Everyone loves a smooth face, especially one free of spots. It doesn’t matter if you’re fair complexioned or dark complexioned, you would agree with me on the fact that a smooth face does wonders! You wake up in the morning  and run your hands over and over your face, you look at yourself in the mirror and just enjoy the natural glow it gives, you take a selfie and you don’t have to add a filter  because your face is fresh like that! Oh well, this is not so when you have unwanted guests known as ‘’blackheads’’ loitering around your face. It is a total buzzkill. Here are five tips for getting rid of blackheads and restoring your natural glow?

Firstly, what are blackheads and what causes them? Blackheads are the small bumps which appear on your skin as a result of stuffed hair follicles.  They are called blackheads because the surface affected becomes dark. Although they are usually found on the face, but these bumps can also appear on other body parts such as the back, chest, arms, shoulders and neck. They tend to be present on the skin when hormones lead to an increased production of sebum, an oily substance underneath the skin.

Blackheads might prove a little difficult to tackle but employing some of these methods can make the job easier.

One way of getting rid of blackheads is by getting medications. Since blackheads are formed by hair follicles, medications containing vitamin A could be very useful as it keeps the plugs from building in the hair follicles and promotes fast turnover of skin cells. Drugs which contain benzoyl peroxide can be of great help, especially if the blackheads come with pimples or acne cysts.

The use of chemical peels should also be noted. Chemical peels help in removing the clogs that form on the skin alongside the dead skin cells that promotes the presence of blackheads. The application of a chemical peel on the skin, clears off the top layer while revealing underneath, a smoother skin. Mild peels can be gotten over the counter. Although, the presence of a dermatologist is needed during the application of stronger peels.

In the quest to tackling blackheads, the right oil-dissolving ingredients should be used on the face with a wipe. Ingredients containing malic, glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acids can be used in blocking the pores responsible for blackheads and setting them loose from clogging.

Fourthly, minimize the use of comedogenic products on your skin. Instead, make use of non-comedogenic products which do not clog pores and keeps them clear and open, which in turn reduces the buildup of dead skill cells.

For our last method, make sure you get enough rest. It is quite important that your body relaxes as this can also avoid stress. Stress triggers the production of sebum which is responsible for blackheads too. Do the needful and save yourself the stress of fighting blackheads. Rest, exercise, and rest some more.

Learn to engage in these acts and in no time, you will see the obvious difference. Remember, health is wealth.

If you’re reading this, you made it…

Happy new year everyone! 2021 is finally here and although, there has been a lot of unpredictable events in the past weeks, let us all look to this day with a new a positive mindset because indeed, the latter shall be greater than the former. So, how do we start? Where do we begin? For many of us, our yearly resolutions have been revised and revived to fit our individual perspectives. When you think about it, we forget many of these resolutions before January is over and keep living like we never made them in the first place. Any day from now we would start our methodological plan, quarterly reviews and so on. Are you ready? Below are some steps to help in fulfilling our aspirations for the new year.

The first step to actualizing our plans starts with constant effort. We can’t just say we are ready to do things based on words alone, our actions must align with our aspirations. In other words, after writing down your plans for the year, start working on it immediately. It doesn’t have to be the full exhibition of it at first, take it little by little and watch your dreams come alive.

Secondly, learn the art of self-improvement. Although, there are certain people who remain complacent with their lifestyle and it works for them, but if you really desire to achieve great things, you must always improve. Learn a new skill, take an online course, expand your horizons, know what you want and the market competitions, just IMPROVE in every form. Trust me, it works like magic.

Thirdly, don’t lose hope. In all your doings, you must always have it at the back of your mind that everything works better with time. Don’t rush yourself, don’t procrastinate, and don’t lose hope. Always find a balance between these three worlds and the world will soon be at your feet.

HAPPY NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN EVERYONE, CHEERS TO A SEASON OF LOVE, GROWTH AND NEW BEGINNINGS.