The down-low on getting a glowing complexion

Scout Hardin

I admit I’m a sucker for face masks. I’m actually a sucker for any face product. Toners, cleansers, masks, lotions — you name it and I’ve bought it. They lure me in with their promises of glowing skin and pimple-free faces. I’ve bought so many skin care products that the companies should probably send me an award.

When I was a young, naive girl, I assumed a flawless complexion came overnight and bought my way through the alphabet of skin care products in hopes of a quick fix. Little did I know that gorgeous skin is about more than a miracle product. It involves time, a simple less-is-more regimen and, most importantly, consistency. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be glowing before you know it!

1. Find a dermatologist. Your skin is the ultimate investment; you have to keep it your entire life, so treat it kindly. Getting a professional opinion will help you get on the right track with your skin care. As someone who suffers from acne-prone skin, I can vouch that dermatologists’ treatment can have a big impact. You might have to experiment with prescribed washes and cleansers at first, but the commitment is worth it.

2. Wash your face in the morning and at night. I also suggest you use your hands instead of a wash cloth to avoid abrasive materials on your face. And always — ALWAYS — remove your makeup before you go to bed. After you wash your face and remove your makeup, apply a toner to keep your skin looking supple and firm.

3. Pick the right lotion for your skin type. Whether you have skin that is dry, oily or something in between, there is a face lotion out there for you. I personally love Eucerin. I would also recommend finding a face cream that contains sunscreen; you will thank me 10 years from now. Don’t forget to apply a heavier eye cream at night to combat bags and under-eye circles.

4. You are what you eat. It sounds cliché but is completely true. Your skin directly reflects what you put in your body. Skip the sodas and drink a green tea — incredible for anti-aging — and water, water, water, which is cheap and accomplishes wonders. Fruits and veggies will aid in a spotless complexion. The less processed sugar you have in your diet, the happier your skin will be.

An unblemished complexion is completely attainable; it just requires patience and consistency. If I can do it, so can you!