It's hard to know what you need for healthy skin. Of course, everyone wants their skin to look healthy, but sometimes that can be a difficult accomplishment. With hundreds of brands and marketing tactics thrown in your face with every touch of your phone screen, it can get tiresome trying to figure out who to trust.
That's why Nourishing Biologicals is here to break down the dos and don'ts of skincare. We want to tell you exactly how to get clear skin and offer crucial tips for fighting acne — let's dive in.
What Causes Acne?
First off, you want to determine what's causing your breakouts so you can achieve the glowing skin you want. This can be difficult as acne can be caused for several reasons. The most common causes of acne include stress, poor diet, sebum build-up, bacteria build, clogged pores, local environment, and skin type.
Most of these causes are easy fixes — with the right skincare routine and a few lifestyle changes, those pimples will be a thing of the past.
Tips on How To Get Clear Skin
While there is no magic potion that will instantly give you Victoria Beckham statue skin, there are some products and tips that can reduce the appearance of unwanted blemishes.
Tip #1: Wash Your Face Twice a Day
Your skin goes through a lot during the day, so an evening cleanse is essential. But did you know washing your face in the morning is just as important? Here's why.
During your nightly skincare routine, chances are you apply a product or two to sit on your skin overnight, whether that be a moisturizer or essence. There's nothing wrong with that — we encourage it. However, you want to give your skin a fresh start in the morning, hence a morning facial cleanser.
At night, your skin goes through changes. Everyone's skin has a natural cleaning process where the skin works to repair and rejuvenate the skin overnight. Washing off dead skin cells or bacteria build-up is crucial to ensuring clear skin.
Tip #2: Use a Gentle Cleanser
Your skincare products shouldn't be taken lightly. Your skin deserves the best, so a basic cleanser may not be up to par.
Skincare products can be full of harmful and harsh chemicals that you may not have even heard of, washing away your skin's necessary natural oils.
We suggest Miracular Cleanser, our make-up melting, silky facial cleanser that hydrates and purifies the skin.
Tip #3: Use An Acne-Fighting Agent
Many products can help fight acne that has already appeared on your skin. Knowing the right products to help reduce oil production and other acne-causing issues is the first step to getting clear skin.
Remember, everyone's skin type is different. Acne breakouts and other skin problems can come in all shapes and sizes – whether zits, blackheads, whiteheads, or bumps; here are some acne products that may help.
- Retinoids: If your blemishes often appear in blackheads or bumps, a retinoid may help clear your skin.
- Benzoyl peroxide: Consider trying benzoyl peroxide if you suffer from mild acne. Benzoyl peroxide is a topical spot acne treatment that kills bacteria, helping keep your skin clean and clear.
- Azelaic acid: If your flare-ups tend to be a bit more intense, then your chances of your pimples scarring over is heightened. If that's the case for you, consider using azelaic acid.
Tip #4: Find The Right Skincare Routine
Having the proper skincare routine can work wonders on your skin. While everyone may be a little different, here's one that may serve your skin well.
Step 1: Cleanser
Of course, the most critical step is your cleanser. You want a cleanser that isn't too harsh as you don't want to strip your skin and cause dryness. Nourishing ingredients are good as well. Look for naturally hydrating ingredients such as shea butter or cucumber extract.
Never use hot water, or you could dry out your skin. Wash your face with lukewarm water and avoid clogging your pores.
Step 2: Exfoliator
Using an exfoliator once or twice a week will ensure your skin gets the extra cleanse it needs.
Step 3: Skin Essence
If you've never heard of skin essence before, don't worry, this product has just recently picked up the recommendation it deserves — you can read all about it here.
Skin essence is essentially a product that helps your other skincare products penetrate deeper into the skin, offering a deeper moisturization level.
Skin essence is meant to rehydrate your skin. It contains many active ingredients that will leave your skin hydrated and ready to take on the day.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Moisturizer may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturizers help your skin retain water, therefore helping it appear more smooth and hydrated.
The best time to apply moisturizer to your face is after applying your skin essence; this way, you know the lotion is penetrating deep into your skin, past your epidermis – the top layer of skin.
We suggest bringing your moisturizer to your ears and down to your neck. It's a common mistake to skip out on your neck during sunscreen and moisturizer application, but it's also an easy habit to break.
Step 5: Sunscreen
Applying sunscreen every day is so essential for your skin's health. The sun's UV rays can cause severe damage to your skin, like dark spots. Help prevent sun damage with broad-spectrum SPF protection is needed.
Tip #5: Don’t Over-Exfoliate
A common mistake among skincare newbies is over-exfoliating. But don't feel bad; you can't be born a skincare expert; that's what Nourishing Biologicals is for —- all your skincare needs.
Exfoliating is good for your skin, but it can also be detrimental to overdoing it. For normal to dry skin, try to keep your exfoliating to one to two times a week, maximum. Over-exfoliating can lead to dry, rough, dehydrated, patchy, and flaky skin.
If you have incredibly oily skin, you can exfoliate two to three times a week; just make sure you apply plenty of moisturizer to your skin.
Tip #6: Opt For Oil-Free Products
Oils in skincare products can be tricky; sometimes (depending on the oil), they can be very beneficial. However, other times, not so much. If you have excess oil and acne-prone skin, you want to be cautious whenever buying oil-based products.
We say oils in your products aren't harmful, but you don't want them to be oil-based.
Tip #7: Apply a Toner
Toners are beneficial to your skin as they can help close and tighten pores by tightening cell gaps. It's best to apply your toner to your cleanser or exfoliate before your moisturizer.
Tip #8: Weekly Face Mask
Not only are face masks a great way to make you feel extra pampered, but they can also benefit your skin.
What we love about face masks is that they're so versatile. No matter your skin type, you should be able to find a face mask that works for you.
Depending on your skin type or what your skin needs at the moment, you can purchase or make a face mask that serves your skin in the best way possible so your skin feels great.
Whether you decide to go with a home-remedy face mask or one purchased at your go-to beauty store, we're sure you'll occasionally enjoy adding this to your nighttime routine.
Tip #9: Clean Your Makeup Brushes
We're all guilty of it —- dirty makeup brushes. It can be easy to forget to wash your precious applicators, but this is crucial to ensuring your skin stays clean and clear. Your makeup brushes can hold tons of bacteria, dead skin cells, and old makeup.
Combining these things isn't good for your skin as it can easily clog your pores.
The easiest way to achieve clear skin is by keeping it clean, and makeup brushes that may not have been washed in a few months aren't helpful to your acne-prone skin.
Hello Clear Skin
Achieving clear skin can sometimes feel impossible, but trust us, it takes a little time and dedication. However, we can give you tons of tips and products to help you achieve the clearer skin you’ve always wanted with the right acne treatments.
At Nourishing Biologicals, we help treat the cause, not just the symptoms. We encourage you to start with a balanced diet and lifestyle to help set the right path for clear, healthy skin.