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After a certain age, visible signs of aging skin are to be expected. This is a completely natural occurrence—one that’s in the cards for us all—and not a cause for concern. Still, not everyone is pleased to welcome fine lines and wrinkles, especially since they can add years to the face. The skin around the eyes is thin, delicate and often neglected—a perfect storm for signs of aging on skin to develop. Crow’s feet, creases that spread out from the corners of the eyes in the shape of a bird’s foot or footprint, are one of the most common. Some people only notice crow’s feet when they smile or laugh, but over time these lines can become deeper and more permanent regardless of your facial expression. The silver lining is that proper eye skin care can help address crow’s feet and prevent them from appearing prematurely, but can crow’s feet ever really go away completely? Read on for the answer. What Causes Crow’s Feet? We know you’re here to learn how to get rid of crow’s feet, but those efforts will be for naught if you don’t know what causes crow’s feet to appear. Below, we’re sharing a few common crow’s feet causes to keep in mind. 1. Habitual Facial Expressions Sometimes referred to as smile lines, laugh lines, or expression lines, crow’s feet can appear as a result of repeated movements of the skin around eyes such as smiling or squinting. How does this happen? When you smile or squint, the skin around your eyes and mouth folds naturally. These repetitive motions can break down elastin and collagen fibers, the proteins that give your skin its vibrancy and bounce. As the body ages, its collagen and elastin levels decline naturally, which can make it more difficult for the skin to spring back into place. What You Can Do: It’s important to express yourself. If you’re feeling happy, it’s natural to smile or laugh. Just be mindful of how often you are crinkling your skin as a result of these expressions. It’s possible you weren’t cognizant of how it could impact your skin. 2. Prolonged Sun Exposure Did you know that the sun’s harmful UV rays can break down collagen and elastin? This is why continuous (unprotected) exposure to sun rays can cause premature and sagging. You may not notice these negative side effects right away, but they will creep up on you over time making you look older than your years. What’s more, being out in the sun often causes us to squint our eyes, which goes back to the harm of habitual facial expressions mentioned above. What You Can Do: Prior to heading outdoors, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of skin for UV protection. When caring for your eye contour, reach for a sunscreen or SPF Moisturizer that’s specially formulated for this delicate area to prevent irritation. Apply SPF liberally and reapply at least every two hours. To avoid squinting and to provide an extra layer of protection against crow’s feet, wear UV-safe sunglasses. 3. Environmental Aggressors UV rays aren’t the only culprit behind premature aging skin. Other environmental aggressors can cause free radicals to form, such as pollution and smoke, which latch onto the skin and break down collagen and elastin. If you live in a big city, this can especially be a cause for concern. What You Can Do: Don’t want to move to a rural area? You don’t have to uproot your home in the name of younger looking skin. Instead, shield your skin against free radical damage by applying antioxidants in tandem with your daily sunscreen in your daily skin care routine. Vitamin C has a great ability to neutralize free radical damage and can help reveal brighter-looking skin. Apply a vitamin C serum prior to applying sunscreen for the best line of protection. 4. Your Sleeping Position We all go to bed at night and many of us sleep in the same position for hours and hours. Similar to how habitual facial expressions can cause wrinkles to form, sleeping on your side can contribute to sleep lines which can eventually become permanent. What You Can Do: Switch to a sleeping position on your back. It’s the best way to prevent wrinkles from forming while you snooze. If you have trouble staying on your back once you fall asleep, surround yourself with body pillows which can prevent movement. An anti-aging pillow and silk pillowcases may also be helpful since they’re softer and more delicate than the cotton variety. 5. Natural Aging We all get older every single day. With the natural passing of time, your skin can begin to lose its volume. Cell turnover slows down as does moisture retention, and the result can often be visible wrinkles and lines. What You Can Do: The truth is there’s not much you can do to prevent natural aging. It’ll happen on its own, and that isn’t a bad thing! By sticking to a well-rounded skin care routine and healthy lifestyle habits, your skin can age gracefully and you can help prevent visible signs from cropping up prematurely. Can You Get Rid of Crow’s Feet? And now for the million-dollar question: can you get rid of crow’s feet? Probably not. You can help them look less obvious, but it’s much more difficult to get rid of them once they’re already there. That’s why the best treatment plan is actually a prevention plan. Do your best to keep crow’s feet from appearing starting from a young age. If you are already dealing with crow’s feet, follow the steps below which may help you see some improvement or reduction in their appearance. 1. Massage Your Eye Contour Massaging the skin helps relax muscles, stimulate blood circulation, and promote collagen and elastin production. You could massage anywhere on your body, including your eye contour thanks to the Sonic Awakening Eye Massager. The applicator is equipped with two aluminum tips for a cooling eye massage that’s relaxing and effective. Gentle and easy to use, this applicator can help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet lines and under-eye wrinkles and reveal firmer-feeling skin around the eyes in just eight weeks. To learn how to massage your eye contour with Sonic Awakening Eye Massager, watch the video below! 2. Apply Hydrating Eye Masks Hydrating eye masks and patches can moisturize the eye area, visually plumping the skin so it appears more youthful as a result. Once a week (if not more often), apply a hydrating eye mask formulated with humectant ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid to amp up moisture levels around your eye contour. The more hydrated your eye skin is, the better it will look. 3. Use Anti-Aging Products for Eyes It’s never too late to start an anti-aging eye care routine. Incorporate anti-aging eye creams, serums, and gels into your skin care routine since they can target wrinkles and lines, helping to smooth their appearance over time. Look out for ingredients for healthy skin such as retinol, vitamin C, and peptides in your anti-aging products and use them diligently. The bottom line? You could take steps to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet with proper lifestyle and skin care habits, but aging (and the fine lines and wrinkles that come along with it) is a natural part of life. Take proper precautionary measures—some of which we mentioned earlier—to prevent eye wrinkles from forming prematurely. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in your skin!
