Get Clear Skin With These 7 Easy Tips

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Lately I’ve been super big on finding new ways to get clear skin. This is something I should have started focusing on years ago, but I just never thought it was that big of a deal. I’m only 24. Why do I need to worry about my skin already? My skin wasn’t horrible to begin with so it wasn’t bothering me or anything like that either. But recently I’ve found myself spending a lot of time looking into new skin care products and finding ways to keep it looking its best. I do not want to be one of those women whose skin ages faster than she does. No thank you! So I’ve made a few rather simple changes these past few months and they’ve made such a huge difference to the way my skin looks and feels. As of right now, my skin is completely 100% clear of all breakouts. So here’s what I’ve done to get clear skin fast!

  1. I stopped drinking soda. I’ve mentioned this in a couple of past posts as well and I still completely stand by it. I stopped drinking soda back in March and it’s made a world of a difference, especially when it comes to my skin. I honestly had no idea that drinking soda affected your skin as much as it does. I’m not sure if that makes me sound naive or something, but really. I didn’t know.  Instead, I now drink a TON of water every day and have seen huge improvements this year. Of course it wasn’t the only thing contributing to my acne though so it didn’t 100% clear it up. But the difference was definitely noticeable.
  2. I started removing my makeup at night. I have been horrible about this over the years. Like SO bad. I just don’t like my face without makeup on.  Period. Even when I’m sleeping. I always wake up looking completely dead and I honestly believed it would prevent my husband from wanting to kiss me in the mornings (it doesn’t by any means, but that’s what I told myself). But this past month, I finally got myself into the habit of removing my makeup every single night and wow. I honestly didn’t think it would make that much of a difference so quickly. My skin just felt and looked so much better. And now, I’m not as grossed out about my bare face in the mornings. If you’re looking for some awesome products for removing makeup and rubbing your face, I highly suggest Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Remover Towelettes* as well as the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Foaming Scrub* and Acne Defense Face Lotion*. I use all three of these on a daily basis and couldn’t recommend them more!
  3. I started disinfecting my makeup brushes more often. I don’t know about you, but I’m horrible at remembering to clean my makeup brushes. I’m not sure what it is about it, but it can just be so time-consuming sometimes. So I put it off way too long which is such a bad thing to do. Makeup brushes hold so much bacteria in them, which can cause breakouts. Now, I deep clean them at the end of every week and disinfect them on a daily basis. Not only has it been better for my skin, it’s actually made it easier to apply makeup as well. It keeps my brushes looking and feeling new.
  4. I started washing my hands before applying makeup. This sounds so simple, but I guarantee many of you don’t think to wash your hands an extra time before applying moisturizer or foundation or anything else that you apply to your face. I didn’t even think about it until one of my favorite YouTubers mentioned it in one of her videos. My morning routine would go something like this: I wake up, I go to the bathroom, I wash my hands, I put in my contacts, I do xyz, and then I start my makeup routine. It’s when you’re doing xyz that you’re probably touching a million things throughout your home that consists of some sort of bacteria. And that bacteria can easily cause breakouts. So now, I make sure to wash my hands again directly before I apply my moisturizer and primer and it helps SO much.
  5. I switched foundations. I never thought about my foundations possibly causing acne. I know that sounds a bit naive, but it honestly just never crossed my mind. When I posted about my top three drugstore foundations (which I still love!), I had a couple of people tell me that one of the products on my list made them breakout. This immediately made me curious as to whether or not it could be causing some of my acne as well. So I decided to switch foundations for the month and saw a pretty noticeable difference within a few days. So if you’re having issues with acne, it could be time to look into some different products!
  6. I created a fool-proof workout routine. It’s crazy to me just how many benefits working out has. Not only does it make you stronger, it improves your organ function, helps you sleep better, improves your mental health, and even helps keep your skin clear. Crazy, right? With all those benefits, it would be crazy not to add a work out to your weekly schedule. Even if it’s just a walk every couple of days. Exercise is exercise. All that matters is that you’re up and moving! And don’t forget to keep hydrated!
  7. I started wearing SPF. Summertime isn’t the only time of year when you should be wearing sunscreen. The sun is just as harmful in the winter months as well. So I always make sure I’m wearing a product on my face that contains SPF in it whether it’s a moisturizer, my foundation, etc. It doesn’t have to be an actual sun screen. Many makeup products contain some sort of SPF nowadays so it’s super easy to find a good product at the store to add to your routine.

What do you do to keep your skin looking its best?

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  • Jen

    I’ve always had skin issues (thank you eczema) but I have finally found a routine that works. Taking care of your skin is so important.

    • It can be so challenging to find that routine that works for you. Everyone’s skin is so different. There’s not one system out there that works for everyone. But I’m so glad I’ve finally found products and habits that are working so much better for me. I just wish I had started focusing on this sooner lol

  • I also didn’t really start focusing on skincare until the last couple of years! I’ve definitely noticed a different since I became more diligent about drinking water and removing makeup every single night. I also seem to have finally found the perfect combination of skincare products for my skin, which is a huge relief!

