- Eat LOTS of fruit & vegetables. Just fill up on it whenever you can. Try to eat different colours so that you'll get a variety of vitamins and minerals. Taking a multivitamin every day can help with this if you really really don't like fruit & veg or if they're too expensive, but they don't always have quite the same effect as the real thing.
- Drink lots of water, it'll help to flush toxins out of your system and keep you hydrated. Try to have one glass with every meal, and also one piece of fruit.
- Go for antioxidants. Green tea, white tea (which in fact has more), oolong tea, berries (strawberries, blueberries, acai etc, get loads of different kinds), citrus fruits (oranges, clementines, lemons, grapefruits etc) - they'll also get rid of toxins.
- Cleanse! Make sure you know your skin type and choose a cleanser accordingly. Just get a regular one without any exfoliating beads or anything in it - but get some exfoliating gloves (they're like £2 from Boots/Superdrug/H&M/Claire's Accessories if you're in the UK) to wear while you cleanse. That way you have more control over how rough or gentle you exfoliate. Rougher washing does not always equal deeper cleaning - sometimes it just burns! Move your fingers in the direction of the pores to clean them properly, eg from top to tip of your nose will get rid of any blackheads. Then massage in circles all over -this will exfoliate more and also massage away toxins. Do this whole thing twice, then use a warm damp face cloth to wipe away the cleanser, rinse it and wipe again. Gently dry your face with another clean dry face cloth.
- Tone! I personally find that Clinique is a really good brand of cleanser/toner/moisturiser to use, especially as you can go into department stores like John Lewis and ask for advice behind the counter.If you do, don't feel pressured to buy exactly what they say, after all they're trained to sell, but they can tell you whether to use dry/oily/combination products, that sort of thing. If you've got less money, try Garnier, they're quite good also. Anyway, put a little bit of toner on a cotton wool pad - not so much it's wet, just damp is good - and gently wipe the pad in the opposite direction to the cleanser, eg tip to top of your nose. Don't use too much on dry skin as toner is quite drying, only use a little. There should be no need to dry here - if you've used the right amount, it should just about dry itself in a few seconds. This will even your skin tone and close up your pores so they don't get quite so dirty again.
- Moisturise! Use a little at a time to avoid getting too sticky. Again, pick according to your skin type - if you have oily skin then an oil-based moisturiser will make it worse. But you'll still need to moisturise after that toner. Just massage it in gently in circles until it's mostly gone.
Et voila! Do this twice a day and you'll see a difference in a month or perhaps even less, when the skin will have replaced itself with the new cells.