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Who doesn't want to have fresh, glowing, youthful skin? If you're interested in stepping up your skin care game, we have tons of helpful ideas for you. We'll start by sharing a few crucial tips to help improve your skin's hydration, tone, texture, and overall health. Then, we'll touch on a few lifestyle changes that can have a big impact on your skin's appearance.

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Refresh your skin with a face mist.
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  1. Look for a hydrating formula without any alcohol in it. Face mists can provide a quick burst of hydration any time during the day. You can apply a quick spritz of face mist to clean, makeup-free skin, and it's fine to use over your makeup, too! Look for hydrating ingredients like lactic acid, glycerin, aloe leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid to plump your skin.[3]
    • Alcohol will dry out your skin so definitely steer clear of that.
    • Most products say you can apply throughout the day as often as you like for a quick burst of hydration.
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Use skin care products with targeted ingredients.
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  1. Certain ingredients can refresh and brighten your skin. Moisturizing and exfoliating are a great start, but consider kicking your skin care regimen up a notch if you want a truly fresh-faced glow! Experiment products that target specific issues like skin tone, texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. You can get them OTC or by prescription.[4] Some ingredients to look for and what they target:
    • Retinoids (fine lines and wrinkles)
    • Vitamin C (skin tone and brightness)
    • Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic, citric, and lactic acid (fine lines, wrinkles, smoothness)
    • Peptides (skin texture and fine lines)
    • Niacinamide (moisture, skin elasticity)

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Wash your face twice a day with warm water.
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  1. Hot water strips your skin’s natural oils and makes it dry. Dry skin is dull, flaky, and one of the main reasons why skin doesn’t look fresh. Using lukewarm water helps maintain your skin’s protective oils. If you’ve been using hot water, you’ll probably notice the difference in your skin almost immediately.[5]
    • If you just can’t part with a nice, steamy shower (it feels so good!), keep your face dry when you’re washing your body. Then, wash your face at the sink once you hop out.
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Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser.
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  1. Look for a non-foaming cleanser that’s fragrance- and alcohol-free. Harsh ingredients get your skin squeaky clean, but they also strip your skin’s protective oils along with the dirt. Abrasive cleansers (like scrubs) can irritate your skin if you use them daily, and fragrance can cause dryness and irritation. For the best results, stick with a mild cream or gel formula.[6]
    • Drugstore cleansers like Cetaphil and CeraVe are mild, affordable, and recommended by dermatologists for all skin types.[7]
    • After washing your face, blot your skin gently with a towel.

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Exfoliate 1-2 times a week.
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  1. Exfoliating removes dead skin so your face looks fresh and bright. If you have dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, try a mild chemical exfoliant like 5% glycolic acid to refresh your skin. Avoid mechanical exfoliants (like scrubs) since they're a little harsh for you. If you have oily skin, stronger chemical treatments and scrubs are good options to reveal smoother skin. No matter what skin type you have, limit exfoliating to twice weekly so you don't irritate your skin.[8]
    • Avoid strong chemical and mechanical exfoliation if you have hyperpigmentation or if you tend to scar easily.
    • Always apply moisturizer after you exfoliate your skin.
    • Never exfoliate your skin if you have open cuts or a sunburn.
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Apply moisturizer to damp skin.
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  1. Damp skin absorbs product and seals in moisture. Don’t use regular body lotion for this! Use a facial moisturizer formulated for your skin type. Try to find products labeled "for sensitive skin" with 10 ingredients or less listed. Look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and squalene, which also help protect your skin’s moisture barrier.[9]
    • Be extra gentle applying moisturizer around your eyes since the skin there is very delicate.[10]

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Use sunscreen with SPF 30 daily.
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  1. Sunscreen prevents premature aging, wrinkles, and brown spots. It’s important to wear sunscreen on your face every day whether you’re spending time outdoors or not. Sunlight can come in through car, classroom, and office windows, too! Dermatologists do recommend using sunscreen indoors for the most protection.[11]
    • Use a sunscreen formulated for your face. Regular sunscreens are a little too heavy for the skin on your face and could clog your pores.
    • Every time you go outside, the sun has a chance to damage your skin, so putting sunscreen on in the morning can help protect you against that damage.[12]
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Use foundation and concealer sparingly.
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  1. Too much foundation can make your skin look heavy and aged. Instead, try applying a light layer of liquid foundation or use a tinted moisturizer for light coverage. You can even make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing a little of your current foundation with your daily moisturizer. You'll get light coverage on your skin and reap the benefits of extra moisture all day.[13]
    • Mix a drop of liquid highlighter into your moisturizer or foundation for a luminous, all-over glow.[14]

