What is the key to clear skin and no clogged pores? There are a few simple steps you can add onto your daily routine to eliminate those imperfections! Even with the best skincare routines, due to fluctuations in your hormones or possible food sensitivity, you can have the occasional breakout. We'll tackle that here too!
It's really important to remember that taking care of your skin is not just about washing your face or using any kind of moisturizer, it's about finding the perfect methods to balance your skin so that it's not only glowing, but also healthy!
A common misconception is that if you have oily skin, you need to dry it out. NO! That is definitely not the answer. Dermatologists call this "an oil well in a desert". To put it simply, when your skin is oily, it's crying out for moisture. If you use a product that dries out your skin, it will increase oil production to try to compensate for the loss of hydration.
“Hydration is really a function of water balance, so oils help hold water in and prevent the environment from stripping water out,” Tyler Hollmig, M.D., director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology at Stanford Health Care
It has been extremely difficult for me to find a moisturizer I like because most of them seem to dry out my skin over time. I believe this is due to the ingredient Cetyl Alcohol. As most know, alcohol is extremely drying to the skin and can cause flaking and even cause an imbalance in your skin which can lead to overproduction of oil.
If I have an unwanted blemish or a surprise-Monday-breakout, my personal favorite is Pond's "Dry Skin Cream" which is a rich and hydrating facial moisturizer. I also use Mario Badescu's "Drying Lotion" to apply only on the blemishes after I have cleansed my skin and moisturized.
It is important to remember that skincare isn't just cleansing and moisturizing. There are many other amazing methods that also help to make your skin glow! One of my favorite methods is the Lemon + Honey trick I shared with y'all! Keep reading for my other favorite skin care methods in my routine.
Number 1: A Bentonite Clay Mask
If you've heard anything about the benefits that clay has on your skin, you would know that clay is a wonderful way to prevent acne or overproduction of oil. Clay absorbs the "bad oils" from your skin and pulls any of your skins imperfections to the surface as it dries. I do a clay mask weekly to make sure that my skin is clear of any dirt and/or excess oil.
Clay also works to balance your complexion, and even your skin tone over time! All you have to do is get some clay powder, mix it in 1:1 with water or apple cider vinegar, and then apply an even layer on your skin (avoiding your eyes). My favorite clay is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay!
Don't leave it on more than 10-15 minutes. Also, it's normal to expect some redness after washing it off. This will go away quickly.
Number 2: The Power Of Exfoliation
Your body is constantly producing oil and it is easy for that oil to get trapped in the pores of your skin. A great light exfoliant is bentonite clay, but if you need a bit more to even out your skin you should try an exfoliating brush.
Whenever you have uneven skin and need a quick fix, some warm water on a towel pressed to your skin for a few minutes and a simple cleansing brush will do the trick! I use Michael Todd Beauty's "Soniclear Cleansing Brush".
Number 3: Makeup Wipes
Makeup wipes are very important to me, and I use them twice a day in my routine! Neutrogena's "Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes" are a girl's best friend. Seriously! They not only are meant to remove your makeup flawlessly but also restore the moisture and balance in your skin after it has been dried out from wearing makeup. I will even use these towelettes after I work out to prevent clogged pores from sweat and they work wonders. These puppies are one of the main reasons as to how I got glowing skin!
I hope these tips and tricks helped you out! Stay tuned for more ways to get glowing skin and much more! XO
Quote Reference: https://www.self.com/story/what-you-should-know-about-face-oils