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    34 Skincare Basics You'll Probably Wish You Had Learned Sooner

    Because sometimes it's not as easy as just washing your face.

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    1. First things first: Be sure to regularly REAPPLY sunscreen. When spending the day indoors (like the office), you only need to apply in the morning and before you leave work. But if you'll mainly be outside, you should reapply every two to three hours. Luckily, La Roche Posay oil-free sunscreen is great for both oily *and* sensitive skin, a whopping SPF 60, and designed to prevent breakouts.


    Promising review: "I have very sensitive skin and I have tried every SPF out there, it ALWAYS resulted in breakouts. So I gave this a try and figured what the heck! I’ve already tried every other SPF out there. First, the texture is wonderful and you can’t even feel it once it’s on your skin. No white residue, but mostly NO BREAKOUTS! It’s a small tube which I was a little upset about at first because of the price, but I realized it’s because you need so little product to cover your face. I’m talking half the size of a pea! Give yourself a chance! Try it! It saved my skin." —Stacy

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    To learn more important skincare basics, check out "Take BuzzFeed's 7-Day Better Skin Challenge".

    If you're *extra* worried about sunscreen disagreeing with your skin (or makeup), Tatcha SPF 35 sunscreen is your splurge-worthy pick. It doubles as a primer to blur pores and uneven skin tones and leaves your skin super soft thanks to Japanese wild rose and loquat leaf extract. Need proof for how well this bb works? Just see the difference below:

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Its SPF 35 protection works for both UVA and UVB rays.

    Promising review: "I almost wish I hadn’t loved this just based on the price point, but it truly is so great. It has a fresh kind of minty smell and goes on very silky and matte. It leaves a look similar to regular primer, rather than an oily sunscreen. I use roughly a dime-sized amount over my regular moisturizer and it works perfectly. I've had no skin irritation that I’ve experienced thus far and I will definitely be purchasing another when this runs out." —callanbjornn

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeed editor loves this, check out "If You're Looking For An Everyday Sunscreen, Here Are 11 Glowing Recommendations".

    2. Heal breakouts *without* picking and causing scarring by simply slapping on acne patches. They're gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you. Plus! They're designed to be clear enough to discreetly wear all day.

    Promising review: "I have used a lot of hydrocolloid patches and these are some of the strongest and best ones I’ve ever used. They work great even on pimples that are not open or whiteheads. And they’re barely noticeable during the day." —sammie038

    Get a box of six patches from Urban Outfitters for $3, or get two boxes for $5.

    3. Apply eye cream with your ring finger in small dots from the inner corner of your under-eyes to your brow bone to avoid putting too much pressure on delicate skin. When shopping for eye creams, look for one that has a combination of exfoliating properties (retinol is an easy find) and moisturizing ingredients so your skin is actually nourished, not irritated.

    Glow Recipe

    Need a recommendation? Glow Recipe's eye mask ($42 on Glow Recipe) is my all-time favorite. Its formula includes retinol to brighten and smooth, avocado to moisturize, *and* coffeeberry to brighten. It's a lil' pricey, but I've had my current jar for a month and have barely made a dent (you only need a little).

    4. 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!


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

    Salicylic-acid-based products are best for inflammatory and comedonal acne (aka whiteheads, blackheads, and red bumps). Murad Clarifying Cleanser ($32 on Murad) makes fighting breakouts its number one mission. It removes dirt and oil, then *continues* to treat acne for hours after you've rinsed it off.

    Zinc-and-sulfur-based products work well for treating cystic or nodule acne (aka deep infections that don't come to a head). Kate Somerville Acne Treatment ($26 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.

    To learn more, check out Birchbox for "Your Guide To Different Types Of Acne".

    5. Discover the benefits of your three basic acid groups: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and polyhydroxy acid (PHA). Glossier Solution uses all three to clear dead skin cells and leave your complexion soft and glowing. Reviewers l-o-v-e this for fading acne scars and treating breakouts.


