The Easiest Way to Get Clear Skin
One day back to the grind from my summer vacation to the beach (that's right, beach, not shore, all you Jersey fans) and my skin, which I admit is glowing, has suffered just a touch of sun damage. If you've left your cubicle for sandy beaches or camping trips this summer, you understand my skin woes. It may not show now, but with time come the brown spots, or heaven forbid peeling.
Coming to the skin rescue is skin-care expert Paula Begoun, author of Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. We're loving her easy tips for getting your skin back into tip-top shape for fall and the catchy way you can remember them. If you want clearer skin by fall à la Halle Berry, try the following:
Clean twice daily. Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser to remove excess oil and makeup that lead to clogged pores and dull-looking skin. A cleanser with an antibacterial agent such as triclosan can jump-start the process of killing acne-causing bacteria.
Leave-on exfoliant is a must! Daily use of a well-formulated, leave-on product with salicylic acid (also known as beta hydroxy acid, or BHA) works beautifully to remove dead skin cells that get stuck in pores, mix with excess oil, and lead to breakouts. Salicylic acid also works to reduce the redness from acne and provides an additional antibacterial punch, getting you that much closer to clear, super-smooth skin!
Eradicate acne-causing bacteria. After exfoliating, apply a lightweight anti-acne product that's medicated with benzoyl peroxide. This topical disinfectant is genius at quickly eliminating the bacteria that leads to the acne you dont want! Apply your benzoyl peroxide product to breakout-prone areas don't spot-treat only the acne you see now! Doing so means you'll end up chasing acne all over your face, which is frustrating.
Avoid heavy moisturizers. If you have oily skin, do not use moisturizer, even if it's oil free! Your face is already producing an excess amount of oil and there is no need to add more. If you have dry areas, apply a lightweight, gel-textured moisturizer for soothing relief or opt for a serum, especially great to prep skin for makeup.
Remove surface pimples. Need to pop that prominent blemish fast before your date? You can do it in three easy steps. First, cleanse skin and pat dry. Next, using the flat of your fingertips (not your nails) place your fingers on the edge of the swelling. The final step is to gently push down and in on the swelling. If that doesn't release the contents the first time, change the positioning of your fingers and try again. If that doesn't work, you are done. REMEMBER, never scratch or burn your pimple! What else to avoid? Toothpaste! You'll read that this works great to eliminate a stubborn pimple, but in fact it can make matters worse by causing excess irritation.
How do you keep a clean face? Share your tips below!