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How To Look Good Without Makeup

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How to look good without makeup on

You slept through your alarm, you’re late, and you just don’t have time to put your face on before running out the door. It’s mornings like this that I dread and have had to battle through on far too many occasions.

You see, I’m the type of girl who neeeeeeds to apply concealer, no matter what. In fact, it’s possible I would scare children if I walked out the door without concealer on. It’s just not something that should happen.

However, with that being said I would love to find a more time efficient way of getting ready in the morning that won’t result in me looking a fright. Which is what got me thinking – if I want to look better without makeup on then surely there are other women out there who would love to learn how to look good without makeup.

So, I searched. I read. I researched. I chatted with girlfriends. And I discovered 6 easy and efficient ways to look good without makeup on, meaning I don’t have to feel ugly or that I should spend the day in sunglasses if I am running late.

Keep reading to discover how to look good without makeup – I promise, it’s a lot more simple than you think!

Do You Use Protection?

Okay that sounds more like a sexy-time question but seriously, do you use protection? By protection I am referring to sunscreen…I mean, that was obvious, wasn’t it?

Whether the forecast is calling for uninterrupted sunshine or consistent cloud cover, your skin is still susceptible to harmful UV rays that can result in unsightly sun spots and discolouration if you aren’t diligent in your SPF application.

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So many women these days spend thousands of dollars on keeping their skin looking young, healthy, and one even tone but all of that money is wasted if you don’t regularly use sunscreen.

After all, unprotected sun exposure leads to premature wrinkles, discolouration, and sagging skin – all of which we use makeup to mask.

Instead, put down the foundation and pick up a solid tinted moisturizer with SPF. Not only will you be protecting your skin but you will add that touch of tint while also hydrating your skin. It’s a win-win!

A Cup of Hot C

Vitamin C that is. One of my new morning rituals is waking up and drinking a cup of hot water and fresh lemon before getting ready.

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It’s soothing on the throat, the citrus scent wakes up your senses, and the lemon juice mixed with the hot water helps to flush and purify your body from the inside out, helping to eliminate toxins and reduce the chances of any future skin sensitivities.

A nice boost of Vitamin C in the morning can also cut down on your body’s amount of free-radicals, causing your skin to stay healthy and work towards looking its very best.

Get Toned

You may have eliminated this step from your skincare routine after high school, but using a toner all over your face after washing it can help to balance its pH levels, resulting in a more even-looking complexion.

A good solid alcohol-free toner will also help to prep your skin so it absorbs products more easily. This will give you a nice even skin tone and further remove the need to cake on the makeup in the morning.

Get Your Scrub On

One of the easiest ways to ensure your skin looks clean, radiant, and has a nice healthy glow to it is to exfoliate.

When we don’t use a gentle exfoliant on our face, the dead skin cells on the surface of our skin become opaque and therefore don’t reflect any light causing our skin to look dull.

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To combat this, exfoliate your skin twice a week using either your favourite exfoliating product, or you can make your own by mixing equal parts Baking Soda and water.

Once you have your ingredients mixed together and have reached the consistency you desire, simply spread your scrub onto your face.

Gently massage it into your skin for about a minute before rinsing off with cool water and patting dry.

Not only is this DIY microdermabrasion treatment easy to make but it’s cheap as hell and works to slough away the dead cells that can dull your skin, get caught in your pores, and even lead to acne breakouts.

Hands Off

I’m not going to lie, this habit has been the hardest for me to break as I’m quite a toucher. Wait….that came out wrong.

I digress.

One sure-fire way to ensure your skin looks its very best is to keep your hands off of it!

Stop touching your face needlessly throughout the day. Stop picking at pimples, blemishes, or blotches. And stop tugging or pulling at your face.

Essentially, the skin on our face is the most delicate on our body and therefore is more susceptible to dermal tearing and scarring.

That means when you pick your zits, rub or tug at the skin around your eyes, or rest your face in your hands you are breaking skin, loosening the skin, and adding unnecessary oil to your skin causing it to degrade in quality over time.

Easy fix? Stop. Touching. Your. Face.

Simple enough, right?

