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9 Ways To Improve Your Skin In Just One Week

Perfect skin. We all want it, but it’s not exactly possible — even models get the occasional blemish. The goal isn’t to try to make your skin perfect, it’s to improve it. There are things you can do right now to achieve your best skin.

Do you have a date this weekend? Or a party you have to attend? It’s never too late (or early) to start preparing your skin. Here are 9 ways to achieve glowing and irresistible skin in just one week:

Get Rid Of Dairy

Dairy is HORRIBLE for your skin. Even if you don’t think you’re lactose intolerant or sensitive, dairy is probably hurting you without you even realizing. If you consume a lot of dairy (remember: dairy is milk and butter) and you experience pimples you should consider cutting it out of your diet completely or at least a few times a month. Get rid of dairy for a week and see the difference it makes.

Don’t Touch Your Skin

Unless you’re washing your skin (in which case your hands should be clean), don’t touch your face. Your hands are dirty pretty much all the time, thanks to the natural elements and you don’t want that dirt on your skin. Don’t touch, scratch, pick, or peel. I know it’s tempting to squeeze a pimple but unless you’re an expert, don’t do it. You’ll just create scarring and dark spots that’ll be very hard to get rid of.

Make Sure You’re Getting Omega-3

Whether you take Omega-3 supplements or eat healthy fats that contain Omega-3, making sure you’re getting this in your diet is an easy way to improve your skin. Omega-3 produces anti-inflammatory compounds in your body which will reduce the redness and puffiness you see on your skin, as well as keep blemishes at bay. Taking Omega-3 on the daily is great for your skin and introducing this to your diet will improve your skin very quickly!

Drink Water (And Green Tea)

Take a minute to think about your water intake. Do you drink enough? Water is honestly the answer to pretty much everything; especially your skin problems. If you suffer from dry or dull looking skin all the moisturizer in the world isn’t going to help create glowing skin — water will, though.

Green tea is also good for reducing redness and pimples. Similar to Omega-3, green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory that’ll soothe your skin, as well as get rid of any sun damage you have. Plus, drinking green tea can have a positive effect on the way your skin ages. Do you want to avoid sagging skin and wrinkles? Introduce green tea into your daily regimen.

Consider Taking Collagen

Collagen isn’t just something women and men in their late 50s need to take for their joints. It’s something anyone, of any age, can benefit from. Collagen can do more than maintain healthy joints, it can also help you achieve clear and glowing skin. This protein helps to firm your skin so that it can fight against clogged pores, which is why Collagen is a must for those who suffer from acne. Acne scars can even diminish from regular use of collagen.

Don’t Skip The Gym

Yes, working out can help improve your skin. Exercise creates sweat and sweat flushes out toxins and helps blood circulation, which in turn, provides your skin with the necessary oxygen and nutrients that keep skin healthy. A few days before your big event, increase your workouts. Really make sure you’re getting your heart rate up enough for you to sweat.

Steam It

Speaking of sweat, another way to remove those toxins is to use steam. Simply put your face over a bowl of boiling water and allow the steam to remove the dirt and oil from your skin. This is a natural way to open up your pores so it’s great for anyone with sensitive skin or those who don’t love using face masks or peels.

Wash Your Face

This one should be obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t know how to wash their face properly. The point of washing your face is to get rid of the dirt, grime, and bacteria that comes in contact with your skin throughout the day. Which means, you should be washing your face after a sweaty gym session, after spending the day outside, etc. It’s also important to make sure you’re moisturizing all the time — that’ll improve your complexion and help your skin look younger and healthier.

Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

Your skin repairs itself while you sleep. If you’re not getting a good night’s rest you’re interrupting that process. Not to mention, not getting enough sleep can make you feel stressed. And stress leads to breakouts, which are the last thing you want. One of the best things you can do to improve your skin quickly is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep and avoiding stress as much as possible.