    Promising review: "In my thirties I started to get hormonal cystic acne. I have been on everything under the sun that dermatologists can prescribe. My acne got under control with spiralactone and prescription topicals in my forties, but I was able to get off all of those with Glossier Solution. I have not had a breakout in over a year! I haven't even needed to see my dermatologist for acne. Thank you, Glossier!" —Thankful

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    To learn more about this, check out "Here's Why The Mega-Popular Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money".

    Want to study up more on acids? Here's a full breakdown:

    American Academy of Dermatology

    To get more helpful charts and tips, check out "16 Skincare Cheat Sheets That Are Actually Useful".

    6. Combine apple cider vinegar with this wildly popular Aztec Secret clay mask if you have consistent cystic acne, aka the toughest of underground pimples. So. Many. People. swear by this for bringing the deepest acne to a head so you can finally stop picking (which only irritates your skin and causes more breakouts).


    Promising review: "I’ve been trying to treat my acne and oily skin for over a year and nothing seemed to be working. After everything from high-end to drugstore product, I figured this mask couldn’t hurt. I’ve been using the product for a month now and my acne has finally calmed down, and my acne scars have rapidly faded! It is extremely drying, so I tend to use a very thick moisturizer after; but my skin is actually thriving." —Cecilia

    Get them from Target: the Aztec clay mask for $7.99 and apple cider vinegar for $6.99.

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

    7. Be patient when it comes to skincare products — some are going to take time to work (like salicylic acne face washes), and that's OK! But there are other times when it's just not doing the trick, and it's important to know the difference. For example, Dr. Jart's ceramide cream only needs a few minutes to ~sink in~.


    Promising review (for Dr. Jart+ cream): "This is exactly what my skin needed for the ultra-dry Wisconsin winter. My face was so dry, and my regular moisturizer wasn’t cutting it. I tried this and bam — no more cracking, dry skin. It plumped back up." —Bethann

    Get the Murad salicylic acid face wash from Murad for $30 and the Dr. Jart+ ceramide cream from Birchbox for $48.

    Check out more from Birchbox for "How Long Skincare Really Takes To Work".

    8. Try retinol, a fancy name for vitamin A, to balance your complexion, stimulate collagen, and fade hyper-pigmentation. If you've ever so much as sat in a dermatologist's chair you've probably heard of this — but there are a lot of topical over-the-counter options for a light treatment.


    Promising review: "I'm using this to help clear out my pores and treat acne. It was my first time using a retinol so I found out quickly that I needed to ease it in slowly to my routine. after a few weeks of using it twice a week, I started using it daily my mixing it with my moisturizer. I've definitely noticed a rapid turnover with acne. Now it is much easier to manage my acne! I'm glad I found this product!" —Brittanyml

    Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

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


    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!

    10. Target surprise pimples with ~pinpoint~ accuracy by using an e.l.f. spot gel stick. It uses a powerful formula of salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree, green tea, and aloe to not only nourish irritated skin, but dramatically reduce swelling and redness.

    E.l.f. Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I have tried every single product prescribed by a dermatologist, even Accutane, and my acne never went away. I finally was able to get it under control with vitamins and face washes, but I still had annoying LARGE pimples that never went away. I bought this after hearing about it and applied it generously in the morning to my pimples, and the swelling of them was down by nighttime! I applied again that night and woke up to them almost completely gone!" —mikaylamadison

    Get it from E.l.f. Cosmetics for $3.

    11. Pick your toner based on your skin type — it's not a one-fits-all situation! For example, Kiehls calendula herbal extract toner treats oily complexions ~head on~ by balancing your pH levels and providing the level of hydration your skin needs. But! Mario Badescu's aloe vera toner works wonders for dry skin by soothing irritated complexions with its mild formula.,

    Promising review (for the Mario Badescu toner): "I have major scarring left over from persistent acne years ago. This stuff really helps my skin to look great. Originally, I bought this because it helps resurface the skin and that's exactly what I need. It does have a strong scent, but it doesn't bother me at all." —Josiejinxx

    Get them from Nordstrom: the Kiehls calendula toner (left) for $23+ (available in three sizes) and the Mario Badescu glycolic acid (right) for $18.