Get Your Glow OnRecipes for at home tanning

If there is one thing that can help us ladies feel gorgeous in the morning, sans makeup, it’s a healthy glow to our skin.

Of course, sometimes our skin just doesn’t cooperate so it’s up to us to take matters into our own hands. So how do we do this? With a simple DIY faux-glow of course!

There are a million…okay not a million…ways we can embrace our inner bronzed beach goddess without ever having to step foot out into those harmful UV rays or look like Snooki.

From tea to cocoa, iodine to foods that can naturally tan your skin, there are ways to amp up that healthy glow without having to subject your skin to tanning beds and wrinkle-causing UV rays. Hell, I even wrote a book on it!

So go ahead, embrace that inner DIY’in diva and get your tan on…naturally!

While it can be daunting to transition away from caking on the makeup each and every morning if you follow these minor suggestions on how to look good without makeup, you should start to see a noticeable difference in how your skin looks and how you feel about your skin sans makeup.

Not only is it liberating to not feel as though you need to wear makeup but it shaves a good 20 minutes off your morning routine. And you know what that means….more sleep!

But what about you? Do incorporate any of these techniques into your morning routine or do you have some suggestions of your own on how to look good without makeup? If so, share them in the comment section below!

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268 comments… add one

  • I enjoyed your tips! I certainly need to work on “messing with my face” less.

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  • Aw yay! I’m so happy to hear you liked them :-)

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  • :)

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  • good advice!

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  • Happy you found it useful :-)

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  • Really liked this! The first one, totally thought something different! Ha! But overall, it was very helpful!

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  • Hahaha I felt very clever with that first title lol ;)

    Happy to hear you found the tips useful!

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  • How do you get rid if acne scars?

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  • Have you ever tried a microdermabrasion treatment before? I believe they can help fade scars. I have used this one before and loved it –> http://besskincare.com/microderm-md

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  • Also the ipl Photo facial is great too! I have acne scaring and after getting 1 ipl photo facial it cleared up my scaring and any current break outs or redness! It is amazing, but a little pricey. I would try the microderm treatments first, but if they do not work saving up for the photo facial is so worth it!!

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  • Thanks for that Amanda :-)

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  • I tried the baking soda and water treatment and it burned really bad. Is it supposed to do that?

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  • Oh no seriously? Do you mean it burnt your skin or did you just maybe scrub too hard and therefore it was a little painful? It shouldn’t be painful in the slightest. Do you have sensitive skin?

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  • I use baking soda for a scrub/cleanser. My skin is sensitive and it does burn, but I think it is mostly due to the acne and other “open” areas of my skin… otherwise, I have no other issues. Works wonders at removing blackhead. After toning I will sometimes wipe an ice cube over over my face – not only is it soothing, but it also helps to close the pores and leave my skin looking more radiant.

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  • Awesome tips Amanda, thanks! I love the baking soda scrub as well but definitely going to try out the ice cube trick :-)

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  • I use baking soda and MILK. Try not to scrub to hard b/c that will make it burn, as will letting it dry on your face (it’s salt). If my face starts feeling too dry I rinse it all with milk and continue. :)

  • Oh I love that recipe! Thanks Mariah :-)

  • how do you get rid of red patchy and dry spots on your face? Also getting rid of the wierd tiny little bumps under my eyes on my dark circles?

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  • Hey Kayla,

    Do you exfoliate at all? If not, I bet the patchy dry spots could be fixed by a simple exfoliation. I DIY’d one up a few months back if you want to check that out –> http://besskincare.com/microdermabrasion-at-home

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • I get little dry spots on my chin during winter and have had issues with dark under-eye circles since I really started noticing my face. For me exfoliation doesn’t work on its own, and can make the dry spots worse if done often. When I start getting dry spots I cut back on products I put on my face (I use St Ives green tea scrub Only once a week, and in the morning since I use heavier moisturizers at night, i find it doesn’t dry everything out as bad). As for the little bumps on the dark circles I switched to super basic light weight eye cream and it’s evened out a lot of it. As stated briefly in this article sun damage is really a big culprit to poor looking skin so you could even look into a sun-damage reversal lotion – Garnier is my favorite right now (it’s reduced those little bumps under the eyes and lessened the coloring of the dark circles). Also, take into consideration how you eat… the body responds better when you work from the inside out rather then outside in so stay hydrated, lay off alcohol/ smoking if thats what you do, and eat balanced food that comes from safe refutable sources. Hope this helps, since sometimes skin can be extra finicky :)

