clear skin

Along with keeping fit and eating healthy, another popular New Year’s resolution for many is to get clear skin. It’s usually viewed as a herculean task but is actually easier than you imagine. If this is one of your 2019 goals, follow these simple tips and your skin will thank you.

Drink Water

Lots of it! This isn’t just hype. Water helps in eliminating impurities from the body as we sweat. The more water you drink, the easier it is for these impurities to be eliminated. If the typical 8 glasses a day seems overwhelming, begin by slowly increasing your water intake until you get used to it.

Eat Clean

Your skin’s condition is a reflection of what’s going on within. Processed sugars and fats lead to acne breakouts in most people. Keep these at a minimum and instead eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Within a few weeks you should notice your skin clearing up.

Clean Your Pillowcase

Oils from our face and hair accumulate on the pillowcase as we sleep. Contact with these oils causes irritation to the skin. Wash your pillowcase regularly to avoid this. Using cases made of satin helps your skin remain supple.


Sleep deprivation not only affects your physical and mental health, but the state of your skin as well. It  increases the rate at which your skin ages, leaving you with wrinkles and fine lines much earlier than needed. Ensure you get adequate rest for clear skin.


For long the saying ‘black don’t crack’ has had us Africans taking pride in our seemingly ageless skin. Many of us dismiss sunscreen thinking we don’t need it. Actually, everyone needs sunscreen. Apply it even on cloudy days since the skin is damaged by UVA and UVB rays, not heat. In addition, limit your exposure to direct sun during the hottest hours and wear hats to protect the scalp.

Don’t Touch…

Your face too often. Our hands tend to accumulate germs as we touch surfaces while going about the day. Once you clean and moisturise your face, avoid touching it as much as possible.

Makeup Removal

Proper makeup removal is vital in the quest for clear skin. Beauty products left sitting on the face clog pores and lead to breakouts.



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