From anti-aging to acne to cleansing—hear what experts and more have to say about keeping your skin smooth, healthy, and glowing year-round.
Skin care may generally be considered a woman’s game, but don’t be misled—men need skin care routines, too. While you may not be as inclined to layer serums and pamper yourself with face masks, there’s no excuse to skip out on skin care basics. There are certain steps, like cleansing and moisturizing that are necessities for everyone—male or female. Plus, there are steps that are more gender specific, like dealing with facial hair. Of course, if you’ve been washing your face with body wash as the full extent of your skin care routine, adopting a real regimen can seem overwhelming. That’s why you’ll want to read on, for the alpha men’s skin care routine. The best part is, even beginners can handle this simple men’s skin care routine! 1. Cleanse at Key Times Do you only wash your face in the shower? If that’s the case, you may not be cleansing at the right frequency. The truth is, cleansing isn’t only important when your face is already wet and in close proximity to a bar of soap. There are three main times when you should be washing your face: in the morning, at night, and after working up a sweat. That’s right, if you can often be found exercising, you likely need to kick your cleansing habits up a notch. As for how to get clean at all the aforementioned times, we recommend a travel-friendly facial cleansing brush. The Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Face Brush comes in a subtle shade of gray and is equally appropriate for keeping in your gym bag or displaying on your bathroom counter. 2. Moisturize—Regardless of Skin Type Everyone needs to moisturize, no exceptions. If you had yourself convinced your oily skin negated your need for moisture, think again. You may be afraid of looking greasy, since you probably won’t want to rely on face powder to reduce shine, but moisturizer won’t make skin oilier. In fact, failing to moisturize when you have an oily skin type can result in an overproduction of oil. To avoid experiencing that issue, go ahead and moisturize! Trust us, you’ll be better off. Stick with a moisturizer that’s fit for your skin type—if you’re oily, you can opt for a product with a matte finish. 3. Don’t Forget the Eyes Dark circles are an issue for both genders but you’re a lot more likely to see men with prominent darkness under their eyes. The reason being, there aren’t as many men embracing the camouflaging power of concealer. Thankfully, even if you’d prefer to keep your face makeup-free, there is a way to diminish dark circles—by introducing an eye cream to your routine. Choose a cooling option, with caffeine, for an early morning pick-me-up. 4. Take Care of Facial Hair If you’ve made it to adulthood, it’s probable that you’ve found a shaving routine that works for you, but there’s always room for improvement. The Clarisonic Men’s Daily Cleanse Brush Head could be just what you need, as it can help prep your face and neck for a closer shave. And for those of you who prefer to leave a bit of facial hair behind, don’t feel left out. The brush head can also help make beards feel softer and cleaner! 5. Be Stringent with SPF Much like moisturizer, everyone—and we mean everyone—needs sunscreen. Essentially, if your skin care routine doesn’t include an adequate amount of SPF, you’re doing your skin a disservice. Not only can slathering your skin with sunscreen ward off dreaded sunburns, but it can also prevent premature signs of aging and even certain forms of skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to stay sun safe and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 30 or higher every day. Oh, and don’t forget to toss on a hat and sunglasses with UV protection before spending time outside.