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  • Wow Lena, thanks so much! Great advice :)

    I totally agree…what you put into your body is more important that what you put on it. I think sometimes we forget that but if you can start catching yourself on bad habits, they should be easier to break.

    Thanks again Lena! Glad you liked the post :-)

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  • I have bad under eye circles (have since I was little), any tips?? I HAVE to use concealer for that part of my face, but have adopted almost all of your tips here :)

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  • I hear ya Ashley…I suffer from the same thing which is why I’ve blogged and vlogged about it here:

    http://besskincare.com/how-to-get-rid-of-under-eye-circles

    http://besskincare.com/what-causes-under-eye-circles

    http://besskincare.com/how-to-reduce-dark-circles

    Hope those help :-)

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  • Another thing you could do is massage your sinuses. They may not feel clogged but any swelling in then at all will give you under eye circles. I do it when I’m in tune shower and it makes mine go away almost instantly. :)

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  • Hey Mary,

    I didn’t know about that, great tip!!

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  • Hey thanks your tips are really usefull

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  • I’m so happy you liked them Hailey, thank you!

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  • Cliniqe has an under eye treatment that acts like a concealer but treats under eye circles reducing the appearance. Also they have several moisture creams that contain spf. I’ve tried all ofc the store brands and didn’t get the results I wanted. These work. I’m a really big fan of their laser repair wear system. It help reverse fine lines and wrinkles and damage.

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  • Thank you so much! Your tips where so helpful! How do you tone though?

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  • Do you mean how do I specifically tone?

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  • A “toner” is a specific liquid that you put on your skin. Not a work-out for you face? Is that where the confusion was?

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  • You should def add lots of water and sleep. We need adequate rest in order for our body to regenerate skin cells and lots of water to keep our skin from drying out!

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  • Oh absolutely…I just wanted to touch on other tricks we ladies can use other than those :-)

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  • Mavis, you beat me to it. I have not had skin issues on my face since I was around 19(sans pregnancies) and I fully attribute it to the fact that I drink lots of water and try really hard to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

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  • Thanks for your tips….I’m like you I can’t leave without covering my zits. Thanks a lot and I can’t wait to try them:)

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  • Aw it’s my absolute pleasure Cassie, so happy you liked the post :-)

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  • Touching my face is my worst habit !

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  • ugh I’m bad with that too! I constantly catch myself doing it…it’s a hard one to break :)

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  • Great tips. I very rarely wear makeup. I was blessed with olive skin so that definitely helps. But I sometimes feel as if I’m not “put together or polished”. However one thing I have found and love is garnier’s bb cream. Gives you the protection you need, and a smooth coverage, without a heavy foundation. I highly recommend. Plus you don’t have to worry about matching your exact color. It is tinted but comes in two shades for lighter or darker skin.

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  • Thanks Ashley! I’ve been meaning to get into the BB cream for months now…a new year might be the perfect time to start ;)

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  • I found Garnier’s BB too oily, and it rubs of easily. Not good if you have acne tendency, Loreal’s worked better for me…….
    I agree, good tips. Drinking warm water with lemon is something i have been doing off and on since age 14, is like a little magic tip….. it makes you hungry (so you actually eat breakfast), detox and keeps weight and acne in “check”…

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  • Gotta love Mother Nature’s mini detox trick ;)

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  • thanks so much!! amazing advice! much appreciated!! (:

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  • So happy you found it helpful :-)

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  • Awesome advice:) I love that you made the point that we don’t always need makeup to feel good about ourselves. One tip I definitely need to practice more is using sunscreen especially since I live in Colorado where it is crazy sunny all the time. Do you know of a good tinted moisturizer with SPF that doesn’t make your skin super oily? I would love any recommendations or advice! Thanks again.