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Apply highlighter for a healthy glow.
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  1. Use a fluffy brush to highlight the tops of your cheekbones. This is a quick and easy way to illuminate your cheekbones. If you want glowing cheeks instead of defined cheekbones, dab a small amount of liquid or cream highlighter on the apple of each cheek and use circular motions to blend it in.[15] You can also:
    • Dab a little cream highlighter on the center of each eyelid and in the inner corners of your eyes to look more awake.
    • Use liquid or cream highlighter under your eyes to disguise dark circles and bags.
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Take a probiotic supplement.
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  1. Improving gut health may prevent inflammation, acne, and eczema. Studies show that gut health and skin health are directly related—if your gut is healthy, your skin will show it! Taking an oral probiotic supplement every day can help improve your gut health, which can prevent and help treat skin issues like eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne, rosacea, inflammation, and sun damage. With that many potential benefits, oral probiotics are definitely worth considering.[16]
    • Stick with supplements that contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium since their effects have been studied the most.[17]
    • The effects of topical probiotics are being researched, as well. So far, studies show that topical probiotics could help reduce acne.[18]

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Sleep 7-9 hours per night.
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  1. Sleep helps your skin retain moisture and repair itself efficiently. If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, your skin will start looking dull and lifeless. Not getting enough rest means your skin doesn’t have time to repair itself, your skin cells can’t regenerate as fast, and your skin's collagen production is reduced. Collagen gives your skin volume and elasticity, so you definitely want to produce plenty of it![19]
    • If you’re a teenager, aim for 8-10 hours of sleep each night.[20]
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    How to remove acne?
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    Wash your face twice a day with a gentle facial cleanser, like Cetaphil. Avoid dirtying or touching your face unnecessarily. Eat healthy - lots of fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats and proteins; minimal sugar and processed foods. There are also many acne products out there that can help you out. Try one out for at least a few weeks at a time (it can take a while to see results, and sometimes, it can get a little worse before it gets better). If you've done all these things for a while and nothing has helped, see a dermatologist - they might give you a prescription and more personalized advice.
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    How do I get the area around the mouth brighter?
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    Make sure not to skip it when you clean the rest of your face. Avoid eating foods that stain your mouth, and if it's windburn or a result of licking your lips, moisturize and try to avoid doing it again.
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    How can I look fresh on a hot day?
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    Wear light clothes, preferably cotton and light colors. Use deodorant regularly. Don't apply much makeup and get your hair out of your face with a cute hairstyle.
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    What should I do to look fresh all the time?
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    Try a toner spray or a cleansing spray. It will keep your face refreshed and/or touch up your makeup.
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    How to look beautiful on tour?
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    Create a small kit to help you stay looking fresh. To this kit, add wipes, toner and a mister. Have water available at all times. Use these regularly to clean up and stay hydrated. Get sufficient sleep, eat healthy, shower often and don't push yourself all the time, make sure you have breaks for rest and recreation.
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    How should I stay looking fresh after sports games or physical exercise?
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    Go to the bathroom and wash your face with a cleanser. It will help your face look nice and smooth and clear and not greasy. And put your hair up.
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      This article was co-authored by Kimberly Tan and by wikiHow staff writer, Amber Crain. Kimberly Tan is the Founder & CEO of Skin Salvation, an acne clinic in San Francisco. She has been a licensed esthetician for over 15 years and is an expert in mainstream, holistic, and medical ideologies in skin care. She has worked directly under Laura Cooksey of Face Reality Acne Clinic and studied in-person with Dr. James E. Fulton, Co-creator of Retin-a and pioneer of acne research. Her business blends skin treatments, effective products, and education in holistic health and sustainability. This article has been viewed 214,590 times.
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      You can have a fresh looking face by keeping your skin healthy and using light, natural-looking makeup. Whenever you’re in the sun, make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from damaging UV rays. When you wash your face, use a gentle cleanser, which will clean your skin without removing your natural oils. Always apply a moisturizer after you wash your face to keep it hydrated and soft. If you like to wear makeup, try wearing a tinted moisturizer to smooth out your skin tone. If you don't have a tinted moisturizer, you can mix a little bit of liquid foundation with moisturizer and apply a light layer to your skin. Use a brush to put a little setting powder on top, which will prevent your face from looking oily. To finish your look, apply a sheer lip balm and just a hint of blush to give your skin a nice glow. To learn how to wear natural-looking eyeliner, read on!

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