These days, everyone seems to be obsessed with having perfect, porcelain smooth skin. It’s become the base of being considered beautiful, and while that is far from what it should be, clear and even skin also has some health benefits, like noticing abrupt changes that could be a sign of internal illness and being a pain- and discomfort-free. So, with everyone around you trying to sell you miracle creams that promise to rejuvenate and clear your skin in days, let’s go back to the basics and fundamentals about what it truly takes to have clear skin.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
You might already have a clue about what this tip is about. Our bodies are mostly just water and without it, our core systems start to shut down. However, much before it gets to that, it has an impact on our skin. You might think that having oily skin means that you are over-hydrating your skin, but in reality, the opposite is true. Your skin is producing excess oils in order to hydrate itself because you’re not giving it enough. And straight up dry skin can be painful, can crack and lose a lot of its elasticity, causing wrinkles and fine lines. There are two main ways to stay hydrated, and those are from the inside out and vice versa. If you notice your skin drying out, it’s a sign that your body is begging you for water so start chugging. On the other hand, you should premeditatedly moisturize your skin from the outside with hydrating creams on a daily basis to keep it from drying out and help it out with the aesthetic side of skincare.
Use the right products
Not every skin is the same. In fact, no two skins are the same, and to think that something will work wonders for you because it did for your friend is just not reality. The only correct way to approach skincare is to have it tailored to you, or at least pick products that best match your skin. Talk to your dermatologist about products that they would recommend for your skin type and issues. If you have acne, they will suggest a nurturing acne skin care line to help clear up the problem, in combination with regular treatments. If you have normal skin, they might actually tell you to stop using some of the products that are currently in your routine because you simply don’t need them, and they are just excess on your skin every morning.
Don’t fear treatments
While regular and correct daily skin care is the key to getting and maintaining smooth skin, it’s far from the only way to do it, and it will often need some help along the way with treatments. Sure, you could go for a good old pampering treatment that will leave your skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom, or you can get something to tackle a specific problem like micro needling or different chemical peels. Once again, you shouldn’t decide by yourself what the treatment you need is: talk to your doctor, tell them what your issues are and what you want to achieve and they will recommend the best treatment plan. Also, keep in mind that things that give instant results usually don’t last and might be just a facade without fixing the underlying issue.
Clear out your makeup
If you are someone who uses makeup on a daily basis, you need to wake up to how big of a role what you put on your face every single day plays. If any of your makeup is of sub-par quality, past its expiration date or if you share your makeup with someone else, you need to throw it out. Things that sit on your skin for long periods of time will also seep in, contaminating your skin and closing off your pores. Washing your face and removing the makeup at night isn’t going to be enough if the makeup is what is causing damage. On the other hand, there are makeup products like BB creams and foundations that contain healthy ingredients and can be healing for your skin, so look for those if you can’t say goodbye to makeup altogether.
Having great skin is always part genetics and part skincare, so while there’s no way to influence the former, you can do your best to make sure your skin is getting the best chances it can have.