10 Steps to Clear Skin + Giveaway!

Happy Monday! I wanted to share with you all 10 steps you can start doing today for clearer skin! I truly believe that glowing, healthy skin comes from a well balanced body inside and out, so these ten steps will help you to achieve your most beautiful skin yet! Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of the post! xo

  1. Exercise and make time to unwind.
    Keeping up on excercising is crucial because it reduces your stress hormones. Too much tension will lead to spiked hormone levels, which can increase breakouts. Try exercising 3-5 times per week, and find a time each day to relax and unwind, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. (Coffee can actually spike your stress hormone as well, so if you can give up the addiction even for a month your skin will be sure to thank you.) 
  2. Eat a well balanced diet, filled with antioxidants and proper nutrition. 
    What you put on the inside of your body will reflect on the outside. Sugar is the leading cause of acne because it allows bacteria to form quickly. Eliminate sugar from your diet and watch how your skin responds! Easier said than done of course, so balance is key here. Here is a link to a recipe I recently tried and LOVED, and here is the link to my “Healthy Eating” Pinterest board! ! 
  3. Cleanse your skin morning and night. 
    Often people will skip the morning because they figure if you wash your skin at night, it will still be clean by morning. Your skin actually sloughs off dead skin cells at night, so by morning it’s crucial to cleanse skin again. My personal favorite product that helps your skin with this process at night is the Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment from Tula. Honestly I’ve never used anything like it before, since I got it I wake up in the morning with moisturized, supple, and glowing skin! (Code: “MAKENNAVIP20” will save you 20% on products I get you free shipping, yay!)
  4. Use clean makeup brushes.
    I’ve mentioned this before, but having clean makeup brushes is key! It is so important, I can always tell if I’ve gone too long without washing them because it’s an instant breakout for me. Especially if you use liquid foundation, it’s best to wash them once a week, and every 2-3 weeks for powder brushes.
  5. Stay properly hydrated.
    Water helps to flush out toxins, so without proper hydration your skin won’t be able to detox, leaving you with breakouts and clogged pores. Drinking plenty of water will also give you a healthy glow! 
  6. Get enough sleep.
    Sleep deprivation has scary consequences on our bodies, and skin prone to breakouts is one of them! Did you know that sleep deprivation runs rampant in America? Sleep is vital and allows our bodies to properly reset and recharge, so depriving your body of that cutting it short of healing, and proper rejuvenation!
  7. Wash your pillowcases & sheets once a week or every two weeks. 
    Remember those dead skin cells I mentioned previously that your body sheds at night? Yeah, you’ll definitely want to wash those off a few times a month to get rid of the dirt and other yuckiness that gets left behind! 
  8. Exfoliate 1-2 times per week.
    Exfoliating gives your skin that extra bit of life it needs from time to time! My favorite is this one from Tula, because it’s gentle on your skin but also does the work that a good exfoliant should! 
  9. Sanitize your phone. 
    Research shows that our smartphones can carry more bacteria than toilet seats. YUCK! Sharing phones with someone can actually be compared to sneezing on someone. Sanitize your phone at least once a day to keep your skin from breakouts.
  10. Munch on mixed nuts.
    Nuts are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and high quality oils which aid in all sorts of skin conditions, inflammation, elasticity, and breakouts to name a few. Different nuts have different healing components, so a handful of mixed nuts each day will do the job. 

Well, those are the 10 steps to healthy and clear skin and I hope you learned something new! Many of you know, my favorite skincare line is Tula, which means “Balance” in Sanskrit. This company bases their products around balance, probiotics, and healthy glowing skin. I’ve used them for over a year now and it seems as if nothing can beat it!
I’ve asked Tula to team up for a giveaway to one of my readers for my 4 favorite products: Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment, Exfoliating Treatment Mask, Hydrating Day & Night Cream, and the Purifying Cleanser! To enter into the giveaway, tag 3 friends on my recent IG picture, make sure to be following myself @makennaashley and @tula and you’re entered! Of course there can only be one winner, so they’ve also given me a code to share “MAKENNVIP20” that will get you 20% off AND free shipping! xo
*Giveaway will run until Wednesday, March 8th, and the winner will be announced through my Instagram. Leave a comment on this blog post for an extra entry! 


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  1. Karlee Becker

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I love following you and thanks for the chance for an awesome give away! My Instagram nme is karleebecker

  2. Kat

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Love this post! All of these things are so important to do. (I always forget to do the unwind part! 😬)
    Thanks for doing this awesome give away! Tula is a great company!
    My Instagram name is: katinabox22

  3. Tamara

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Oh I’m so bad at cleaning my phone! But luckily I almost exclusively use speaker phone when speaking. Thanks for the opportunity. My IG is @facefaves

  4. Shannon Sampsel

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I would love to win!! @shantime on IG ❤️

  5. Sarah Johnson

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Love these tips! Sometimes it’s hard to forget healthy skin is more than just a good serum, but it’s about healthy lifestyle choices. And what a great giveaway! Fingers crossed! My IG handle is @sarahrobinjohnson.

