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    Updated on May 1, 2019. Posted on Mar 31, 2019

    36 Super Simple Ways To Improve Your Skin Long-Term

    Super simple tips (read: SLEEP) that will take your hand and lead you to clear skin.

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    1. First thing first: apply sun protection every 👏darn 👏 day 👏! Thankfully, Australian Gold tinted mineral lotion doubles as makeup by providing sheer, matte coverage *and* a whopping SPF 50. Meaning: you'll never forget about this crucial step again.

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    In case you didn't know, exposing your skin to harmful UV rays can darken acne scars and expedite the appearance of fine lines. Luckily for you, this tinted moisturizer combines kakadu plum, eucalyptus, and red algae to nourish your skin *and* has a powder-like formula to provide extra coverage. ANDDD it's water-resistant up to ~80 minutes~.

    Promising review: "I am a nurse in a dermatology office and I have used very high-priced tinted SPF before. Nothing ever has came close to how great my skin looks with this this. This SPF makes my makeup look flawless. First day back to work after getting this I got compliments. My face is not greasy at all and I have even stopped applying my daily moisturizer because I love this so much. I highly recommend and will buying this forever!" —jennykatzen

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39 or a similar Maybelline BB Cream for $7.02+ (available in four shades).

    2. Follow the ever-popular Korean skincare routine to achieve everything from healing tough breakouts (hello, clarifying serum) to brightening skin (and bonjour, snail mucin toner). It may seem like a lot of steps, but each one brings *results*.

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    Too many steps? You can simplify it to just a few products and still benefit from this! Let's break it down to an easier routine:

    1. Son & Park Beauty Water ($30 on Soko Glam): is your first step as a makeup remover and oil cleanser. It refreshes your complexion by hydrating it with lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract. Plus! It multitasks by toning *and* exfoliating with willow bark and papaya extract to brighten your skin.

    2. Benton Snail High Content Skin ($20 on Soko Glam): acts as step two — your toner. It's free from alcohol, making it gentle enough to use on even sensitive skin. Its main ingredient, snail mucin, smooths your skin texture, heals breakouts, and hydrates. And! It has a pH level of 5-6, which makes it a fast-acting exfoliant.

    3. NeoGen H2 Dermadeca Serum Spray ($19 on Soko Glam): works as a *treatment*, aka your third step. Its fine serum mist formula both hydrates and repairs irritated formula by using vitamin C to brighten, centella asiatica to soothe inflammation, and collagen to plump your complexion.

    5. Sheet Masks ($2.50+ on Soko Glam): a relaxing yet effective fifth step (that you can do as frequently/infrequently as you want). Every sheet mask from Soko Glam's collection serves a specific purpose. Looking to clear clogged pores and breakouts? A green tea pore care sheet mask ($19) is the answer. Want to brighten your complexion? A sea buckthorn sheet mask ($3) will do the trick. Thirsty for hydrated skin? A soothing tencel sheet mask ($3) will help.

    4. Erborian Seve de Bamboo Eye Matte ($34 on Soko Glam): is a quick fourth step (you're almost done!). It'll reduce fine lines, dark under-eye circles, and dehydration thanks to its gel-like moisturizer combo of bamboo sap and fiber. Plus it has a matte finish so it won't interrupt your makeup if you apply it in the morning, as well!

    6. Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Clear Cream ($26 on Soko Glam): is a super fast, sixth step. It'll add alllll the moisture you need for the day (it's designed to keep your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours) without adding any greasiness. It's oil-free and contains baobab tree extracts and glacial water to make moisturizing the most soothing part of your day.

    7. Neogen Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50/PA+++ ($30 on Soko Glam): is a VERY IMPORTANT last step! It's a lightweight sunscreen that makes sure you're protected from the sun thanks to SPF 50. It's also *super* nourishing, courtesy of rose and raspberry extracts (extra helpful if you have dry skin). AND it won't ever leave a white cast or greasy feeling.