Summer’s here, and with it comes all the joy of warm weather and the activities it inspires—but it isn’t all fun and games. Summer can also, unfortunately, mean looking like an oil slick. You spend a few minutes under the sun’s powerful rays (with sunscreen slathered on, of course) and suddenly your makeup is slipping away and your face looks greasy. And not in a cute, lit from within way. Of course, you’d rather have a healthy-looking glow, but when you’re sweating up a storm, that can seem nearly impossible. Thankfully, all hope isn’t lost. With the right skin care tips, you can keep summer shine at bay and opt for a glow-y—not greasy—look. Find out five summer skip tips below for glowing skin without the grease. Tip #1: Switch to a Shine-Controlling Cleanser You may have needed a moisturizing cream cleanser throughout the winter, but as the temperature rises, it’s a sign to change your facial cleanser. Choose the right one and you can start keeping shine at bay with the very first step in your skin care routine. To start summer days off on the right foot, wash with the Refreshing Gel Cleanser, which removes impurities and controls excess shine, leaving skin supple and refreshed. Tip #2: Try a Different Brush Head Did you slack on spring cleaning? If you used your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush all throughout spring and haven’t quite gotten around to replacing the brush head—it’s time. Remember, you’re supposed to start using a new one every three months. While you’re swapping out the brush head, it’s a perfect opportunity to try a different one—one that’s perfectly suited to the summer. The Deep Pore Brush Head is a prime pick for the season, as it’s ideal for oily skin types with clogged or enlarged pores. Tip #3: Cut Down on the Number of Products You Layer On When your skin looks greasy, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that you can skip moisturizing, but think again. In reality, moisturizing is an essential step for everyone—not only those with dry skin. To cut down on the number of products you layer on and avoid looking greasy, look for an oil-free moisturizer with SPF. This will allow you to take care of moisturizing and sun protection in one step. Tip #4: Get a Faux Glow with Self-Tanner You likely already know that spending time in the sun without protection can lead to sunburns and visible signs of aging like wrinkles. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summer tan. Just use a self-tanner to get that bronzed look. There are lots of different formulas to choose from, ranging from gradual self-tanners that work over time or spray-on self-tanners that can help you apply color to hard-to-reach areas like your back. Make sure to exfoliate your body before using self-tanner so that it goes on smoothly, not streaky. Use the Mia Smart with a Smart Turbo Massage Body Brush Head. Tip #5: Minimize Your Face Makeup Summer isn’t the season to start experimenting with wearing more makeup. If you’re struggling to avoid looking greasy, you’ll be better off limiting how much makeup you wear. Load on too much and it’s unlikely to stay in place all day. Don’t fret, you can still cover imperfections and complement your best features with a few key products. Limit face makeup to a BB cream with SPF, concealer, and cream blush or bronzer. Bonus, you’ll seriously cut down on how long it takes to get ready in the morning! But if you can only keep one beauty item in your bag, make it blotting sheets. That way, whenever you notice your skin looking a little oilier than you’d like, you can press a sheet against your skin and voila, shine-be-gone.
Good job! You wore sunscreen today, and hopefully avoided getting a sunburn. But don’t pat yourself on the back just yet, there’s still work to be done. You have to remove the sunscreen—the right way. That’s right, your standard cleansing methods might not be enough for getting your skin completely clean after applying sunscreen and reapplying it overtop of makeup all throughout the day. Find out how to remove sunscreen in three simple steps. Step 1: Start By Removing Makeup Before jumping straight into cleansing, you’ll want to remove your makeup. That way, when it comes time to actually cleanse, your face wash doesn’t have to cut through a layer of makeup to wash the sunscreen off your skin. If you aren’t used to having makeup removal and facial cleansing be two separate steps it may seem like overkill, but double cleansing is actually a standard part of many Korean beauty routines—and you know how popular (and effective) K-beauty techniques are! Start with an oil-based cleanser and massage it over the skin to remove that long-lasting foundation, blush, and bronzer. Use a soft, damp towel to gently remove the cleanser from the skin. To get every last bit of waterproof mascara off, saturate a cotton pad with eye makeup remover. Hold the soaked pad against your closed eye for a few seconds before wiping away the makeup. You may need two pads, depending on how much makeup you were wearing, but you’ll manage to remove it all without having to harshly rub at your skin—or worse—your eyes. Step 2: Pair a Cleansing Brush with a Gel Cleanser Moving right along, now it’s time to get completely clean. And that means no sunscreen residue left behind! A Clarisonic facial cleansing brush can help you achieve a more thorough cleansing than it’s possible to get with your hands alone (6X more effective, in fact!), so it’s a prime opportunity to break out your Clarisonic. Pop a Deep Pore Brush Head onto the facial cleansing brush of your choosing and reach for the Refreshing Gel Cleanser, which helps remove impurities and control excess shine. When you have your cleansing brush and cleanser ready, wet the brush head and add a dollop of cleanser. Then, begin gently gliding the brush over your skin. You only need to dedicate 60 seconds to cleansing—20 seconds for your forehead, 20 seconds for your nose and chin, and 10 seconds per cheek. Editor’s Tip: Wondering which Clarisonic to use? If you most often find yourself wearing—and removing—sunscreen while traveling, the Clarisonic Mia Fit will be the perfect fit (pun intended) for you. Thanks to its compact size, it will fit into your travel makeup bag with room to spare. Plus, when you return from your trip, it’s still plenty cute enough to display on your vanity! Step 3: Complete Your Skin Care Routine Congrats, you’re no longer coated in sunscreen. Now all that’s left to do is complete your skin care routine. After double cleansing, your skin is no doubt in need of moisture. And no, using a moisturizer with SPF in the morning doesn’t count for your daily hydration quotient. Don’t bother to dry off post-rinse, go ahead and apply your favorite moisturizer directly to damp skin for max moisturizing.