  6. Mia Johnson

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    This is so cool! I have been wanting to purchase something from Tula but have been forgetting! Thanks for the opportunity! Instagram: sweetlifeofmia <3

  7. Sarah

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Such a big fan of tula skincare ! The face wash is my absolute favorite leaves your skin so soft and smooth! Would love to try the overnight skin rescue have heard such good things. What an exciting giveaway , thank you thank you for the chance.
    Instagram is sarahwassen

  8. Maria Johnson

    March 6th, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve never tried Tula products before but I’ve heard really good things. My skin has been kind of freaking out postpartum and I am in definite need of new skincare. With all of these breakouts I look like the teenage babysitter, not the mom! Thanks for your other tips too (especially the phone one…Ew!) IG: @pineapplesandperidot

  9. Brittni McMonigal

    March 6th, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I would love to try Tula products, so glad I discovered your blog!:)

  10. Brittni McMonigal

    March 6th, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    instagram handle is @brittnimcmonigal

  11. Caridad Hernandez

    March 6th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Amazing tips to know since I’ve been dealing with acne especially blackheads an whiteheads. Thank you for doing this giveaway 😆.
    My Instagram name is: dreamercarrie_

  12. Cassandra Rinkle

    March 6th, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Cool blog! Insta handle cassie_alene

  13. Melissa Watter

    March 6th, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    With my wedding coming up in 3 months, your skin care tips are so helpful! Great Tula giveaway and I would love to win! 💙
    IG: @mjwatter

  14. Kaylee Keohane

    March 6th, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Interesting skin care tips! I feel like blogs always say the same thing but I’ve never heard of the mixed nuts suggestion. I’m a big fan of drinking coconut water for my skin to glow. Also would love to try some of those Tula products. I’ve only splurged on the eye renewal serum and love it so I can only imagine how great their other products are. Thanks for the skin care tips and this awesome giveaway! 💙

  15. Haley

    March 6th, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I looove Tula!! This giveaway is amazing! Thank you! My IG handle is haley_goodall

  16. Rebecca

    March 6th, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I loved hearing you talk about these products! I’ve been thinking about trying them for a while now chew.becca_

  17. Stephanie freeman

    March 6th, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Love your blog! Excited for the giveaway. My ig name is mrs_freeman1004

  18. Morgan

    March 6th, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try TULA, I have really problematic skin that’s sensitive, and I love prebiotics (for the gut) I’m so curious as to how it works with skin 😍 my IG handle is: morgy_mo

  19. Joselyn

    March 6th, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    This blog is so helpful and so right on track. I totally agree with all of this steps thank you for this. Definitely gonna do this I’ve been wanting to try Tula so bad. Love your page in Instagram. @joselynscoggins

  20. Kristen Buchholz

    March 6th, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Oooh!! I’ve been wanting to try their products, I’m looking for a change. (IG @kristenbuchholz)

  21. Barbara Buerrosse

    March 7th, 2017 at 12:02 am

    I love this!!! I learned something new and I will definitely have to try those steps!! I did not know that I should be snacking on nuts or sanitize my phone for healthy skin so I will def. try! I would love to try some Tula!!! I need a skin care in my life and I love trying new things so fingers crossed for this! @barbie11011

  22. Nida

    March 7th, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I have been looking to try these products out!! Especially since I have acne prone skin and can’t find anything that works! Ig: nidalakhanii_

  23. Chelsea

    March 7th, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Wow! Definitely saving this blog post!!! I’ve been using Tula for about 6 months and it has completely changed my life. I wish I could post a picture to show the difference. Your tips are amazing and I’m going to start paying more attention to them from now on. Thanks for being generous and sharing these tips with us. Fingers crossed!

  24. Nicholette

    March 7th, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I’ve been wanting to try Tula! What an amazing blog and great tips! Instagram: nicholette2324

  25. Ally

    March 7th, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I really want to try it! Such great advice!

  26. Taylor Breisch

    March 7th, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I’ve heard so much about Tula recently and I’m dyinggg to try some of their products! Instagram: tbreisch

  27. Laura comer

    March 7th, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Hoping to win! Have wanted to try Tula products! I’m a skin care junkie! Instagram is lauracomer87

  28. Hannah

    March 7th, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Love love love this! 🤗🤗 definitely some
    new tips I’ll be following!
    (Instagram: @hanlampman )

  29. Annie Craig

    March 7th, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I have been battling skin problems since the 7th grade. I am a senior now and I recently got off of accutane. My skin is so much more clear now and I don’t deal with breakouts; however, I continue to deal with redness, uneven skin tone and dryness. I’ve read reviews about the Tula products and I hear how amazing they are! It seems like the perfect solution to my problems. I’ve explained it to my mom but she isn’t wanting to help me spend any extra money on skin care products because she’s been spending money on my face for years and now that it’s clear, she’s done! Which I understand, but I am still wanting to get my skin to be in the best possible shape it can be! When I heard about this giveaway, I got super excited! I would love to receive this package and try out these products, in hopes to imporoving my skin and helping me to feel confident without makeup. I entered on your insta post but thought I’d leave a comment here, sharing a little bit more about my skin and how I really want to try out these products because I’ve heard great things! My Instagram is @annieecraig

  30. Sophia

    March 7th, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I think the best tip is sanitize your phone! Like seriously we do not realize how much our hands come in contact with items/germs and then we touch our phone and then put it up to our faces. It’s quite nasty if you actually think about it, but a reminder is always good. Off to sanitize my phone now! <3
    Oh and of course I'd love to try me some Tula, I always love all your recommendations. I know this stuff has to be great!
    IG: @sophialannan_

  31. Stephanie Smith

    March 7th, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I love all your tips! I have been DYING to try TULAs skincare products. I am all about probiotics and can’t wait to see what they can do on my skin
    IG: Stephaniexsmith

  32. Kayla

    March 7th, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Heard by so many this stuff is amazing and have been dying to try for this sensitive skin of mine
    IG – kaylajazminrenee

  33. LeAnna

    March 8th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I would absolute LOVE to try out Tula. I’ve seen posts about it, but I have not tried it. 😍 @leannahiers


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