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    Mar 13, 2018

    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.

    It's even hypoallergenic, so sensitive skin can also use this! It's also great for uneven skin tones, fine lines, and dehydrated skin. Its formula is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base that'll both moisturize and heal unwanted marks over time.

    Get it from Walmart for $7.69.

    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!

    Check out more from Advice From A Twenty Something for easy-to-follow ways to wake up your skin!

    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., Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    This one is even specialized for sensitive skin! It has all the major benefits: cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing. The non-greasy balm melts away your makeup with its antioxidant agent of grape seed oil to firm your pores. The papaya extract removes makeup and cleans pores gently to avoid irritation. Btw, this product is especially great for oily skin!

    Check out even more life-saving beauty products that are tried and loved by BuzzFeed editors!

    Promising review: "This is the absolute most effective and enjoyable product I've ever used!! The texture is unlike anything I'd experienced — a silky 'sorbet' balm that glides over your skin gently and effortlessly. It really is a treat to rub this all over my face, because it has a warming effect and even smells like gelato! It removes makeup immediately without needing to rub it in that much." —femmefawn

    Get it from Amazon for $17.91.

    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.

    Promising review: "I had very discolored skin that broke out a lot and had a lot of texture... These serums worked magic! My pores are smaller and my face all around is more flawless! If you're looking for some good serums... these are the ones." —Anika

    Glossier has *three* 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 of dry skin. It plumps up skin with a moisturizer and vitamin B5 to help you *bounce back* with elasticity and softness. Use this if you're hungover (bleh), recovering from long travel, or just battling A/C and heat.

    Super Glow ($28 on Glossier) brightens your skin and gives your face energy even 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 Instagram again SUE ME). This evens your skin tone and is super fast-absorbing, thanks to its super-light water-like texture.

    Super Pure ($28 on Glossier) is here to help when you're feeling stressed and unblessed. Its niacinamide and zinc soothes redness and calms blemishes — period skin meet your match. Speaking of that time of month, if you're coming down from a junk food bender (just how we deal), this will help counteract all that oil. Lastly if you're mid-breakout, this will fight excess sebum that builds up in stressed pores. All in all, LIFESAVER.

    Get the three-pack from Glossier for $65.

    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.

    It's even hypoallergenic (sensitive skin welcome) and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "HOLY FLIPPING MOLY is this stuff good. I have been anxiously waiting to be able to review this one to spread the magic that is this product. I have oily, acne prone skin and react well to glycolic and salicylic acid. This blew me away. I used one bottle in a month and saw such a reduction in the size of my nose pores. They were much smaller and less congested than before. I will never ever be without this again. Yes, it's pricey but sooooo worth it." —amy jackson

    Get it from Target for $15.

    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!

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    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 this still worked wonders for me!

    Check out how I slough those worries AWAY with this towel in this a-little-too-honest review!

    Promising review: "I showered with very hot water in the beginning to loosen up dirt and skin. Seriously, I had huge rolls coming off me!!! My tub floor was covered in excess dead skin! I always exfoliated before and thought I was very clean but this little scrub made me realize otherwise." —shelly nelly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 or as a washcloth for $8.99.

    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.

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    Why you ask? As you know, the skin is a ~living organism~ (yea, I don't like to think about it either). 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.

    Read more from Hairspray and High Heels about the benefits of monthly facials!

    Check out all the available spa deals near you on Groupon for an inexpensive facial!!

    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.

    Promising review "This is the single best spot treatment for blemishes. It works after just one or two applications at bedtime. I get occasional, episodic stubborn, hormone-triggered pimples and nothing else has zapped them like this product." —MplsMalone

    Get it from Amazon for $10.25.

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

    This one is super lightweight and has SPF 15! Not to mention it doubles as a moisturizer, too. And if you DO remember to use sunscreen (mazel), try this pump-on sunscreen ($25 on Glossier) that's loaded with vitamins E and P, broccoli, and aloe. It's also very breathable and light so acne-prone and sensitive skin is welcome!!

    Promising review: "I love this BB cream, it's probably the best cream that I have ever tried. It's very lightweight and leaves your skin with an even tone without giving you the dreaded 'cake face' look. I'm not one to always go for a full face of makeup so this is nice to get good coverage without a whole lot of time and effort. Plus it has SPF which is always a bonus in your makeup. I also like how it doesn't make me feel like a grease ball at the end of the day." —Pythia

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94 (available in three shades).

    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.

    And then check out even more helpful charts about makeup and skincare routines!

    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!

    These non-irritating cloths are made from 80% bamboo fibers! Plus, they're derm-approved and all-natural, so they won't leave an oily residue on your brushes.

    Promising review: "This is undoubtedly the best cleanser I have found for makeup brushes! I have tried spray cleansers from Sephora and other highly-rated soap cleaners. This one is the first that I've found that washes out very easily and isn't too thick. It's also the first one I've found that turned the tips of my brushes back to their original white color! I love that it caters to sensitive skin and is all-natural too. This will definitely will be my go-to makeup brush cleaner from now on!" —Laurel Stone

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    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.

    Just fill the brush with your facial cleaner, wet the brush, and gently massage for one to three minutes!

    Promising review: "This little face scrubber is very cute and does a great job. It's different from the other ones, because it has a sponge inside so it holds your cleanser and has some absorbency to it. I highly recommend." —Nancy H

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    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.

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    Get a hydration-reminder water bottle ($10.14 on Amazon; available in six colors) that has four dots on its lid. Each time you refill it, a dot lights up! You need to get to four dots by the end of the day to be ~fully hydrated~.

    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!