There’s no doubt about: Working out is good for your body—and mind. But post-workout, your skin could definitely use a little extra attention. You’re likely sopped in sweat, your face might be red, and your feet could need some pampering after powering you through a challenging fitness routine. Not sure what to do after a workout when it comes to your skin? Here are five skin treatments you can use after a gym session to pamper your skin. 1. Give Your Body a Good Scrub in the Shower Your first action after working out is likely hopping in the shower—but this time around, really take the time to cleanse thoroughly from head to toe. Scrubbing your body can help get rid of all the oil and sweat that built up on the surface of your skin while exercising. If you tend to get body breakouts, reach for a body wash that’s formulated with an acne-fighting ingredient, such as salicylic acid. You can also pop a Smart Turbo Massage Body Brush Head onto a Mia Smart to help get baby-soft skin on elbows, knees, and other dry patches. The brush head is designed for the ideal body exfoliation and massage. Just make sure to keep the shower dial turned to lukewarm, as this will be more refreshing post-workout than a hot shower, and it won’t strip your skin of necessary replenishing oils. 2. Spritz on a Cooling Facial Mist After a cardio class, your face probably feels hot. One of the easiest ways to cool down is by using a facial mist. Facial mists are gym bag-friendly, so you can easily throw one in your tote to use as a post-workout skin treatment. Look for a facial mist that is formulated with cooling ingredients, such as aloe vera and cucumber. Spritz all over your face, then immediately apply an oil-free moisturizer to help lock in hydration. 3. Calm Down Redness with a Soothing Face Mask Skin looking a little red after your indoor cycling class? Treat yourself to a soothing face mask formulated with an ingredient like chamomile, evening primrose oil, or oatmeal. Quickly cleanse your skin first with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, dry your skin, then apply your chosen face mask. Leave it on for the amount of time directed, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. After rinsing, apply a moisturizer and take a peek at your beautifully soothed skin! 4. Slather Your Feet in Lotion Your feet often bear the brunt of a workout, so you might find them looking a little worse for wear after you’re done at the gym. So, grab a thick, rich foot cream and massage it into your feet, paying attention to any areas that might be sore, like the balls of your feet or heels. 5. Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Soak Nothing says spa-like relaxation quite like a soothing bath. After the gym, draw a warm bath and infuse the water with a few drops of a relaxing essential oil, some Epsom salts, and some coconut oil. Hop in and let your skin—and those sore muscles—soak in all the goodness.
