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 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 Smart, 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.