    To learn more about the full routine, check out "I Tried A Korean Skin Care Routine For A Month And This Is What Happened".

    3. Maintain dramatically clearer skin by treating breakouts with some Teddie Organics rosehip oil. Just a few drops tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in between. Nothing will get in your way of glowing skin again...not on this bb's watch.

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    Promising review: "I had a friend come over from out of town and her skin in the past was pretty covered with acne, but this time it was glowing and her scars seemed to be mild! She told me she had been using this oil (two drops at night) and she mixed one drop with her foundation in the morning; it has helped her immensely. I’m not usually a believer in acne stuff since I’ve tried about everything, but I can honestly say I am so glad I took the risk — my skin in two weeks has never looked better! I couldn’t go without it again in my routine!" —Ty Azevedo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. Hydrate your skin with some Shea Moisture coconut oil to counteract shiny complexions. It may seem weird to treat excess oil with *more* oil, but your skin actually just needs the RIGHT kind of moisturizer. This'll help restore the balance your skin is missing.

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    It's also great for hydrating your hair and removing makeup!

    Promising review: "I have used this literally everywhere: my feet, my hands, my legs, my hair, my face, and it is AMAZING. I usually put it on at night and when I wake up, my skin is SO smooth! It also helps to moisturize my frizzy hair. I have really sensitive skin. I put this on my face and it makes it so smooth without clogging my pores or giving me breakouts. IT'S THE ABSOLUTE BEST." —kthorpe

    Get it from Walmart for $13.88.

    5. Study up on beauty ingredient definitions so you can accurately pick and choose which products are best for you. Aka the sooner you understand the label, the sooner you'll find things that truly WORK for your skin.

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    Luckily for us, we can turn to "Dermstore’s Guide to Beauty Ingredients" for a full glossary on all the terms we need to know from dioic acid to resveratrol!

    6. Fear not in the ~face~ of cystic acne. This Aztec Secret Indian healing clay has helped at least 11,232 Amazon five-star reviewers get it under control. I kid you not, I'm convinced this isn't a mask, it's a vacuum for your pores (no matter how deep they go).

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    By the way, this works best with apple cider vinegar ($8.57 on Amazon)!

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. As many others have said, I previously tried absolutely everything on the market to cure my acne. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It".

    7. Master the art of controlling excess shine (it's difficult, I know) with some Beauty by Earth moisturizer. Its formula combines vitamins, amino acids, and minerals to reduce oil production *and* increase collagen production for an all-natural glow. It'll basically be the easiest yet most effective part of your routine.

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    It even doubles as an acne treatment that you can wear all day! AND it's vegan and cruelty-free. How do I get this into my medicine cabinet NOW?!

    Promising review: "I have such a hard time trying to find a moisturizer that doesn't clog up my pores. I have naturally oily skin so by the time 10 a.m. comes around, I feel like I can fry an egg on my face without adding nonstick. IT'S BAD. I have bought so many products that say for 'oily skin.' And it doesn't work and if anything makes my face breakout BADLY. Using this product for just over two weeks has helped my face clear up almost entirely. I have a light amount of whiteheads and blackheads but they're disappearing slowly but surely. This is a must-have." —GNO

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    8. Heal breakouts FAST and without causing scarring (or letting you pick) by simply slapping on a Rael pimple patch. They're gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you. Pimples will no longer have a chance to leave their mark.

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    Promising review: "I don’t write a lot of reviews, but I’m just in awe of this product. What are these magical stickers?! After washing my face last night, I put a patch on a new, under-the-skin pimple from hell, and when I woke up this morning all of the pus had been pulled out. My pimple is flush and feels so much better. It’s all but gone." —Matt F.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. Take little (and very manageable, I promise) steps to improve your overall skincare routine. It doesn't have to take over your life obviously, but even small changes will make a big difference for your overall clarity and health. An easy start: using a lavender spray that kills acne-causing pillow bacteria *and* helps to lull you to sleep.