Anyone who’s ever been on a quest to achieve a perfectly poreless complexion knows that reaching your skincare goals is a journey. However, scrolling through Instagram looking at post after post of clear skin can make you feel like you’re on the journey alone. Rarely, if ever, do we get the chance to take a look behind the scenes to see just what it take to maintain the skin you deserve. Which is why we partnered with Her Campus and challenged 20 people to take the My Clarisonic Journey. To put the My Clarisonic Journey to the test, we gifted 20 eager men and women around the country with Clarisonic Mia Smart devices and challenged them to cleanse their faces twice a day, every day for 30 days. The best part is, they don’t have to change anything about their current skincare routine but continue to use the cleansers they love, just with the Mia Smart device. Before the journey started, all 20 men and women were excited to see how the Clarisonic Mia Smart could help them tackle a wide range of skin concerns from uneven skin texture to hyperpigmentation. To track their progress, individuals submitted an unretouched, filter and makeup-free photo of themselves each week of the month-long challenge and documented whether the Mia Smart device helped them reach their skin care goals. After 30 days, the Clarisonic Mia Smart device completely changed the skin of those on the journey. Don’t believe us? We’re highlighting three incredible My Clarisonic Journeys below. Tiffany V. Before Tiffany began on her My Clarisonic Journey, she dealt with dry acne prone skin, skin sensitivity, and hyperpigmentation. Like many people her age, Tiffany considered skincare to be important to her but hadn’t really found a routine that left her with the clear and even skin tone she hoped for. “I’m extremely excited to start using the Clarisonic,” she said before using the Clarisonic Mia Smart for the first time. “I have heard so many good reviews from people that I know. My skin would really benefit from a new skincare routine. I hope to get clearer skin and better skincare habits out of this project. I recently have had more acne than usual and dry skin. I have been trying out different products but haven’t found one that works for me. Hopefully, the Clarisonic can help with that!”Despite not changing anything about her skincare routine except for cleansing with Clarisonic’s Mia Smart twice a day, Tiffany saw results in just two weeks! As you can see in her before and after pictures, the blemishes on the right side of her face cleared drastically, and her skin looks brighter and more even. “I love the product,” she declared at her two-week check-in. “It takes off all my makeup.”By the third week of the challenge, Tiffany was hooked. After just three weeks of using the Clarisonic Mia Device, she couldn’t imagine her skincare routine without it.My skin quality has been improving. I still have minor breakouts, but the Clarisonic has been helping me clean my skin before adding any products. It has easily become one of my daily essentials during my skincare routine.”As the weeks progressed and Tiffany reached the end of the 30-day challenge, her skin continued to improve, and by the end of her journey, she was rewarded with clearer, brighter, smoother skin. “I still have active acne, but I definitely feel the improvement of my skin, especially the texture from using the Clarisonic,” she explained. “With continuing my daily use, I will see even more progress.” Jared K. If you rely on countless blotting papers to get your oily T-zone through the day, you can probably relate to Jared. “My skin tends to be free from blemishes, but its oiliness and dryness are in constant flux. I'm hoping that with the Clarisonic Mia Smart I can minimize oil buildup (and consequent blackheads) around my nose and maximize moisturization around all the edges where the climate in which I live tends to drastically dry me out,” Jared said. “The device customization options and the daily reminder system all built into the Clarisonic app should help me stay consistent with my routine and give my face the dedicated attention it deserves!”“I’m ready to give my skin the best solutions available in order to best equip myself to start each day with confidence in my appearance,” he said. After just a few days, Jared loved the new addition to his new skincare routine. “Since I began using the device, the edges of my face feel less dry, and I feel like my skin shows more consistent appearance even after oil has begun to accumulate through the course of the day,” he said. “More than anything I'm happy to have a skincare routine that is impeccably consistent. Because the device gives prompts to tell me when to move from forehead to nose to cheeks, I know that each time I wash my face I'm giving equal and consistent treatment.” In just three weeks, the consistency started to pay off and Jared was rewarded with balanced, healthy skin. “Another week of use has amplified the results of the week prior—my skin feels balanced, and the consistency of the care that I'm giving my face makes me feel great as I start and end each day!”After just 30 days, Jared’s skin was clearer, brighter, significantly less oily, and without any dry skin patches in sight! “My Clarisonic device has become an integral part of my care routine—just as necessary to my morning as brushing my teeth! I love the consistency it's provided me in addressing the concerns specific to my skin and the ease with which I've been able to use the device to address these needs,” Jared said. “The skin across my forehead is noticeably softer than it was when I began to use the device, which is perfectly in line with the goal I set at the start of this campaign to minimize dryness!” Nicole R. As a self-described avid skincare lover, Nicole Rosario couldn’t wait to start her My Clarisonic Journey with the hopes of tackling her oily, textured skin and hyperpigmentation. “I’m excited to use my Clarisonic device to help me out with my uneven skin tone. I’m looking forward to the results,” Nicole said before using the Clarisonic Mia Smart for the first time. Nicole didn’t have to wait long to see the results she coveted. After just two weeks, she saw much smoother skin texture.“The device was really easy to use, and made my skin feel really soft. I also did notice my skin looks brighter with a healthy glow,” she said. After three weeks of consistent use, Nicole began to see results she didn’t even know were possible. “My skin feels so smooth and brighter also, I notice how my acne scars are less visible,” she said. “The number of blackheads has also diminished.”As her My Clarisonic Journey came to an end, Nicole credited the Mia Smart device for changing her skin completely and vowed to never go without her Clarisonic ever again. “My acne scars are barely visible, and I can’t go back without my Clarisonic,” she said. “My skin feels baby soft, and my makeup applies so much better!” Whether you’re looking to upgrade your skincare routine or tackle some of your biggest skin concerns, the My Clarisonic Journey is the perfect way to introduce a Clarisonic device into your skincare routine. You’re only 30 days away from the flawless skin of your dreams!
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 ultimate 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 facial cleansing brush. The Clarisonic Mia Men is a cleansing device engineered for men’s tough, resilient skin. With its patented sonic oscillation technology, Mia Men is paired with the Charcoal Brush Head detoxifies the skin and draws out impurities from the pores, washing away sebum and pollution particles for cleaner skin. 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 Mia Men could be just what you need - the 60 second cleansing clears buildup on skin and helps prep your face and neck for a closer shave. For those of you who prefer to leave a bit of facial hair behind, don’t feel left out. Mia Men can also help make beards feel softer and effectively cleanses the skin under your beard. 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.
