To have blemish-free skin, you must first clear up your acne and then maintain your new, healthy skin. Thankfully, there are many methods that can help you achieve the skin of your dreams, including buying acne-fighting products and making your own DIY skin treatments.
You can help prevent future breakouts and keep your skin under control by eating healthy which includes ditching dairy products, of course and using store-bought skin-care products or your own DIY concoctions. While I was researching this topic, I was happy to find that many companies make cruelty-free vegan skin-care products. If you want clearer skin, you have to acknowledge the connection between the consumption of dairy products and acne and cut those products from your diet. Plant-based diets are typically low in fat and avoid the pore-clogging saturated fats found in animal products.
Fruits and vegetables are high in essential vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, the fiber from produce and whole grains crank up that healthy glow by flushing out toxins. Vitamins C and E—which are commonly found in healthy vegan meals—are powerful antioxidants, and according to a recent article in Health magazine, the zinc found in beans combats zits and decreases inflammation, preventing redness and pimples.
Ramping up your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans—while taking a pass on dairy products and meat—is a recipe for clearer and more radiant skin that glows from the inside out. MDacne : This company has developed a revolutionary new technology that will save people multiple trips to the dermatologist. Simply take a photo of your skin using its app, and a customized skin-care treatment kit will be sent to your door.
It uses hydroquinone, glycolic acid, aloe vera, bearberry leaf, and vitamin E.
Farmstead Apothecary: All of its three Foaming Face Wash products are vegan and contain all-natural fruit ingredients that smell fantastic and clear up both blemishes and acne. Simplicity is about a greater appreciation for things that really matter. Relogy: This skin-care system uses natural ingredients—such as coconut milk, jojoba, bergamot, orange, and rosemary leaf extract—to create its unique and effective formula.
Clay on! Large pores? Clogged pores? This purifying, clay-powered collection of minimizers and cleansers helps keep pores clear and leaves skin ultra-soft, smooth and never, ever dry. Alchimie Forever: Check out their antioxidant-packed vegan line for men. Aveda: The Outer Peace acne relief collection contains a cleanser, a cooling mask, lotion, and acne-relief exfoliating pads. LUSH: One of our favorite lines of skin- and beauty-care products offers several options for acne-prone skin, including the Herbalism and Grease Lightning cleansers and more.
Murad: This company has some interesting products in addition to its regular facial cleanser, including a three-step regimen to help get rid of acne scars, the Post-Acne Marks Kit. Dermalogica: Lucky for us, Dermalogica has two skin-care lines for troubled skin—one for adults and one for teens! Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser: Charcoal is a natural way to remove dirt and impurities from skin.
This formula also features jojoba for its soothing quality. A post shared by Yes To, Inc. Acure is percent vegan, and can be found at Target and other drugstores. Aubrey Organics, Inc.
Problem spot treatment: Mix a dash of lemon juice with a pinch of salt. Apply the mixture to the problem area with a cotton ball or Q-tip. Leave on your skin for 15 minutes, then rinse. Add a healthy pinch of cinnamon to the mixture. Dispel concerns with a protein-rich treatment that can plump up a wimpy mane. How to use it: Blend two egg yolks, two ripe bananas, two to three tablespoons of honey, half cup of conditioner, and two tablespoons of olive oil, until fully pureed.
Slather all over and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes; rinse with cool water. The fix: Boost volume. The surefire way to pump up a flat 'do is to add texture. Kyle White, the lead colorist at Oscar Blandi, says starch builds texture and has a strong hold that lasts throughout the day. How to use it: Lightly mist starch to roots, blow dry, and style as usual.
Remember, less is more. White says to start with a light layer and build up, as you see fit. According to Davis-Sivasothy, honey and syrup are natural humectants ingredients that attract and lock in moisture and can treat curls while hydrating thirsty hair. Mix together ingredients, removing any lumps, and warm over the stovetop. Separate hair into four sections, evenly apply the sweet concoction, and cover it up with a shower cap; let sit for 45 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Store-bought fix: Feeling lazy?
The fix: Intensify vibrancy. Add a jolt of red with a cranberry juice rinse cherry flavored Kool-Aid works, too. To warm up ashy blonde hair, substitute the cranberry juice rinse for chamomile tea.
Or bring out golden tones with some champagne flat or bubbly both do the trick. Got some brassiness in your blonde locks? Do a rinse with grape-flavored Kool-Aid to counter any signs of orange. How to use it: Tilt your head back over the sink and carefully pour the juice over clean, detangled hair. Once every section is soaked, dry your hair section by section on low heat to lock color in place. Rinse and condition after.
The fix: Lock in shine.
Think of the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, as shingles on a roof; and those shingles must lie as flat as possible for shiny strands. Anything from friction to hot water to humidity can ruffle up the cuticles, resulting in a lackluster mane. Residue and product buildup are also culprits of sapping shine. How to use it: To clarify and smooth cuticles, pour an apple cider vinegar rinse a tablespoon of vinegar to half cup of water over damp hair and comb through.
Let it sink in for five minutes, rinse with cool water, and follow up with conditioner. The acidity in the vinegar complements the pH of our hair, which helps seal the cuticle and makes it lay flatter, says White. The fix: Smooth and tame. Unfortunately, raised cuticles not only affect shine, but they can also stir up frizz. Castor oil acts as a thermal protectant and can actually help heal the hair, thanks to its omega-9 properties, says White.
How to use it: Create a buffer between your 'do and the air with a very thin layer of castor oil; apply only where you need it. The fix: Deep clean.
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Excess buildup leads to strands that never feel clean and dandruff-like flakes. Gently massage the mixture into the scalp and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Store-bought fix: Try a clarifying shampoo like Kenra Clarifying Shampoo. The fix: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. How to use it: Take a tablespoon of coconut oil, warm it in the microwave, massage into damp hair, and sleep on it. Wear a shower cap and lay a towel on your pillow to prevent a greasy mess.
In the morning, shampoo it out. Only use coconut oil on dry and damaged areas, which typically occur from the mid-shaft to the end.
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If you have finer hair, pick a lighter oil, like olive or avocado, as coconut oil can weigh strands down. Store-bought fix : Intimidated by oil straight from the bottle? The fix: Soothe and moisturize.