIAL SKIN
Honey, lemon and egg-white mask
To achieve soft and smooth facial skin, a honey, lemon and egg-white mask can help eradicate dryness. Honey is an antioxidant that scrapes away rough skin, lemon brightens and egg white contains collagen which smooths and firms. Mix one teaspoonful of honey, one of egg-white and one of lemon and leave this mixture on your face for fifteen minutes.
FOR LARGE PORES
Clay masks can be bought in most pharmacies, including Boots and Superdrug. Apply the clay wet; as it dries, the skin constricts, lessening the appearance of large pores. Clay contains minerals that prime the skin whilst drawing up oils and dirt from the surface, so is also great for acne-prone skin and adding colour to dull and tired-looking skin.
Brew a normal cup of coffee, let it cool and then… massage the grounds onto your skin. Sound odd? As well as being an antioxidant, the caffeine in coffee is excellent for tightening pores.
As well as consuming oils, applying oils regularly will help keep the skin moisturised. As oil molecules are larger than water molecules, they cannot mix, and the oil will prevent moisture from evaporating off of the skin; imagine what happens when you pour oil into a glass of water. After showering, use a carrier oil such as olive oil to seal in moisture and keep your skin hydrated. You can even mix in essential oils such as rose and spearmint to create a scented blend. Be careful with essential oils- the general rule is to dilute 10 drops to every 20 ml of the carrier oil, and be sure to read up on whether the oil is safe for skin before mixing.
Dry brushing is when you brush the skin, from feet to neck, in an upwards and inwards motion with a body brush for around fifteen minutes. It is, in my opinion, the number one daily practice for skin; it scrapes away dead cells, prevents any occurrence of ingrown hairs and stimulates circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite and uneven skin-tone.
Check out the rest of the series for tips on well being, hair, skin and supplements.