For most people dealing with acne, the number one goal is to get rid of blemishes—and fast. However, oftentimes breakouts leave behind acne scars. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an acne scar occurs when the breakout deeply penetrates the skin, damaging the skin and tissue beneath the surface. As the body tries to repair the damaged blemish, it can produce too much or too little collagen, leaving behind a scar. There are different types of acne scars—depressed acne scars (atrophic scars) and raised acne scars (hypertrophic scars)—and the treatment plan is specific to each one. Below, we’re explaining the differences between each type of acne scar and what causes them to form. What Causes Acne Scars? We’re told never to pick or squeeze our pimples because it can increase the risk of acne scar formation, and that’s good advice to follow. According to AAD, picking at the skin increases inflammation and in turn, heightens the risk of scarring. But that’s not the only cause of acne scars. Acne scar formation has a lot to do with collagen production, the fiber that gives the skin its support, bounce, and youthfulness. If the body produces too little collagen as the skin heals from a severe breakout, a depressed acne scar can form, including icepick, boxcar, and rolling scars. If the body produces too much collagen while healing, raised acne scars, like keloids, can form. Ice Pick Scars An icepick scar is a depressed acne scar, also known as an atrophic scar. Icepick scars look like narrow and deep pits as if an ice pick were repeatedly poked into the skin. Boxcar Scars A boxcar scar is also a depressed acne scar. According to a study published to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), boxcar scars are round or oval depressions in the skin with vertical edges. They have a wider surface than icepick scars and can be shallow or deep. Rolling Scars Rolling scars, also categorized as depressed acne scars, get their name from their appearance as tiny depressions that slope across the skin. According to the NCBI, rolling scars are usually wider than 4 to 5 mm. Keloid Scars A keloid scar is a raised acne scar or hypertrophic scar, which looks like a dark red or purple bump on the skin, often larger than the original size of the blemish. Because of their raised appearance and size, keloid scars are usually quite noticeable and harder to conceal with makeup. According to the NCBI, keloid scars are more common in dark-skinned individuals. Hyperpigmentation Sometimes when acne disappears, it leaves behind a dark spot or area of discoloration typically ranging in colors from pink to red or brown to black known as hyperpigmentation. It is caused by a post-inflammatory skin response. Hyperpigmentation is not exactly an acne scar (as it is not raised or pitted) but rather a reaction that causes the body to produce too much melanin which leaves behind a dark mark. In some cases, hyperpigmentation will clear on its own, but alpha hydroxy acids and other skin-brightening ingredients can help fade its appearance. How to Prevent Acne Scars There are several treatments available to help get rid of acne scars, including soft-tissue fillers and laser resurfacing, according to the Mayo Clinic. How well you take care of your active breakouts is often a good indicator of whether or not you can prevent acne scars. Here are some helpful steps to follow to prevent acne scars. 1. Be Gentle with Your Skin Care Routine Excessive rubbing and scrubbing is never a good idea for your skin, especially while you’re dealing with an active breakout. To help reduce the risk of acne scar formation, the AAD recommends gentle skin care practices. Instead of scrubbing your skin with a face scrub or other harsh exfoliator (which can worsen acne), cleanse your skin gently with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, like Mia Prima, paired with our Acne Cleansing Brush Head. Ideal for sensitive, acne-prone skin, the brush head gently removes pore-clogging debris from the skin, so it’s left feeling soft, smooth, and clean. 2. Avoid Squeezing Pimples There’s no benefit to squeezing pimples. It causes the skin around the blemish to swell and turn red, drawing more attention to pimples. What’s more, you can push dirt and debris deeper into your skin and any dirt or bacteria on your fingertips can enter the blemish and cause your acne to worsen. To give your acne the best chance of healing the right way, keep your hands off your face. 3. Treat Pimples Before They Scar Spot treat your pimples with spot treatment creams and pimple patches. Spot treatments can help speed along the pimple healing process with ingredients like salicylic acid. Furthermore, spot treatments like pimple patches can help mask your blemishes without clogging your pores.
