3 Steps To The Complexion You Crave

By Sara Kosmyna, Mario Badescu Skin Care

Let’s face it. A pimple here and some redness there have the power to ruin an otherwise good day. At times, it can feel impossible to achieve the clear, radiant skin of your dreams, and figuring out where to start can often feel like a nightmare.

Now for the good news. Conditions like acne, uneven pigment, fine lines, and wrinkles can be dealt with, but it’s important to know in what order. Follow these 3 steps to give your skin some much needed TLC and get the job done right!

1. Ban blemishes. If you have problematic skin, the best way to work toward a flawless face is by treating acne first. Focus on minimizing breakouts by using the appropriate products for your skin type. A good regimen includes a cleanser, toner, exfoliant, mask, eye cream and moisturizer.

Enlist the help of a facial cleanser with glycolic acid once or twice a week to gently polish the surface of the skin, rather than using abrasive products. Toner can help minimize the appearance of pores, control blackheads and give the skin an overall fresh feeling.

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After you tone, moisturize. There are great options, like oil-free moisturizers, that can bring essential hydration to the skin without clogging the pores. Add appropriate spot treatments, cleansing masks and an anti-acne serum to your regimen to give breakouts the one-two punch!

2. Even out skin tone. As we age, things like sun damage and acne scars can begin to lighten or darken, providing a noticeable contrast in skin tone. To get to the root of the problem, its best to work on this issue once your acne is under control.

Exfoliating is a healthy part of any basic skincare regimen, and your skin tone can benefit when you buff away dirt, oil and dead skin cells, which impart a dull gray, lackluster tone and inhibit your true radiance. For sunspots, old acne scars, and uneven pigment, use a brightening mask two to three times a week. Look for a product with natural ingredients like Kojic Acid, Mulberry extract or Licorice, which all contain helpful lightening and brightening properties.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Cleanser, $15; Eucerin Redness Relief Face Lotion, $14.99; Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, $72

3. Prevent and repair aging skin. Now that your acne and skin tone concerns have been met, you can put your efforts into preventing and repairing aging skin. Many issues like fine lines and wrinkles—even sun spots—can be boiled down to sun damage. In fact, experts reveal that 80-90% of premature aging is caused by too much sun exposure. While most of this damage tends to occur in the tumultuous teenage years, when tanning beds and sizzling beaches beckon to bronze and burn, there are measures you can take now to limit further damage.

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Use an anti-aging serum with Vitamin C to protect against free radicals. This can be done at any adult age. Vitamin C plays an important role in the synthesis of collagen, which gives the skin a plump appearance. Aside from that, this nutritious ingredient helps to reduce the look of hyperpigmentation, and helps hydrate and firm. Another option to lock in moisture is hyaluronic acid. In addition, remember to use a face and body moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 at least to protect against additional damage and darkening of scars and spots.

Having a clear, radiant complexion doesn’t have to be a dream. You can help your skin bounce back from a bad day, week, month or year simply by giving it the attention it deserves.

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Sara Kosmyna is a freelance writer and licensed cosmetologist with over five years of professional experience. She has written a number of essays and articles on love, beauty, career, happiness, family and self-improvement. Her work has been published in print and online. She works for Mario Badescu Skin Care.

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