    See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    12. Or! Incorporate the ever so popular Thayers witch hazel into your routine to brighten and even your skin tone by regularly removing dead skin cells. It's alcohol-free so it's gentle enough for all skin types to use every night, as long as you moisturize, and is an easy way to get ~glowing skin~.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This toner has helped me clear my skin. I’ve always had acne and would use different things and just made it worse, but when I started using this my skin got so clear and I barely breakout now." —Amalia

    Get it from Target for $9.89.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeed editor recommends this, check out "This Highly Rated Witch Hazel Toner Is The Best Skin Care Product Under $10".

    13. Know the difference between if your skin is *dry* or *dehydrated*. If your skin is flaky, red, and sensitive, you have dry skin (which you can treat with skin-soothing creams). If your skin is more on the dull side, it's most likely dehydrated (which you can help by layering moisturizing products).

    Glow Recipe

    Need a recommendation for dry skin? Glow Recipe's banana soufflé cream ($39 on Glow Recipe) is rich in magnesium and potassium, which helps to restore water depletion. Plus, its formula contains centella asiatica (aka cica), which can treat dry, irritated, and sensitive skin, AND tumeric to soothe and calm uneven skin tones.

    Want layering options? Start with Glow Recipe's watermelon moisturizer ($39 on Glow Recipe) that can double as a serum. Its combo of watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, and jasmine and peony extract works together to both hydrate and brighten. Then! Apply their banana soufflé cream ($39 on Glow Recipe) for a thick layer of soothing moisture to fully calm irritated skin.

    To learn more, check out The Glow Edit for "What’s the Difference Between Dryness and Dehydration?"

    An easy dry vs. dehydrated test: pull at the back of your hand. If it bounces back right away, your skin is hydrated. If it takes a few seconds to settle back, your skin is probably dehydrated!

    Glow Recipe

    14. Use an exfoliating face wash, like this Bliss peel exfoliator that uses papaya and pineapple enzymes, two to three times a week. The simple but important process helps with your skin's ~turnover cycle~, aka clearing away dead skin cells, treating clogged pores, and promoting a healthy, glowing complexion., Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This is such a gentle exfoliant! I would definitely recommend to people who have lots of flaky dry and dead skin, but also whose skin is sensitive to scrubs and rough exfoliants. The dead skin peels off in your fingers and pores become instantly smaller and visibly cleaner within a few uses." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $10.99.

    To learn why a BuzzFeeder recommends this Bliss face wash, check out "7 Amazing Beauty Products I Basically Can't Live Without".

    15. Decrease excess oil and shiny T-zones with an affordable exfoliant, like The Ordinary peeling solution. Its combo of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid need only ten minutes to treat acne, smooth your skin tone, and diminish oily complexions.

    Jamé Jackson / BuzzFeed

    This is strong, so it's not recommended for sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "I have red bumps on my face that would not go away. I went to the dermatologist, tried high-end products, and nothing worked. I did this once and the bumps are already almost gone and my complexion is so much better. I’m amazed by this product" —tbailey1

    Get it from Sephora for $7.20.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeeder recommends this, check out "I Tested A $7 Chemical Peel On My Sensitive Skin, And I'm High-Key Obsessed".

    16. Take your usual routine up a level by using a jade 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.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

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

    Promising review (for the jade roller): "Pop it in your freezer and use after it’s been chilled and your skin will thank you! I’ve seen a reduction in inflammation and an increase in firmness, I’ve been using it every time after I shower." —Mary Bella

    Get them from Anthropologie: a jade roller for $28 (available in four styles) and serum for $24.

    To learn more, check out "Curious About Jade Rolling? Here's Everything You Need To Know".

