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How to achieve a clear skin is a dream for all of us, yet for women with the application of makeup to contend with, having clear skin just makes these things a whole lot easier!

Yet for many of us it still remains a dream. Everyone wants picture perfect, flawless skin myself included, we linked it as one of the main elements of a persons beauty and yes healthy skin helps you feel beautiful as well.

Your skincare routine and lifestyle habits are the primary predictors of your skins health. Some of the leading factors that take a toll on the quality and texture of your skin are :-


Lack of sleep

Poor nutrition

Sun damage


Drinking Alcohol


If you are struggling to keep your skin clear mentally and physical you are not on your own, here is an insight to my own personal journey…….

Throughout school my skin was actually good and I was lucky, puberty was kind to me (maybe not as kind to my mother) and only gave me the occasional red spot that I must say healed very quickly on their own. I ignorantly thought I would enjoy such bliss for the rest of my life, oh how wrong I was!

In my late teens I qualified as a Beauty Therapist and clients would often pass comment on how good my complexion was and enquired what products was I using to obtain that result? Blissfully I proudly showed off my glowing complexion and never thought about the trials that I would face in years to come.

Then the nightmare for me began, I started to break out, boy calling it a “breakout” is an understatement, it was uncontrollable. The more I turned to my faithful lotions and potions to clear my skin the more pimples I seemed to get. In fact I really don’t think a day literally went by without me getting what felt like another 5 huge SORE pimples to add to my collection.

Needless to say I wanted to stay at home 24/7, found facing anyone really difficult especially clients, as a Beauty therapist you feel like you are an advertisement of your knowledge through your skin, and I had been fortunate before, that my  skin was an asset.

I know acne can not kill you, but it sure does kill your self esteem and launch you into a whirlpool of sinking depression, after going through a lot of trials  and even more errors, I discovered that I needed to literally change a lot of my odd habits and my lifestyle.



I know it is easier said than done, but it is vital that we take some “down time” to unwind and relax. Stress is a real disease and the stress hormones increase oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and whiteheads. So take some time and make an effort to relax when needed.

“Anything that reduces stress in your body- yoga, tai-chi, running, a warm bath will make you have less acne” says Richard Fried, a dermatologist.



What you eat, is what you are

What you eat ultimately reflects on your face, your diet provides nutrients to your body to repair the damaged tissues, mend collagen, build new cells and bones, produce enzymes and proteins etc…

What I am recommending is a diet which includes fruits and veg, fibre, lean protein, complex carbohydrates which are less in saturated fats.

Consume berries, BEST food for clear skin as they contain antioxidants that work as anti skin aging.

Avoid excess alcohol and smoking as these result into premature skin aging.



“Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes”

Water cleanses your body, helping it to eliminate toxins, it also hydrates you and rids your skin of dirt and oils. Also if you are dehydrated it will most certainly show in your face.

Drinking 3 cups of ORGANIC RED CLOVER TEA a day will certainly improve your skin as it is a natural blood purifier which can help your acne clear up.



GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP, sleep deprivation and stress can manifest as bad skin, so make sure you are getting 7 to 8 hours of quality rest every night.

You might be getting dirt and oil on your face while you are sleeping without even realizing it, so by trying these tricks you will minimize your risk:-

Change your pillowcases at least once a week, your pillowcase collect dust, saliva and other grime, which make it onto your face every time you sleep. Put your pillowcases through the wash or change them out regularly for best results.

Running low on sleep,pick up some Soy milk, I would keep a carton in my fridge to “fake a good nights sleep”  as its natural anti-inflammatory reduces swelling while the soy proteins hydrate skin to soften the look of crows feet. To make soothing redness busting compresses, pour a small amount of soy milk in a bowl, soak 2 cotton balls and apply over your eyes( or any other area where you have red or irritated skin ) for 5 minutes.



Take care of your body and exercise and eat right , basically if your insides are healthy, then it will show on your face.

Exercise will help get rid of the redness and acne by circulating the oxygen, also by increasing the blood flow with exercise you are nourishing the skin cells and keeping them vital.

Exercise is an excellent STRESS BUSTER  and remember stress activates oil production!



There are definitely certain ingredients that have proven themselves in clinical trials these are :-


Glycolic Acid

Salicylic Acid

They do need at least a few weeks to work but I would highly recommend them and give them a chance.

Try RETINOIDS, retinoids are not just for wrinkles, they also fade spots, build collagen and prevent acne but only when used correctly.

Use at night instead of your overnight acne treatment, using them on your skin as a whole helps with cell turnover.

Don’t be looking for an over night cure or magic bullet, try making these small changes each day to help get glowing skin.

Any further questions contact Beauty Haven 02890 666628









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