What was it that Queen said in “Bohemian Rhapsody”? Was it “I’m just a pore boy”? Honestly, same. That’s how we feel whenever we come down with pesky breakouts that can sometimes dim our dewy complexions and put a damper on our glow. While pore-cloggers like dirt and excess oil probably aren’t going anywhere any time soon (thanks, hormones, environmental pollution and stress), a solid AM/PM skincare routine can help draw out impurities for a brighter-looking, more even-looking skin tone.
What Are We Up Against?
Sure, we know what blackheads and whiteheads look like, but how exactly do they form?
Blackheads, also known as open comedones, occur when your pore becomes clogged with sebum (an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands). The sebum undergoes a chemical reaction in which it’s oxidized and turns a black color.
Whiteheads, or closed comedones, appear when a pore fills with bacteria and, without a way for the bacteria to exit, form a white tip.
Pimples, AKA pustules and papules (they even sound annoying), occur when a pore becomes inflamed and fills with pus and debris. Pimples can swell and irritate the area around them.
And it’s not just a teen problem! Adult acne is a real thing, and it can sometimes be debilitating when it comes to being social… but it doesn’t necessarily have to be… not if we take measures to help prevent breakouts as much as possible.
So How Do We Help Our Skin Fight Back?
Your daily skincare routine is your best bet at helping to reduce the appearance of acne and other skin concerns. It’s what you do day in and day out—those habit-forming skincare choices—that help protect your skin from stressors and allow the inner you to shine.
There’s nothing better to help wake up in the morning than splashing some cool water on your face. Using an AM cleanser is the tried-and-true method for helping to remove any overnight dirt or oil you may have picked up from your pillowcase. Making sure your face is clean before you apply makeup ensures a clean foundation for your product to take to, helping provide better coverage and application.
TRY: Aloette Start Clean Deep Cleaning Cleanser – This deep-clean gel cleanser helps cool and purify the appearance of skin, designed to draw out pore-clogging impurities from acne-prone skin, utilizing Lactic Acid, Aloeganic® Aloe Vera and Peppermint Oil.
TRY: Aloette City Detox Environmental Defense Powder Cleanser – Add just a sprinkle of water to this charcoal-infused powder cleanser for a luxe, sulfate-free lather that helps break down dirt, oil, makeup and other impurities for a brighter-looking complexion.
A toner helps wipe away additional impurities and to enhance the absorption of other skin care products in your routine. Simply add a few drops to a cotton pad and apply to the face and neck in upward motions for a more balanced-looking complexion.
TRY: The Aloette Toner Collection contains specially formulated ingredients for each skin type. Help remove stubborn makeup, dead skin and other impurities without drying out the skin.
A good rule of thumb with your skincare routine is to apply products in order of thinnest to thickest. Next up in the viscosity rank is serum, a nutrient-packed system that helps deliver and activate concentrated antioxidants for your skin. Whether it’s infused with age-defying hydroxy acids to help firm the appearance of skin or bright botanical extracts to help soothe your complexion, a serum can be a game-changer in the ultimate skincare routine.
TRY: Aloette Beauty Biome Microbiome Complex Serum – Help balance your complexion and boost the skin’s barrier function with Beauty Biome’s Aloe Vera + pre- and probiotic formula.
TRY: Aloette C The Light Vitamin C Serum – Help brighten the appearance of skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots for a more even skin tone with this skincare superstar.
For deep hydration and conditioning of the skin, a lightweight yet hydrating moisturizer is a MUST in your daily skincare routine.
TRY: Aloette Be Smooth All-in-One Balm – Help address signs of aging with this skin-loving daily moisturizer. Featuring Matrixyl Synthe’6, this intensely hydrating balm helps smooth away dry spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines for a more clarified-looking complexion.
TRY: Aloette Gold Rush Crème to Oil Hydration Treatment – This creamy, age-defying pressed oil treatment uses an advanced botanical and tripeptide blend to help restore your skin’s glow with deep moisturization.
No matter what type of day it’s been, your skin has been through a lot. While the same basic steps apply for your nightly skincare routine, the products you use may differ based on your needs for this time of day.
For a nighttime cleanser, look for products that focus on removing makeup and daytime buildup for a residue-free finish. Aloette’s Essential Cleansing Oil helps soothe the skin and refresh it with leading ladies like sesame, avocado, olive and safflower oils so you can rest easy. You should also exfoliate the skin once or twice a week for a deep cleanse of your pores.
You may prefer a lighter toner in the evening, like this Aloette Pure Radiance Bioactive Mist. Spritz the Kombucha mushroom and Lumitone Complex-infused mist onto skin to help increase the balance and brilliance of your complexion.
A nighttime serum may be more target-focused on a specific area of the face, like the under eye area (especially necessary, depending on what time you get to bed!). Aloette’s Eye Witness Intensive Eye Balm helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and puffiness for more awake-looking eyes.
PM hydration is the best time to make use of an ultra-indulgent moisturizer that truly takes the time to penetrate past the skin’s barrier deep into skin. The Aloette Advanced Night Recovery Pro Night Crème with Revivaderm is an age-defying formula that helps soften skin for a more dewy-looking complexion in the morning.
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