    17. Stop going to bed with makeup on! It's a *super* avoidable cause for breakouts. Use a makeup-removing cloth as a lazy solution for getting every last drop of foundation and mascara off before hitting the sheets. All you need is this and water to remove a ~full face~!

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Promising review: "I was skeptical that this would work, but it removes more makeup than any wipe I've tried (I've tried many!) and more than any balm too. I'm really impressed and it is much more environmentally friendly than wipes and balms in plastic pots." —Hierochloe

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in two colors).

    See why this won best mid-priced makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. 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 toner *after* your face wash but *before* moisturizing is the only way your complexion can benefit from that step.


    This set of Pixi toning pads ($18 on Birchbox) has almost 3,000 positive reviews for their ability to leave your skin ~glowing~ thanks to 5% glycolic acid. All you need to do is flick your wrist to brighten skin and remove dead skin cells.

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

    19. Soothe chapped lips with tried-and-true Lanolips — a super simple ointment that uses lanolin, aka a holy grail ingredient for hydrating the heck out of dry areas like lips, cuticles, and cheeks. Throw coconut oil and vitamin E into the mix, and flaking doesn't stand a chance.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The texture, the gloss, and the ingredients are all fantastic. My lips stay smooth. I will be buying more." —Michie2019

    Get the original Lanolips formula at Nordstrom for $13.50, or the above BuzzFeed editor's favorite strawberry formula from Bloomingdales for $13.50.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeed editor recommends this, check out "Y'all, Lanolips Is Basically A Miracle Balm And The Only Thing That Actually Healed My Chapped Lips".

    20. Understand whether your skin is breaking out or "purging" when trying new products. Purging means retinoid or acid is causing accelerated skin cell turnover, which can bring up dormant pimples that were underneath your skin surface and lead to breakouts that last a few weeks. It's usually in the form of small, red, tender bumps on the skin, so if you have cystic bumps, it's probably a regular breakout.

    Glow Recipe

    If your skin is purging, stick to using the product for a few weeks to let your skin adjust (unless your skin is irritated, like rashes and hives). Keep the rest of your routine as normal — you only want to introduce *one* new product at a time, otherwise your skin will be overwhelmed and truly breakout.

    To learn more, check out The Glow Edit for "How To Tell The Difference Between Skin Purging and A Breakout".

    21. Take your skincare on-the-go if your face feels tight and dry midday. A toning mist will hydrate and refresh tired skin *and* help control excess oil and redness throughout the day.

    Mal Mower / BuzzFeed

    Bonus points for getting one with a soothing scent, like the above Aveda mist's blend of rose, organic German chamomile, eucalyptus, and more plant/flower essences!

    Promising review: "I use this toner morning and night. It is cool, refreshing, and really reduces the redness on my face from blemishes or otherwise. Love it! It smells great, too." —Bekahlovesphish

    Get it from Aveda for $23.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeeder recommends this, check out "8 Game-Changing Beauty Products You Need To Try ASAP".

    22. 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!


    23. Speaking of! Take a skin-identity quiz to learn what works best for your skin and nix any risky trial-and-error. It'll take things like your age, typical routine, stress levels, and even diet to figure out what your complexion will actually benefit from using.

    Soko Glam

    Because there's so much more to your skin type than just "oily" or "dry"!

    Take Soko Glam's "What's My Skin Type?" quiz to discover what your complexion is looking for!

    24. Adjust your routine to the season — your skin needs it! When summer and spring approaches, regularly cleanse with an exfoliating face wash (there's more sweat in your life, sorry). As colder weather hits, moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize by using a hydrating serum *before* your face cream.


    Promising review (for the face wash): "I love this cleanser! It has made my skin more even, my breakouts less severe and less often, and makes my skin feel so clean! The lather is perfect. The only thing I would recommend is using every other day for the first couple weeks for your skin to get used to it, because it can be a bit drying. But, I can’t recommend this cleanser enough!" —Hayley S.

