Clear skin is not normally something you tend to worry about once you have passed those dreaded teenage years. However, it might surprise you to learn that many women struggle to keep their skin clear in their 30s and 40s due to hormonal changes – albeit from birth control pills, pregnancy, or perimenopause.
There are dozens of products on the market to help keep your skin clear – and you may already have your favorite. But the key to helping keep skin clear is developing a daily regimen for your skin. No need to spend tons of money – clear skin can be achieved with affordable, brand name products like these:
Cleanse and Exfoliate with Noxema Clean Blemish Control Daily Scrub. This product was specially formulated for adult skin to gently exfoliate without overdrying. With daily use this gentle scrub helps clear current breakouts and prevent future ones by gently exfoliating away dead skin cells and impurities. Skin is rejuvenated, moisture is restored and clear, smooth skin is revealed.
Moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer like Nuance Selma Hayek Ageless Clarity Acne Treatment moisturizer. Salicylic acid helps visibly reduce redness while unclogging pores to help treat breakouts. Lactic acid, helps enhance radiance while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Tepezcohuite helps improve tone for a smooth, youthful-looking complexion, and Calendula extract helps soothe and calm the skin.
Spot treat blemishes with Neutrogena All-In-1 Acne Control Facial Treatment made with soy to fade marks from past breakouts and Vitamin A and salicylic acid to control new breakouts.
For more information in controlling blemishes, especially in your adult years, read our article on Adult Acne.
DID YOU KNOW….?
You can improve your skin by eating a diet high in antioxidants, avoiding processed foods and keeping properly hydrated. Antioxidants like lycopene (found in tomatoes) olive oil, strawberries and blueberries all help keep skin clear and healthy. Click the link for more information on Eating for Healthy Skin.
Even Skin Tone
As we age our skin tone begins to show the signs of sun damage in the form of freckles, age spots and dark patches. To help even out skin tone, look for products with Vitamin C, Kojic acid, or licorice root to lighten dark spots and maintain an even skin tone.
Brightening Cleanser – for both brightening and exfoliating, try Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleaning Gelée. Their gentle blend has a unique cushion-gel texture that transforms when it comes in contact with water to create a gentle, cushioning foam on skin effectively removing dirt, oil and makeup. Citrus extracts will brighten the skin while hydroxy acids will exfoliate dead skin cells.
Sunscreen plus moisturizer will help prevent new spots from appearing. Use a product with at least SFP30 to be effective. Products with botanical extracts like L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Shied SPF40 not only protect the skin from future damage and spots, it helps fade existing dark spots as well.
Dark spot fader like Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is an effective spot treatment to fade spots in just 4 weeks, with a visible reduction in age spots and acne scars. Vitamin C, plant extracts and yeast extracts clear spots. This product is also appropriate for backs of hands and chest area.
For more information on uneven skin tone, read our article Uneven Skin Tone.