Are you in the know about facial exfoliation? Sure, you might know enough to use a face scrub from time to time, but how deep does your knowledge really go? If you aren’t sure how often exfoliating should fit into your skin care routine, or haven’t considered that there a multitude of ways to slough away dead skin cells from skin’s surface, it sounds like you’re in need of a crash course on facial exfoliation. Because as it turns out, exfoliation isn’t always as simple as using a scrub when the mood strikes. Find out how often facial exfoliation is necessary, how to exfoliate using different popular methods, and the answer to a much-discussed question—does a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush exfoliate? How Often Should You Exfoliate? Try to adopt your best friend’s sloughing schedule and you just might find that what works wonders for their skin doesn’t do you any favors. The reason being, not everyone needs the same amount of exfoliation. While your friend may be able to exfoliate their face multiple times every week, once a week—or every other week—could be all your skin can handle. That’s why, even if you think your skin is tough, you won’t want to jump straight to exfoliating every day. It’s best to start with exfoliating just once a week and observing how your skin responds. When and if everything goes smoothly, you can consider (gradually) upping the frequency with which you exfoliate. How to Exfoliate with a Face Scrub Face scrubs are undeniably one of the most popular facial exfoliation methods. Next to facial cleansers and moisturizers, they’re one of the basics that hold a spot in most skin care collections. Formulated with exfoliating beads or grains, the scrubs help lift away dead skin cells along with dirt and oil, leaving behind smoother skin. Scrubs formulated with jojoba beads are a nice gentle option that are suitable for even those with sensitive skin. How to Exfoliate with a Chemical Exfoliator The concept of a chemical exfoliator may raise the hairs on the back of your neck, conjuring images of intense chemical peels, but they can actually be a gentler way to practice facial exfoliation. Hence, why products formulated with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid have been rapidly rising in popularity. The gentle acids, delivered in cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and more, exfoliate the surface of your skin without relying on manual exfoliation. Does the Clarisonic Facial Brush Exfoliate? After learning about exfoliating tools, you might assume you know just the thing to use—the Clarisonic. However, the idea that the Clarisonic facial brush exfoliates is actually a myth! While the Clarisonic is designed to provide your skin with a deep clean that helps to cleanse pores and remove dirt, oil, and other impurities that can dull the skin, it doesn’t exactly exfoliate. Rather, cleansing with a Clarisonic is the perfect first step prior to your chosen method of exfoliation to help accelerate surface skin cell renewal. However, while the Clarisonic facial brushes don’t exfoliate the skin, Clarisonic’s Smart Profile Uplift with the Smart Turbo Massage Body brush head is the perfect choice for body exfoliation. If you’re in search of a way to slough away dead skin cells below your neck, pair the two for the ultimate body exfoliation.
Why does it sometimes feel like no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of your acne? This can especially be frustrating when you’re a teen! With all the selfies you snap, you likely want your complexion to look as healthy—and pimple-free—as possible. To truly put together a targeted skin care routine that’ll help you achieve clearer skin, it’s important to get to the root of the issue and understand what causes acne in the first place. You probably already know that excessive oiliness and the buildup of dirt and makeup in your pores can lead to breakouts, but what about some of the more unexpected reasons why you have acne? Here are three surprising causes of acne you may not have given much thought to before. 1. You’re On Your Cell Phone All the Time Do you start chatting on the phone as soon as you get home from school or work? Well, your cell phone could be to blame for your breakout. Think about it: Your cell phone is probably pretty dirty. Throughout the day, makeup, dirt, oils, and bacteria can build up on the screen as you text and call your BFFs—and this can all be transferred to your face and clog your pores, leading to breakouts. Make sure to stash a screen-cleansing towelette in your bag so that you can wipe down your phone’s screen on the go before placing a call. 2. Your Shampoo and Conditioner Are Clogging Your Pores You may not give all that much thought to how you shower, but it turns out that your shampoo and conditioner could be clogging your pores and leading to acne. These hair care products are often formulated with ingredients such as silicones and moisturizers that can clog your pores. When you wash them out of your hair, they likely slide down your chest and back before they reach the drain, and this can leave you with body acne. The products can get onto your face, too, when you rinse them out. The next time you wash your hair, try to tilt your head so that when you rinse out your shampoo and conditioner, it doesn’t land on your face, chest, or back. 3. You Keep Picking at Your Pimples We know, it’s tempting to squeeze or pop pimples to make them go away immediately—but this can actually do more harm than good in the long run. For starters, your hands pick up germs as you go about your day, and when you touch a pimple, those germs can be transferred to your face—and this can lead to more acne. Popping pimples can also lead to scars. It’s best to keep your hands off and let a zit heal in its own time. You can use spot treatments to help speed up the process or visit a derm for a professional treatment if at-home acne-clearing methods aren’t working for you. At home, make sure to wash your face morning and night—but no more often than that, because over-cleansing can lead to irritation. Pair a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with an Acne Cleansing brush head to gently remove trouble-causing debris from your pores and set a clean canvas for better product absorption.