    • Drinking more water works so many miracles. It’s crazy because it’s such a simple task, yet so many people still don’t get enough water each day. There are so many benefits to it. I could’t imagine going back to drinking soda as often as I was haha water is a game-changer.

  • I started having skin issues around when I was 19 and over the last year it’s started to clear up. I got so much better about washing my face both morning and night, using serums and moisturizers, spf, and I chug water now everyday!

    • I need to start washing mine in the morning as well. For now, I wash it every night before bed and in the mornings that I take showers. But I need to get into the habit of doing it on the mornings I don’t take a shower lol that’s the next habit.

  • I started using SPF as well. Gotta protect your skin as much as you can!

    • Sun damage is the worst! And so many people don’t think about it unless it’s summertime. If you live in a state where it’s sunny and 75 all year-round, then it’s even more important to make sure you’re keeping your skin as protected as you can.

  • Erica Nicole

    It’s so true that cutting out sodas does such a beneficial change for your skin! Diet completely changes everything!

    • Soda is just bad in so many ways haha I cave in and have one every once in a while (MAYBE once a month), but switching to water has just had so many benefits that I couldn’t imagine switching back to soda.

  • I have never had any skin issues, thankfully. I get the occasional hormonal break outs but that’s it. My mom always told me when i was younger, how important it was to take care of my skin. I’m glad she did! Everyone tells me I look a lot younger than what I am. I’m not complaining! I drink a lot of water to help keep my skin hydrated. Yes to taking your make up off at night! There have been times in the past that I have not wanted to wash my face but I remind myself how important it is. Also cleaning your make up brushes every few weeks helps keep your skin clear. Great changes!!!

    • I’ve been super thankful as well to not have had any major skin issues in my lifetime. But until I started making these changes, I really didn’t realize how “bad” it really was before. The minimal breakouts just didn’t bother me because they were easily coverable and are always in the same spot (my chin area). So I just didn’t think about my skin care routine as much. Now that I’m pregnant, I noticed a slight change in my breakouts so I decided to start making some changes so it wouldn’t get worse and WOW. My skin is looking and feeling amazing lately. I couldn’t imagine going back to my old habits.

  • Neely

    Neutrogena products are amazing. I use them exclusively!

    • My skin has always been super sensitive to any skin care products I’ve tired in the past and Neutrogena is literally the only one I’ve found that doesn’t make me break out haha now, I wont even attempt to use another because I’m so scared of breaking out. I’m not sure what I’d do if they ever went out of business! lol

  • These are all great tips! Ever since I switched to a simpler skin care routine and invested in better makeup, my skin changed dramatically. The Neutrogena oil-free acne wash is my #1 skin care product.

    • Thanks Emily! I’m not sure if I’ve tried the Neutrogena oil-free acne wash. I found the Rapid Clear system and it worked so well right from the start so I’ve been scared to venture to other products haha I tried one other product in the last 2 years and my skin broke out instantly. So I’m not very adventurous there lol

  • Tara Berries

    My skin is so incredibly dry that drinking soda just ruins my skin. I sleep with a humidifier and use coconut oil.

    • My skin gets super dry this time of year. Very tight too so I make sure to always apply a moisturizer every morning before I put on my makeup and again at night when I take my makeup off. It makes such a huge difference and my makeup goes on so much more smoothly.

  • Isn’t it crazy how such small differences can change your skin?! I swear that drinking tons of H2O is a life saver when it comes to keeping my skin clear.

    • It’s such a simple switch, but it has so many amazing health benefits to it. I’m actually mad I haven’t made these changes sooner! haha

  • These are great tips! I’ve noticed that since I stopped wearing foundation and started using a good moisturizer, my skin has cleared up a lot. 🙂

    • I love having a good moisturizer. My skin is super dry this time of year so I use one every single day and it does so many wonders lol

  • kp

    These are great tips! It’s disgusting to think how often I don’t remove my makeup before bed. I’m surprised I don’t have terrible skin because of it. I also need to clean my makeup brushes more often …. or maybe it’ll be an excuse to buy even more makeup brushes LOL

    • Thank you! 🙂 I was just telling someone else, that my skin should be so much worse than it is due to not washing off my makeup haha it’s SO rare that I’d do that. I’ve now been washing my makeup off every night before bed for the last 2 weeks or so and wow. It’s made such a huge difference. Same with my makeup brushes. I just wash everything so much more often now lol

  • I used to be awful about removing my makeup before bed, but now I can’t go to sleep unless it’s ALL off! And, since switching to high end foundation, my breakouts went down considerably!

    • Up until these past few weeks, I only washed my makeup off before bed if I had been out that night and was wearing more makeup than usual. So in high school it would be when I’m coming home from a dance or something and now that I’m an adult, it’s when I’m coming home from a bar haha other than that, makeup is always on. And then I wouldn’t even rinse it off in the morning unless I was taking a shower. I’d just wake up and put on new makeup over the old. Horrible. My skin should have been SO much worse haha

  • I love Neutrogena products! I rarely wear makeup but when I do I always take it off or I can’t sleep haha.

