There’s more to life than sitting in front of the mirror, wishing away problematic skin. This is especially true if you’re constantly on the move with work, study, or adventure. Check out our 7 acne life hacks that can help reduce the severity and appearance of pimples when the going gets bumpy.
Change Your Pillowcase Regularly
Changing your pillowcase regularly is not only conducive to great hygiene, but it can also help reduce the appearance of acne. If you crunch the numbers, the average person spends around 7-and-a-half hours against their pillow. This can pose an issue for side-sleepers in particular, as they will likely have more face-to-pillow contact. Skin moisturisers and hair products build up on the fabric each time you lay your head to rest, so it’s vital you wash your pillowcase in hypoallergenic detergent every few days.
Have you ever disappeared on a beach getaway and come back with a souvenir of clearer, healthier skin? The minerals found within salty ocean water can be extremely beneficial for trouble skin. Salt encourages wound healing and even helps improve semi-permanent scarring. If you have some time on the weekend and the weather is great, why not head out to the beach and go for a dip? Just be sure to take appropriate sun-safety precautions by using a non-greasy natural sunscreen and by wearing protective clothing.
If you can’t get to the beach, try adding some sea salt into the tub and take a soak. As an extra treat, relax in SkinB5’s Skin Purifying Mask and enjoy the healing and cleansing benefits of its sea minerals, which are sustainably harvested from the Great Barrier Reef.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Whether you use makeup brushes to apply foundation, blush, or eyeshadow, they’re going to harbour bacteria that increase your chances of inflammation. To keep your brushes in tip-top shape, clean them with a gentle facial cleanser and warm water once a week. Be sure to give them proper drying time on a clean towel as well, as moldy brushes breed a whole other world of bacteria.
Try SkinB5 Skin Purifying Mask as Green Concealer
No acne life hacks list would be complete without the noble green concealer. If you have a few red spots or scars you’d like to cover up, choose our Skin Purifying Mask as a natural concealer with green pigment. Green cancels out red and will create better blemish coverage than layers of beige-coloured concealer. Don’t forget to discourage the spread of bacteria by applying the concealer with a clean finger.
Wipe Down Your Smartphone
Smartphones can be quite sneaky. If we’re using them right before bed, their backlight is said to affect our quality of sleep. When we have a great old chat with grandma, they can also contribute to acne. To control this, lightly wipe your phone with an anti-bacterial cloth between calls to remove sweat, makeup, and other skin products.
Go Barefaced During Bath and Gym Time
Before you dip your toes into that nice, warm bath, be sure to remove your makeup beforehand. Steam encourages your pores to open up and cleanse, but you’ll likely suffer from nasty breakouts if your face is full of heavy makeup.
The same is true for the gym. Your skin needs to breathe as it sweats and heats up, so try to go barefaced. This may feel uncomfortable at first, but others who go to the gym to truly work on their body should be too focussed on their regime to notice.
Clean From Within
One of the most important acne life hacks is to care for your body from within. Introduce dark greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli into your diet. Unlike processed and acid-forming foods, these greens are alkalising and work to improve digestion, fortify the immune system, and balance skin tone. It’s also important to flush out any toxins by drinking plenty of water each day. Try buying a BPA-free water bottle that comes designed with a suggested drinking timeline. This is a great visual reminder to stay on top of your daily hydration. Cleaning up the body from within is the one acne hack that keeps on hacking.
Acne can cause a lot of embarrassment, pain, and frustration, but little life hacks like these can help pave the way for clearer skin. Let us know what your acne life tips are and how they’ve helped you!
Renee is a 20-something writer who has a love-hate relationship with fictional characters. If she doesn’t have her eyes glued to the big screen, you’ll find her chasing sunsets by the water. Having grown up with sensitive skin, she’s passionate about sharing and celebrating natural products that really work.