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You may know that person who always seems to have flawless, perfect skin – even after a jog on a humid, summer day. How does she do it? Some people may be born with beautiful skin, and rarely – if ever – worry about breakouts and blemishes, but for most, it’s good habits that foster clear skin. If you occasionally breakout or worry about a blemish popping up at the most inopportune moment, you’re not alone. There are many contributing factors that can interrupt a pattern of clear skin and encourage future breakouts. But, just as there are many things that can sabotage clear skin, there are also some everyday habits that can better help you maintain a clear complexion and beautiful skin. Here, a look at the habits of women with clear skin who maintain a blemish-free face.
Clean skin, don’t strip it. Cleanse skin in the morning and night to remove dirt and oil that buildup throughout your day and while you sleep. Clear skin starts with clean skin, but you should be careful to not strip your skin of its natural oils. While excess oil may cause breakouts, your skin does need some oil to stay hydrated. If you eliminate all oil, your skin will over-produce it to compensate for the temporary dryness. Look for cleansers that are gentle and formulated for your face, as some body soaps can be too harsh for this area of the skin.
Think seasonally. Having clear skin means that you have to be flexible with the skin care products you use – and when you use them. It’s common for skin to experience more breakouts in the summer season, or when in a humid climate. Your skin’s natural oils not only mix with dirt and makeup, but most likely sweat too. Keep this in mind when choosing your cleanser and moisturizers. Foaming and gel-based cleansers cut through oil better than cream cleansers and lightweight moisturizers will keep skin hydrated and not clog pores. On the other hand, the winter season and cold climates can dry skin out. Skin that is very dry needs moisture to stay balanced and clear, so you may want to consider switching to a cream cleanser and heavier cream with nourishing ingredients during this time.
Drink water. Hydrating your skin from the inside out will help to keep skin better moisturized and less vulnerable to the negative effects of drying. Dehydrated skin can have an uneven tone and appear flaky, when skin flakes off, it is more likely to let dirt, oil, makeup and sweat seep into pores. While, drinking water is not a substitute for moisturizer or cream, it can help hydrate the skin and better encourage a healthy glow.
Clean what your skin touches. A surprisingly simple component of clear skin, is that you keep what it touches clean. This includes your cell phone and makeup brushes. Dirt from your hands will transfer to the objects and then transfer to your skin. That being said, you should always try to keep your hands away from your face too. However, it can be hard to break the habit, so keep what you touch regularly clean, like your keyboard and immediate desk space.
Slough away build up. Dead skin cells pile up on the outer layer of your skin. This build up will mix with oil, dirt and residual makeup and sweat, which can congest pores and lead to breakouts. It’s important to keep pores free of this debris if you want to have clear skin. For most skin types, exfoliating two to three times a week, will help keep your skin’s surface clear – but, consult with your dermatologist for the best recommendation for your skin type.
Find ways to relax. Stress can influence the skin in a few negative ways, including aiding in the development of breakouts and blemishes. Help to keep your body, mind and skin balanced by finding ways to relax throughout your day. Sip peppermint tea, meditate or simply take a few deep breaths when you start to feel overwhelmed. Fitting in time to exercise, visit with friends or watch your favorite TV show can also help you maintain a calmer outlook, which can have a positive impact on your skin.
You can have beautiful skin by following and maintaining a few clear skin habits. It can also be a good idea to check in with your dermatologist yearly so that you can address any changes or concerns with your skin – they can provide tailored advice for your skin type and its needs.