    • Neutrogena is the best. My skin can be super picky with face washes and the Rapid Clear system is literally the only one I’ve found that really works for me. I’m scared to try anything else because my skin tends to instantly break out if I switch away from it haha

  • These tips are definitely key to maintaining gorgeous skin! 🙂 Particularly cleaning makeup brushes often and following a cleansing skincare routine at night. So much gunk gets on our faces throughout the day…it’s important to make sure it’s removed before we hit the pillow. Glad you’ve found some changes that are working for you!

    • Thanks Krista! 🙂 I honestly never thought to clean my makeup brushes growing up. Nowadays, I try to deep clean them once a week or once every other week. And I disinfect them every other day. My makeup applies so much easier because of it AND I’m noticing less breakouts. So it’s a win.

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    Love this list of products and your tips are great. We always wash our faces at night.

  • Stephanay Jnote

    That’s good. Yes definitely take your makeup off at night. I just bought new brushes too.

    • I just invested in some new brushes this past year and it was quite the investment haha I forgot how expensive they can be. So I now make sure to clean them often so that I’m not stuck making that huge investment again any time soon.

  • Wife Sense

    I do all of these EXCEPT I haven’t quite kicked the diet soda habit. And I know better. Grrrr, me!

    • That’s so great that you’re on such a good path! 🙂 getting rid of soda was such a huge game-changer for me. It’s made such a huge difference for me health-wise. You’ll feel SO much better once you’re finally able to kick the habit 🙂

  • Great tips! I need to implement more of these than I do. I also don’t know why I don’t where sunscreen in the winter because I LOVE the smell. Reminds me of home!

    • Thanks Kristin! I’m so big on sunscreen haha I even have minis that I keep in my purse and most of the makeup products I use on my face have SPF as well. So I’m always protected!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    These are all right on! I always wash my face at night and have started using a makeup wipe in the morning. I also do not wear any makeup when I work out. Helps keep the pours clear!

    • Thanks Elizabeth! I need to stop wearing makeup when I work out. That’s next on my list of habits to work on haha I just don’t like leaving the house when I’m not fully put together. It’s super rare that I will. For now, I do a deep cleanse when I shower afterwards which helps a ton. It also helps that my face doesn’t sweat haha

  • Sarah Jean

    The biggest change for me happened when I stopped drinking milk! I still eat cheese, just no straight milk.

    • Oh wow! I never thought that would be something that could affect your skin! I’ve never been a huge milk drinker until I became pregnant. It was all I wanted through my first trimester. But then it started making me feel sick (I think I was consuming too much of it) so I had to eliminate it from my diet again by the time I hit 20 weeks. But being pregnant, it was hard to see if it made a difference in my skin or not since pregnancy tends to ruin your skin anyways haha

  • These are all amazing tips! I need to cut out soda, it is so bad for you but I love the carbonation. I’ve tried sparkling water but so far have hated the ones that I’ve tried. I also need to get better about applying sunscreen and washing my face before bed. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Mckenzie! I admit, I’m not the biggest fan of sparkling water either. I completely cut soda from my diet 100% for about 6 months and then eased myself into having one here and there. I wanted to have more control over it. So now, it’s been over a year and I can easily have one every once in a while and not feel the need to drink more the next day. That self control is key to making healthier choices!

      • I’ve managed to cut way back and only give in when I am really, really craving them. Sometimes when we are out and about and grab a quick bite to eat I tend to cave even easier. Thankfully if I leave it out of the house I tend to stay away from it. Self control definitely is key!

        • That was always my problem too! If we were out to lunch or dinner or something, I’d always go for a cold soda (unless I went for a glass of wine or something haha). It was much easier to stop buying it for the house, but when we were out was a whole different story. Now I drink water about 80% of the time (the rest of that is broken down between coffee and wine haha).

  • Drinking a lot of water is imperative.

    • I feel like a lot of people underestimate the benefits of drinking more water. It’s so great for your health in so many ways.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    Great tips! I’m pretty good about all of these except for cleaning my brushes on a regular basis. I need to get better about that!!

    • Thanks Joscelyn! 🙂 these habits definitely take some time to get the hang of. I admit, I’m horrible at cleaning my brushes sometimes. It can feel like such a chore haha but it’s definitely worth it when you do take the time to clean them! It keeps them looking nice too so you’re not needing to replace them quite as often.

  • These are some things I really did not know about. Washing hand before applying makeup and the soda thing.. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • I’m glad you learned something! I don’t even know how many times I wash my hands during my makeup process haha I imagine this isn’t something that EVERYONE does. It can be time consuming. But I try to keep my hands as clean as possible whenever I’m touching my face. And eliminating soda from your diet has SO many health benefits. It’s amazing! I couldn’t imagine going back to drinking soda on a regular basis.

  • Cleaning your makeup brushes makes such a huge difference! I now try to clean mine once a week. I admit, I don’t always do this haha but my makeup goes on so much smoother too when they’re clean.

  • Thanks Kristen! I think my point on working out can definitely vary from person to person. Sweat can sometimes cause breakouts on some people, but I don’t personally sweat very much. Especially on my face. So for me, working out doesn’t negatively impact my skin 🙂 and it also helps to wash your face really good after a workout too, especially if you do sweat. That way you’re not clogging your pores!

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