The pursuit of flawless or clear skin is similar to the search for the holy grail. Perfect skin is devoid of spots, marks, acne and acne scars with the appearance of no pores.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and contrary to popular opinion, it is quite fragile. The skin is the protective layer of our body, which covers muscles, bones, nerves and blood. Thus it is often the first barrier protecting us from injuries and infection.
Beyond its health implications, the skin is also a symbol of aesthetics. An individual with healthy flawless skin will be seen as beautiful. Achieving perfect skin is not a ‘woman’s thing’ as men must also look after their skin too.
Caring for your skin in your youth ensures that the ageing process is not unpalatable.
Here are the ways to achieve flawless skin:
Know Your Skin Type: Knowing your skin type is a step in the right direction, to achieving flawless skin. Various skin types respond differently to skin regimen. There are four skin types: Normal, Oily, Dry and Combination.
Normal Skin type
If your skin falls in this category, raise your hands and shout Hallelujah! This skin type is usually smooth, soft and elastic (somebody say, collagen). It is perfect, unfortunately, most people missed the distribution date for normal skin. Not to worry, whatever your skin type, you can achieve beautiful skin.
Oily Skin type
People with oily skin have an advantage; they are relatively wrinkle free as they age. However, this skin type is usually acne prone. As a result of the excessive production of sebum, bacteria may feed off the excess oil causing acne.
If this is your skin type, you must avoid oil-based skin products and stick to water-based.
Dry Skin type
This skin type is also known as ‘thirsty skin’, and it feels tight after a shower, without proper moisturising. Also, dry skin is associated with flakiness and scaliness ( I sigh in harmattan). To care for this skin type, keep it moisturised.
It is also essential to avoid skin care products that excessively dry out sebum.
Combination Skin type
The combination skin is a skin type that is both the blend of oil and dry skin. For example, those with this skin type have oily T-zones, while the cheeks are dry. To care for combination skin, you must follow the regimen for both dry and oily skin.
Water no get enemy: how can we forget the hit song by the late sage, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. To achieve beautiful skin, you must listen to him, ‘water no get enemy’. Drink plenty of it to flush out toxins.
The sun is not your friend: to keep your skin blemish free, it is best to avoid the sun. If you must be in the sun, slather on sunscreen in SPF 50. If you don’t like sunscreen, wear clothing to protect you from harmful rays and use an umbrella.
Leave your Pimples alone: there is satisfaction at popping a pimple and getting out the mess from our pores. However, it is not a good idea to touch a blemish. Touching a pimple spreads bacteria all over your face. Popping a pimple also leaves scars, redness and bruises on your skin.
Your food is you: dermatologists do not conclusively agree that diet contributes to acne. Nevertheless, there have been reports from acne sufferers that eating certain meals worsened their breakouts. To get flawless skin, find your food trigger; for example, milk aggravates breakouts in some people.
Steam and Exfoiliate: the skin is the body’s protective barrier, and it is exposed to dust, dirt, smoke and sweat. Hence regular showers do not remove an accumulation of these toxins. Steam and exfoliate to remove accumulated dirt on the skin.
Steaming softens dirt on the skin, while exfoliation removes the dirt. By steaming and exfoliating, you give the skin a chance to breathe and renew itself.
Moisturise: no matter your skin type, moisturise.
Always follow a consistent skin care regimen.