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Caring for your skin is very important because not only can you help to prevent sun damage, you can also stop acne in its tracks. We all want to have a youthful and radiant complexion but the steps you take to care for your skin can really affect this. If you are someone who does not cleanse or exfoliate regularly then this article contains tips as well as product suggestions to help you better look after your skin.

Getting into a skincare routine is a great way to maintain the appearance and health of your facial skin and remember that good habits can last a lifetime. Try out a daily moisturizer and see if you notice a difference to the plumpness and hydration of your skin after one month of use. Try exfoliating your body in the summer months to help prolong your tan. There are lots of benefits to pursuing a regular skincare routine and I will now explore five of the ways that you can get lovely feeling and great looking skin today.

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1. Cleansing

Cleansing your skin is very important to remove makeup at the end of the day but also to help remove the dead skin cells, dirt and grime that can build up on your skin. Cleansing can be done twice a day[2], once in the morning to refresh your face after sleeping and then in the evening when you want to take your makeup off and relax for the evening. Wash your face afterwards to help remove the cleanser and the dirt which may have been shifted around your face through cleansing. After doing this step then pat your face dry with a towel.

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I really like the L'Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean, Deep Facial Cleanser for sensitive skin because not only is it fragrance free and soap free, it leaves my skin feeling cleansed but not stripped of moisture. Plus it comes with a cool 'scrublet' to help exfoliation.

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2. Moisturizing

Regardless of your skin type, we all need to moisturize[1] our facial skin to help protect it from environmental damage and sun damage. It is important to try and find a moisturizer that matches your skin type. For example if you have very dry skin then your face needs some extra help with hydration and in staying looking fresh. Therefore, you may want to look for a moisturizer with a rich and nourishing formulation.

In addition, a rich and creamy night cream will help to lock in the moisture for you whilst you sleep. Look for a moisturizer that is creamy and heavier in texture. On the other hand if you have oily skin then an oil-free and light weight facial moisturizer will really help to protect your skin and to help prevent break outs from occurring.

I have used an oil free moisturizer for years and have never looked back. For me it is really important to know that whilst my moisturizer is working and protecting my skin that it is also not going to weigh my skin down. In addition, you do not want your moisturizer to contribute to causing any break outs on the skin’s surface. I like to chop and change my moisturizer brand up to discover new developments in skin care.

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3. Exfoliation

Due to the dirt and grime that can settle on your skin and clog pores, exfoliating your skin from time to time will help to rejuvenate it as well as to reveal fresher and healthier layers of skin beneath. Depending on whether you have sensitive skin or not you may only want to exfoliate your face and body once a month. However, if you do not suffer from sensitive skin then you can exfoliate more frequently. For example you could even use a body exfoliation treatment once every two weeks. In terms of facial exfoliation you could use a treatment anywhere from once a fortnight up to two to three times a week on your face, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

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There are different types of exfoliating products on the market from ones with heavier and coarser grains to those which are gentle and suitable for more frequent use. Be sure to read the packaging carefully to find the one that best suits your skin type and matches your needs. In the summer months and especially if you are trying to get a tan or using fake tanning products, exfoliating your body once a week will help to reveal fresher skin cells beneath and to prolong your tan. I like to use a heavier body exfoliator and a gentler one on my face a few times a week.

If you also wear makeup on a daily basis then exfoliating can be an extra way to care for your face and to facilitate the unclogging of your pores. It can also help to ensure that less grime and dirt, sweat and oils are building up on the surface of your epidermis and causing bacteria to form.

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4. Acne Treatments

Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the two key ingredients to look for in spot fighting and acne reducing products. I find the Garnier Pure Actives charcoal face scrub below to be an excellent product for fighting acne as well as for exfoliating. It contains 2% salicylic acid and charcoal which is fantastic for helping to remove dead skin cells as well as to deeply cleanse removing impurities.

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I would not be without this Garnier skincare item and I always make sure that I repurchase it when I am running low on my current one. I have tried many different treatments over the years for acne and find that this scrub gives me consistently good results and is not too harsh or abrasive on my face. 

Remember that picking at spots or popping them is never going to do any good. This is because through squeezing a spot you can actually force the contents deeper into the skin. So resist the temptation and try to forget about it as best you can. It will be better for your skin in the long run because it will prevent scarring.

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5. Hydration

Whilst you can use all manner of products on the surface of your skin to improve it, it is also vitally important to consider the foods and drinks that you are putting into your body as well. This is because nutrition can have a direct impact on the quality and hydration of one’s epidermis[3].

There has been debate in recent years as to the level to which water hydrates the skin[4]. However, eating a healthy and balanced diet which contains lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will only help to improve the quality of your epidermis because your skin needs nutrients such as vitamin C and E. Exercise is also a great tool to help flush toxins from your body and to improve your digestion as well.

I hope that these five ways to care for your facial skin can encourage you to find a routine that works for you. With hotter weather right around the corner, there has not been a better time to get maintaining and looking after your face.