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So, you have acne. You’re not alone—acne is actually one of the most common skin concerns, amongst teens and adults alike. But taking care of acne-prone skin isn’t always the easiest task. You might be wondering what the best way to wash your face is when you have acne—and if that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to learn how to wash your face when you have acne, along with recommendations for our best face wash for acne and best acne facial brush. Buh-bye, breakouts! Step 1: Choose the Best Facial Cleansing Brush Head and Cleanser for Your Skin Using a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush is a great option for washing your face, especially when you have acne. That’s because it’s 6x more effective than washing your face with hands alone, meaning it’s great at removing makeup, dirt, and oils that can clog pores, allows skin care products to absorb better, and leaves your face with a refreshed feel. So, choose a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, such as the Mia 2, then pick the right brush head to put on the cleansing brush. For acne-prone skin, try the Acne Cleansing brush head. This brush head is designed for sensitive, acne-prone skin, and it gently removes trouble-causing debris from your pores and leaves skin softer, smoother, and comfortably clean. To make the most of your morning and evening cleanse, use the Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser, which gently exfoliates without drying skin. Step 2: Turn the Sink to Lukewarm Super-hot water might feel good on your skin, but it’s actually not the best choice for your face washing routine. It can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving your skin overly dry. When your skin becomes dehydrated, it can start producing extra oil to make up for what’s been lost. All that extra oil can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. So, stick with lukewarm water when you wash your face. Step 3: Be Gentle But Thorough It’s all about finding a happy medium when washing your face, as you want to apply enough pressure to deeply unclog pores. Let your facial cleansing brush do the work for you. By turning your brush on and gently grazing it across your face, you’ll be able to remove any traces of buildup without causing any irritation to your sensitive, acne-prone skin. Step 4: Follow Up with Toner Depending on how oily or acne-prone your skin is, you may find that you need to take an additional step to rid your skin of all impurities. If that’s the case, then reach for a toner to help cleanse your skin further. Look for one that’s alcohol-free, as alcohol can be overly drying. Simply soak a cotton pad with the toner and wipe it across your face to remove any excess oil, makeup, or pore-clogging debris that may still remain on your face. Once you’ve done that, work your way through the rest of your skin care routine, and you’re good to go! Make sure to follow this face-washing routine morning and night to help maintain clear skin and get rid of acne.
