5 EASY STEPS TO GET CLEARER SKIN

    With so many assaults coming at us from every direction- chemicals and toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use- the negative impact of it all will, without fail, show up on our skin. From hyperpigmentation, to acne, to excessive dryness or oiliness, there’s so many different issues that we will all need to face and overcome at some point or another in our lives. On this site, as time lapses, I will be presenting article after article of methods and routes you can take to help yourself achieve clearer, more vibrant, more beautiful skin. As always, my focus is on natural, inexpensive, easy-to-find -and-use types of skin care.

    This post is intended to be a brief, but informative, introduction to this subject. Just in case you are not aware of something obvious: Every method, suggestion, or product WILL NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE! Every person on this planet has a different body chemistry, due to genetics and environment, as well as many, many other factors. What works for your sister, co-worker, or friend MAY NOT work for you. Please remember this in your experiments with ALL new things, as well as while you are wondering why something you’ve tried didn’t work out for you/gave you a bad reaction/etc.

     I am not a medical professional, and I don’t make any claims to be an expert. All of the information that I provide to you either comes from my own research and experimentation, or from those of reputable sources that I have deemed appropriate to share with my readers. I care about you, even though I don’t know you, and it would crush me to find out that what I share here had a negative effect on someone or their health.

    As with all products, I recommend trying to use organic if you can afford it (FYI– as organic is becoming more and more mainstream, it’s becoming more and more affordable- you might be surprised!), and also cruelty-free.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, I encourage you to comment below. So here we go~

