How I Keep My Skin Clear and Glowing

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For years, I have received compliments on my face and people asking how I keep my skin so clear and smooth. I'm going to let out a secret today that might disappoint a lot of people. A significant reason why my face is so clear is due to my genetics. I was fortunate in life when it came to my face. I've never had an acne problem, and I probably could count the pimples I've had in my lifetime on my fingers and toes. That being said, my luck began and ended on my face. The rest of my body has always had unattractive bumps that like to get Rudolph red any chance they can get.

My skin on my body is a story for another time though. This might sound silly, but having nice skin actually caused pressure to keep my face always looking flawless. Since people do look at my face and comment, I used to feel like any problem I did have would be put under a microscope. I know, there are far worse problems than people noticing a pimple. You will never hear me complain about this problem because, well, it really isn't one.

While I do have genetics that gave me a clear complexion, I do still have a regimen that I follow faithfully every single day. My skin might be clear, but it does have issues that I have to tackle like everyone else. For instance, I have always suffered from dry skin. My face and body will literally turn into flakes even in the hottest of climates and will start to crack and blister. My skin is so dry that I actually put Vaseline on every ounce of my body during the winter months. I also have sensitive skin that doesn't like harsh chemicals, scented creams, or new products.

Whether you have these conditions or not, I have a few tips that I regularly use to keep my skin happy, healthy, and glowing. Obviously, if you are more acne prone or oily, you might have to switch a few of these steps up. My best advice that I could give is to play around with different routines and seek a professionals opinion. I'm not an expert on skin, I just know what works best for me. These might be ideas that everyone can use, but you might have to get a more specific routine depending on your skin's chemistry.

Exfoliation saves lives (or at least your skin).
My dry skin requires exfoliation weekly. While you might vary from me, everyone should exfoliate there skin on a semi-regular basis. Doing this helps remove built-up dead skin, cleans pores, and helps combat oil or flakiness. For me, I usually exfoliate 2-3 times a week. I use a scrub that is grainier at least once a week to get rid of dry skin and a softer scrub 1-2 times a week to keep my skin clear and glowing. You have to find a balance for you and your face.

Remember that you can exfoliate too much. For example, if I were to scrub my face 4-5 times in a week, I'll start to notice certain areas start to break out, my skin to flake even faster and potentially get a rash. I know for you oily gals and pals out there, over exfoliating can be harsh on the natural oils your body makes. While we might not like a shiny forehead, that oil is on your face for a reason. It helps keep you moisturized, reduces aging signs, and does give a barrier with dirt.

You need to wash and exfoliate, but make sure you don't go overboard with it. Find what works best for your skin and try to keep to a schedule. I have below a few products that I use on a weekly basis. They work well with sensitive skin and help moisturize while still exfoliating.

Masks will be your best friend.
I use a mask once a week on my face. Depending on my issues at that time, I'll get a mask that helps heal and combat any problems I'm dealing with. You can ask anyone, and they will tell you how obsessed I am with sheet masks. They are easy to put on, quick to remove and give your skin a little rest from the week's pollutants. Just like your body, our face needs a recovery day. There are pollutants in the air and dirt that builds up over each day. Like your scalp, your skin needs a good cleaning to remove all of these invisible pollutants that rest on our face.

If you don't know where to start I will leave a few masks below that I absolutely love. Usually, I pick ones that help retain moisture, but you can get one for any problem you have. They have these everywhere and help treat anything from acne to wrinkles.

Eye Creams are a must.
I might have weeks where I become lax in my routines. Even on these days, I still put on an eye cream twice a day. My morning one helps moisturize, de-puff, and give the area an antioxidant boost. The nighttime cream I use helps combat wrinkles. Before you say it, I know that I am young and have no wrinkles. This does not mean you should not be using anti-wrinkle creams. You usually purchase new tires before they shred to pieces, right? Anti-aging creams are your way of putting new tires on before a problem occurs (did that make sense?).

Your eyes are the most sensitive area of your face and usually the first area to show aging. This is because the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face. Treat it with care, and I promise it will thank you in return. Want to know a trick on applying creams around your eyes? For one, you don't need much to go a long way. Take a small amount of cream (like pea size) and rub it into the brow area and under the eye. Then lightly tap the area you put the cream for a good 30 seconds, giving a little extra love towards areas that are prone to wrinkling.

Doing this helps make sure the cream absorbs into the entire area and can help de-puff your undereye. I do suggest keeping the cream around the eye socket instead of directly on the skin above and below your eye. Seems weird right? I thought the same thing until reading this article on applying creams. Basically, your body heats up after putting on the cream, and it will slowly transfer to your eyelid and undereye area.

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Always wash your face at night.
I don't care how much you had to drink, how exhausted you are, or if you are at your best friends house for a slumber party. You should always wash your face before hitting the sheets. Even if you don't wear makeup, you have pollutants and dirt that have built up on your face the entire day. When you fall asleep without washing, you give all of these bacterias the chance to really become BFF with your skin (and the presents they give you are not friendly). If you do have this happen, you should make sure to send the pillowcase to the washer and rinse your face off in the morning.

This inevitably will happen in your life. I would be lying if I said I had never slept with my makeup on. The important thing is to make a conscious effort every night to take it off. Personally, if I don't have time to do a full washing, I'll at least use a makeup wipe to get the top layer removed. These are easy to use and can remove most dirt and debris that sits on your face.

Vitamin C is not just in your juice.
If you use any serum in your life, it should be Vitamin C. I talked about this fantastic serum in an article detailing why you should use it in your skincare routine. You want to know how I get glowing skin? It is hugely due to this crucial step. I'll leave the products that I talked about in the previous article about this serum below.

Basically, this serum does a little bit of everything to your face. Some of the benefits include collagen production, evens out skin tone, heals acne and scarring, reduces undereye circles, reduces inflammation, creates a brighter skin tone, and so much more. Just make sure to apply this before you use any other serum/cream since it doesn't play well with others. Also, once you apply this to your face let it sit for at least 10 minutes before using anything else to give it a chance to absorb into your skin.

Moisturize your skin.

What surprises me is the fact that people don't always do this. To me, this is a critical step for my skin. While I'm exceptionally dry and need this step continuously throughout the day, that doesn't mean you don't need it either. Moisturizers help put up a barrier between your pores and the rest of the world. Also, even if you think your skin feels great, that doesn't mean it wouldn't benefit from moisture. Do you always feel thirsty? No, but your body still needs water to survive. Same goes with your skin.

With that being said, there is more than one way to moisturize your skin. While I use lotions and creams at least twice a day, I also stay hydrated. That's right, water helps keep your skin soft and smooth as well (who knew).

Let me know in the comments below different products and tips you use for your skincare routine. Again, I'm no professional when it comes to this topic. I simply know what has worked well for me and have done research to find the best products and pieces of advice to follow.


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