That’s me, and on the right, with no filters and no photo editing at all. Oh yea – and no make-up either.
Not to brag – but I have some pretty sweet skin. It’s clear, even and only prone to an occasional blemish pop-up-shop [which I always freak out about]. However, my skin has not always been as great as it is right now. Between skincare ads, magazine articles and beauty blog posts – it can be really difficult to navigate the road to perfect skin. I had a hard time understanding what my skin actually needed and why – until about 6 months ago. And now, I’d like to share my newfound wisdom with you, because everyone deserves an equal opportunity to have perfect skin.
3 Steps to Getting Perfectly Smooth, Clear Skin
Before you begin reading the 3 secrets to great skin, I need to make sure we review a prerequisite. You MUST be doing this – otherwise the advice below doesn’t matter. Here is the foundation this advice rests on: you must be putting good things into your body. In order to have clear skin, you have to eat healthy foods. Clear, smooth skin starts on this inside. Got it? Great. Let’s dive in!
These 3 steps are meant to be performed once daily, but depending on your skin, you can decide on frequency of each/all steps.
Instead of just washing your face with soap or cleanser, you should ready be exfoliating it. Why? Because you have multiple layers of dead skin on your face. So when you just wash it, that’s really all your washing. Instead, you should be getting rid of dead skin as well as cleansing your face.
You should definitely be careful when using face scrubs though – don’t press hard or be too rough with your skin. The microbeads in the scrub are enough to do the exfoliate – just gently rub the scrub, in a circular motion, on your face and neck.
My Exfoliating Facial Cleanser Pick: Kiehl’s “Clearly Corrected” Skin Brightening Exfoliator
2. Oil Up
I’m not sure why, but I grew up being afraid of putting anything with oil anywhere near my face. I thought that oil = break out. Turns out, oil is the secret to great skin. Too bad middle-school Natasha didn’t know that.
I received a bottle of a Clarins facial oil about 6 months ago after attending one of their skincare events at Nordstrom – and it has truly changed my skin for the better. I have never had smoother, creamier, softer skin than now. I sing PRAISES of this serum to my friends. If you can splurge on one facial care item – make it this one.
My Facial Oil Pick: Clarins Double Serum Concentrate
3. Protect with SPF
SPF really is that important. Besides what we put into our bodies – the sun is the other most damaging element for our skin. The only solution is to wear SPF every single day. It doesn’t matter if you live in a colder, sunless city. I live in Seattle, and I still wear SPF on my face every day. The easiest way is to get a CC cream (or tinted moisturizer) that has SPF in it. Using a CC cream takes care of evening out skin tone + SPF + anti-aging properties.
My SPF CC Cream Pick: Clinqiue ‘Moisture Surge” CC Cream
And that’s it! I see a bright future, for your skin, ahead.