  1. Cleansing: Unless you need to wash off makeup or excess dirt more than 1x a day, rinsing your face with plain water in the morning, and using a natural soap before bed should be sufficient for cleansing your facial skin. By ‘natural soap‘ I mean one that is free of dyes/perfumes/chemicals/additives. If you look around a bit, even in your regular neighborhood supermarket, you should be able to easily find these types of products. With the consumer-conscious marketing strategy of the modern world, companies are becoming more aware and accommodating to people with allergies and special wants/needs (thankfully!).  Of course, the internet makes finding exactly what you’re looking for, at a great price, an absolute cinch as well. Beware of natural soaps that have a strong scent to them- very recently I had to throw away a whole 3-pack of honeysuckle-scented natural soap, after realizing that it was responsible for my week-long headache 🙁
  2. Makeup and its removal: Personally, 99.9% of the time, I don’t wear any type of makeup on my face, other than mascara, lip moisturizer with tint, as well as moisture/tint on my eyelids. However, for emergency cases, and for just-in-case-it-fancies-me, in my bathroom drawer lives some liquid concealer (for those darn pimples that show up at the most inconvenient times!)  and foundation/blush. I have taken to buying only Physician’s Formula brand (mostly because I find coupons and great deals via sale prices), but I know for a fact that there are quite a few great mineral-based makeup brands out there, which are much better for your skin- especially for those who wear makeup for hours-on-end. Now, as for removal: Of course, I will state the obvious, like don’t scrub your skin until you need bandages, but I have also learned a few AWESOME tips over the years- (1.) Buy and use cotton rounds/pads with soap&water- and wipe the makeup OFF of your skin, not INTO your skin- this is ESPECIALLY important for dark eye makeup (mascara and eye liner)- often, women have huge dark circles under their eyes due to a phenomenon called ‘makeup staining‘- I learned about this (and tons of other cool stuff!) from reading a fantastic book called “The Japanese Skincare Revolution” written by Chizu Saeki-san: The Japanese Skincare Revolution: How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your LifeAt Any Age  and (2.) If you ever wear waterproof makeup, you probably know all about the frustrations of getting it off. In case you didn’t know- it is VERY easily removed using oil. I occasionally wear waterproof mascara, and every time that I have, olive oil and cotton rounds removed it quite nicely. I have never experimented with other oils, but I would assume that probably just about any type would get the job done!
  3. You are what you eat: Dare I say that most skin issues find their beginnings in what we put inside our bodies. Acne, although easily formed from the things that touch our skin on the outside (THIS INCLUDES THE CHEMICALS/ FRAGRANCES/ ADDITIVES found in our laundry detergents! Opt for ‘Free and Clear‘), is also a result of a bad diet- too much sugar being a major culprit (actually to sum it up, too much sugar can be a major factor in almost every type of skin problem!). Hyperpigmentation (discoloration of skin via inflammation, age spots, etc) results often from a build-up of waste materials that our cells can’t eject. These waste materials can be anything from heavy metals to pesticide residues found in cheaply produced ‘food’. If you have age spots, I want you to know that they don’t come from ‘age‘, so much as ‘buildup‘- be that buildup of waste, or buildup of bad habits. I will get more into that in future articles. Moisturizing is a tricky element to good skin care- it is very easy to clog pores, which will result in acne. This is hard to give general advice on because there are 3 different skin types in the world- dry, normal, and oily. Each type needs different strategies for care. FYI- many people have a combination of all 3 types! Several quick things to mention about it though: OF COURSE natural products are better (I don’t care what anyone tells you otherwise), but a good tip for any skin type is to hydrate your skin both on the outside, as well as making sure that you drink PLENTY OF WATER! Water is so so (SO!) important for us, our bodies, and all of our processes. I can’t stress that one enough. Lack of decent hydration EASILY leads to dehydration (and this includes not only drinking enough water, but also limiting diuretics- slow down on that coffee, darlin!) The most common diuretics include anything with caffeine, as well as many prescription medications. While certain health conditions warrant the use of Rx drugs, I strongly urge you to look into and try to fix the cause of your ill health, rather than merely handling the symptoms. After upping your daily water intake, you may find that many health and beauty complaints simply fade away..
  4. Hair removal: Ah, the shaving bumps. Do you still shave? I do, every once in a while, when I need hair gone fast without immediate irritation showing up. That’s usually the case (at least for me), I shave, it looks good, then hours later BUMPS! REDNESS! IRRITATION! INFLAMMATION! (actually, all of those things fall under the category of ‘inflammation‘). Then there’s the other options: plucking, waxing, NAIRing. All yuck. But I wonder if many of you know exactly what an epilator is. I found out a few years ago, and haven’t looked back. Check this one out: Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & dry epilator, 6 accessories Here’s the thing with epilators, if you’re not familiar with them- I ain’t gonna lie to you 😎- (1.) Depending on the length of the hairs you’re removing, it can be painful, (2.) There will, until your skin becomes accustomed to it (which should happen after only a few sessions!), be some irritation, and (3.) A good one will cost you at LEAST around $30- but believe me, especially if you go for waxing- it pays for itself quickly. And with waxing, you usually need to go back and pluck out or shave missed hairs anyway- besides the cost and pain (and I won’t even MENTION the embarrassment when you go for a bikini wax 😭). Epilators are pretty much a whole bunch of tweezers- once you turn that baby on, they all go whizzing in a circular motion all at once, and can pull out many hairs at a time. My aunt was TERRIFIED to use the one I bought her as a gift (I think they make a great gift, by the way.. is that just me though?!)- because she was so sure it was going to just cause her to die from the pain of it. Haha. She’s still alive. And has a very good natural hair removal strategy now 😉. Try it out. A few times. Less hair, less skin issues. All natural. Great stuff!! 
  5. Wrinkles and fine lines: Like most of things in life, many factors play a role both in the creation and the destruction of wrinkles. Just in case you didn’t know (or don’t care to admit it to yourself!)- fine lines are just shallow wrinkles. One and the same. Things I’ve mentioned before- diet and hydration, mostly- as well as things I haven’t mentioned yet, like PLEASE PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SUN DAMAGE! play a HUGE role in acquiring those dreaded lines. However, what you may not realize, is that many wrinkles appear simply as a result of poor muscle tone. If your muscles (even just some weak ones will have an effect on the stronger ones) are left to the devices of gravity and bad habits, spaces/divides will form between them. I like to refer to those as ‘canyons‘ (if you looked at them under a microscope, that’s what they’d look like, right? Yep.) So here’s the thing: I won’t go too far into this subject here- because good, natural skin care and facial muscle exercising are the two major things that my business focuses on. In future articles, I will really lay it on you, promise! 🤝 But for now, I would like to tell you a few things- (1.) Try to use gravity to your advantage (AKA smile more!), and (2.) I don’t mind if you look into other facial exercise programs/books, until I get mine out publicly- in fact, I recommend it! Here’s some really good ones to check out for now (I have read and learned from every book I listed!), but PLEASE REMEMBER to check back often for MY version- which will aim to be easy-to-follow, and an economical program for your time and effort. And of course, I will be teaching many things for free!!

Carole Maggio Facercise (R): The Dynamic Muscle-Toning Program for Renewed Vitality and a More Youthful Appearance, Revised and Updated

The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift

The Yoga Facelift

Fitface

Five-Minute Face-lift: A Daily Program for a Beautiful, Wrinkle-Free Face

Eva Fraser’s Facial Workout (Penguin Health Care & Fitness)

As always, thank you SO MUCH for your time and interest! I hope that this article (and my site) was interesting and informational for you. Hope to see you around again soon! Take care, God Bless you and yours! ❤️

Yours truly, 

Jennifer

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