Anyone who has dealt with acne knows that breakouts can be unpredictable and confusing. We answer six frequently-asked questions about acne—from the best products to how to get rid of acne at home—and their answers. Acne Q1: How Do I Get Rid of Acne at Home? To get rid of acne at home, you’ll want to combine a strong acne-fighting skin care routine with good skin habits. Cleanse & Tone When you’re dealing with acne, tailor your cleansing routine to target blemishes. You’ll want to strike the perfect balance with your cleansing routine; if you cleanse too infrequently, you risk dirt and grime building up in your pores, and if you cleanse too often, you risk irritating your skin and causing it to dry out. Toners are just as important to your skincare routine. The key to treating existing acne and preventing new blemishes from forming is to keep the skin’s surface as clean as possible. That means cleansing up to twice per day and following with a gentle toner to remove any lingering traces of dirt and makeup. Saturate a cotton pad with an alcohol-free, clarifying facial toner and sweep it over your entire face. Spot Treatment Whether you’re dealing with a full-fledged breakout or just a few stray pimples, a spot treatment such as pimple patches can help reduce the appearance and intensity of acne. Look for one that’s formulated with an acne-fighting ingredient like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur. Follow with an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Acne Q2: What Is the Best Cleanser for Acne? The best cleansers for acne are formulated with powerful acne-fighting ingredients, cleanse the skin gently yet effectively, and don’t cause irritation or excessive dryness. Be sure to do research to make sure that you have enough information about ingredients or products that help reduce acne when choosing your cleanser. Need a recommendation? Try the Clarisonic Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser. It’s a 2 percent salicylic acid and lipo-hydroxy acid facial wash that can help clear existing breakouts and prevent new ones from forming, all without over-drying the skin or causing discomfort. Acne Q3: What Products Help Acne? There are spot cleansers, toners, serums, essences, moisturizers, masks, and more available formulated specifically to target breakouts. All of these products can help your fight against acne, but they’re not all created equal. It’s important to scan the labels beforehand to know exactly what is being put on your skin. Look for words like ‘non-comedogenic’ and ‘oil-free’ to help reduce the risk of clogged pores, and make sure the products are formulated with at least one acne-fighting Our dermatologist consultant, Dr. Anita Saluja of For Your Best Self in Melbourne, FD shares her favorites for acne. • Clarisonic Pore and Blemish Gel Cleanser • SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment • Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Acne Q4: Are Facial Brushes Good for Acne? Yes. Incorporating a facial brush to your routine can help address “the root cause of acne which is abnormal skin shedding and inflammation within the hair follicle-oil gland unit,” says Dr. Melanie Palm at Art of Skin in San Diego, CA. When in the search for your facial brush, be sure to purchase a brush with an oscillating brush as opposed to a rotating brush. Spinning and rotating brushes can be abrasive as they twist and tug on delicate skin. Clarisonic Mia Smart is an oscillating brush that gently glides back and forth with water, creating a vacuum effect to remove first and oil and makeup from the skin’s surface and pores. Dr. Melanie Palm says “Clarisonic is a highly effective cleansing tool that assists in the process of skin renewal and normal turnover. Part of an effective acne treatment is consistent cleansing, and Clarisonic offers the most effective means of removing dirt, oil, skin cells, and even bacteria to provide cleaner, clearer, less inflamed skin.” Acne Q5: Can Facial Brushes Cause Breakouts? If you’re a first timer facial brush user, you may experience a temporary uptick in breakouts. “This reaction is called skin purging, and it isn’t a cause for concern. Skin purging, when the skin experiences more breakouts temporarily