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  • Hey Maddy!

    Thanks for the kind words…I’m so happy you’re digging the tips! As for tinted moisturizers, to be honest, I just tint my own. I just add a bit of bronzer to my moisturizer when getting ready, mix it up and apply! Easy, breezy :)

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • Sleep! A consistent sleep routine with plenty of rest is great to keep up appearance. Drink lots of water, eat thoes veggies, and you’ll look great.

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  • Amen sistah!

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  • Great tips! I am going to start drinking the hot water with lemon juice (well, I will try at least…).
    Do you use the toner everynight after washing your face? I try, but keep forgeting…
    The BB cream tip above is very good too, I have been using Maybelline BB Cream for about a month and I love it!
    Thanks! =)

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  • Hey Patricia,

    Yeah, if you can make a point to make yourself a glass of hot water and lemon during your morning routine you may find it easier to remember. I just try and leave a lemon out on my counter each night (that I remember haha).

    As for toner, I try to but like you, I forget sometimes haha ;)

    As long as you try your hardest, I’m sure you will reap the benefits!

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  • For those who cannot adjust to the DIY exfoliant, I would suggest this one: http://www.vichyusa.com/_us/_en/face-care/cleansers-toners/purete-thermale-exfoliating-cream.htm
    It is gentle (I have fair, sensitive skin) and I loved it! It is not the cheapest, but it lasts so long, it is worth the investment.

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  • Thanks for that Patricia!

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  • Thanks for the awesome tips!

    I’ve tried for quite some time to find a good, alcohol free toner with no success.

    Is there one you recommend?

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  • Hey Anne,

    This may sound crazy but have you ever used strawberries to tone your skin? They work great and all you have to do is mash up a bunch of strawberries (or blend them into juice), dip a cotton ball or pad into the juice and wipe your face with it! Strawberries are packed full of Salicylic acid so they make a great toner that can help to keep your skin nice and clear :-)

    Hope that helps!

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  • This is what I do, similar to the post -
    DIY microdermarasion: (I have dry, sensitive skin and this feels great). I have a small dispenser bottle of olive oil in the shower. I keep a small container of sugar with a spoon just outside the shower (cuz water will disintegrate the sugar). After I’m in with the water on, I reach outside and scoop a spoonful of sugar in my hand then squirt some olive oil in it to make a pasty mix, careful not to get water in it. I then use my hands to scrub it gently in circular motions all over my face. I use any excess on my elbows, knees, or feet. Then wash it off using the already running warm water.
    To improve appearance of skin by improving oral appearance: i brush and floss my teeth regularly (a given but many people don’t!), and use teeth whitening strips occasionally (like once a year). I apply them just before entering the shower so they have time to work without me noticing them.
    To protect skin: yes, sunscreen is awesome. I apply baby sunscreen to face AND neck/chest area (I’m fair skinned and get splotchy there too!). I apply this first after the shower and let it completely soak in. (There is an ingredient in sunscreen that makes my skin irritated… I can’t remember what it is but baby sunscreen seems to help… I know you can buy sunscreen without this ingredient.)
    Then to soften/moisturize skin: I apply Aquaphor to my entire face (Vaseline works too but doesn’t have “healing” ingredients). I don’t use lotion on my face… I have very dry, sensitive skin and I’ve found that this works as well as (and better than) expensive lotions. I then blot it off slightly with a tissue after about ten minutes so I’m not shiny or greasy.
    My skin is dry, sensitive, and I also have deep etches in my face from “laugh lines,” etc. This regimen has helped me obtain nice, soft, dewy-looking skin.

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  • Wow that’s SO awesome Esther! Thank you so much for sharing your routine, I know I found it helpful so I can only imagine how many other ladies have found it useful :)

    Quick question – since you have sensitive skin, have you ever considered cleansing your face with oil? I know it sounds crazy but it works and is great for sensitive skin! I wrote about it here –> http://besskincare.com/organic-skin-care-recipes

    Just thought I would throw that out there just in case it can help ease the annoyingness of sensitive skin :)

    Hope that helps!

