With so many skincare products found in the market, and each one marketed to provide blemish-free, flawless skin, it's easy to get carried away and make an impulse purchase in the hopes that it would solve your beauty problem. Just by making some simple and smart lifestyle changes, however, a radiant complexion will no longer just be a dream.

Cut back on sugar
Inflammation in the body is a result of too much artificial sugar found swimming in the bloodstream. It also happens to be the quickest way to trigger acne. If you cut back on the sugar intake, your waistline and your skin will be very grateful.

Get those ZZZ's
Sleeping replenishes your cells throughout the body. When you sleep, you are regenerating your energy while restoring radiance in your skin. Studies have shown that a lack of shut-eye spikes our cortisol levels, which, in turn, is linked to acne breakouts. Stressed skin is lackluster, prone to wrinkles, eye bags, and dark circles. For your skin and body to be at their best, get as much sleep as possible.

Never pick on your acne.
Leave your zits alone! As tempting as it may seem to pick, prod, and pop that angry pustule, there's a reason why you've always been told not to. Sure you get that instant gratification of popping a pimple or yanking out those nasty blackheads, but in doing so, you are also introducing more bacteria into your skin, which then leads to an even bigger infection. Additionally, when you pick and squeeze, there is a possibility of rupturing the surrounding skin, thus, leading to scarring. Our tip: leave it alone, apply a zit-zapping treatment, or have a dermatologist take a look if it's taking longer than usual to clear up.

Regularly exfoliate.
Impurities and dead skin should be sloughed away twice a week. Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid should be a component of your choice exfoliating product. This is especially the case for people with acne-prone skin. This not only evens out your skintone, but also unclogs pores, clears up blackheads, and wards off lines.

Stop smoking.
We already know that smoking is bad for your health, but not a lot of people stop to consider how much it affects their physical appearance. Sagging cheeks, dark circles, premature wrinkles, and sickly dull skin is common in people who smoke.

Always remove your makeup before bedtime.
No matter how many margaritas you've had or how many hours overtime you spent at work, NEVER, EVER, go to bed without removing your war paint. Although it seems like a chore to scrub off your foundation or take out your contacts, foregoing this pre-bedtime ritual can be disastrous. Nobody likes waking up to an angry red zit, nor is it ideal to develop eye problems just because you were too lazy to take your lenses off. Skip the exfoliating cleanser in favor of a water-based, gentle cleanser to lift oil and dirt from your tired skin.

Wear SPF.
Sunscreen isn't only for fair-skinned folks; even morena beauties should load up on SPF. Sun exposure not only darkens skin, but also causes discoloration, uneven tones, premature aging, dark spots, and wrinkles. You can select a combination moisturizer and sunscreen to keep your skin stay happy and healthy.

Change pillowcases regularly.
When you sleep during the night, your hair and skin transfer oil onto your pillowcases, making them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This also causes more oil to stick to your skin. Changing your cases at least one a week can do wonders; the same goes for your towels.

Diligently clean your brushes.
Besides being prone to product buildup, makeup brushes also harbor dirt and oil in their bristles. Without realizing it, you may be inadvertently transferring bacteria onto your face each time you use them. Wash them every week to avoid this.

Don't sweat the small stuff.
Acne-related stress is not a myth. Cortisol, as well as other stress hormones, is released in the body when it feels rattled or bothered. The release of these hormones not only causes inflammation, but also speeds up the production of oil, which, as you know, results in clogged-up pores. Take a deep breath, relax, and keep calm to avoid acne induced by stress.

Stick to a consistent beauty regimen.
Skin types vary from person to person. Even if you and a friend both fall under the oily skin type, you still cannot follow the same routine. Genetics and lifestyle choices require that you each have your own customized beauty program. A regimen that's tailor-made to fit your specific skin care needs will not only clear your skin problems up, but also keep it flawless in the future. Know your skin type and consult a dermatologist to figure out your best plan of action.

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