I bet when you read the headline, you were probably curious to read what I have to say for one of two reasons: 1. You’re super excited to know that clearer skin in a week is definitely possible, or 2. You don’t believe me but you’re still intrigued enough to click on the title to see the sort of lies I list. No matter which group you fall into, I assure you that following this plan for one week will most definitely clear out your acne, depuff your face and get your skin glowing like it was meant to.
What to eat:
- Essential to flush out toxins from our body and hydrate our cells so that they function optimally. This will lead to happier skin.
- Drink at least 3 litres of water a day. If you really want to go all out, drink a litre of water as soon as you wake up.
- Sip sip sip through the day, do not chug.
- Avoid cold water and opt for room temperature water.
- Essential for waste secretion, without which toxins will accumulate and disturb the normal functionings of our bodies. Increasing your fiber intake will lead to fewer breakouts.
- Think lots of raw foods- fruits, salads, seeds (flax seeds are packed with fiber and omega 3’s which makes it a superfood).
- Unprocessed grains, like whole wheat (the real kind, not maida with added brownish food coloring) and brown/red rice, are both excellent sources of fiber.
- Fermented foods:
- Essential to restore bacterial balance in your gut, which majority of us ignore or are unaware off. This balance will led to more radiant skin.
- Think fermented foods – Idli, dosa, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, dhokla, kefir (and the list goes on)
- If you don’t have access to fermented foods, take a probiotic supplement daily for a month. This should be your last option, unless you have recently finished a course of antibiotics, then you most definitely need to up your intake of probiotics through a supplement and fermented foods.
- Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Crucial to keep your body alkaline which promotes clearer skin.
- Have 1-2 tablespoons of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted in filtered water daily. Preferably on an empty stomach or before a meal.
- Do not forget to use a straw to avoid tooth enamel damage.
- Omega 3’s:
- High anti-inflammatory properties which helps soothe redness, rashes and acne
- Found in nuts, seeds (specifically flax and chia), salmon, avocados, mustard oil, leafy greens.
- If you’re taking a supplement or want to take a supplement, read the label and ensure you are getting 700 to 1,000 mg of EPA and 200 to 500 mg of DHA daily.
What to use:
- A mask of raw honey, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg for acne prone skin
- A mask of fresh aloe vera and pure tea tree oil to soothe acne prone skin
- A mask of green tea leaves, fresh lemon juice and rice flour for oily-combination skin
- A mask of turmeric, besan and yogurt for for oily-combination skin
- A mask of apple, potatoes and lemon juice for anti-ageing
- A mask of banana, avocados, and oatmeal for dehydrated and flaky skin
- A mask of dried orange peel powder, raw honey and rose water for a boost of radiance (all skin types)
- Best spot treatment- pure tea tree oil
When to sleep:
- Experts recommend going to bed before 11:00 pm so that we don’t miss the window of time that our bodies utilize to rest and repair. More rest and repair time results in healthier skin. If we push through our exhaustion and stay up past that window, our bodies go into survival mode, producing cortisol, the stress hormone that keeps us awake no matter how tired we may be, which leads to pigmentation and lacklustre skin.
- A fun website that calculates the optimal times to wake up based on when you fall asleep- http://sleepyti.me
When to workout:
- It doesn’t matter when you workout, the key is to actually workout and work up a sweat.
- Your pores open up when you sweat and that releases the yucky buildup of toxins inside them. Think of sweating as a drain cleaner, your pores being the drain, so when you sweat you actually flush out all the junk that clogs your pores and plagues the skin with pimples.
What to avoid:
- SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR (if you really want some, have coconut sugar or jaggery, they’re both delicious substitutes)
- Stress. Try meditating? Checkout this app called HeadSpace
- Hydrogenated oils such as vegetable oils. Cook with pure desi ghee or cold pressed coconut oil or cold pressed sesame oil instead. Not only is it better for your heart but also for your skin.
- Dirty pillowcases. Get them washed even if you aren’t ready for laundry day just yet.
- Processed (refined) foods such as packaged chips, anything that has maida (cakes, biscuits, cookies etc) and sodas. Look for whole wheat or millet based options if you really want some cake.
- Towels on your face. Use facial tissues to pat dry your face after washing it. Trust me, it makes a major difference.
- Dairy products such as cheese and milk. Forget that glass of milk you were cajoled into having as a child.
- Touching your face through the day. Leave your face alone. If you’re doing it now, stop!
- Alcohol. Maybe don’t drink this week so that your liver can take a break and do it’s job better.
- Hot water on your face. Always use cold water to wash your face. It soothes your skin and closes open pores.
Are you ready to take the seven-day challenge? Please share your results with us in the comments section below!
Ishika Sachdev is a beauty and wellness blogger.