Wednesday, May 4, 2011

5 Secrets to Clear Skin


We probably don't all see eye to eye on politics, religion, or even the best mascara, but I bet there is one thing we can all agree with: Zits. Suck.

Something else we can all get on board with: these secrets to clear skin. Check out a few of my favorites below, or get the full list here.

Clear Skin Secret No. 1: Watch what you eat

According to dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf, most of the food myths (like chocolate and French Fries) are just that -- myths. However, she does say that the hormones in milk can be connected to acne -- so you may want to lay off the ice cream and see if that helps. Click here to see 7 other foods you should steer clear of.

Clear Skin Secret No. 2: Set up a routine
Fell asleep without taking your makeup off again? Not good. To keep your skin clear, you need to have a regular skin care routine. Here's a simple one you can follow.

Clear Skin Secret No. 3: Cleanse correctly
It's the first step in your skin care routine, so of course you want to do it right. Here's how:

Step 1: Find the right cleanser. Look for one that's not too harsh, but has acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid (see a great one here).
Step 2: Use warm (but not hot) water to wet your face, then apply the product.
Step 3: Massage the cleanser on for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then rinse with luke-warm water.

Clear Skin Secret No. 4: Moisturizer is your friend
If you have oily skin you might think about skipping moisturizer, but King says that's not a good idea. If you dry out your skin too much, it will just produce more oil, which causes more zits -- see where this is going?

Stop the cycle by using a hydrating toner or light moisturizer after cleansing. If your skin feels too greasy you can put a mattifying product on top of it -- it'll absorb the oil without over-drying your skin.

Clear Skin Secret No. 5: Give yourself enough time
Waldorf says it can take a month or two to see real results from your skin care routine, so you should start a.s.a.p. And don't get discouraged if your skin looks a little worse in the beginning, it's pretty normal. Just hang in there and give it a month -- if your skin still hasn't improved then you may want to change your products or see a dermatologist.
Click here to see 6 more clear skin secrets, including the ingredients in your makeup that are making you break out.

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