I’m a mother, nutritional therapist and author who has been sharing recipes to help you get the glow back for the last 8 years...
I want to share my 5 secrets for clear skin, because this is what I wish I’d known in the years I was covered in spots. I had terrible skin as a teenager and I was miserable! It really affected how I felt about myself: I was convinced everyone was staring at my acne, and thought they probably weren’t, I couldn’t help feeling incredibly self-conscious. I dreamed of the day I’d be done with spots, but I’m 28 now and I still break out sometimes!
Fortunately, thanks to eating well and finding the right products for my skin, my breakouts are only sporadic now. So here are my 5 secrets for clear, radiant skin:
When I feel an imbalance in my body it shows on my skin – that’s why I love the phrase ‘get the glow’ because our skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside.
I get spots on my chin when I’m hormonal, and pimples on my forehead when my digestion is bad. Like, if I’ve eaten too much sugar (oops, three slices of cake!) it messes with my digestion and I’ll see spots on my forehead the next day. I’m also prone to spots when I’m stressed or if I have a few nights of rubbish sleep.
I focus on zinc rich foods like pumpkin seeds and shellfish because zinc is linked to clearing acne. So I sprinkle pumpkin seeds on my porridge and add prawns to salads and curries.
Dairy can upset my complexion so I cut it out completely – I prefer almond milk and coconut yogurt to the cow-based alternatives anyway.
I normally drink about two litres of water a day but when I have a breakout I drink an extra 500ml. I sip green tea because it’s full of antioxidants and treat myself to a turmeric latte, because turmeric is an anti-inflammatory.
I know that attacking my spots only spreads bacteria, so I do my best not to squeeze my skin. It takes a lot of willpower to wait until a whitehead is ready to pop! If the spot doesn’t burst out easily, I know I’ve got to wait a bit longer. So here’s what I do:
– Cleanse with MZ Skin Cleanse & Clarify which is gentle yet effective;
– Draw out the bacteria with Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask;
– Sleep in Origins Super Spot Remover, which is the best for blemishes;
– Cover up with Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer – it’s medicated make-up and the green tone reduces redness.
– Reduce shine with Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder – I find it’s better to go a shade lighter rather than darker when covering up spots.
Every day, I take Omega 3s – Bare Biology Lion Heart capsules are my go-to – and The Beauty Chef Glow, which is a skin-boosting powder with 23 different antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The powder is berry flavoured and add a nice zing to my morning smoothie.
It’s nice to get clear skin the natural way but if you’re doing everything right and your skin is still unhappy, it’s worth seeing a dermatologist. There might be something else going on that you need help with.
I’d love to know what works for you, so if you have any top tips for clear skin then please do hop over to Instagram and let me know!
Love, Madeleine xx