Beauty

How to Improve Your Complexion in a Few Easy Steps

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Skin care woes aren’t exclusive to angsty teenagers. Unfortunately, many of us deal with serious skin issues far long after puberty has run its course. If you’re looking for ways to improve your complexion, there are plenty of simple ways you can get the radiant skin you’ve always wanted. From choosing the right cleanser to using your makeup correctly, little switches in your daily routine can lead to big results. Consider the following tips and experiment with new habits to cultivate the complexion you’ve always wanted.

Create a Skin Cleansing Habit – and Stick to It

If you haven’t already created a skin care regimen, that’s priority number one. Regular, daily care is the key to glowing skin, and hate to break it to you – the occasional facemask on your monthly self-care day isn’t going to cultivate a crystal clear complexion. The only way you can get clear skin (and keep it), is by following a daily regimen. Create a skin care habit that you can actually follow. If needed, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to use your cleanser, apply your toner, and finish it off with moisturizer.

Use Makeup Correctly

If you’re struggling with drastic breakouts, your first inclination might be to cake on the makeup. Unfortunately, this can actually worsen your breakouts and lead to a vicious cycle: break out, cover up, break out even worse.

Here are a few tips for your daily makeup routine that can help you keep your skin healthy and happy:

  1. Avoid caking on comedogenic foundation that can clog up your pores and create worse skin issues. Instead, opt for a lightweight mineral face powder that won’t gunk up your skin
  2. Always remove your makeup before working out or heading to bed
  3. Work in light layers – only use as much makeup as you need, and build coverage slowly

You don’t have to banish makeup from your beauty routine – you just need to consider the ways you’re using it.

Avoid Harsh Ingredients

Finding the right cleanser for your skin type can be a challenging task, but it’s important to find something that works with your skin – not against it. When selecting a face wash, make sure you scour the ingredients list and steer clear of harsh chemicals that could end up doing your skin more harm than good. Do your best to find cleansers that contain natural ingredients, and be sure to avoid the following names – if you see any of these on the ingredients list, move on to the next option:

  • Lanolin
  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Acetone
  • Formaldehyde

Keep Stress in Check

Stress can affect nearly every facet of our health, and skin health is no exception. If you’re looking to get a clear complexion, keeping your stress levels in check is a must. Stress can also encourage the production of cortisol, a hormone which actually triggers the production of sebum in your skin. Stress can also exacerbate skin issues like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Get plenty of sleep every night, consider taking up yoga at a local studio, and try out a meditation app such as Headspace to practice mindfulness.

Consider Your Diet

You are what you eat. Are you giving your skin the minerals and nutrients it needs? An unhealthy diet heavy in carbohydrates, sugar, and dairy products won’t likely lead to the glowing, radiant complexion you’ve always wanted. If you really want to cultivate great skin, you need to work from the inside out. (That means it’s time to put down the pizza slice and head to the produce section.) If a trip to the grocery store sounds like too much, get a little help from produce delivery companies that can deliver fruits and veggies straight to your door.

If you’ve been struggling with ruddy, bumpy skin, don’t give up. Implement some of the above strategies into your days and figure out what works best for you — clear skin might be just a new habit away.

 

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