Top Ten Tips for Maintaining a Clear Complexion

Top Ten Tips for Maintaining a Clear Complexion


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In the quest for perfect skin, there is no shortage of information on what you should and shouldn’t do to maintain a clear complexion. It can be information overload. We’re here to help. We’ve narrowed down the best skin-care advice to ten easy-to-follow tips. Goodbye information-overload; hello glowing skin.

1. Get healthy skin from the inside out by increasing your consumption of fruits, raw vegetables, and whole grains. These will provide the nutrients that your skin needs to regenerate and be healthy. Make sure to steer clear of food that can cause breakouts such as simple carbohydrates.

2. Help your skin remove impurities by drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day.

3. Stop smoking. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, which decreases blood flow. With less blood flow, it’s more difficult for skin to get rid of impurities that can cause acne and heal areas of infection or irritation.

4. One of the best things you can do for your psyche and your face is to manage your stress. Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems, so adopt a meditation practice, try a dance class, or even pause for a few minutes and just breathe. Your skin will thank you.

5. To maintain a clear complexion, work on your facial cleansing routine. It can be helpful to match your cleanser to your skin type. If you’re prone to acne, try a cleanser that contains acne-fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If you’re prone to dry skin or irritation, choose a gentle cleanser that contains extra moisturizing ingredients. If your skin is very oily, you may want to cleanse your skin twice per day, once in the morning and once at night.

6. One of the leading contributing factors to breakouts is irregular shedding of the skin (which can lead to clogged pores), so help your skin stay pimple-free by exfoliating regularly. This can be done with an exfoliating cream or even a DIY combination of olive oil and sugar. Make it a habit to exfoliate at least once a week, if not more. Leave your facial exfoliant in the shower so you don’t forget to use it.

7. Soothe any irritation that crops up on your face by moisturizing often. Most experts recommend moisturizing after each facial cleansing, to help replenish vitamins and oils lost during the cleansing process. As an added bonus, a well-moisturized face will be an excellent canvas for makeup in case you do have a breakout.

8. Try a facial mask that contains fruit acids. With regular use, fruit acids and enzymes can help clear away dead skin, improving blemishes and imperfections and clearing the skin.

9. Sometimes breakouts are unavoidable. If you get one, treat it. Don’t pick it. Picking a breakout could lead to scarring and is one of the worst things you can do for your complexion.

10. To treat a pimple, apply 100% tea tree oil to a cotton swab and dab on the affected area every few hours. Dermatologists also recommend using include benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.

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