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The road to a glowing complexion may seem like a long one, but understanding your skin helps to make the journey an easier one. At twenty-something years old, I have created a skincare regimen for myself that works for my oily skin, and I believe these 5 tips will help you start your journey to glowing skin, whether your skin is dry or oily.

Cleanse

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Cleansing your skin is the most important step in achieving that glowing complexion, as it helps to remove impurities that block pores and cause breakouts. Oily skin types should choose gel-based cleansers, which help to control oil and prevent breakouts, whereas dry skin types should choose creamy cleansers, which hydrate the skin.

Tone

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Toning the skin is an important step as it removes leftover dirt that was not removed during the cleansing process. It also restores the skin’s pH balance, nourishes the skin and hydrates it. Dry and oily skin types should refrain from using toners that contain alcohol as they can make dry skin drier, and for oily skin, it increases the chance of a breakout.

Moisturize

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You should always moisturize your skin, even if your skin is oily, to help prevent wrinkles and fine lines—signs of skin that is no longer elastic. Instead of creamy moisturizers, which work best for dry skin types, oily skin types should opt for gel-based moisturizers, which are great for hydrating the skin and controlling oil production.

Mask

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Facial masks are great ways to draw out impurities below the surface. Dry skin types should look for masks that hydrate the skin, and oily skin types should look for masks that control oil and unclog pores.

Exfoliate

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Exfoliating is a great way to achieve a flawless complexion, as it helps to remove dead skin cells, which clog pores, cause breakouts, and make skin appear dull. Dry skin types should find exfoliators that add moisture to the skin, whereas oily skin types would benefit from exfoliators that contain salicylic acid, which combats breakouts.

Having these products on hand is only half the battle. Staying consistent is the other!

Written By: Ashley Hall

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