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    More sleep = less stress = no more stress-induced acne.

    Promising review: "I love this pillow mist — not only does it help keep my skin clear throughout the night, but is also a relaxing and soothing scent. I will continue to purchase!" —Brittany Anick

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    To get your new routine down pat, check out "Take BuzzFeed's 7-Day Better Skin Challenge" for easy changes that are all under 10 minutes!

    10. Discover the benefits of washing your face with oils by using an InnisFree cleanser. It's loaded with vitamin C to refresh clogged pores and remove makeup and excess oil (ironic, no?) without the help of other products. Aka as long as you're consistent about washing your face, your skin will be happy.

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    And! Its sweet and sour apple scent is DIVINE.

    Promising review: "I’m new to the whole oil cleanser and then water-based cleanser Korean beauty thing. Seeing as this is my first time trying an oil-based cleanser, I decided to go with this product and I’m glad I did! Not only is it relatively cheap (which is a plus for a college student like me), but it smells and works great. I’ve been using this along with a Neogen water-based cleanser ($15.49) for about three weeks now and my skin looks amazing and I’ve had no breakouts! I'm so glad that I took the leap and tried this product, I highly recommend it!" —Megan Honnold

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    Or! If you want to learn how to *actually* double cleanse, check out "Throw Away Your Wipes And Take Your Makeup Off Properly With This Double Cleansing Set".

    11. Cleanse your skin post-workout (or if it's just impossibly hot outside) to avoid body acne even if your day is busy, busy, busy. A few swipes with Goodwipes hygiene wipes will kill sweat-caused bacteria to keep backne away for GOOD.

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    I will NOT be punished for following through on my annual workout. I did a pushup I don't deserve to break out. These soothing wipes feature tea tree oil and peppermint to help you feel refreshed even when you, well, weren't a couple minutes ago. Plus they're alcohol-free and hypoallergenic so they're great for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I wish I had a 'funny' review here, but B.O. is no joke! I work out hard and I sweat hard — and sweat stinks! I also run my own incredibly busy business and have two small kids. Every minute of my day counts...and showering early in the day is a luxury I don’t always get to indulge in! These wipes are a game-changer! Work out, sweat like a boss, wipe down, and voilà...no longer smelly! In fact, I actually smell and feel fresh! Big fan!" —Anna Palestis Frenkel

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. Relieve extremely dry and irritated skin (including rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis) at long last with some Honeyskin Organics cream. Manuka honey, amino acids, and vitamins C, E, and A work together to seriously soothe, hydrate, and restore your skin's pH levels. A nightly routine with this will put you on the fast track to a MUCH calmer complexion.

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    Promising review: "I don’t write many reviews, but I have to say this product right here is hands-down THE BEST face cream I’ve used! I’m in love! I have autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s to be exact) and I suffer from all kinds of unpleasant things that come out on my face, like cystic acne, dark spots, large pores, redness, itchiness, etc. Just within a few days of using this, I saw a huge difference in the appearance of my skin. It’s never felt this amazing either! I even use it on my hands before I go to bed — totally hooked!" —KELLEY S

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in four sizes).

    13. Drink 👏 water 👏. Aim for eight glasses a day. Sure, you're peeing more (like....a lot more), but you're also flushing out daily toxins, increasing your skin's elasticity, and brightening your overall complexion.

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    Need proof? Check out some before-and-afters in "We Tried The 30 Day Water Challenge".

    Don't worry, this extra-large water bottle is here to help. Its design will keep you on track by marking your progress throughout the day — along with some motivation for when the finish line feels too far away.

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    Promising review: "This bottle has done what I could not seem to do without it, even with the best intentions — and that is to drink the daily amount of water that I need to. Not only did it make it happen, but it made it fun and easy. I know it sounds funny, but this is some of the best $20 I've ever spent." —Joani Nunez, Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in six colors).

