29 Easy Ways To Improve Your Skin Long-Term

    Exfoliators, vitamins, serums, and (of course) SLEEP will take your hand and lead you on the way to forever-clear skin.

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    1. Say adieu to stretch marks and acne scars with Bio-Oil skincare oil. It's non-greasy and doesn't clog your pores, because this is here to help you, not cause more problems.

    2. Wake your skin up with a steaming cup of hot water and lemon (you can always drink coffee later). The citrus will perk up your pores and bring out a glow!

    3. DO NOT, I repeat after me, DO NOT skip washing your face for any reason! After a late night out, turn to this one-and-done sherbet cleansing balm. It'll be très vite and gently wash off makeup so you're in bed before you know it.

    4. Incorporate serums into your routine for a hit of vital nutrients and hydration. They're great for both long-term practices and quick pick-me-ups during especially tough days.

    5. Exfoliate nightly with a cult-favorite toner to gently remove dead skin cells and reveal a healthy glow. This one has 5% glycolic acid, aloe vera, and ginseng — all of which are basically steps to skincare heaven.

    6. Conquer the scars of backne-past with a Korean exfoliating towel. This basically removes layers and layers of dead skin, a.k.a. what's keeping your scars present. It's also great for anyone who just wants healthier-looking skin!

    7. Treat yourself to a professional facial about once a month (every two months for those with sensitive skin). Expensive, I know! Find Groupon discounts and coupons to spas so you don't break the bank.

    8. Zap zits on the spot with an acne treatment drying lotion. A dab of this and that red sucker will be dried out by morning. Repeat after me: picking pimples = even bigger scars.

    9. Slather on that sunscreen! If you always forget this (important!) step, incorporate it into your makeup with this CoverGirl BB cream with SPF.

    10. Be patient when it comes to perfecting your routine. Some products don't work overnight and that's ok! Know your stuff so you're aware of when a product needs time or if it's just not working.

    11. Clean your makeup brushes regularly. Bacteria and old foundation is not meant to rub against your beautiful face, ok? A set of brush cleansing cloths is a cheap and easy solution to removing all that gunk!

    12. Deep clean pores and make sure you've gotten each and every drop of makeup off with an adorable facial scrubber. Its bristles thoroughly remove excess oil and dirt to prevent blackheads and future breakouts.

    13. Drink lots of water! If you're saying "oh geez, this dumb advice again," ask yourself: DO YOU DRINK ENOUGH WATER? The answer is probably no.

    14. Personalize a vitamin regimin with Care/Of for a daily intake of beneficial nutrients. Not only will your skin improve from such a healthy routine, but the rest of you will too!

    15. Tone down flare ups with a widely-loved alcohol-free witch hazel with aloe vera, rose-petal water, and vitamin e to reduce oil buildup and bacteria AND halt any growing white heads.

    16. Turn to the power of super foods with a cleanser and hyaluronic acid cream that are both loaded with green tea, kale, and spinach to infuse glow-inducing antioxidants into your pores.

    17. Choosing a face mask isn't necessarily a one-fits-all solution. Match your skin type and breakouts with the best mask specifically for you!

    18. Avoid creating future acne scars with these insanely popular pimple patches. Seriously, these hydrocolloid helpers summon bacteria and debris from deep under those zits so by the time you remove it, le zit is le gone.

    19. Know the order in which to apply your products — it makes a real difference!

    20. Adjust your skin care routine to the changing weather. When warmer weather approaches, exfoliate more and regularly cleanse. As colder weather hits, moisture, moisturize, and moisturize!

    21. Give real meaning to *beauty sleep* and let this moisturizing serum and seal duo do all the hard work overnight.

    22. ~Scrub~ away acne-causing agents like pollution and dirt with an inexpensive, brightening facial scrub. Dermatologists recommend that just about everyone should exfoliate, and this one is gentle enough for every skin type!

    23. Wash your face in cold water — OUTSIDE of the shower. The cold water naturally tightens pores. If you're taking a hot shower, the warm temperatures can dilate blood vessels and capillaries a.k.a. leave skin red, broken, and open to breakouts.

    24. Fear not in the ~face~ of either extreme or cystic acne. This Aztec Secret Indian healing clay has helped at least 8,862 Amazon five-star reviewers get that freaking acne 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).

    25. Remove your makeup thoroughly! If you MUST use one step, let it be this Garnier SkinActive micellar cleansing water. It acts as both a makeup remover and facial cleanser for your entire face (including lips and eyelashes).

    26. Find a routine that works for you and stick with it. Consistently introducing new products to your skin disrupts your pores' balance and can cause more breakouts than it's worth.

    27. Wear makeup with health benefits so you're not clogging your pores. This Josie Maran argan oil foundation contains antioxidants and vitamin E to improve your skin instead of just covering it up.

    28. Kiss enlarged pores goodbye with a pore-minimizer face wash. It clears skin with the effectiveness of a dermatologist — probably because it was designed by one. This takes care of zits, blackheads, and enlarged pores, and finally controls excess oil. Ahhh, *squeaky clean*.

    29. SLEEP. Eight hours people. While you're catching those z's, your body is increasing blood flow to the skin, which means you wake up to a healthy glow.

    When someone asks why your skin looks so good lately:

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