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The following is the routine that has given me skin that I can be happy with. I will be sharing the things I have found most effective alongside some of the products I find really work.
You've heard it over and over again, because it really works. Your skin and the rest of your body requires a sufficient amount of water to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially on those hot summer days.
Make sure to drink around (on average) 90oz a day.
This may seem hard at first, but an easy way to start is drinking a glass right when you wake up, before every meal, and before you go to sleep.
PLEASE... Take off your makeup!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to take off your makeup before bed properly. Nobody wants clogged pores!
Leaving your makeup on can cause irritation and breakouts.
My favourite method of removing my makeup is by far Micellar water. I find that it removes and and all types of makeup (waterproof too!).
Find the right cleanser.
When trying to find the right cleanser, the one thing you want to make sure of is that it doesn't contain harsh chemicals. No matter how much you think you skin can take, the skin on your face is extremely sensitive.
Intense products will only cause irritation and drying of the skin.
For Those Pesky Pimples
For severe acne, try Spot Treatment! This way you can keep the rest of your skin safe from drying out, and only do so on the specific areas that need it.
The Burt's Bees Acne Solutions line has definitely worked the best for me so far.
Tone it up!
Some may neglect this item from their skin care routine, but trust me, it makes a difference!
Toner locks in all the product you've used while closing/protecting your pores from new bacteria.
TIP: Put your toner in a spray bottle for easy, even, and refreshing application.
BONUS: It's a great wake-me-up in the morning!
Don't forget the lips!
Even if you have achieved clear skin, a huge distraction from that could be chapped and/or cracked lips. Moisturizing your lips is as equally an important step as moisturizing your skin in your daily routine.
My all-time favourite lip balm, although it could be mistaken for an Elmer's Glue Stick, is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick!
BONUS: This stick can also be used as a moisturizing balm for any dry patches or scars anywhere else on your skin!
Protect & Moisturize
Wrinkles, sun spots, and peeling burns are only a few of the many things the sun can cause when your skin is not properly protected.
During the summer months I switch out my regular moisturizer for this sunscreen that is specific for your face.
Sunscreen is so important for your overall health, so make sure to be using it on any vulnerable skin.
P.S. This stuff smells amazing!
Believe it or not, but one of the main reasons your skin isn't the way you want it to be is the food that you're eating.
Greasy junk food may be delicious, but your body hates it and will lash back.
I know changing your diet is tough, but by eliminating major foods that you know are bad for you, and replacing them with some veggies or fruit is definitely a great start!
Another thing that can distract from already clear skin is baggy dark circles under your eyes.
This is pretty self explanatory, but get enough sleep! Preferably 7-8 hours.
You'll feel and look better just by regulating your sleeping patterns.
TIP: If sleep is a really hard one for you, something that I sometimes do that makes a bit of a difference is placing cold spoons under my eyes in the morning.
Seriously, if you follow these steps, or at least a few of them, you will see results!
Just think logically about how your body functions, and how you want to help it keep functioning the way it's supposed to.
All of these things will benefit your physical and mental well-being.
Best of luck on your endeavour to clearer skin!