    See what won best insulated water bottles on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. Boost your complexion's brightness by incorporating serums into your routine. A drop of Nip and Fab's glycolic acid serum helps to stimulate cell renewal in order to reveal smoother, glowing skin. Have dry skin? Their hyaluronic fix serum provides intense moisture and promotes plumper, radiant skin.

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    Promising review (for the hyaluronic serum): "This stuff is perfect! Within two weeks of applying a little bit to my face every night, my skin has become much softer, smoother, and firmer with a more even tone, and my pores went from noticeable to looking almost nonexistent. I have a combination of dry/oily skin, and this product doesn’t dry out or over-moisturize my skin. It smells great and I would definitely recommend! —Brianna

    Get them from Amazon: Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot for $9.99 and Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Fix Shot for $21.97.

    15. Double the effectiveness of your face wash with an Eco Tools cleansing brush. It deep-cleanses pores and lightly exfoliates, meaning it gets rid of makeup, oil, and dirt a heck of a lot better than just your fingers.

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    Promising review: "This facial brush is the perfect stiffness for my taste and easy to hold with its rounded, textured shape. With little effort, I can get a satisfying scrub that exfoliates without scraping too gently or too hard. I have sensitive, slightly oily skin and this is great." —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $5.76.

    16. Take your routine up a level by using a microneedle roller at the end of the day. When combined with a serum, it essentially accelerates the product's usual benefits to exfoliate, brighten, and repair irritated skin so that you're left with a dewy glow. Plus, you get to end the day with a soothing yet effective ritual.

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    Basically this is just a much more effective way of applying serum than just with your fingers. It only takes five minutes!

    Promising review: "I've been seeing a lot of positive changes as soon as I started using this. Using with a good topical product is a must. I had a few scars around the cheek area which are now mostly gone. I've also noticed a reduction in my pores which gives my skin a very smooth feel and look. It only takes me ten minutes a day to carry out the treatments (which are painless by the way) and it has benefited me more than I ever thought it would. If you're a beginner like me, I would really recommend this one." —Mark Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    Need a serum? This highly-rated — we're talking 4,412 five-star reviews — vitamin C serum ($19.99 on Amazon) is packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to improve clarity and brighten skin. It promotes collagen production, while the vitamin C synergistically blends with hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E targets fine lines, firmness, dark spots, and most importantly, ACNE.

    17. Don't get mad at me — but you can't pop your zits. I KNOW. So satisfying. But it leaves scars that last for weeks! Instead, gently bring out the whitehead by holding down a warm washcloth while binging GoT. In a few minutes you'll be able to slide the whitehead off with the cloth. No energy. No scabbing.

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    If it doesn't work the first time, just repeat holding down the warm washcloth a few more times. As long as it's not a cystic pimple, this will work! Pro tip: use an extra-gentle washcloth to prevent further irritating the inflamed pimple. These bamboo washcloths ($15.50 on Amazon) are designed for both babies and people with sensitive skin so you'll be extra soothed as you press down and wipe your zit.

    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for "The Only Way To Pop: Blemish Magic Trick".

    18. Assign two different moisturizers for day and night to get the most out of your routine. A NeoGen duo cream simplifies the process with its two-in-one design. Its day formula both hydrates and calms irritation and redness with vitamin C and green tea, while its night combo of lavender and vitamin E intensely moisturizes, delivers a ~cooling~ effect, and improves your skin's strength. Can someone say dream team?

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    Promising review: "I'm always skeptical of 'influencer' lines of popular brands, but being a big fan of Joan Kim's I had to try. And I am so happy I did! I have combination skin with hormonal breakouts and rather sensitive/partially dry skin. It's hard for me to find a moisturizer that will hydrate me all day *and* won't break me out. I have finally found my holy-grail product. The duo pack is genius. The day cream calms down my morning redness and feels so creamy and hydrating on the skin, but is so lightweight at the same time. And the same with the night cream! All in all, I would recommend this to anyone with any skin type, but especially for people like me who have a hard time finding the perfect moisturizer for troublesome skin. 10 out of 10." —Delaney Spicer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.

