Maintaining a clear and radiant skin is a lot of work and the 27-year old knows she needs to keep an eye on her overall lifestyle to do this. From what she eats to what she does off-cam, Alex walks us through her hacks to acne-free skin:
1. A good night’s sleep is key
“Sleep helps the skin recover after a long tiring day so I make sure I get enough rest every night,” she explains. Stress causes sebaceous glands produce more oil and make skin extra oily leading to formation of acne. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night has been proven reduce one’s stress level.
2. I chug lots of water
Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Alex shares she always keeps a bottle of water on standby to keep her hydrated during long hours of shoot.
3. Exercise is good for blood circulation
Physical activity cuts stress which may contribute to acne. Improved blood circulation helps the skin by sending more oxygen to your skin cells and carrying the cell wastes away. “I do pilates regularly. It is fun and a great way to relieve stress,” Alex adds.
4. Sleeping with makeup on is a big no-no
No matter how tired she is after a long day at the set, Alex religiously takes time to remove all traces of makeup from her face to make sure her pores are not clogged with sweat, dust, and dirt.
5. Invest in over-the-counter product
“Proactiv has always been part of my beauty regimen for six years. Its specially-formulated ingredients help treat and prevent acne so I won’t have to deal with it,” Alex shares.
Alex swears by Proactiv, the leading anti-acne treatment product which is safe and effective for almost everyone.
Composed of the complete 3-Step System to knock out acne, Proactiv is very easy to use. Step 1 is the Renewing Cleanser, an oil-free, soap-free medicated exfoliating cleanser that kills acne-causing bacteria with U.S. prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide. Step 2 is the Revitalizing Toner, a refreshing alcohol-free toner that refines and purifies pores. Step 3 is the Repairing Treatment, a feather-light, invisible medicated treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria.
Every Proactiv kit comes with a free Proactiv Refining Mask, a rich, deep-cleansing mask formulated with sulfur, a proven acne- fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores where blemishes begin.
“Proactiv requires less than five minutes a day. It’s convenient and it works,” shares Alex.
Take it from the celebrity. These beauty hacks are your sure way to a smooth and acne-free skin just like Alex’s.
My Skin Care Tips
Alex actually covered most of the skin care tips that I would recommend, but here are a few that I would like to add her tips above.
1. Makeup and makeup tools can make or break your skin
Always make sure your makeup products are stored properly and sanitized. Keep in mind that other makeup products' shelf life are way shorter than others, so please make sure you toss 'em after the expiration dates. You must wash and sanitize your makeup brushes and sponges religiously to get ride of all the bacteria and build ups.
2. Avoid touching your face
Here is one of the best tips that I can probably give you. I for one used to always touch my face, particularly my chin and jawline. So it wasn't a surprise when I get HUGE and UGLY zits on those areas. If you must touch your face, please do so after washing your hands first.
3. Treat your skin, at least weekly
If you can't afford regular facials, opt for affordable face masks instead. You can even create your own mask using natural ingredients found in your kitchen. Whenever I get zits out of nowhere, I use Proactiv Refining Mask at night and let it stay overnight (for the really hug and bad ones).