Possibly the Easiest Path to Fewer Pimples

Take a moment to picture all of the dirt, grime, pollution and day-old makeup on your skin at the end of the day. It seems obvious, but the way you wash your face can affect how good your skin looks.

If you don’t do a good job cleansing every night before bed, all of these things can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

But it’s not as simple as haphazardly splashing your face for two seconds with whatever is laying around. Sunscreen and makeup are stubborn little buggers that don’t go down without a fight, and most regular cleansers can’t handle them.

Makeup and sunscreen are designed to keep from sliding off your face during the day, so their ingredients cling to skin like no other. It’s not a big deal – you just have to know the right way to dissolve them.

It’s simple – you need a separate cleansing oil. Oil is awesome at dissolving all the gunk on your face. Choose natural cleansing oils that don’t contain any mineral oil (mineral oil will clog your pores). Lots of beauty companies make them these days. Look for ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, jojoba and eucalyptus leaf oil. Some people just use pure coconut oil from the health food store.

Put a little bit in your hands and gently rub into dry (not wet) skin and over your eyes, and then sprinkle a little bit of water on your fingers and go over the same areas to emulsify the oil. For dry-skinned folks, you can end your cleansing routine right there.

If you are acne-prone, oily, or just don’t like the idea of oil sitting on your face, now you can use your regular cleanser. Since you’ve already cleaned off the important stuff, there’s no need for a harsh cleanser or soap. The gentler the better, but again, make sure it doesn’t contain mineral oil or paraffin (made from petroleum).

If you’re skeptical, consider this: This is the first piece of skincare advice I give to people with acne and breakouts, and I have seen it work wonders. Once you start, you’ll never go back – I promise.