    19. Keep things *super* simple if you have sensitive skin to avoid unnecessary irritation/breakouts. This mild Neutrogena cleanser is fragrance- and oil-free, plus it's hypoallergenic! Its main ingredient, glycerin, successfully removes excess oil and deep-cleans pores without ever harshing your vibe.

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    Promising review: "I have pretty troubled skin because of PCOS. I would get rashes, I'm oily, but I would also have very bad flaking and dryness around my mouth and laugh lines. One month of this and I basically never think about my skin anymore. I use it daily and just put on any lotion I have after cleansing, and my skin's texture and tone is SO much better. The only thing I hate is that I didn't use this 10 years ago!" —Mother Confessor

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    20. Understand that not every mask is for you. In fact, most are designed with a very specific skin type in mind (i.e. dry, acne-prone, etc.). Take our quiz to match your concerns and complexion with the best mask for you! That way you can forget about any...trial-and-error.

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    21. Unleash the power of the snail! Yes, really. This Seoul Ceuticals moisturizer has 97.5% ~snail mucin extract~, along with shea butter, vitamin E, and jojoba oil to make brightening and smoothing your complexion extremely fast and easy. I suppose snails have speed on their side, after all.

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    FYI, the snail mucin is collected in a cruelty-free environment 🐌🐰.

    Promising review: "I am in love with this snail repair cream! It has my skin looking and feeling amazing. In addition to hydrating my face, it has helped make a noticeable difference in the fine lines across my forehead and around the corners of my eyes. I use the cream twice a day. I also noticed a difference in how well my foundation goes on after applying the repair cream. My skin is also noticeably smoother and is so much softer than it was before I started using Seoul Ceuticals products. I am very satisfied with the results I’ve experienced so far and will continue to use this cream." —Aimee Weldon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89.

    22. Eliminate clogged pores by masking with a Skin Food steam pack loaded with volcanic ash and egg protein to control sebum, reduce blackheads, and exfoliate your skin. In three to five minutes, those pesky dots will be a distant memory.

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    Promising review: "From the first use my pores were cleaned out, even blackheads on my nose were almost gone. It really pulls the impurities out, leaving skin smooth, although it doesn't dehydrate my skin. This mask is remarkably effective." —Ann Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    23. Spritz your way to a *dewier* complexion, courtesy of a Teddie Organics rose water toner spray. It's a great midday pick-me-up to rejuvenate and brighten tired skin — not to mention it has a heavenly 🌹rose scent 🌹. It also absorbs excess oil to cancel any guest appearances from your T-zone!

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    It'll also restore your skin's pH balance and fade redness. It's everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER. Plus it's organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin that is pale with pink and red undertones. I break out very easily, and my skin is irritated even by the 'sensitive skin' brands and formulas. I have used EVERYTHING under the sun to aid in redness and sensitivity, and nothing has worked to calm flare-ups like this. I wake up and my skin is glowing and peachy pale, as opposed to red and blotchy. This rose water has not only improved my skin's redness and overall tone, but it has virtually eliminated any signs on acne. I use before I put on my redness moisturizer and before bed as a refresher. I also find myself spritzing at various times of the day, because the fragrance is so pleasant." —Kathy Pancake

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    24. Load up on skin-loving food like salmon and kale (yeah) to work on clearing your complexion from the inside out. Good news: you're having dark chocolate for dessert. Tbh this solution isn't exactly immediate, but it sure freaking helps.

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    Get a bar of Ghirardelli dark chocolate from Walmart for $2.68.

    To learn more, check out "17 Delicious Foods You Should Be Eating For Better Skin".

    25. Remove cosmetics the easiest way known to mankind — with a makeup-erasing towel. All you do is add some water and it takes off even a full face of heavy makeup, dirt, and oil in minutes. Remember today as the day you stopped going to bed without a fresh face.