after a change in skincare routine, can occur with over-exfoliation or irritation,” Dr. Anita Saluja says. Dr. Saluja’s advice? “Start using your Clarisonic once every three days, then every other day,” she says. “Take your time to build up to regular daily use. Also, try a few brush heads to see which suits your skin best and keep your Clarisonic brush head clean.” Rinse your brush head after every use and replace it every three months. Acne Q6: How Can I Get Clear Skin Overnight? Great skin takes time to achieve, and there’s no such thing as short cuts. Breakouts take time to heal, and you shouldn’t try to rush the process since it could promote scarring. You probably won’t be able to get rid of your breakouts overnight, but you could help reduce their appearance by applying a spot treatment before bed.
Anyone who’s ever suffered from acne knows the never-ending saga of trying to find the perfect products for your acne prone skin. As much as you try to remain optimistic, sometimes it can feel like all you’re left with is a vanity full of products that don’t work, an empty wallet, and acne that won’t budge. Everyone’s acne journey is unique, but people with acne-prone skin types can take solace in knowing that the options to treat acne are seemingly endless. If you’re still searching for the perfect products for your acne prone skin, allow us to suggest some of our favorites. Oil Cleansers Oily skin types are usually no strangers to breakouts. When excess oil pools on your skin’s surface, it can mix with dead cells and dirt and form a clogged pore which—with exposure to bacteria—can transform into a red, juicy pimple. So the idea of adding more oil onto the skin when washing acne-prone skin of all things may seem like a cruel joke, but it’s actually not. The proof is in the science: oil attracts oil. Instead of using water (which repels oil) to break down pore-clogging grease and makeup on the skin’s surface, you should use a lightweight oil cleanser instead. Once you’ve found the right oil cleanser for your skin, apply a few pumps into the palms of your hand and massage it into dry skin. Add water onto your skin and use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, like Mia Smart, to emulsify the oil cleanser for up to one minute and give your skin a deep clean up to six times better than your hands alone. Editor’s note: Unless the oil cleanser used is formulated with an acne-fighting ingredients, it likely won’t reduce the appearance of blemishes. But by helping to eliminate excess sebum before it has a chance to clog pores, you can help prevent new blemishes from forming. Furthermore, oil cleansers are often much gentler than their foaming counterparts, making them a great option for anyone with sensitive acne skin. Sulfur Products You’ve probably heard of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to treat mild to severe acne blemishes, but there’s another acne-fighting ingredient that fewer people have heard of: sulfur. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it can eliminate acne-causing bacteria on the skin’s surface and unclog pores. You can find sulfur formulated into a handful of targeted skin care products for acne, including face masks and spot treatments. Editor’s note: As with any skin care product, if you’re introducing a new ingredient into your skin care routine be sure to test it out on the upper part of your inner arm before applying it to your face. This will allow you to make sure your skin doesn’t have any adverse reactions before applying it to your face. Retinoid Creams You may have heard of retinoid creams to combat aging and pimples, but that’s not all you can use it for. Dermatologists often recommend retinoid creams to deal with acne. Retinoid is the term used to describe products formulated with retinol. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A that’s available over the counter and by prescription, can help unclog pores, according to the AAD, making it a useful ingredient in the fight against comedonal acne (whiteheads and blackheads). For more severe acne, retinol may be recommended in conjunction with other acne-fighting products. Editor’s note: Retinoids are incredibly powerful and should only be used as directed. Due to increased sun sensitivity, apply retinoid products at night only and wear broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher on all exposed areas of skin during the daytime. If excess irritation or peeling occurs, discontinue use and consult your dermatologist.
