7 Lifestyle Habits For Clear Skin

When it comes to having clear skin, skincare products will only go so far. It’s important to implement healthy lifestyle habits into your everyday life, too. These habits won’t change your skin overnight, but they’re sustainable in the long term. This post is about 7 lifestyle habits that will help you get that dewey, glowy skin.

What factors affect your skin?

  • Climate
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Skincare products
  • Sun exposure
  • Exercise
  • Hormonal changes
  • Allergies

There’s definitely a lot more factors, but the ones I listed are a few of the big ones. This post won’t cover everything, but it will introduce 7 healthy habits to get into that will get you on that journey to clear skin!

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Lifestyle habits for clear skin

My Personal Skin Type

I have sensitive, combination skin that falls towards the dry side. Facial masks make my upper lip sting, and ocean saltwater hurts. Some sunscreens also make my face sting! In the summer and fall, I’m usually dealing with a bit of peeling around the nose area. (I live in SoCal currently, where the weather is very dry.) Through a lot of trial and error, I’ve been able to figure out the habits for clear skin that work for me. Here are my tips!

Here are 7 lifestyle habits for clear skin:

1. Wash Your Pillowcase

You put your face on your pillow for hours every night. Dust, night creams, and oils are absorbed into your pillowcase. If you don’t wash it, this will come back to irritate your skin.

How often do you wash your pillowcase?

Try to aim for once a week!

Invest in a silk pillowcase

Silk is much gentler than cotton on your hair and skin.

If you’re able to, invest in a silk pillowcase. I have one and I swear by it. You can get one on Amazon for under $30!

When washing silk, you can place it in a delicates mesh bag and toss it in with the rest of your light colors. Hang dry! (Do not throw silk in your dryer.)

You can get one from Amazon here:

2. Cold Water Rinse

Rinsing your face with cold water after a hot shower will help tighten your skin and shrink your pores. My mother taught me this trick when I was in middle school. It’s now a habit for me to rinse my face with cold water after I shower.

A great plus is that it’s refreshing, too!

You can easily do this with the cold tap from your sink. If you want, you can even add ice to a bowl of water. That’s even better!

3. Don’t Over-Wash

Washing your face too often can dry out your skin. How often you wash your face, of course, is going to depend on where you live (because of climate!).

I grew up in Southern California, where the climate is hot and dry. My skin dries out very easily. In Houston, Texas, the weather is humid and warm, and my skin is usually a little oilier there.

You’ll have to figure out how much washing is suited for your own skin.

Personally, I wash my face once a day (at night) with a gentle cleanser (I use this one from Shiseido.) You can purchase it from Sephora (link), or your local Marshall’s/TJMaxx, which is where I found mine at a better price.

Remember, the type of facial cleanser that works for you will be different from one that works for others. I have very sensitive skin, and so I’m always looking for a gentle cleanser!

I don’t use a cleanser in the mornings. My reasoning is that I’ve only slept in my bed, and so my skin isn’t covered in dirt/dust like it is at the end of the day. I just rinse a few times with cold tap water.

4. Exercise

Exercise and sweating helps with cell turnover. You’ll find that your skin cells renew at a faster rate, leading to healthier looking skin.

Exercise is a great way to get your blood flowing, delivering nutrients to your skin! It also promotes collagen growth, which is great for anti-aging. 🙂

Just make sure you shower right after exercising. Letting sweat dry on your skin or leaving dirty gym clothes on for a long time will lead to breakouts or bacterial infections.

5. Exfoliate

This goes hand-in-hand with what I mentioned in exercise. Your skin cells turnover, meaning that new cells are being made all the time. It’s helpful to remove the dead ones through gentle exfoliation.

For this, I alternate between the Clarisonic Mia (lifesaver) and the Japanese chemical exfoliant, CURE (the most popular brand in Japan).

I only exfoliate once or twice a week (once, if I’m using CURE, because my skin is quite sensitive. I wouldn’t recommend doing this every day.

Clarisonic Mia

I’ve had this for over 7 years. It was a Christmas gift in late high school. It got me through high school and college! Whenever I’m feeling a bit gritty, I turn to this (I just use it in my shower) and my skin feels great afterwards.

I use this after a long day of makeup, too. I recommend removing your makeup first, then using this after so you’re not brushing more makeup into your pores.

If you’d like, I’ve linked here for you to check out: https://www.sephora.com/product/mia-prima-sonic-facial-cleansing-brush-P435204?icid2=products%20grid:p435204:product

Japanese CURE Natural Aqua Gel

This is a hugely famous product in Japan, and they finally have it on Amazon! I rinse my face with water, pat dry, and apply this gel. I let it sit for about 30 sec to 1 min, before gently rubbing circles into my skin. Your skin cells come right off!

Sounds crazy, I know. But I think this is even gentler than the Clarisonic Mia, because my skin ends up less red, but SO soft.

You can check it out on Amazon here:

6. Hydrate

This is a tale as old as time. HYDRATE. IT REALLY WORKS. Water plays a huge role in your health, and you’ll definitely see the changes in your skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and water is one of the ways you can get it working at its best.

Water helps flush toxins out of your body, and it can even alleviate some acne symptoms. You’ll eventually experience less bloating, less puffiness, better complexion, and less wrinkles.

7. Cut Out Dairy and Oily Foods

I’m not telling you to NEVER eat dairy and oily foods, but I recommend that you cut out a fraction of what you currently consume (if they take up a significant portion of your diet).

Dairy has been known to cause many skin problems, including acne (and bacne). Cutting it out by substituting with almond/oat milk products will play a huge role in your skin.

Eating a lot of oily or fried foods can lead to skin problems. An excess of omega-6 fatty acids have been shown to cause acne and oily skin. Your skin, remember, is an organ! And you have to treat it as such. It’s going to be healthy and happy with a better diet.

Though, of course, eating ice cream or fried chicken every once in a while is definitely alright!

I hope these 7 tips on habits for clear skin have been helpful. Remember, you won’t see changes overnight, but you’ll definitely see changes in the long run. It’s important to create a lifestyle that is both healthy and sustainable. Good luck!

Related: My Minimalist Skin Care Routine

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  1. 7.10.20
    Vika said:

    I love aaalll the tips! And your images are so cute

    • 7.10.20
      Sunny said:

      Hi Vika, thank you! I just checked out My Vivid Life and I love the look of your blog!