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Say YES to Clear Skin!
Hello everyone! I’m quite excited because it’s my first time writing a guest post and the amazing Alicia gave me this exciting opportunity to share my tips on achieving clear skin!
Clear perfect radiant skin is everyone’s dream. But the reality is, nobody’s skin is perfect. I often get complimented on how nice my skin is, it might be “nice” but never perfect.
A little background on my skin so that you can somewhat relate or have a reference point as to what may or may not work for you. I have oily combination skin (oily T-zone) and I will refer to cystic acne often because I feel like these are the hardest to treat. Cystic acne are spots that are painful when you press on it, and are deeply rooted so they never really surface to the top of the skin. They basically sit somewhere deep within your skin and remain there for months on end. Zits and pimples are much easier to treat. I am by no means a skincare specialist and I’m essentially just sharing what worked for my problem spots. That’s the pitfalls of skincare; one item may work miraculously for one person but would have no effect on another person. Anyways, let’s see how we can kill those annoying little buggers!
1. Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil (Liquid form) - I can’t stress how much I love this stuff! This is definitely the star of this post and my secret skincare potion! I wasn’t expecting much from this when Michelle from beautyeditor.ca recommended it for my painful annoying deeply rooted cystic spots. Plus I was a bit sketch that I actually had to ingest it. I stuck to the plan and this has helped my skin OODLES. I hardly get those painful cystic spots, and when I do they heal in weeks time rather than months. And for the rest of my problem spots, they come and go faster as well. I’ve been taking this for almost a year now, and I’ve definitely noticed that my skin is smoother, more radiant, and has definitely helped my acne problems. Carlson products are readily available at my local natural food store, make sure to pick up the lemon flavour liquid form! Liquid is more potent than capsules. It will feel like you are drinking oil (because you are) but I promise you will get used to it! If you are keen on trying this out, please see my other blog posts for more in-depth information here and here.
2. Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion – This was made for cystic acne! Shake it up and slap it on! It’s most effective right when you spot one coming. Reviews have said that it does lose its effectiveness so I use this spot treatment sparingly.
3. East Cape Manuka Oil – Manuka Oil is much much more potent than Tea Tree Oil. It has super antibacterial functions and it has the smell to prove it! If you can’t stand natural weird scents, you might not want to try this out. I use this as a spot treatment and I’ve only seen it sold on eBay here.
4. Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 5 – Key ingredient here is 5% benzoyl peroxide. It’s one of the more popular acne treatments (along with salicylic acid) because it essentially dries up your problem spots. Apparently in the States you may even be able to find 10% but seriously, 5% is really drying. Be prepared for your skin to be flaky if you use too much of this stuff. Nonetheless, great as a spot treatment, doesn’t work on deeply rooted cystic acne.
5. Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer - We all know that we shouldn’t cover zits or pimples because it will probably make it worse. But who can stand knowing that their problem spots are revealed for the whole world to see?! (paranoid much?) I know I can’t stand it and to be honest I would be self conscious about it all day. This is why I use this product here, which contains 0.5% salicyclic acid. Why not fight them all throughout the day and leave those smelly, white, spot treatments for night? Sounds like a swell plan :)
6. Green tea – I love my green tea, I have it almost everyday. I can’t say for sure it’s helped my skin, but it acts as an antioxidant leading to many health benefits.
7. Fruits and vegetables – We all know that diet obviously can affect our overall health, but I just wanted to share here that I love my vegetables and fruits and have since I was a little kid. I really do think it contributes to healthy skin and body.
8. Exercise – I, like lots of other people in this world, hate exercising, and have all the excuses in the world not to exercise. If you fit in this category I would totally recommend purchasing an elliptical. No more excuses about finding that perfect gym outfit, no complaining about the weather, and no complaining how long it takes to get to a gym. However, I do think jogging on a nice day is worth a try. I love jogging and it’s quite addictive if you pace yourself from the beginning and increase your jogging endurance. Running works out your whole body and maintains healthy cardiac function. It’s probably one of the easiest and most effective exercises out there (especially for lazy people like myself). Exercising helps to flush out internal toxins and leaving your skin with a healthy glow! Just remember to wear SPF if you are jogging outside and keep yourself hydrated!
There we have it! Remember, clear skin is not only about TREATING problem spots (#2, 3, 4, 5), but PREVENTING (#1, 6, 7, 8) as well! I tried to make it as short and sweet as possible but also helpful as well. If you have any questions and if you’d like to find out more about me please feel free to stalk me ;)
Thanks Alicia for giving me this opportunity to guest post on your blog! And I hope this has been helpful to everyone!