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  • I have oily skin and I LOVE using oil cleansing method (OCM)! I understand your skin moisturizes as needed, so if you beat your body to it, it won’t produce as much oil. So I wash my face with 1 part olive oil (cor moisturizing) and 3 parts castor oil (for cleansing) and rinse off with a steamy hot wet cloth. I do this once a day and finish with witch hazel for a toner. I have loved the results so far! I will have to try some of these other things too. Definitely could use the baking soda exfoliation.

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  • Hello,

    I use spf all the time! But I always wonder if I am supposed to be using a special spf just for my eye-area..? There’s such a hype about your eye-area vs the rest of your face.. and I have separate eye lotions for my face but I’ve never had an spf specifically for my eyes?

    Sometimes when I’m putting a lotion on my face, usually avoiding my eye area…. I think hey why not? and use it for my eyes anyway… carefully trying not to actually get any in my eye balls….

    but what is right!?

    I’m very curious…

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  • Hey Abby,

    Hmmmm I have to admit, you’ve stumped me because I haven’t heard (or seen) of a specific sunscreen for your eye area. To be honest, I just slather it all over my face but like you just try not to get it in my eyes. I also use a moisturizer with SPF in it that I also smear all over my face.

    The main concern about the eye area is that the skin in that area is the thinnest on your whole face so mostly you just want to avoid tugging at that skin or using abrasive products around that area…but I’m pretty sure regular sunscreen would work around your eyes.

    Does anyone else happen to know the best answer??

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  • Again I think cliniqe has an under eye moisturizer and spf. I’d personally say something is better than nothing in your routine though. Cliniq can be very pricey so look for other options to try first.

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  • So I understand this will help if you don’t want to put on foundation and face makeup, but what about like for your lips and mascara? Do you have any “no makeup” tips for your eyelashes and ect.?

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  • Well for eyelashes you could always try using clear mascara…it’s not as heavy and doesn’t give you a ‘makeup-y’ look :)

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  • For your eyelashes, you can put a *tiny* bit of castor oil, vitamin E oil, or even vaseline on your fingertip or a clean mascara brush and apply it to your lashes at night before bed. That will condition them and help prevent them from breaking or falling out, which will in the long run keep your eyelashes looking long and full! And for your lips, I’ve found that exfoliating them just like the rest of your face helps a lot. It increases circulation to your lips and keeps dead skin off them, which makes them look more pigmented and healthy without lipstick. You can mix a little bit of olive oil and sugar and use that to scrub your lips. Or, for an even easier way to do it, just gently scrub your lips with your toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. Hope that helps!!

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  • JV you rock! Thanks for that awesome eyelash tip – that’s a wicked idea :)

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  • Very useful! Thanks for sharing!

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  • So happy you found it to be helpful :-)

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  • This really looks useful since most mornings I don’t put on any makeup or have no time too. Thanks for these tips!

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  • I’m happy they have helped you out :)

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  • Omg!! I just found this on Pinterest and I need to try these. I wake up normally like 10 minutes before I got to getting school so I am always not wearing makeup. I know I always curl my eyelashes before going anywhere I think it makes me look more awake.

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  • Oh that’s a good idea…I should try that! Glad you like the tips :-)

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  • I am constantly stopping myself from touching my face when I am stressed out at work LOL Great advice! Thanks for the other useful tips! (love the simple homemade scrub)..

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  • I hear ya, it’s such a hard habit to break…especially when you’re stressed! Glad you found the tips helpful and let me know if you test our the DIY scrub!

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  • Thanks for the great tips:) but I do have a question for you: how do you get red of annoying bumps on your thighs? I have had these little bumps and they aren’t just razor bumps, because they don’t go away! Any advice?