" Just like the breakouts that caused them, acne scars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some acne scars are dark spots on the skin’s surface while others appear as indented areas on the complexion. While getting rid of acne scars can feel like an uphill battle, there are steps you can take to help to diminish their appearance over time. Step 1: Practice a Proper Cleansing Routine A proper cleansing routine can help to increase cell turnover and fade the appearance of acne scars. Use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with the Acne Cleansing Brush Head. The brush head is ideal for acne-prone, sensitive skin and can give you the best clean skin to help fight acne and acne scars. Expert Tip: Don’t Pick If you do experience breakouts while you’re trying to get rid of existing acne scars, don’t pick. Picking is often what causes acne scars to form in the first place. Instead, follow steps to get rid of acne and keep your hands off. Step 2: Reach for Brightening Products For acne scars that have left dark marks on your complexion, reach for products that can help to brighten their appearance. Brightening serums and face masks formulated with vitamin C are a great choice. Step 3: Exfoliate 1-3 Times a Week Exfoliation is another way to help brighten the look of the skin. Whether you chose to exfoliate with scrubs or with alpha-hydroxy acids, exfoliation removes any buildup of dead skin cells to reveal newer skin cells underneath. If your scars are surface-level, this can be an excellent tool in helping to fade their appearance. Step 4: Wear Broad-Spectrum SPF The sun’s UV rays can cause existing scarring to worsen so be sure to protect your complexion with broad-spectrum SPF. Look for daily moisturizers that are formulated with SPF to help to keep your skin hydrated and protected while you are trying to get rid of acne scars. Step 5: Conceal Acne Scars with Foundation Since getting rid of acne scars doesn’t happen overnight, you can opt to conceal any existing scars while you wait with concealer and foundation. The Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush helps to give you an airbrushed look by seamlessly blending cream, stick, and liquid foundation to cover blemish and acne scars better than you can with your hands alone. Step 6: See a Dermatologist Many acne scars—especially those left after cystic pimples—need an expert’s touch. If you have significant scarring from past blemishes, make an appointment to consult with a dermatologist. These skincare experts can help to create a personalized action plan to help you soften the look of deep scars and remove any surface-level scarring over time.
Ah, acne. If you’ve ever experienced breakouts, then you know how frustrating the quest for clearer skin can be. But it turns out there are a quite a few acne myths—like that you can use toothpaste on pimples to get rid of them—that could be standing in the way of you and a blemish-free complexion. Keep reading for common acne myths you should stop believing and strategies to effectively manage acne-prone skin. Acne Myth #1: Toothpaste Can Get Rid of Pimples Perhaps the biggest acne myth of all is that toothpaste can be used to get rid of blemishes. The truth is that toothpaste can dry out and shrink pimples—but it can actually be pretty irritating to put it on your skin. So if you have a pimple, look for a spot treatment formulated with an effective acne-fighting ingredient, like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide instead. Acne Myth #2: You Have to Skip Makeup if You Have Acne You might think that you can’t wear makeup if you have acne-prone skin, but it’s really about finding products that are suitable for your skin type. Look for a foundation that’s non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, or an oil-free formula if your skin tends to look shiny or greasy by midday. Avoid applying foundation with your fingers, as you could transfer pore-clogging dirt from your hands to your face. Instead, apply liquid or cream foundation with a Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush for an airbrushed finish. Acne Myth #3: Popping Pimples Is a Good Way to Get Rid of Them Do not, we repeat, do not squeeze that zit! While popping a blemish might be tempting, this can do more harm than good. That’s because when you do this, you risk the chance of being left with an acne scar. Keep your hands off and follow a consistent skin care routine for acne-prone skin, including cleansing and moisturizing with an oil-free lotion as well as spot treating with salicylic acid or benozyl peroxide. Acne Myth #4: You Have to Wash Your Face Frequently Cleansing your skin twice a day can help keep it clear of dirt, oils, and impurities that can clog pores—but it’s an acne myth that you need to wash