If you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of your acne but you still get outbreaks, then don’t worry. Taking care of your skin is a balancing act between a variety of habits and consistency. For clearer skin, it’s as simple as making a few small changes. From gym habits and unhealthy eating behaviors to sleeping patterns and makeup routines, learning how to properly care for your skin is more than a one-step process.
The following acne tips for clear skin can help you get started.
Use Sunscreen Regularly
Routine prevention is everything. Even in the winter months, the sun’s rays are just as strong. Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis protects your skin from irreparable damage. Look for a broad-spectrum formula to guard against UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 or higher is recommended for best results.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes and sponges can hold on to dirt and bacteria which causes breakouts. You should wash your powder brushes every two to three weeks, and foundation brushes weekly. Use a few drops of a gentle facial cleanser and lukewarm water in a cup, swish your brushes in it, then rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay them flat to air dry.
Sanitize Your Smartphone
That iPhone you can’t keep your hands off of can have more germs on it than a toilet in a subway bathroom. Glass touchscreens on mobile devices can be almost as bad as sneezing in someone’s face (gross). Those germs rub against your cheek and jawline every time you use the phone, causing clogged pores, pimples, and skin irritation. Make it a habit to keep your phone bacteria-free, by cleaning it with an antibacterial cloth a few times a day.
The order in which you apply your skincare products might be even more important than the products you actually use. Those with the most active ingredients should be used first, as soon as you wash and pat your skin dry. If you’re using more than one product with active ingredients, start with the product that has the thinner solution, and finish with the heavier lotion or cream. Products that are thinner are more water soluble and will soak into the skin faster. Heavier serums will block the thinner products from working effectively. If you wear a moisturizer, wear that next, followed up by sunscreen every morning.
Enlarged pores are a common beauty complaint and appear larger when filled with dirt, oil and dead skin cells. To clear out the buildup, exfoliate regularly, using products that contain salicylic and glycolic acid. Also, use a microdermabrasion several times a week to clear away the dead surface cells.
Take Your Makeup Off Before Bed
Leaving makeup on overnight can cause yeast, and dirt on skin clogs pores and causes unnecessary dryness. This includes eye makeup too, which can lead to bumps and rashes around the eyes.