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  • Hmmm, are they itchy or do they hurt? Have you googled it? lol I know that sounds ridiculous but that’s what I would do :-)

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  • No, they don’t itch or hurt unless I pick at them

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  • Hmmm well definitely don’t pick at them but other than that, I’m sorry, I just don’t know what to tell you to do and I don’t want to steer you down the wrong path :(

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  • I think what you are suffering from is KP. I have it too, and it’s super annoying. I have found two things that work fairly well. Make sure to gently exfoliate this area as the bumps are excess oil and dead skin cells, along with some other junk, that form keratin, which clogs the pores. I normally use a basic loofa for exfoliation. Then take a body lotion, I use just a basic bath and body lotion and put it on the skin. They don’t every go away, at least for me, but this helps a lot. Also, I just discovered a DIY cleanser. It’s simple, baking soda and then add enoguh milk to create a fairly runny paste. Scrub this on the legs, it will exfoliate as well as cleanse your pores, and the milk helps shrink them. These treatments are what I have always used! I also find that being outside in the sun and working out help as well, but I’m not sure why. Hope I helped!

  • Wow Reagan, thank you for that! I hope she finds it useful :-)

  • Exfoliate them in the shower, just like you would your face. I have the same problem and that’s the only thing that helped. Just buy a cheap exfoliant.

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  • Thanks for that Brenda :-)

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  • Do you have any advice for redness on your skin? I don’t have very much acne, but the fact that my skin is so red makes me self conscious when I don’t have any fondation on. Thanks for the awesome tips btw! :)

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  • Hey Marissa,

    Sorry to hear you’re feeling self conscious about the redness. Have you always had it or is it a recent thing? And is your skin always red or just when you’re worked up or…??

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  • worth the $. Eyelash extensions.totally worth the $. Throw on some tinted gloss or cherry chapstick and you’re good to go.

    the lady that did mine did a great job and they have lasted 2 months.

    check Groupon for deals.

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  • I’ve been super tempted to get eyelash extensions…I didn’t know they could stay on for 2 months! I’m even more tempted to get them now! lol ;)

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  • It’s mainly just red on my forehead and cheeks, and it’s been that way for a while now. From what I’ve read it’s some sort of discoloration, so is it possible that it may be fixed with a toner?

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  • Hmmmm not entirely sure but you could try it! I would opt for a more natural toner though just so you don’t further irritate your skin. You can make a toner out of just mashed up strawberries – just mash ‘em up and dip a cotton ball or pad into the juice and wipe it all over your face.

    You could also mash up a tomato and some cucumber, drain the juice from both, mix it together, and dip a cotton ball (or pad) into the juice and wipe that all over your face instead.

    Hope that helps somewhat and sorry I don’t have the exact answer for you :-)

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  • I do all of the above except the lemon n hot water…. interested in it…. i’m always looking for ideas on how to look natural with a minimum amount of make-up but haven’t found it for me… i’m 67 but have great looking skin…

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  • Wow! Good on ya Donna! 67 and you still got it! That’s what I like to hear :-)

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  • These tips are very useful!! I need to work on touching my face less or not at all ha, very hard habit to break..but i will get there! :)

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  • You and me both :)

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  • Great tips, telling my girls

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  • Awesome! Hope they find them useful :-)

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  • This would work if there was a way to eliminate puffy eyes and circles. I don’t exactly have dark circles, but there are definitely tired eye lines from staring at a computer all day that don’t even get covered completely by concealer, just minimized. Any suggestions for that?

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  • Ohhhh I hear that! Here are some tricks I like:

    – brew some strong green tea, pour it into ice cube trays and let it freeze. Once frozen, wrap an ice cube in a paper towel (or towel) dampen slightly and apply directly to your eye area and hold it there for as long as you can

    - take a green tea bag, run it under cold water, wring out the excess water and place the tea bag directly on your eye and hold it there for 5-10 minutes

    - put a spoon in the freezer…once frozen place the back end of the spoon directly onto your eyes and hold it there for as long as you can stand :)

    Hope some of those help!

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  • I had my hand on my face while reading this!!! Oops! Great tip(:

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  • hahaha I just realized I had my hand on my face while reading the comments! LOL it’s the hardest habit to break for me!

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  • Great advice! thank you

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  • Happy you found it helpful Nora :)

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  • Something that helps my skin in the winter. Using a humidifier. Heating your home removes the moisture in the air. Also eliminates that annoying static in your hair!