    Get them from Tarte: the exfoliating face wash for $24 and the maracuja oil for $48.

    25. 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.


    Promising review: "I purchased this to use on my new makeup brush set, as using brush cleaner and my hand just wasn't getting them clean enough. This pad is the perfect size for my hand, the finger-loop keeps it from slipping, and it has performed well with all of my brushes. I am so glad I bought this!" —Ravuun

    Get a similar finger scrubber board from NYX for $11.

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

    26. Research how you can benefit from facial oils — each one helps you achieve different goals, like brightening, clearing, or hydrating. There are even helpful options for oily skin — yes, it might sound weird to give your complexion *more* oil, but the right formula helps your skin rebalance!

    Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed

    Glossier has two popular serums that you can buy either as a group or separately. Know what each one does!

    Super Bounce ($28 on Glossier) comes to the rescue for dry skin. It plumps up skin with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 that soaks into your complexion to help you *bounce back* with elasticity and softness.

    Super Glow ($28 on Glossier) brightens your skin and gives your face energy even when you personally have zilch. Loaded with vitamin C and magnesium, turn to this when your skin looks a little sallow from lack of sleep (yes, I spent all night scrolling through TikTok again OKAY). This evens your skin tone and is super fast-absorbing, thanks to its super light, water-like texture.

    Get the two-pack from Glossier for $45 (originally $56).

    To learn more about essential oils, check out "Here’s How I Got Rid Of My Acne Once And For All".

    27. Learn the ever-popular Korean skincare routine to address e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g from healing tough breakouts (hello, clarifying toner) to brightening skin (and bonjour, illuminating sheet mask). It may seem like a lot of steps, but each one brings *results* that just face wash + moisturizer simply do not.

    Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed

    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. SkinFood Rice Brightening Cleansing Tissue ($12 on Soko Glam): streamlines makeup-removal to a few quick swipes. Each sheet is infused with nourishing rice bran water, vitamins, and minerals to not only leave your face free from makeup, but also brighter and refreshed.

    2. Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner ($22 on Soko Glam): acts as step two — your toner. Its vegan formula removes excess dirt and sebum, restores your pH balance, *and* deeply moisturizes thanks to amino acids. Basically this'll make sure your skin is super clean and hydrated.

    3. NeoGen Real Ferment Micro Serum ($38 on Soko Glam): gives your skin a major boost in nutrients and antioxidants. Its powerful, gel-like formula of betula alba juice and other fermented ingredients is designed to melt into your skin for major elasticity and brightness.

    4. Sheet Masks ($2.50+ on Soko Glam): a relaxing yet effective fourth 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? This snail mucin and tea tree leaf oil mask is specifically designed to treat acne-prone complexions. Want to brighten your complexion? This bio-cellulose sheet mask made out of coconut gel will help ~illuminate~ your skin. Thirsty for hydrated skin? This Klairs ceramides sheet mask helps to strengthen your skin barrier while aloe vera and centella asiatica extract soothe dry, irritated skin.

    5. Benton Fermentation Eye Cream ($27 on Soko Glam): is a quick fifth step (you're almost done!). It comes ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and aloe to deeply hydrate your under-eye area, as well as plump and smooth. Do this step as part of your nightly routine!

    6. A'Pieu Glycolic Acid Cream ($17 on Soko Glam): combines AHAs and BHAs (acids that naturally moisturize and speed up dead skin cell–turnover) to kick dullness and breakouts to the curb — then *keeps* it that way. And! It uses birch juice to deeply hydrate and create a moisture barrier for your complexion.

    Suntique I'm Safe For Sensitive Skin ($24 on Soko Glam): is an IMPORTANT last step for your daytime routine! Not only does it act as a physical blocker to harmful UV rays, but is designed with super sensitive skin in mind to prevent breakouts. Its soothing ingredients, centella asiatica and aloe leaf extracts help moisturize and calm irritated complexions — all without leaving behind a white cast.

