While the saying goes that “beauty is only skin deep,” the way your skin looks can definitely affect how you feel about yourself. Glowing skin can be a major confidence boost, and it’s a sign that your skin is healthy and taken care of well. When your complexion looks less than perfect, this can have the opposite effect on your self-esteem. Keep reading to learn how skin affects self-confidence, how to build a strong foundation for beautiful skin, and how to embrace your natural beauty and skin tone.
How Skin Affects Self-Confidence
Regardless of your age, skin issues like acne can mess with your self-esteem, making you feel less confident in yourself, and frustrated with how your skin appears. This can be particularly challenging in your teen years, when acne is very common.
When you have acne, your first thought might be to harshly scrub your skin in an effort to get rid of your pimples, but that can actually do more harm than good. Instead, focus on building a strong foundation for beautiful skin by following a consistent skin care routine. Blemish-free skin can help increase your self-esteem, so follow the below skin care tips to start working on your complexion. Glowing skin is closer than you think!
Use a Facial Cleansing Brush Head for Acne-Prone Skin
Putting together a skin care routine for beautiful skin starts with being consistent—specifically, cleansing and moisturizing twice a day. If you have acne, use a Clarisonic cleansing facial brush, like the Mia Smart, which cleanses skin 6x better than hands alone. Pop an Acne Cleansing Brush Head onto your device to gently remove debris from your pores and leave your skin feeling softer, smoother, and comfortably clean. This brush head is gentle enough to use on sensitive acne-prone skin and preps the skin for better acne treatment. Pair it with our Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser for a deep clean.
Treat Acne with Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide
Once you’re done cleansing, it’s time to think about treatments. If you have blemishes, reach for a spot treatment formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, two popular and effective ingredients that can help improve the look of acne-prone skin. Keep in mind that both of these ingredients can increase skin’s sun sensitivity—that means it’s super-important to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day. Look for an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen that won’t clog pores and apply it in the morning after putting on your acne treatment.
Moisturize Wisely Before Bed
At night, you can skip the sunscreen and just apply a moisturizer post-acne treatment instead. Yep, you still need to apply moisturizer even if you have acne! You might think that you can skip this step if your skin is on the oily side or prone to blemishes, but acne treatments can be drying, so it’s essential to keep your skin hydrated—otherwise it could get irritated or red. Just as you would with sunscreen, look for an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer formula. Water- or gel-based moisturizer are both great options for acne-prone skin because they’re very lightweight and won’t clog pores.
Use Makeup That Enhances Your Natural Beauty
You might be tempted to pile on the foundation and concealer to cover up imperfections, but heavy makeup looks unnatural—plus, wearing too much makeup can clog your pores and lead to more breakouts. Instead, reach for makeup that enhances your natural beauty—think lightweight tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and highlighter lotions. You can apply face makeup with a Sonic Foundation Brush for seamless blending. Finish up your makeup with a quick swipe of mascara and tinted lip balm for a look that’s polished and appropriate for school or work.
Give Your Skin a Break from Makeup on the Weekends
The weekends are time to relax and unwind after a busy week. Just as you give your body and mind a break, let your skin rest, too. Go makeup-free on the weekends to allow your skin to recover. Weekends are the perfect time for pampering your skin with a face mask—or a few face masks. Try multi-masking on Saturday or Sunday. Multi-masking involves applying different face masks to different areas of your face at the same time. This allows you to address more than one skin issue. If you have breakouts on your forehead, try using a clay mask to draw out pore-clogging impurities. If you have dry skin on your cheeks, try using a refreshing hydrating mask with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe vera on this area of your face. When you’re ready to take your masks off, use a Clarisonic cleansing facial brush to get the job done.
Think About What You Love About Your Skin
Building self-esteem is also about embracing the skin you have. Take the time to think about what you love about yourself instead of always stressing over your not-so-perfect areas of skin. Sometimes building self-esteem is as simple as reminding yourself that you’re beautiful, regardless of whether or not you have a pimple on your chin.