Self-Care Practices To Get Into For Radiant Skin

This is post is sponsored by Clarisonic, Kiehl's, and HerCampusMedia. All words and opinions are my own.

We all know how with packed schedules...finals coming up...harsh weather...stress...and limited time will have your skincare routine all over the place. However, that doesn't mean you should leave your skincare regimen on the back burner. But, no worries because I've got you covered on some of my latest skincare obsessions. Plus, a couple of the best self-care practices to keep your skin moisturized and glowing all throughout winter!  

Drink Some Water First Thing In The A.M.

We've all heard this before, but seriously...drink some water first thing in the a.m. and then make sure to get in enough of it throughout the course of the day. Water is essential to your skin's health and keeping you hydrated. So, make sure to drink enough water daily. If you want to switch things up, you can make fruit-infused water by adding slices of fruit or slices of lemon into your bottle of water. Fruit-infused water is perfect for cleansing things on the inside by getting rid of body toxins and improving your overall digestive health. Even better? This also helps brighten up your complexion and will have your skin looking radiant, boost your energy, and improve your overall mood.

Develop A Skincare Routine Tailored To You

It's imperative you wash your skin at least 2 times a day. This helps completely cleanse your skin of impurities and makeup, plus, it refreshes and rejuvenates tired skin. 

In collaboration with Clarisonic and the InfluenceHer Collective, I had the chance to try Clarisonic's Mia Prima Facial Cleansing Brush paired with the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser. I've been using it for a while now in my skincare routine and it literally has my skin glowing...which is exactly what we want. Find a cleanser (the Kiehl's Facial Cleanser is a great one...just saying) + exfoliator that is perfect for your skin that you can effortlessly incorporate into your skincare routine.  

What I really like about the Kiehl's Cleanser is that it's a gentle cleanser that quickly dissolves and removes all the excess dirt, sweat, and impurities from your skin. In search of a new facial cleanser? The Kiehl's cleanser is literally perfect for all skin types as it contains essential oils from Almond Oil to Vitamin E and Avocado Oil that is suitable for all skin types. So...10/10 would recommend. The best thing is you can effortlessly incorporate this facial wash into your daily skincare routine. I paired the use of the Kiehl's Cleanser with the Mia Prima Cleansing Brush and it fits seamlessly into my daily (morning & nightly) skincare routine. Also, it's important to note that the Clarisonic Mia Prima Facial Brush is a gentle facial cleansing brush, the brushes do not exfoliate your skin, hence, why it is (suitable for all skin types!) and completely okay to use in both your morning and nightly skincare routine. After that, I might use an exfoliating facial scrub on my face, especially on my T-zone, if I feel like I need it before finishing off my routine with a moisturizer.

After having cleansed your skin, you want to moisturize. My morning routine includes using some absolutely ahh-mazing products from the Body Shop. This includes The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner and Tea Tree Oil set. Plus, a moisturizer to keep my skin looking dewy and radiant always. Tea Tree Oil has many benefits for the skin and is a go-to I swear by when it comes to my skincare routine because it's great for clearing blemishes, reduces acne scarring, and really does leave you with smooth and clear skin. My nightly routine includes moisturizing my skin with Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil. Both have such amazing benefits for the skin, and you will honestly wake up with skin that glows. During the fall/winter I also like to switch out my lotions for more butter-based ones just for extra skin hydration. 

Steam Your Face, Then Seal With A Splash Of Cool Water

There are two affordable and fast at-home facial steam techniques to go about steaming your face. The first way is by washing your face with really warm water in the shower. Get the water at its warmest setting, give it a minute for it to steam up, and then step in the shower. Steaming your face is the best way to open up pores and kick-start your facial cleansing routine. After that give your skin a deep clean with a facial cleanser, like Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser. Steaming your face softens up pores allowing facial cleansers to penetrate deeper into your skin to remove all the gunk that can build up on your skin throughout the day. The second way to steam your face is by grabbing a bowl of hot water and sprinkling in a couple of mint leaves. Then, place a towel over your head while your face is over the bowl collecting steam. Both techniques are great and your complexion will thank you. Finally, once you've steamed and washed your face, close up your pores by splashing some cold water over your face.

Consume Lots Of Healthy Fresh Foods

If you're looking for clear skin, fruits will be your best friends. I feel like great skin definitely starts from the inside and is reflected outside, meaning, in most cases, what you consume can affect the health and appearance of your skin. For one, consuming fresh fruits and veggies regularly can have a positive impact on your skin because fruits are packed with all the good stuff that promotes your overall health. Your complexion will be visibly brighter and clearer on a healthier lifestyle, as opposed to, an unhealthy one. 

Let Your Skin Breathe

And finally, it's important to let your skin breathe. Makeup is known to clog pores and that coupled with stress is not the move. So, if you wear makeup, remember to serve some fresh-faced realness some days too. 

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