your face any more than that. Over-cleansing your skin can actually backfire, as it can lead to dryness and irritation. It’s key to deep clean your skin without stripping your skin of essential oils You can ensure you get a 6 times better cleanse with a facial cleansing brush like Mia 2. Pair it with a gentle Acne Cleansing Brush Head and an acne facial cleanser like our Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser, which helps clear and prevent acne breakouts. Acne Myth #5: Spending Time in the Sun Can Clear Up Acne Don’t believe this acne myth. Spending time in the sun can’t clear up acne. In fact, when you’re out in the sun for prolonged periods of time without wearing sun protection, this can lead to visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots, making their presence known years down the road. Whenever you know you’ll be in the sun, it’s best to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher as directed. If you have acne-prone skin, look for a sunscreen that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
Acne of any kind can be difficult to face in the mirror, but when those breakouts sit front and center on your forehead, this can take on a whole other level of annoyance. Since nobody deserves to feel stressed when they look into the mirror, we’re all about finding ways to manage breakouts and get rid of forehead acne once and for all. If you feel like you’ve already tried everything, take a deep breath and understand that it’s best to take a multi-faceted approach to your skin care routine. If you’re unsure what skin care steps you should, in fact, be considering when exploring ways to get rid of your forehead acne, keep reading—we’re outlining it all below. Are you ready to get rid of forehead acne? Follow these skin care tips to give your acne-prone skin the TLC it deserves. 1. Double Cleanse Your Skin to Rid It of Impurities When you have forehead acne, it’s best to double-cleanse your skin to help ensure that no oil, dirt, or debris stays built up on the surface of your skin. Start by using a no-rinse cleansing option, such as a micellar water formulated for oily skin, to remove initial oil and makeup from your skin. To use micellar water, all you have to do is pour some out onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face. Oil cleansers are also a great option for the first step in your double cleansing routine. Make sure to choose an oil that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. Then, reach for a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush and pop an Acne Cleansing brush head on it to deep cleanse trouble-causing debris from pores. Pair it with the Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser, which helps clear and prevent acne breakouts. 2. Be Mindful of the Hair Styling Products You Use If you have bangs, or if you regularly spray your hair front and center, your forehead breakouts could be thanks to product buildup along with excess sebum. What’s more, if you don’t wash your hair every day, especially if your hair lays over your forehead, you could be setting yourself up for forehead acne. The best thing you can do is wash your bangs regularly (and try to minimize the amount of product you use). That way product won’t be able to build up and cause forehead breakouts. 3. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face This one’s simple! Don’t touch your forehead! Think about all the germs your hands come into contact with during the day—when you touch your forehead, you’ll transfer these germs to your face, and this can lead to breakouts. Be mindful of your behavior and try your best to keep your hands off your face. 4. Skip Wearing Hats Hats can make a great accessory—especially if you’re looking to hide frizz—but ones that cover your forehead can actually lead to forehead acne. Here’s why: Impurities can build up on the hat and then be transferred to your forehead when you wear it. If you just can’t part with your hat, be sure to clean it regularly to avoid this buildup being transferred to your forehead and causing breakouts. 5. Change Your Pillowcases Regularly Did you know that your pillowcases could be contributing to your forehead acne? It’s true! Dirty pillowcases and sheets can actually have a whole host of dirt and impurities lurking on them—and they can be transferred to your forehead if you sleep on your face. Consider washing your pillowcases once or twice a week to prevent them from giving you forehead breakouts. 6. Spot Treat at Night At the end of your day, take your skin care routine a step further by applying a spot treatment post-cleansing. It’s best to look for spot treatments formulated with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, as these are the two most effective ingredients at fighting acne.
