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Skin is somewhat a difficult thing to manage. Staying bright, looking young and fresh may be a real problem, specially when dealing with acne or some pimples when you wake up.
I've had cystic acne for years, and with sensitive skin the way to stop pimples isn't so easy. I've bought zillions of creams and treatments, but which seems to have finally stopped the redness on my face was a visit to my dermatologist and some skin care routine. The doctor gave me a special treatment based on creams from the pharmacy, and one month was enough to see results. So, first of all and aside from following some of my skin care routine tips, I recommend you to ask your doctor for advice, as I am no dermatologist and the tips given here are based on my own experience and skin type.
Then, here some tips I always follow to maintain my skin bright and good-looking:
- Clay is awesome for sensitive and oily skin. I found clay bar soaps at my local drugstore, and I wash my face everyday, after waking up, and before going to sleep with them.
- Don't overdo your washing routine. Twice a day is OK. Cleaning excess may cause your skin go drier, so your cells will produce more oil to balance that lack. More oil = more risk of pimples.
- I use ''Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions cleansing mask'' once or twice a week. It really takes a long time to finish the whole mask tube, and it works amazingly to stop redness and make my skin softer. Any other mask would work too, I've tried lots of brands but this one has given me the best results. It's made from clay too.
- Homemade recipes for exfoliating mixtures are also a great idea to try once a week, to remove dead skin cells and dust from the skin. Here's what I do. You'll need:
- 1 or 2 honey teaspoon
- ½ sugar teaspoon
- Optional: ½ oil teaspoon
The recipe is very easy: take a bowl and put the honey. Put it on the microwave for 1 or 2 seconds (not more or it will burn!). Mix it with the sugar and apply to your dry skin. Rub it gently around, without scratching for five minutes. Then, remove the mixture with warm water. I don't recommend to apply this mixture more than twice a week.
- Moisturize. Dry skin or not, an oil-free moisturizer will hydrate your skin applied after you clean your face in the morning, and will prepare and protect it for makeup.
- Natural is great. Let your skin breathe without makeup and fancy things on your face at least once a week. There are days I don't go out of home because of homework or whatever so, that's a great moment for doing a homemade spa and take care of your skin!
- Food and water. Having a varied and balanced diet and drinking plenty of water also helps your skin to be brighter and healthier. It's not just about eating vegetables or salads always: everything is good on its right proportion.
- Sport. Exercise helps me forget about my daily duties, burn calories, sweat and also improves my mood, coordination and fitness. It's also good for your skin!
So now you know some of my weekly/daily practices for having a better, glowing and healthier skin. Now I want to know...
Do you follow any beauty tips or skin care routine? Did you already followed some of the tips I mentioned?