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

    28. Cleanse your skin immediately post-workout (or if it's just impossibly hot outside) to easily prevent body acne. A quick session with ShowerPill hygiene wipes packed with aloe vera, vitamin E, and witch hazel will kill sweat-caused bacteria to keep backne away for GOOD.


    Promising review: "I have used many different products and this one is the best. The sheets are larger than most and damp enough to feel like you have really wiped away the dirt, sweat and grime. It smells clean and fresh, dries quickly and does not leave you sticky." —sacramento

    Get a pack of 10 wipes from Target for $9.99.

    29. 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.


    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 so it doesn't feel like Mission: Impossible to stay properly hydrated.

    Promising review: "I have four of these babies and I bring one of them with me everywhere I go. I bought one of them over five years ago and it has traveled with me across the world and is still going strong. These water bottles are durable and are a great size. I get compliments on them and am asked where I got them often. They are easy to clean and easy to drink out of." —Emjans

    Get it from REI for $10.95 (available in four colors).

    30. Increase the effects of your usual face wash by deep-cleansing AND exfoliating your entire face in only ~60 seconds~ thanks to the Foreo Luna Mini 2. It gently vibrates (you can pick from eight speeds) so even those of us who wear a full layer of makeup are squeaky clean and fresh-faced after just a minute.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    By the way, this pulsing miracle worker is made up of nonporous silicone and bendable touchpoints to deter bacteria buildup and thoroughly exfoliate without irritating your skin. It even lights up and buzzes so you know when to move it to the next part of your face! AND it's totally waterproof.

    Promising review: "I bought this because I felt like I wasn’t washing my face well enough. This has boosted my skin 100%. My skin has been so smooth since I started using it over a month ago. It makes me want to wash my face at night." —eerriiccaaa

    Get it from Foreo for $107 (originally $119; available in six colors) or Sephora for $119 (available in pink).

    To learn more, check out "This 60-Second Face Cleansing Device Is A Game-Changer For Your Skin Care Routine".

    31. Conquer the scars of backne-past with an exfoliating towel. This basically removes layers and layers of dead skin, aka what's keeping your scars present. It's also great for anyone who just wants smoother-looking skin!


    All ya do is hop in the shower (or bath), make sure your skin is soaked (IMPORTANT) and scrub dub a dub. I find the easiest (and recommended) method is to wrap both ends around your hands and scrub. It should be noted that I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin and a similar routine worked wonders for me!

    Get it from Verishop for $14.

    To learn more about the benefits of exfoliating towels, check out my review for a similar product in "Your Skin Will Thank You For Using This Amazing Korean Exfoliating Towel".

    32. 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 bingeing Netflix. In a few minutes you'll be able to slide the whitehead off with the cloth. No energy. No scabbing.

    The Beauty Department

    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, like these 100% cotton washcloths ($4.99 for a set of eight on Target).

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

    33. 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.


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

    Get lavender spray from Urban Outfitters for $9.99 (originally $14).

    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!

    34. Consider a professional facial, especially when your skin is looking a little stressed. Experts say you should shoot for once a month, but realistically every *few* months will still serve as a welcome fresh start for your face.,

    Editor's note: Obviously, we do not recommend getting a professional facial while we are practicing social-distancing and staying home. This is a *general* skincare tip to consider in the future.

    Why, you ask? According to Dermstore, it takes about a month for your facial cells to rise to the surface. In that time it's time to slough those suckers off because they're either dulling your skin or part of the problem with frequent breakouts. A good, professional aesthetician will analyze your skin type and choose treatments that best address what you need.

    Skincare specialist Face Haus offers 45 minute facials catered to your needs and goals (you can pick off a menu or choose solutions based off a prior consultation) that'll improve your glow, treat acne, and get you right back out the door ASAP. Or! Check out Groupon for helpful discounts on pro facials so you never have to pay full price.

    Your pimples when you finally learn how to fight back:


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