Picture this: Just when you think you’ve outgrown the blemishes associated with youth, you take a peek in the mirror only to be greeted by a lovely little breakout. It turns out that plenty of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s experience acne—and there are a few different causes of adult acne. Below, find three common causes of adult acne along with tips on treating adult acne so you can find clearer skin days ahead. Adult Acne Cause #1: Your Hormones Are Fluctuating Your hormones change when you get your period, are pregnant, or go through menopause, and these hormonal fluctuations can lead to adult acne. Adult acne caused by hormonal shifts often appears on the cheeks and jaws. These hormonal fluctuations can lead to an increase in oil production and acne-causing bacteria. Adult Acne Cause #2: You’re Stressed Out Stress gets the best of all of us every now and again. When you’re stressed, your body produces more of a hormone that stimulates your oil glands, and this can lead to adult acne breakouts. Adult Acne Cause #3: You’re Genetically Predisposed Take a peek at your mom, dad, sister, or brother—do they have acne on their faces? Well, if they do, that could explain why you have adult acne. Some people may be genetically predisposed to adult acne, and if any of your close family members experience adult acne, you might as well. Adult Acne Cause #4: You’re Using Pore-Clogging Skin Care and Hair Products When your skin is prone to breakouts, it’s important to check the label of any beauty products before using them, because certain products can clog pores. And it’s not just moisturizers you have to think about—buildup from hair products can transfer to your face, leading to breakouts as well. Look for skin care that are non-comedogenic and oil-free because they won’t clog pores. When it comes to your hair, make sure to shampoo and condition before cleaning the rest of your body—that way you can wash off any residue and prevent it from clogging your pores. When styling your hair, do so before applying your makeup—and wash your hands to get rid of any hairstyling product buildup that could be transferred to your skin. Cover your face before spritzing on hairspray, and do your best to keep your hair out of your face when you can by wearing a headband or putting your hair into a ponytail or bun. How to Treat Adult Acne Keeping a consistent skin care routine is key when it comes to managing adult acne. That being said, treating adult acne is slightly different than treating teen acne. In your teen years, your skin was likely oilier. But skin loses moisture as you age, so you want to make sure that you’re caring for it gently and not over-drying your complexion. Use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with an Acne Cleansing brush head to gently rid the surface of your skin of pore-clogging impurities. Washing your face with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush is 6x more effective than hands alone and it’s a gentle cleansing method that works even for sensitive skin. If you find that nothing you do gets rid of your adult acne, head to your dermatologist, as in-office treatments might be an option for you. Blue light treatment can help mitigate excess oil production and kill acne-causing bacteria. Prescription retinoids can also be effective, as they unclog oil glands and can also offer anti-aging benefits such as smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (keep in mind that it may take 2-3 months to see results). Finally, an in-office chemical peel can help to get rid of adult acne. Peels utilize acids, such as salicylic or glycolic, which can help break down buildup and keep your pores clear.
Everyone loves a long wear lipstick…until it’s time to take it off. Fact is, these trending long wear shades can often leave you wondering if you even know how to remove lipstick—since the usual steps often aren’t enough to do the job. If you’ve resorted to harsh scrubbing to remove long wear lipsticks, chances are your lips are looking—and feeling—a little worse for wear. Thankfully, there’s an easier way to remove liquid lipsticks without drying out or damaging your pout. REACH FOR AN OIL-BASED MAKEUP REMOVER Even though a makeup remover isn’t enough to completely remove some long wear lipsticks, it is still the best first step. Reach for an oil-based eye and lip makeup remover, apply to a cotton round and gently sweep it over your lips. This step will help to remove a good portion of the lipstick before moving on. USE A CLARISONIC FACIAL CLEANING BRUSH While that makeup remover would have been enough to remove a traditional lipstick, you’re dealing with a long wear hue, so the next step is key. When you want to gently and effectively cleanse your skin, better than with hands alone, reach for a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. In order to help you remove long wear lipsticks without drying out or damaging your lips, Clarisonic has the Clarisonic Lip Cleansing Kit. This three-piece kit has everything you need to remove—and wear—long wear, liquid lipstick. To use, place the Radiance brush head on your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush and use some of the included Refreshing Gel Cleanser. Buff your lips gently until the color rinses away. This step also helps to prep your lips for the included liquid lipstick by removing dry, dead skin cells and leaving your lips soft and ready for that long wear color. APPLY A MOISTURIZING LIP BALM After removing your long wear lipstick and buffing away any dead skin from your pout, restore moisture by layering on a hydrating lip balm. This step is essential when caring for your lips and will help to keep them soft and supple until the next time you reach for that matte shade. WHAT NOT TO DO It may seem easier to reach for a paper towel or an abrasive scrub to rub away the lip stain, but doing this will cause more harm than good. You may be able to remove the long wear lipstick, but you’ll also risk damaging your delicate lips. Using harsh tactics when trying to remove lipsticks can leave your pout dried out and chapped or worse, cracked and bleeding. No matter how you chose to remove your liquid and matte lipsticks remember to be gentle in order to keep your lips in kissable condition in the long run.