By Simi A Mira

1. Start a routine

For healthy skin, consistency is key. Get a good routine for morning and night and you can get healthy skin in minutes. Your routine should include a cleanser, but don’t scrub too hard you want to keep your skin! Next use a toner to help manage combo or oily skin and keep those pesky pores clean and clear. Then keep skin soft and smooth by using a moisturizer and stop flaking, drying and wrinkling. At night always make sure to remove make-up and prevent clogged pores and help stop zits. Repeat the gentle cleanser and moisturizer and catch some zzz’s.

2. Treat that acne.

Pimples, zits, blackheads, whatever you’ve got and whatever you call ‘em, nobody wants them. Treatments for acne can be natural or from the medicine cabinet. Gels with salicylic acid leads the skin to lose layers more quickly with exfoliation. Toners and lotions can help clear pores, keep skin clean and prevent the formation of acne. Some types of acne are more difficult to treat. So go visit a dermatologist and get your skin on track!! Get that smooth, even skin you dream off!   Do not, Do NOT, DO NOT pick and pop your pimples, the zits will be there for a couple days the scars that could show up after picking will be there forever. If you have to do something right now, find a good spot treatment and let the medicine do its work.

3. What you eat and drink matters.

You have to drink, drink, drink.   At a minimum, the average person needs to have 6-8 glasses of water. If you eat a lot of foods that have a high juice or liquid content you might get away with fewer glasses to drink. The extra fluid helps all the tissues in your body clear toxin and waste, it also keeps skin smooth and plump. The food you eat is just as important since it provides the energy and nutrients needed for skin to heal itself and keep it looking good. Diets high in processed foods and sugars has been linked in increased breakouts. Nutrient rich foods, high quality proteins and healthy fats keep skin and muscles healthy and strong which improves overall look and tone.

4. Sleep smart.

Your skin is out there and under attack at all times, you can get dirt and oil on your face even in your sleep. For the healthiest skin, change out your pillowcase regularly. Keep hair away from your face with a headband or simple braid. Most importantly, make sure you get good quality sleep and get enough of it every night. Sleep is when your body can do some its best work to keep skin healthy and if you aren’t sleeping you’re robbing this healing time from your body. Lack of sleep and stress shows mostly on our faces and can lead to a breakout of acne. Nobody likes to have saggy bags hanging out under their eyes!!