August 3, 2018 Quick Tips 8 Quick Tips for Clearer Skin Today’s post is written by contributor Chelsea Becker, a San Diego native, living and writing in San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram & Pinterest. I’ve dealt with skin issues on and off since my Accutane teenage years, which were the absolute worst. Since then, things have definitely improved, but by no means was I born with a flawless, clear complexion. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve had to deal with hormonal acne (right when I thought I was finally done with zits), and an overall redness that’s anything but clear. And though I still deal with issues here and there, I notice that my skin acts its best when I keep 8 things mind. Here those are! 8 Quick Tips for Clearer Skin Consistency First and foremost, consistency is key. Whether you struggle with acne-prone skin, fine lines and wrinkles or dry skin, having consistency in your routine is definitely the best first step. I totally understand that feeling of impatience when you’ve been using a product for a week and see no results. But if you can stay patient and consistent, the results will come—and if you keep with it, they’ll stay. I find that setting an alarm for an hour before bed gets me off the couch and into the bathroom for my skincare routine. So you can try that if you constantly forget until you’re exhausted! Experimentation When it comes to products and finding ones that help keep skin clear, I’ve discovered that the best way to find the ones that actually work for my skin type is through a little trial and error. I know it can get pricey to spend money on a product that ends up not working for you, but it’s really the only way to find out. I try to stick with a product for two weeks before tossing it out. If you have sensitive skin like me and suffer from hormonal acne, here are a few favorites: TeaActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment (for breakouts), Grown Alchemist Brightening Serum (for a glow), Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer (gentle hydration that doesn’t break me out) and Evolve’s Hyaluronic Serum (so hydrating and calming!). Wash your hands There are tons of little things that can really make all the difference in keeping your skin clear. For example, washing your hands. One day I consciously tried to keep track of how many times I touched my face with my hands and I lost count after 20. Keeping hands clear of bacteria and germs can really go a long way in terms of skincare, especially if you touch your face a lot like me. Clean makeup brushes And speaking of keeping things clean and germ-free, makeup brushes are a big one. Dirty makeup brushes and sponges can house tons of bacteria, so the more frequently you clean them the better. I seriously believe that a lot of my acne used to come from using old brushes that I’d had for years and never cleaned. This tip is a game changer for sure! Set a calendar reminder to do this every 1-2 weeks and see if you notice a difference. Clean sheets are crucial, too! Makeup-free days Because I work from home, I make a concentrated effort to go makeup free a lot of the time. There are two benefits here. One, it saves on my makeup bill because I’m not repurchasing near as often. And two, it gives my skin a much-needed break from product. The more you can let your skin breathe, the higher the chance of it staying clear, in my opinion. If you work in an office and want to keep up your regular makeup routine, try to get in the habit of washing your face right when you get home or going makeup free on the weekends. Or even in the office if you work somewhere relaxed. Be gentle It’s definitely possible to over cleanse, which can actually lead to more breakouts and skin dehydration. Even though I preached about consistency above, make sure you aren’t going too crazy with all the masks, exfoliators and serums. You know what they say, too much of a good thing can actually be bad, so don’t overdo it. I don’t try more than one new product at a time, and I exfoliate two times a week, max. I also only cleanse once a day (at night). Don’t pick This is probably the hardest for me, I’ll admit it. But 10 times out of 10, I make a zit infinitely worse by picking at it or prematurely popping it. Sometimes it’s just a small little guy that turns into something huge – simply because I had to pick. I promise your skin will remain more clear if you just let your it do its thing and are patient with zits. Again, I rub this product on my jawline (where I break out) a few times a week, and it really lessens breakouts in the first place. But if not… hands free! Regular facials Before my wedding last year, I decided to invest in monthly facials, and it totally changed things for me. When you get a facial, they can extract buildup that’s sitting behind your skin and get everything in great shape. My favorite part is they can give you what your skin needs in that moment (whether it’s exfolation or hydration). My skin is always its clearest when I keep to a monthly schedule (or at the least every 8 weeks), so I prioritize them in my budget. OK that’s it – hope those help if you have skin issues like me! Now what are some of the tips you swear by for clear skin? BTW, my favorite clean foundation and toxic ingredients in beauty products to avoid.