Although it's important to be comfortable enough in one's skin, makeup certainly helps me on bad skin days. Unfortunately less-than-perfect skin is harder to cover during the Summer months when water activities or sweat render any face makeup applied obsolete. Being exposed in an unforgiving bikini every other day doesn't help with any other insecurities, but having the best skin I can have does help.
Taking good care of one's skin year round is ideal so that there's plenty of time to determine what works. Though I'm always eager to try the newest thing in skincare, a few of my skincare staples never change. Here are a few of the products that have helped my skin stay consistently clear and even.
The Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($225 US) is a hefty investment, but I can honestly say that my skin has never felt as smooth since I purchased this two years ago. I feel that the Clarisonic really does cleanse my skin much more thoroughly than my hands or a washcloth ever could. A cleaner face means that any products applied after have maximum absorption and efficiency on the skin. The bristles on the brush are extremely gentle and soft as well; I didn't have any irritation like I was worried I would. I like to use the Clarisonic once each day, at night, though one could use it twice a day.
In the mornings, I prefer to wash lightly with the Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser ($7.49 US). It's a gentle salicylic acid cleanser that I feel actually does brighten thanks to the soy extracts. The foaming action is always fun too. Though this cleanser isn't strong enough to break through all my makeup, it's perfect as a morning face wash that doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight.
Before Philosophy Help Me ($47 US), I'd always been a little weary of retinols. I'd heard that they make skin more sensitive to the sun, can cause irritation, etc. However, Philosophy's version is really quite mild. Yet at the same time it's strong enough that I noticed smoother, clearer skin within weeks. I credit the retinol in this product to significantly improving the texture of my skin. The best part is this product's cost effectiveness. A tiny drop is all that is needed to cover the face, making the price a little better.
Yet of course, a random zit here and there will appear. That's when I'll pull out a tube of the Kiehl's Blue Herbal Spot Treatment ($18 US). I've tried a lot of spot treatments, but this is a great one that I consistently have on hand. Although it takes about the same amount of time for a zit to disappear using this treatment or another, I noticed less dryness with this one. After all, dry, flakey skin around a blemish only makes it look infinitely worse.
What are your consistent go-to products for clear skin? Do you change your skincare routine during the Summer?
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