    Don't worry, you don't need to have a PhD in nutrition to come up with your vitamin plan — because the people who recommend yours already do! Basically you tell them your goals ("I want clearer skin, more energy, etc.") and they'll match your needs to a personalized combination of different nutrients. They'll come in packs of thirty a month, so each day you get a *dose* of kick-ass health!

    Get it from Care/Of for $5+ per supplement per month.

    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.

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    It *also* contains natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agents, aloe vera, citric acid, and grapefruit seed extract. Plus, it makes your skin r a d i a n t thanks its exfoliating factors.

    Check out how one BuzzFeeder kicked acne's butt in this seriously in-depth review!

    Promising review: "This stuff is freaking amazing!! I had a lot of redness and breakouts on my chin, as well as a few on my forehead. It truly just cleared them all up. I don't have any breakouts as of now just my scars that I will be working on. I used this every night after cleansing my skin and it was perfection! I love this product!!!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    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.

    They're certified vegan, ultra-moisturizing, and even protect your skin from environmental factors like pollution.

    Get it from Free People for $20.

    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!

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    Take this "Tell Us Your Skin Problems And We'll Recommend A Face Mask" quiz to find your match!

    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.

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    Check out how a BuzzFeeder became a believer with these seriously drastic before-and-afters!

    Promising review: "This is the most incredible thing I have ever discovered. Yes, they work. Yes, you are sitting at home and you don’t believe me. Yes, I was you. But they simply do. I put a patch on a zit (I get whiteheads) even when they are under my skin. It sucks all the gunk out. No scars. No picking. These are little miracles and I will never be without them. Spend five dollars. It is the best money you will ever spend on your face. I put one on a zit that was under my skin last night — zit is gone, and the patch is full of gunk." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.72.

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

    Check out even more helpful charts about how the heck to use beauty products!

    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!

    Check out more simple routine steps from Advice From A Twenty Something to know how to adjust your skincare by season!

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

    This ~dream team~ is made of two components. One is a serum that mels into your face to infuse antioxidants while the seal boosts nourishing moisture with hyaluronic acid and mozuku green algae to plump and restore. Both wage the war against dryness, fine lines, dullness, and uneven texture.

    Promising review: "It was love at first use! I was hesitant to buy this. I've had so many skincare items not work like they claim. But this proved to be all that it claims! I can't stress enough how much I adore this. My skin looks so plump and vibrant the next morning after using it. It brings hydration and life back to my skin. I'm on my third jar. It's rare that I repurchase a lot of skin products. I only have a few holy grail skin care items that I repurchase and this has become one of them. It really does work. I have combo/oily skin and this still works amazingly for me." —DaniRae27

    Get it from Sephora for $59.

    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!

    This one is even vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free! Its ingredients like sea kelp and French green clay removes dirt and oil while nourishingly exfoliating. Not to mention it feeds and restores cells, stimulates new cell growth, and brightens your complexion!

    Check out even more surprising advice from dermatologists!

    Promising review: "This is the second bottle of this scrub I have purchased. I love this product and my skin loves this product. I have oily/combination, acne-prone, fair skin. I have used a LOT of different brands. This is my ride-or-die face scrub now. I love that it has good ingredients, is cruelty-free, and it doesn't break me out at all. I use it every other day. It's a chunkier grainy scrub, which I like and I really feel like it gets all the dead skin gone, which is great for me because it reduces my breakouts." —Alexandria Andrews

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

    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.

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    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).

    GET OUT OF HERE REDNESS AND SWELLING. Btw, you get the best results when you mix with apple cider vinegar ($3.49 on Amazon)!

    Check out our full review for honestly astounding transformation photos!

    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've included pictures for you to see the difference it's made in my skin. 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 hasn't been bad in a while though, and I only use it about once a week now. 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 $8.99.

    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).

    Check out why a BuzzFeeder lives by this, as well as other holy grail product reviews!

    Promising review: "This product helped me a lot with my acne! I stopped using any other cleaning products, I use even the tap water very sparingly and only when I have to. My acne was the type caused by the irritation of skin and clogging of the pores. Once I threw away all cleansers, moisturizers, and toners, and stuck only to Garnier's micellar cleaning water, my acne of 12 years suddenly disappeared. THIS IS A MUST HAVE IF YOU HAVE ACNE!!!!" —HappyPrimeUserCYV

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    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.

    Psst! Aimee Song's favorite cleansing oil is Biossance 100% Squalane Oil ($30 on Sephora)!

    Check out Song of Style for Aimee Song's full skincare routine!

    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.

    It has medium-to-full coverage (yay!) and is powered by 100% pure argan oil, as well as nutrient-rich pigments. Andddd it's derm-tested so you know this ish is going to hydrate and smooth that pretty face of yours.

    Promising review: "This foundation is so incredible that my skin is actually better after wearing it. At the end of the day, my pores are definitely smaller and less clogged, and my skin is more even in texture. Since I have fairly dry skin, the argan oil in the foundation is wonderful. It doesn't cling to any dry patches on my skin, and I don't have to worry about it drying out my skin either. The coverage is very good and definitely buildable." —athenali18

    Get it from Sephora for $45 (available in 13 colors).

    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*.

    Promising review: "It's incredible! I've been using it for a few months now and my skin has never looked better. It smells incredible, is very lightweight, and doesn't over-foam. Plus, it combats my stress breakouts like a champ. I would definitely recommend." —Page

    Get it from Birchbox for $36.

    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.


    If you fall short of sleep and wake up to lovely eye bags, try these 24K gold eye masks ($2.99 on Amazon). Fancy, fancy.

    When someone asks why your skin looks so good lately:


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