Do avoid harsh chemicals.
Use an herbal infusion to quell pain and calm inflammation, especially for cystic acne. Soak 1 tablespoon dried lavender or chamomile in 1 cup boiling water; let stand 5 minutes. Cool, then apply to face with a cotton ball.
Do get or give yourself a facial.
Once a month, support the skin’s own cycle of regeneration with a facial. (Try the at-home facial.) Taking this time to relax will also help ease stress.
Do check product ingredients.
Avoid those with specially denatured (SD) alcohol, which is harsh and drying to the skin, causing it to produce more oil. Skip products containing irritating perfumes and fragrances. Look for tea tree oil among the ingredients, or simply add a few drops to your current cleanser.
Don’t wash your skin more than twice a day.
Scrubbing skin squeaky clean leaves it in an unnaturally alkaline state, which can cause premature aging and leave skin prone to bacteria. Instead of chemical astringents, switch to witch hazel, which promotes balanced skin pH.
Rough handling will only inflame blemishes and promote infection.
Don’t jump from one skin-care brand to another.
Find a natural product line you trust and give it a chance. If you have limited time, avoid products and routines that require numerous steps.
Don’t forget to smile!
You’ll look your best—and you might even stave off some of the stress that can contribute to unhealthy skin.