No matter your age, profession, activities or any other factor – all women want to have smooth, clear skin. It’s long been considered a sign of health and beauty, and while there’s nothing wrong with blemishes and scars, if they are making you insecure, you shouldn’t feel bad for wanting to get rid of them. So, here are a few tips that can help anyone achieve and maintain clear skin.

Find out your skin type

There are a million and one tests you can do to figure out what your skin type is. It can be dry, oily, mixed and everything in between and knowing what yours is will be crucial for choosing the right skincare and applying the right methods. It’s important to note that dry and oily skin are actually quite similar, with the only difference being how the body reacts to the dryness. In one case, it will do nothing and stay dry and in the other, it will try to overcompensate for the dryness by producing excess oils to try and hydrate it.

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Always have a clean face

Before you go to bed, when you get home from work, after a workout and at any time when you don’t need or want to have makeup on, you need to have a squeaky-clean face. Use an oil-based makeup remover to get it all off and then wash your face with lukewarm water and nothing else. It’s important not to use your facial cleanser every time you take your makeup off (if you’re doing it more than once per day) because the cleanser has chemicals that can be too rough on your skin if used more than once daily. When you’re going to bed, you want to use your full cleaning routine and apply any products you use, while in the morning all you need is a quick splash of water – no products required!

Have a skincare routine

Your skincare routine should be tailored to your needs and not copied from a friend and even less from an online influencer. You want to use products that answer your needs. If you want to remove brown spots, use a product that targets that; if you want to prevent wrinkles, use a cream for that. There’s a product to answer basically any need your skin has and the most complicated issue is if you have multiple areas that need addressing. In that case, it’s best to talk to your dermatologist and come up with a system. And a routine is helpful only if you stick to it, so make sure you are doing all you can to regularly maintain it.

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Wake your face up

If you sleep on your stomach, it’s perfectly normal to wake up with a puffy face. And that can make you look tired and not really that great to walk into a morning meeting. Luckily, there are a few easy fixes. One is the spoon method: place two spoons in the freezer for a few minutes and then press them all over your face for an instant lift. Another is to soak some strong paper towels in green tea, roll them up into strips and freeze them overnight; in the morning, take them out and place them on your face and you will have the combined effect of the cold and the green tea goodness. In a pinch, just use some ice cubes!

 

Of course, if you’re ever unsure of what can be done for your skin, you should always consult with a dermatologist about treatments, procedures and products they can recommend, because they will be able to suggest something that is right for your particular skin, instead of a blanket explanation you can find elsewhere.

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