When it comes to skincare advice, dermatologists are chock-full of helpful tips and tricks. Dermatologists have the intel you need to address your concerns and achieve your skincare goals. Naturally, we asked the brain of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Anita Saluja of For Your Best Self on all things acne. Here, she shares five of the best skincare tips to both prevent and treat acne. Grab a notebook and prepare to take notes! Acne Tip 1: Acne-Fighting Products Are Key There is no one-size-fits-all skincare routine for people with acne prone skin. What works for you may not work for your best friend. If you’re not sure where to start, consider investing in a Clarisonic Mia Smart or Mia Prima to cleanse the skin. If you have products you already love, the Mia Smart or Mia Prima can help them cleanse your skin more effectively. The devices also pair excellently with our Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser. If you’re looking for more recommendation for products formulated with the top ingredients for acne, check out some of Dr. Saluja’s favorites: Serum: “SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel is great for helping to calm inflamed acne after cleansing,” she says. Sunscreen: All skin types need to protect their skin against UV damage. Since some sunscreens can cause breakouts, you’ll want to find one feels lightweight and silky and dries to a comfortable finish. “SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is one of my favorite sunscreens for acne-prone skin,” Dr. Saluja says. Spot Treatment: No acne skincare routine is complete without a spot treatment. Reach for one that’s formulated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or sulfur. Dr. Saluja is particularly fond of La Roche Posay’s fan-favorite spot treatment Effaclar Duo. Acne Tip 2: Be Picky with Your Cleanser If you’re invested in targeting your acne, you should take your cleansing routine seriously, and part of that includes using the best cleanser for acne. “Look for a skin cleanser with salicylic acid, a tried and true ingredient, that improves abnormal shedding of skin cells and helps unclog pores,” Dr. Saluja says. “In turn, this action helps prevent new acne from forming.” Since preventing acne is equally as important as treating it, this is great advice to follow. In addition to salicylic acid, Dr. Saluja recommends scanning cleanser labels for lipohydroxy acid (LHA). “LHA is also quite tolerable, so it's less likely to irritate sensitive skin,” she says. The Clarisonic Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser is formulated with 2 percent salicylic acid and an exclusive micro-exfoliating LHA to help clear and prevent acne breakouts without over-drying the skin. With continued use, expect to see skin that looks clearer and feels more comfortable, as well as a reduced appearance of pores. Acne Tip 3: Cleanse With a Clarisonic Cleansing your skin is one of the most important parts of any skincare routine, but it’s particularly important for people with acne prone skin. Acne feeds on bacteria and clogged pores and maintaining a regular cleansing schedule can help to keep those irritants at bay. “A Clarisonic has patented technology to work gently to clean the skin more effectively than anything else, including your hands,” she says. “By removing makeup, dirt, environmental pollutants, and whatever else that is trapped in pores, your skin looks smoother and feels softer. I see this in my patients.” While a Clarisonic can help you achieve clearer, brighter skin, you may not want to use it every time you cleanse your skin. Dr. Saluja urges everyone to use their best judgment. Overall, everyone can benefit from cleansing with a Clarisonic if they customize their own routine with the right brush head(s) and frequency. “Most people do best with daily Clarisonic cleansing, but some might do better with using it three times a week,” Dr. Saluja says. “As with all routines, experiment and practice until you find what works best for you.” Acne Tip 4: Curb Poor Lifestyle Habits Your acne-fighting cleansing routine may be next to perfect, but that’s only one part of the journey towards clearer-looking skin. Your lifestyle habits matter too, and if they’re not up to snuff you risk ruining all of hard work and dedication. So, in addition to following a self-care routine that works for you, eat a healthy diet of fresh vegetables and fruits. “Avoid processed or sugary foods,” Dr. Saluja recommends. Exercise regularly to get your blood pumping, even if it’s a brisk walk for 30 minutes each day. “And, don't forget to get your beauty sleep,” Dr. Saluja says. “Resting for 7 to 8 hours a night helps our bodies and our skin reset.” Acne Tip 5: Don’t Let Skin Purging Ruin Your Momentum Introducing a new product to your skincare routine can sometimes be frustrating if you have acne prone skin. For example, using a new device like a Clarisonic, for the first time is definitely exciting—if you experience positive results, that is. But if on your quest to eliminate breakouts you experience more of them as a result of introducing a Clarisonic in your routine, you may be tempted to give up on the tool altogether. This reaction is called skin purging, and it isn’t a cause for concern. “Skin purging, when the skin experiences more breakouts temporarily after a change in a skincare routine, can occur with over-exfoliation or irritation,” Dr. Saluja says. Since Clarisonic facial cleansing brushes are so efficient at deep cleaning the skin, the stimulating effect can in some cases make the skin look worse before it starts to look better. Dr. Saluja’s advice? Stick with your Clarisonic cleansing routine, but be gentle until your skin settles down. “Start using your Clarisonic once every three days, then every other day,” she says. “Take your time to build up to regular daily use. Also, try a few brush heads to see which suits your skin best and keep your Clarisonic brush head clean.” Rinse your brush head after every use and replace it every three months. Skin purging is a small hurdle on the way towards the best skin of your life!
