2- Exfoliate several times a week. Exfoliating with alpha or beta-hydroxy acids or scrubs can get rid of the dull, rough outer layer of skin. While cleansing my skin before bed I use buf puf gentle facial sponge by 3M (purchase online). Once I week I exfoliate using an acid peel. (Try St. Ives Medicated Apricot Exfoliating Daily Cleansing Cloths with salicylic acid)
3- Drink at least 8 glasses (total 64oz.) of water a day. This will help clear your skin and give it a glow because it will help rid toxins from your body.
4- Protect and treat your skin with antioxidants. My #1 must have is Vitamin C . A pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C serum immediately minimizes and soothes the visible effects of environmentally damaged skin to create healthy, youthful glowing skin. Vitamin C also helps to lighten skin and improving the appearance of acne scars. Some of the best serums I have found are Image Vital C and Obagi professional Vitamin C (comes in 5,10,15 & 20%) Currently I am using the C RX system from Obagi that contains the 10% serum. You can find the best deals on serums at Ebay.com
5-Use a weekly moisturizing or anti-aging mask on face and neck, preferably after exfoliating the skin. You can make your own moisturizing mask, check out our posts for avocado or pumpkin mask.
6-Do NOT pick at existing blemishes. I know its hard but when you pick at or pop a pimple, you are spreading the bacteria from that onto the rest of your face. When a blemish pops up dab on a little tea tree oil, or lavender essential oil. They are both are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Lavender is especially great to use because it also calms the skin reducing redness. If by chance you had picked at a blemish, apply neosporin to irritated skin. Neosporin will kill bacteria and help it heel quicker and lessen the chance of it leaving a scar.
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