• Wed, Jul 27 2011

6 Steps to Clear Skin This Summer

The following is a guest post from our friends at Luckymag.com.

There’s no doubt that clear skin is more of a year-round goal, but it seems that much more unattainable during summer (heat, sweat, pore-clogging sunblock). Make that nearly impossible! Unless—unless—you stick to your routine—consistency is everything.

1. Cleanser.

Choose one that contains salicylic acid. This one from Neutrogena has that little extra something that you need to wash off a summer day. Plus, it has this really great “clean” smell, further convincing me that I’ve washed off any lingering makeup or who-knows-what.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Wash Foam Cleanser, $6.49, Neutrogena.com

2. Clarisonic.

I can’t stress enough how essential to clear skin this next item is. I’d like to think that the Clarisonic is magical, but it’s not—it just works really, really well. And I’m not going to bore you with the technology (sonic frequency, what?) behind it, but just go buy this right now and use it all the time.

Clarisonic Mia, $149, Clarisonic.com

3. Exfoliate.

Words to live by: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. Because an exfoliant does not have to be overly abrasive and tear your face to shreds. I like this better than any other scrub because you can make it intense by adding less water or gentle by using more. And again, if you use it regularly you will have clearer skin. There’s no disputing it.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $50, Dermalogica.com

4. Mask.

I had to ask my roommate to hide the jar of this mask, so that I wouldn’t walk around wearing a mask 24/7. It’s all-natural and makes me seriously ups the dewy factor, so try it and let me know what you think.

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque, $48, Aesop.com

5. Toner.

Since, there’s already a lot involved with our journey to clear skin—go easy on the toning, meaning choose one that isn’t too harsh or alcohol-y. This Kinerase mist never makes me break out and it has healthy sounding things in it like aloe and antioxidants.

Kinerase Hydrating Antioxidant Mist, $25.20, Alphabeauty.com

6. Serum.

This is the antiaging serum for people who have acne. Because people who have acne should be allowed to use antiaging serums too, right? And if it’s any consolation for being set back $50—it comes highly recommended from just about every editor I know.

Pat Wexler Anti-Aging Acne Serum, $45, bathandbodyworks.com

I know it sounds daunting, but this crazy-long routine is a small price to pay for glowy, head-turning and at the very least blemish-free skin. And you don’t have to use every single one of these products every single day. Find a balance that works for you. I’m just a fashion editor who happens to be euphorically excited about skincare, so if you think I’m missing something, do share your insight. What steps will you take to get clear skin this summer?