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  • Love it Patty! I hate the cold, dry air that comes with winter….actually I just hate winter! hahaha ;)

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  • Hey great tips, I use most of them and never wear foundation/concealer except on super special occasions.

    One thing I found that helped my skin phenomenally is rinsing with cool water after cleansing. It tightens the pores and therefore prevents excessive dirt and oil from getting in there. Actually, if you can stand it, rinsing your whole body with cool water at the end of your shower is awesome. It makes your hair feel fantastic too, however I can only bring myself to do it in the summer since I pretty well live in the arctic.

    That’s about all I have to add, except that every woman is beautiful without makeup! Don’t hide! A book I would definitely recommend would be Beauty by Rona Berg, it has some phenomenal tips!

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  • Amberly, that’s amazing! Thank you so much…I’ll have to give the cold shower trick a try! And I could not agree more, every single one of us IS beautiful – makeup or no makeup….but especially no makeup :)

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  • I take vitamin D3, vitamin C, & Evening Primrose Oil twice a day and I also oil pull with coconut oil. All 3 of these things have really helped my acne and oil prone skin look much better!!! I never have to wear foundation and only apply a tiny bit of tinted moisturizer under my eyes.

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  • wow Merideth, good for you girl! I love using coconut oil as a moisuturizer!

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  • Hey, thanks a lot!! I just bumped into this blog and i am really surprised to find such a collection.. Your tips are really very useful. I’ve got several red dry patches on my face. They are the since i was 6, result of some allergic reactions. Can anything help me out of it?

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  • I’m so happy to hear you are digging the DIYs! As for your dry patches…have you tried a microdermabrasion scrub or even a soft exfoliation? Are the patches quite sensitive or just annoying? If you can do the microdermabrasion, just simply mix some baking soda with a few drops of water until you create a paste. Then just slather it onto your face, scrub, and rinse off! Hope that helps :-)

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  • These are awesome tips! Thanks for sharing!!! Do you have any advise for oily skin? I have to be careful that my pores don’t get clogged.

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  • So happy you like them Nikki!! As for oily skin – I know this sounds crazy but have you ever heard of cleaning your face with oil? It actually helps oily skin, believe it or not! I wrote about it on my skincare site here if you want to check it out –> http://besskincare.com/organic-skin-care-recipes

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • For your lemon juice do you just use lemon and water? Thanks for th great tips!

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  • Yep! Simple, eh?

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  • I love these tips! But I could use some advice. My cheeks are naturally really red, so I usually cake on foundation. I have been looking for a tinted moisturizer that will cover the red and won’t make me break out. Any suggestions?

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  • Hey Maddi,

    Why don’t you use your favourite moisturizer and just add some bronzer to it! It’s one of my favourite old school tricks and that way it won’t make you break out, harm your skin, or irritate it :-)

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  • Hey, I have problems with my skin I breakout a lot when I have my hair down and I’ve try lots to get rid of my acne and little bumps I have on my skin how can I get rid of all that cause I use foundation and mineral powder to cover them and I want my skin to be smooth and acne free with out makeup also I need tips plz :)

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  • Hey Katy, I just posted a ton of acne links in this thread just below your comment (under another reader’s comment)…you should check those out, I’m sure they would help you :-)

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  • Such great tips! Have any ideas for removing pimples really easily?

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  • Thank you so much for the tips! But I do have one question. I have this pimple on my chin and I’ve had it for weeks! I don’t know how to get rid of it.

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  • Hey Raegan,

    Ugh I hate when that happens! I have posted a bunch of links just above this comment to a bunch of posts I have written on acne…check those out and let me know if they help :-)

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  • One thing a lot of people do is re-use and re-use washcloths/ towels. You shouldn’t use a washcloth/ towel more than 2 or 3 times.

