You already know to wash your face twice a day with a good toxin-free vegan cleanser (I use Oz Naturals Vitamin C cleanser — read my post on it here.), to never sleep in your makeup and to drink loads of water, but here are some other tips I use regularly.
Always moisturize before makeup and before bed. I use Oz Naturals Olive and Jojoba Oil Nourishing Souffle, which I wrote about here. It has that great slippy feel and absorbs quickly without clogging pours, even if you slather on a thick layer. I love that its shear enough to wear under makeup but moisturizing enough to double as a night cream. This saves me a lot of money, especially since it can also be used as a body lotion and costs about $10 for an 8oz. tube which lasts two months.
Eat less nuts and look at your possible food intolerances/allergies. A few years ago, I noticed that after eating nuts (any type) within a few hours I would break out along my jaw line. This was very frustrating to me because I loved my daily snack of almonds but I’m so glad I gave them up.
Biosil has been a part of my daily supplements for almost a year. It activates the cells in your bones that generate collagen, which in turn improves the texture of your hair, the strength of your nails, plumps your skin and improves your bones and joints. Biosil’s website doesn’t claim to help with acne, but I noticed a significant decrease in my acne two months into taking it. Overall, my skin was less dry which I think is in part why I noticed an improvement. Biosil isn’t advertised as vegan but it conveniently is.
Use a Konjac Sponge with charcoal to gently exfoliate your face. (Interesting fact – Konjac is also the ingredient in Sophie’s Kitchen vegan seafood.)
Rinse the conditioner off your skin. Sounds overly simplistic but it’s easy to rush in the shower and not thoroughly rinse out your ears, your back/neck/jawline/chest/hairline, especially when you’re trying not to over rinse your hair to prevent dryness.
Obviously use vegan cruelty-free non-toxic makeup, but take it a step further by not applying foundation to your entire face. I only use concealer and I only use it on the areas of my face that needs it. This way, the rest of my skin is able to breathe with just a light dusting of powder.
I know those contouring tutorials are tempting but unless you’re a YouTube beauty guru, part of a bridal party or in some other photo-heavy situation you probably don’t need to wear such intense makeup everyday.
Udos Omega 369 Oil is another daily supplement for me and may sound like a surprising inclusion here since you don’t often equate oil with acne prevention. I take Udos because it contains all of the essential fatty acids needed in a day and manages inflammation.
This part of the list is short and inexpensive, which I think we can all get on board with.
Acne Fighting Spot Gel with Aloe from Elf (formerly called Zit Zapper) is the only thing I use on my zits. At bed, I use this narrow roll on gel only on my breakouts, so the rest of my skin doesn’t get dried out. I love this gel because it doesn’t evaporate too fast like pads or straight salicylic acid does.
I apply multiple times over a period of 5-10 minutes and once dry, I apply my moisturizer. By morning, zits are a mere shriveled up dry patch that is easily covered by makeup. Best part? It’s only $2 and lasts 6-12 months depending on your usage needs.
Ice is a great way to bring down the swelling, if a zit is painful or too noticeable.
Question of the Day:
What are your acne fighting tips?
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