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    Promising review: "These makeup remover towels are amazing! I wasn't sure because all you do is wet the towel and wipe your makeup off. These are plush like, soft, and gentle on your face. They just feel so magical, because they remove all of your makeup with just water. These are perfect for me after working a 12 hour shift, instead of accidentally falling asleep in my makeup because I'm so tired. This takes so little time and does a great job." —Meggy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    To learn more, check out "We Tried The Makeup Eraser That Claims To Remove All Your Makeup With Just Water". And! See why a similar version of this won best mid-priced makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    26. Plan out your routine by product — there's a proper order for everything (your face can tell, even if you can't). For example, applying sun protection last is SUPER important otherwise it can't actually work.

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    Too lazy to apply sunscreen every day? FINE. This Eucerin daily protection lotion ($7.02 on Amazon) has SPF 30, but doubles as a moisturizer. So as long as you remember to moisturize, you're good to go.

    Check out more from The Dermstore Blog for "In What Order Do I Apply My Skin Care Products?".

    27. Swap out your spot treatment for some gentler The Body Shop tea tree oil if traditional acne creams feel too harsh (aka your skin is left red). It's just as effective at reducing pimples, but won't leave any irritation.

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    It also helps to mattify skin!

    Promising review: "I've just started using tea tree oil to help control my acne, and this product has really helped. How did I not know about this until now?! I'm trying to use more natural products instead of harsh chemicals, so this was a great find. Sometimes the harsh chemicals are what works best so I'm happy to report that I've been able to swap out a product with benzoyl peroxide for this oil and have only seen improvements. Yes, it's pricey for a small bottle, but it's been worth it." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    28. Regularly clean your makeup brushes (those things pick up acne-causing bacteria faster than you can say zit) with a finger scrubber board. Try to do this once a week — any longer and grime really starts to build up.

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    Promising review: "I wash my brushes that I use every day and this little gadget works great and cuts my cleaning by half. It is hard rubber and fits two of my fingers to hold. I love the ease of use of this product — it really, really cleans your brushes well." —Internet Shopper

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $4.99.

    Read more from Glossy Box for "How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like A Pro".

    29. Battle tough breakouts with a popular TruSkin tea tree serum. Its powerful blend of 20% vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid work together to unclog stubborn pores and deeply nourish irritated skin — which is a nice way to say it tells cystic breakouts to get the hell out of here.

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    Basically, anything with retinol resurfaces new skin so deep pimples can be brought to a head, leaving your complexion clearer, glowing, and moisturized.

    Promising review: "The stuff is seriously unbelievable. I’ve had terrible skin my entire life, including a long stint with Accutane in my teens. After reading a lot of reviews, I finally decided to pull the trigger with this product and I’m really happy I did. After I put on some witch hazel and then apply the stuff, my skin feels a little tingly/burning, but it only lasts for 30 seconds then it feels amazing. I’ve been doing this for less than three weeks and my skin has changed dramatically. The cystic acne that I’ve had for almost 20 years is gone. The sallow skin color and red spots are completely gone. This product is worth it and every way — go buy it now." —Missy Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $24.79.

    30. Clear acne and rough skin ALL over (not just your face) with some CeraVe salicylic body wash. It needs only a few ingredients to cancel bumpy skin: essential ceramides to restore natural hydration and salicylic acid to exfoliate and soften. The best part? It's all achieved with a few good lathers in the shower.

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    Promising review: "I recently moved and the climate change was wreaking havoc on my skin. I had bumps on my skin from the heat and dryness and my keratosis pilaris was resurfacing for the first time in almost 10 years on my arms and back of my legs. No moisturizer or 'hydrating' body wash was working. I was truly miserable; I was itchy and bumpy and embarrassed to wear shorts and tank tops. I decided to buy CeraVe SA body wash and have never looked back. It's light, fragrant-free, and literally worked after two showers. I love this stuff!!! In all seriousness, this stuff worked for me and it might work for you. For the price you can't go wrong." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    31. Treat eye bags with a healthy dose of luxury, aka 24K gold eye masks. They'll reduce puffiness, hydrate your skin, and add shine to dull skin so your complexion matches how rich you feel while wearing these.

