Since switching to a more natural lifestyle I have definitely noticed a massive improvement in my skin. I get few blemishes and when I do I can guarantee you its closer to my time of the month or I have been eating terribly. I’m going to share with you my 7 spot clearing solutions for clear and blemish-free skin.
First and foremost, drink more water. I know you’ve heard this sooo many times and it’s written like gospel in womens magazines but I cannot stress how underrated drinking water is.
It’s widely suggested that you should drink 2 litres a day but to be honest I would treat 2 litres as the minimum. Put it in your mind that you are not drinking enough water even if you think that you are. If your pee isn’t clear…you ain’t drinking enough water. If your skin is dry no matter how much moisturizer you lather on…you ain’t drinking enough water. If you are constantly tired and get headaches for no reason…you guessed it, you ain’t drinking enough water. If you’re having a binge day for junk food and soft drinks, up your water intake to flush it all out.
I personally love water and always carry a filter bobble bottle around with me to up my water intake. This has 100% upped my water intake. I also have cute colourful mason jars; it’s weird how cute drinking devices really encourage you to drink more water.
If you find water boring try infusing your water with fruits and maybe some mint and cinnamon – everyone seems to be raving about it and it is actually very refreshing. Herbal teas are also your friend, with or without some raw organic honey.
Tea Tree oil
Tea Tree oil is one of the quickest and easiest natural ways to dry out a blemish. I usually use Tea Tree essential oil straight and dab it on the spot and it is reduced by the end of the day but this might not be suitable for sensitive or very dry skin – I would maybe try mixing it with a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil.
It has antibacterial, disinfecting and soothing properties which disinfects pores and dries out gross whiteheads and blackheads. Tea Tree oil is a very cost effective spot treatment (I get mine here).
Lemons are another one of natures quick and effective way of drying up spots and preventing future blemishes. They are also great at lightening acne scars.
They posses antibacterial properties and they are a natural astringent.The Citric acid in lemons acts as a chemical exfoliant which removes dead cells which clog up your pores. They are strong antioxidants and boost your immune system preventing further acne.
My favourite ways to use lemon to get rid of spots are:
- Drinking lemon water: I like to try and drink warm lemon water in the mornings to flush out toxins from my body. This also brightens your skin from within. Try and make sure that you use warm water (I usually use boiled water that has cooled a little) because your body will find it hard to digest cold lemon water. Why so sour? Add some raw honey to sweeten!
- Rub a little lemon juice onto the blemish and leave it over night. By the time I wake up the spot is usually gone or at least reduced significantly. Again, I am not too sure how this will pan out on drier skin types but it works just fine with me.
- Honey and lemon face masks
Honey and Lemon face mask
I’ve spoken about this in a previous post where I made a face mask out of honey,lemon and turmeric. Sometimes I skip the turmeric and just do honey and lemon which is just as effective as a spot treatment.
I mentioned before that I use Manuka honey which has antibacterial properties. I usually purchase my Manuka honey from Holland and Barrett during the penny sale. Wedderspoon RAW Manuka honey is another nice one which I purchase off Amazon. I usually go for grade 12+ or above.
To recap, I mix honey and lemon juice together to make a face mask. When I’m trying to get rid of spots I usually dip one half of the lemon into the mask and use this to massage the mask into my skin focusing on the trouble areas.
This is probably the most expensive skin clearing method that I have because of the honey but in comparison to the money you spend on trying to get concealers, foundations and expensive masks and treatments trying to get rid of and cover up your blemishes, it is well worth it.
Sticking with the theme of fruit, banana skin is one of the most effective overnight treatments. The older the banana, the better. I usually wash my face and rub the inside gunky part of the banana skin (all the good stuff) on the affected area for at least a minute. I usually get carried away and end up rubbing my whole face with the banana skin. Leave it on for however long from anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour -it’s perfectly safe.
Rinse it off with cold water and moisturise. The following morning you should see a big difference.
Oil cleanses are one of the most effective ways to get rid of all the nasty gunk that is hidden in your pores. Oil clensing is a method whereby you massage in a small amount of oil onto your face and place a hot wet wash cloth or muslin onto your face and then wipe off the oil. I have a whole post on my oil cleansing method which is a vital part of my skincare routine.
This is a great way of getting rid of oil that has hardened with impurities and found stuck in our pores. The steam from the hot wash cloth allows our pores to open allowing hard oils to be easily removed.
We’ve talked about heating our skin up to get rid of impurities, now let’s talk about cooling it down. Aloe Vera possesses some pretty kick ass skin healing properties. It contains a compound called saponin which has anti inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This means it can heal your skin with minimal scarring.
It feels great on any sort of burns- this was a live saver when I got sunburn on holiday because of its cooling properties. So if you’ve got a really irritated throbbing spot, this should cool it down. Its soothing propertis word wonders on skin inflammation and itchiness.
Aloe Vera also isn’t as drying and some of the other solutions I have mentioned as it has moisturising properties.
I usually get Aloe Vera Gel to apply to my skin from Holland and Barrett and it is usually in the penny sale which comes around quite often so I stock up then because who doesn’t love a bargain?
Finally, my beloved dermaroller. If you don’t know what a dermaroller is it is a nifty little device with a wheel attached which; the wheel is covered in cute little needles <3. You roll the dermaroller onto your skin and the idea is that your skin is tricked into thinking there is pain being inflicted to it so the red blood cells rush up to the surface to repair your skin. This should never be used on inflamed or irritated skin so I only use it to get rid of pigmentation.
It sounds like torture but its not thattt bad. I’ve gone for quite a small needle size because I actually don’t like inflicting too much pain on myself (call me crazy) so this is the size needle I feel comfortable with. The larger the needle size, supposedly the more effective the treatment (and also the more painful) but I’m not quite ready for that type of commitment just yet.
I try to do this monthly because it tends to dry out my skin and also because it supposedly takes 3 weeks for skin renewal and new cell building with a 0.5 mm dermaroller. Sizes range from 0.2 – 2.55. Size 0.2 -0.25 supposedly doesn’t do much and is suitable for daily use. Sizes 0.5 and up are good for triggering collagen production which helps treat fine lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and acne scars.
It is quite normal for your skin to dry out and you should do your best to keep it moisturised which is where shea butter helps. You will also need rubbing alcohol or something to disinfect the dermaroller after each use and NEVER share dermarollers. That’s just nasty.
I got mine from eBay for around the £5 mark.
So that’s it for my natural remedies for getting rid of those pesky blemishes.