Anyone who knows anything about skincare knows that exfoliating is an essential part of any skincare routine. It can eliminate a rough skin texture, help even the skin’s tone, improve clarity, and also reduce the risk of clogged pores and breakouts. As crucial as exfoliating is, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there for the people who need it most: people with acne prone skin. If you’ve been searching high and low for information on exfoliating acne prone skin, your search ends here. Exfoliation involves removing the topmost layer of skin to reveal the softer, smoother, brighter cells underneath. There are two types of exfoliation, physical—which involves manually scrubbing away dead cells—and chemical—which involves dissolving dead cells with a skin care acid—to choose from and there’s been much debate over which one is better. That answer won’t be the same for everyone, and will largely depend on your skin type and tolerance levels. Whether physical or chemical, choosing an exfoliator is not a decision you want to make in haste. Above all else, consider your skin type to ensure you don’t cause unnecessary damage or irritation with your exfoliation routine. Can You Exfoliate on Acne-Prone Skin? The answer is yes, you can exfoliate on acne-prone skin. In fact, regular exfoliation on acne-prone skin can help reduce the likelihood of breakouts! But wait, there’s a catch. You want to make sure you follow the proper exfoliation routine for acne-prone skin, especially if you are dealing with an active breakout. How to Exfoliate Acne Prone Skin If you’re looking to exfoliate on acne-prone skin, follow these tips to help ensure the best results. Tip 1: Be Gentle The key to successful exfoliation, regardless of your skin type, is being gentle. Many exfoliators already have chemical exfoliants, tiny beads, or sonic technology that already does the action for you. Scrubbing rigorously or forcefully won’t help you achieve better results; in fact, it could set your progress back tremendously. If you are exfoliating with the Clarisonic Sonic Exfoliator, let the exfoliating brush glide over your facial contours with ease. Don’t add any extra pressure. If you have an acne breakout that is sensitive to the touch, it is okay to skip that sensitive area. Once the inflammation has calmed, exfoliate the area to help boost cell turnover. Tip 2: Read Your Labels Chemical exfoliants can sometimes be harsh on the skin and if you’re already using acne-fighting products with ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in them, applying more chemicals to your face may wreak havoc on your skin. If you decide to use a chemical exfoliant, be sure to read the ingredients to ensure they won’t adversely react to the products you are already using on your face. Tip 3: Choose Your Exfoliation Tool Wisely Instead of using a harsh scrub which can aggravate acne, exfoliate your acne-prone skin with the Sonic Exfoliator, our gentle exfoliating brush. It can act as a 60-second scrub replacement to help you achieve soft, smooth, and radiant-looking skin without damage. Pair it with our glycolic acid peel cleanser, Skin Renewing Peel Treatment, for results comparable to a professional glycolic acid peel, including decongested pores, improved skin clarity, polished skin, a boost in cell turnover, and better absorption of subsequent skin care products. It’s gentle enough for all skin types to use, including sensitive and acne-prone! Tip 4: Don’t Overdo It How often one should exfoliate is an ongoing debate amongst industry professionals. Some experts agree that once per week is sufficient for most skin types, while others recommend a more frequent routine of 2-3 times per week. Follow an exfoliation routine that works with your skin’s tolerance levels to avoid over-exfoliation, which manifests as uncomfortable, dry, and irritated skin. Tip 5: Moisturize Afterwards All skin types must moisturize after exfoliating. As long as you don’t over-exfoliate, exfoliating shouldn’t make your face feel dry. But because you must wash your face before exfoliating, you should always complete your skincare routine with a moisturizer. For acne-prone skin, we recommend a lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic face cream to reintroduce any lost moisture. Bonus points if it’s formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to target existing blemishes.
