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My Secrets to Clear Skin

Honestly, I don’t even have a routine! I just drink lots of water :-)

While staying hydrated is an important component of having clear skin (and a healthy body), there’s often more to it than just washing your face twice daily and taking a sip of water every now and then.

  1. Sunscreen Vitamin D is good for your skin, but too much can harm you and might even cause more breakouts. It’s always good to get some sunlight for yourself, but put on some sunscreen with zinc or titanium dioxide. The easiest thing for me is to find a lotion with SPF in it to keep my face soft and protected from the sun. I highly recommend this one because it doesn’t clog my pores and smells good!

  2. Wash Your Makeup Off I don’t need to say much about this. When I leave my makeup on from a long day, I always wake up with skin that feels tired and clogged and within another 12 hours, a zit pops up. Even using makeup wipes doesn’t clean my skin as thoroughly as I would like. Treat your skin right and wash off that smokey eye!

  3. Face Mask Magic I swear by this one face mask for oily skin. In fact, it works so well, I only use it once a month. I mix together one spoon of Aztec Healing Clay and apple cider vinegar a little at a time until it creates a thick liquid. Then, I add 3 drops of tea tree oil and mix with a plastic spoon. I leave it on my face for 15 minutes maximum, wash it off, and mist some rose water on. The clay stimulates the skin and you can seriously feel the cleanse.

  4. Not Using TOO Many Products I made this mistake when I was super self-conscious of how oily my skin was. I washed my face three times every day and did my clay face mask every other day. Quickly, I realized that my skin was beginning to peel and feel rough. On top of that, I broke out more than ever!

  5. Safely Messing with Zits When I see one blackhead or a zit, I’m immediately tempted to pick at it. THIS IS NOT GOOD. But in all honesty, I’m going to do it anyway. If I’m going to do something bad, I might as well do it in the best way, you feel? I make sure my hands are clean and use sterilized extracting tools.

Obviously, what has worked for me won’t work for everyone. If drinking water and washing your face every day doesn’t work, then do some research on what else you can do for your particular skin type. If worse comes to worst, check with a dermatologist on what you can do.

Keep in mind – stress shows itself in the worst ways. Make sure you are taking time for yourself and getting enough sleep to keep your skin happier!​

Anuja Mehta

Vanderbilt '21

Majors: Neuroscience and Computer Science "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new path"
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