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    Promising review: "I was searching for something to reduce the bags under my eyes and erase nine years of working nights and four years of raising toddlers. I talked to a friend who sells an expensive brand of face products and just couldn't fathom spending hundreds of dollars on face products. So I turned to Amazon and came across these! They feel amazing on my face and after a few uses, my skin seems less swollen, less discolored and even softer. They're definitely a bargain at this price!" —Amy

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $19.48.

    32. Know your different types of acne — they're like snowflakes, except so much more unwelcome. Whether yours is more of a whitehead (which needs salicylic acid) or the hormonal type (usually a cyst which needs sulfur-based products), the first step to treating acne is knowing what the heck they are!

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    Need suggestions? We've got your ~covered~:

    Salicylic-acid-based products are best for inflammatory and comedonal acne (aka whiteheads, blackheads, and red bumps). Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($29 on Birchbox) unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells to both get to the root of pimples and leave you with a brighter complexion. Tl;dr: gently exfoliating with salicylic acid easily brings breakouts to a head.

    Zinc-and-sulfur-based products work well for treating cystic or nodule acne (aka deep infections that don't come to a head). Malin and Goetz nighttime acne treatment ($22 on Birchbox) works overnight to help minimize pimples and calm oily skin — both factors that those of us with hormonal acne are all too familiar with.

    Check out more from Birchbox for "Your Guide To The Different Types of Acne".

    33. Brighten your complexion from face wash alone with some Acure brightening facial scrub. This'll become your go-to to exfoliate away excess oil and treat breakouts — all while bringing out a clear, glowing complexion from underneath. That is EFFICIENT.

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    Promising review: "I am in LOVE with this facial scrub. I’ve had this for almost two weeks now and I love the way my skin is glowing! I have sensitive skin so I have to really be careful with the products I choose. Even after one use, you start to see a difference. It moisturizes, exfoliates, and leaves your skin smooth. I didn’t even need to apply a moisturizer afterwards! Definitely a must-have!" —Mizza C.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    34. Fade acne scars and uneven skin tones without creating a complicated routine by using Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads. It's essentially a one-step solution to gently exfoliating your way to an even skin tone, thanks to their formula of 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer.

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    FYI, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone your skin (to balance out the other exfoliating properties). And if you're a skincare obsessive like me, I don't have to tell you how great a deal $10 is for glycolic acid. Bless.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Mitzy McMillion

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $6.89.

    35. Reduce redness and prevent sun damage with just a ~pump~ by using some Jivi moisturizer. It enlists the help of exclusively all-natural ingredients to not only provide all-day hydration thanks to shea butter, cucumber peel, and aloe vera, but also block you from the sun with SPF 12 mineral sunscreen.

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    This bb is vegan and cruelty-free! AND it's non-greasy and lightweight so you don't have to worry about unwelcome breakouts.

    Promising review: "I’ve noticed a BIG improvement in my skin since I started using this product. My skin seems less oily, more evenly toned, less irritated and red, more calm, and less acne-prone. I’m not usually passionate about all-natural things, but this product is making me re-think that. Maybe it’s about time I started using more natural products like this to improve my skin. I really like this stuff and it has improved my skin a lot. I will be ordering it again." —Janell

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in two formulas).

    36. Continue improving your skin even when you go to sleep! A Burt's Bees overnight mask will bring mornings of radiant skin by using avocado oil and prebiotics to replenish moisture while you catch up on your zzz's.

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    Promising review: "I have had a stressful winter and my skin is showing the wear-and-tear of the weather and the poor eating from stress. This does seem to leave my skin looking and feeling healthier and brighter, which is what I was hoping for. I would recommend it." —Kwagner

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three formulas).

    Your skin now whenever you even TRY to skip sunscreen:

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