Time and time again, it’s said that mother knows best and we can’t argue with that, especially when it comes to beauty tips including skin care advice. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Clarisonic team is giving credit to our leading ladies by sharing five all-too-important beauty tips passed down from Mom. Tip 1: Remove All Makeup Before Bed After a long night, sleeping is probably the only thing on your mind, but you should muster up the energy to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin. Sleeping in makeup can clog pores and disrupt the skin’s natural self-repair process. “My Mom always told me to wash my face and makeup before bed if I don’t want to break out,” says Clarisonic Digital Media Manager Sara. Before crawling into bed, remove all traces of foundation, concealer, and makeup. It’ll only take a minute or two, and the payoff is well worth it. To deep clean your skin more effectively than using just your hands, reach for a Clarisonic Mia Smart and a cleansing brush head catered to your skin type and concerns. Tip 2: Invest in Your Skin Care Skin is your body’s largest organ. When it comes to caring for it, you don’t want to cut any corners. That said, Mom likely didn’t advise you to spend your entire paycheck on skin care products. To be clear, investing in your skin doesn’t mean splurging beyond your means. It simply means doing your research and using products and tools that can address your top concerns and give you the results you (and your skin) deserve. “My mom was a tomboy and barely wore makeup, but she made sure that her skin care routine is perfect,” says Clarisonic Creative Manager Stephanie. “She would say ‘find your skin care routine and do it every day – cleanser, toner, and moisturizer’.” After all, you’re going to be in this skin for your entire lifetime—don’t you want it to look its best? Tip 3: Treat Sunscreen Like Gold If you think back on your childhood and have vivid memories of Mom slathering you in a thick coat of sunscreen before every beach day or outdoor barbecue, you’re probably not alone. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is one of the most important skin care product for people of all ages, skin types, and skin tones. So go ahead and thank Mom the next time you see her for protecting your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays all those years you couldn’t do it yourself. “Mom always used to say sunscreen is a must, even on a cloudy day!” says Clarisonic Copywriter Tammy. “I never knew why but did it anyway.” The reason why Mom encouraged sun protection is because exposure to UV rays can cause painful sunburn and blisters, premature aging skin, and even some cancers. Now that you’re old enough to care for your own skin, make Mom proud and keep a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 on hand at all times. Apply it on all exposed areas of skin for UV protection before heading outdoors, and reapply at least every two hours. Tip 4: Pay Attention to Your Neck & Chest During daily skin care routines, facial skin tends to get all the pampering. Needless to say, the skin below the jawline, like on the neck and chest, is often left in the dust. This neglect can result in premature aging skin, which is much easier to prevent than it is to treat. Caring for the neck and décolletage from a young age can help combat signs of premature aging and keep your skin looking youthful for longer. “I have fair skin and am very susceptible to freckles and sunburns,” says Clarisonic PR Coordinator Maddie. “My mother use to tell me to not forget to apply products and especially sunscreen on my neck and chest.” Mom may have learned this the hard way, but every mistake is a learning opportunity. So heed Mom’s advice and extend your skin care routine down to your neck and chest—you won’t regret it! It can be hard to find time to care for your neck and chest, but our Firming Massage Head can make things easier. One minute per day is all it takes to target 15 signs of aging on the face, neck, and décolletage. With continued use over 12 weeks, you can help transform your skin so it feels firmer and looks more defined. Watch the video above for tips on how to massage your neck and chest with Firming Massage Head! Tip 5: Don’t Tug at Skin Around Eyes Whether you’re removing stubborn mascara or liquid liner, pulling and tugging at your eyes can do more harm than good. Over time, this rough treatment of skin around eyes can cause fine lines and wrinkles to form prematurely. “My mom gasped when she saw how I scrubbed my eyes with a cotton ball when removing my mascara,” says Clarisonic Marketing Intern Ellen. “She taught me that my waterproof mascara would come off easily if I wait about 5 seconds with my cotton pad on my eyes before I start to rub.” Since the skin around the eyes is thin and fragile, it should be treated with gentle care when removing eye makeup or applying eye cream. Let’s raise a glass to beloved Moms who—among many noteworthy achievements—have helped pave the way towards healthy skin for daughters everywhere! These beauty tips are truly ones we live by and we hope you do, too!
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.
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.