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16 Tips for Clear Skin, Plus Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out

Skin Care Concerns

16 Tips for Clear Skin, Plus Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out 16 Tips for Clear Skin, Plus Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out 16 Tips for Clear Skin, Plus Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out

When it comes to putting together a skin care routine, clear skin is likely the goal, right? Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or something in between, chances are you want your skin to look clear regardless of your skin type. But breakouts can happen, and they can be frustrating. Here, learn about what can cause breakouts and the skin care products you can use to help maintain clear skin.

What Causes Breakouts?

Mild acne is super-common—but have you ever wondered why you keep breaking out? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne can happen when pores become clogged with dead skin cells. Typically, your skin sheds dead skin cells, but when those cells get stuck inside a pore, this can lead to pimples.

16 Tips for Clear Skin

Ready to put together a skin care routine for clear skin? We’ve got you covered! Follow our skin care tips below for clear skin.

1. Wash Your Face in the Morning

The first step in your morning skin care routine should be washing your face with a facial cleanser. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, which are all formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and rid the surface of your skin of impurities. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands, add water to transform it from clay to mousse, then gently massage it onto your face and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

2. Wash Your Face Again at Night

Before hitting the hay, make sure to cleanse your skin again. When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils that have accumulated on the surface of your skin, clogging your pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Make things easier on yourself by keeping a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, on your nightstand. All you have to do is pour some micellar water aout onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face.

3. Try a Double-Cleanse

If you have time, consider doing a double-cleanse, which involves first cleansing with an oil cleanser or micellar water, then following up with a wash-off facial cleanser. This process can help better rid the surface of your skin of impurities so you’re left with clear skin.

4. Don’t Over-Wash Your Face

That being said, you don’t want to over-wash your face. Cleansing your skin too much can lead to irritation, which is the opposite of what you want when your goal is clear skin. You only need to wash your face twice a day—in the morning and at night. The only time you’d cleanse your skin additionally is after sweating—so bring a facial cleanser with you to the gym!

5. Use a Facial Cleansing Brush

Sure, your hands are a perfectly fine tool to use to wash your face. But you can get a more effective clean by using a facial cleansing brush. All you have to do is squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser onto the brush and gently massage it onto wet skin before rinsing off thoroughly. 

6. Exfoliate Once or Twice a Week

Exfoliation is a great way to help keep get clear skin, but it’s not something you have to do every day. Three times a week, use a gentle sugar scrub like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub. Smooth a small amount of face scrub onto dry skin, then massage it onto your face with wet fingers and rinse of thoroughly.

7. Add a Face Mask to Your Weekly Skin Care Routine

Besides exfoliation, using a face mask is another is another great way to maintain the appearance of clear skin. Have your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face MaskL’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. Each of these face masks can be used 2-3 times a week. You can even pair a few of them together to multi-mask. Just apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.

8. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

Think about it: Your hands touch a lot of surfaces throughout the day, and when you touch your face, you could very well transfer the germs on your hands to your face. So, keep your hands off to help keep your skin clear!

9. Wash Your Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes can become filled with dirt, oils, and old makeup, so it’s important to wash them regularly in order to help keep your skin clear. Here’s How to Clean Your Makeup Blenders and Makeup Brushes.

10. Invest in a Facial Serum

One skin care product you shouldn’t skip out on when clear skin is what you’re after is facial serums. Facial serums are lightweight skin care products that are formulated to target specific skin issues. They’re meant to be used after cleansing but before moisturizing.

11. Always Apply Moisturizer

Speaking of moisturizing, using moisturizer morning and night is key in the quest for clear skin. Look for a moisturizer that suits your skin type, such as the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Each of these moisturizers is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.

12. Apply Your Skin Care Products in the Right Order

The order you apply your skin care products in can go a long way when it comes to getting clear skin. You should apply skin care products from thinnest to thickest. So after cleansing would come toner, then facial serum, then eye cream, then moisturizer, and in the morning sunscreen. Which leads us to our next point!

13. Make Sun Protection a Priority

The last step in your morning skin care routine should be applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher as directed, as well as taking additional sun protection measures. These include limiting your amount of time in the sun between the peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seeking shade when you’re outside, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Spending prolonged periods of time in the sun sans protection can lead to visible signs of aging down the road, like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles, which is why sun protection is a must for clear skin. If you’re pressed for time, you can use a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.

14. Don’t Forget About Your Neck and Chest

You pay all this attention to your face—but what about your neck and chest? They deserve some skin care love, too! In fact, they can often be a dead giveaway of your age. Extend your skin care products, like facial serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, down to your neck and chest.

15. Dab on Eye Cream

Your eyes are another area that can show signs of aging pretty quickly—think dark circles and crow’s feet. So, add an eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream, to your daily skin care routine. Pat it onto your gently until absorbed.  

16. Give Your Skin Care Routine Time to Work

Last but not least, you shouldn’t expect immediate results from your skin care routine or skin care products. Be patient, give it time, and know that clear skin is within your reach!

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