While it's best to consult a dermatologist for chronic acne and other serious skin conditions, there are ways to get clearer skin at home without spending too much. And no, Facetune is not involved. While they will not match the results used in clinics, Glamour gathered the best home remedies and skin care tips from dermatologists and estheticians that are effective and affordable.
Instead of buying expensive eye cream for your puffy eyes, use your fingers and give yourself a face massage. Celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong says use your ring fingers and with gentle pressure, massage your eye area and move outwards and upwards from the inner corners of the eye to the outer. This will improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and help minimize lines and wrinkles. Repeat two to three times. You can use some moisturizer to smoothen the way. If the whole face feels puffy, massage with upward motions starting from the jawline.
Celebrity facialist Georgia Louise, who is also a La Mer global skin care adviser recommends rinsing your face with cold water to reduce puffiness, tighten the pores and calm inflammation. Celebrity facialist Candace Marino adds that when washing your face, don't use hot water as it will only aggravate existing acne, rosacea and melasma. Cold water calms everything down. You can also take ice cubes from the freezer and smooth it all over the face for a quick pick-me-up. Vogue even suggests green tea or milk cubes for a more luxurious treat.
While your laundry will pile up, your face will thank you. Dirt, makeup, oil, and bacteria can cling to the surface of pillowcases and transfer directly to your face. That's why you often notice a few new spots in the morning. Try to change it every three days or every week and you will notice an improvement, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
Besides getting eight hours of sleep every day, celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau suggests sleeping on your back since squishing your face into your pillow is one of the most common causes of wrinkles.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham says harsh facial cleansers strip off the skin's natural oils and compromises the skin barrier. It can also worsen acne or rosacea. Stick to gentle cleansers like drugstore favorite CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Allure also recommends Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser.
Just like pillowcases, towels are sneaky culprits in acne breakouts. Instead of using your bath towel to wipe your face, use a face towel or just let your face air dry.
For a boost of hydration, celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas whips up her own recipe for dry winter skin. Combine yogurt, honey, and avocado for your own moisturizing mask.
While we've been washing our hands incessantly this year, we still get plenty of bacteria from doorknobs, keyboards, faucets, etc. We also have a habit of touching our face that we barely even notice that we're doing it. Combining these two together results in breakouts. If you can help it, stop touching your face unless you have sanitized your hands.
While women are wearing less makeup lately, those who still do should wash all their makeup tools at least weekly. Bacteria, oil, dirt, and makeup build up on brushes so using them repeatedly without cleaning them often will lead to irritation and inflammation.
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