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  • Good point! Thanks Ruthie :-)

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  • Jeeeeeeeeeeej…I am going to try this. I have acne. And I m going to use just conceler on them’ not on the other skin area . thank you ;) Vanessa

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  • My absolute pleasure Jelena :-)

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  • Not wearing makeup begets looking good without makeup. The #1 thing that has cleared up my adult acne is not wearing makeup anymore. Sometimes when I’m ready lady magazines at the gym, not wearing makeup feels like one of the most subversive things I can do as a woman. The magazine report polls that men like women without makeup but then make sure to clarify “They don’t really mean NO makeup, they mean LESS makeup.” It’s all about money. Lady magazines can’t exactly tell you not to wear makeup, because who would buy their ads?

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  • Good point….well I’m saying don’t wear makeup! lol

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  • Does anyone know if lime juice would work for the detox? That’s all I have in the fridge right now :)

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  • You could definitely try it out and let us know if it does work…but if you want to be 110% then I would stick to the original ingredients :)

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  • I definitely agree with the healthy glow thing. I look the best when I got some sun over the weekend.

    OH and I also find I look better without makeup when my eyebrows are well-tamed!

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  • Amen to that!

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  • I like to do virgin organic cold processed coconut oil instead of water with the baking soda for a scrub. It moisturizes while exfoliating. Just rinse off with a warm wrung out washcloth a few times. The coconut oil is supposed to be anti fungal, and antibacterial. Tones down the redness of my acne and scars too!

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  • I like that little tweak! And I looooove Coconut oil :)

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  • Exfoliate and moisturize at the same time by making a paste of coconut oil and baking soda. The coconut oil keeps your skin moisturizerd(but jot oily!) And healthy while the baking soda cleans and exfoliates.

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  • Great tips! I am a beauty consultant with Mary Kay Inc and I know they offer several products with SPF protection and I agree that you must first take care of your body from the inside out and gently clean your face twice a day! My future daughter in law is going to try MK’s tinted moisturizer sync screen broad spectrum SPF 20 for her clean/no makeup look – it gives sheer color in 6 shades, oil-free moisturizer ion and UVA/UVB protection. Btw, my mom mixes the olive oil and sugar scrub in pretty containers to all the girls at Christmas and you can add a drop of scented oil -love it especially for dry winter skin! And yes pretty natural skin is the best beauty tip ever! Thank you!

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  • I love making my own sugar scrubs! My fave scent to add to them is – actually, I have about 4 – vanilla, citrus, rose and coconut!

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  • Hey! I just recently found you on pinterest but i cant seem to download your guide for ” How to look good without makeup” I really would appreaciate if you could help me out here !

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  • Hey Sushmitha, we don’t have a downloadable guide for that post…it’s just a post in which you read on the page. Do you by any chance mean the beauty guide that you get once you sign up to the newsletter?

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  • What is the difference between moisturizer and toner?

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  • Hey Mackenzie,

    A toner is a clear liquid that you use on your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. It essentially helps to remove any residual product, further cleanses your pores and balances your pH levels :)

    After toning, you then moisturize to hydrate that skin of yours!

    Hope that helps :)

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  • How often should you scrub with the baking soda? Ive done it just on my chin where I have tons of blackheads, but not everywhere. It seems kind of rough, maybe 2-3 times a week? I also use St.Ives apricot scrun as my regular wash, but it doesnt scrub like I need it to.

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  • Oh you should only do the baking soda treatment once (absolute max twice) a week….you don’t want to scrub your skin raw ;)

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  • I also rarely wear make up as I feel it just clogs up my face more and causes me to break out.. though it may be because it’s older make up… so not using old and/or expired make up is a good thing to watch for! I use St. Ives apricot scrub, blackhead and blemish control to wash my face as I feel it has the best scrubbing feeling and Neutrogena oil free moisturizer with I think spf 15? in it? its light, makes my skin feel super soft, and isn’t oily at all! I always like my face best right after a shower lol!

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  • Hey Dana,

    Just a word to the wise…oil-free moisturizer isn’t actually supposed to be that good for you skin. Since our skin needs oil to keep itself hydrated, stripping it of the oil it needs actually causes it to either produce more oil (leaving your skin feeling greasy eventually or even breaking out) or cause it to stop producing oil altogether.

    Just thought I would pass that along just in case :)

    p.s. I heart St. Ives scrub!

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  • So, someone may have said this already, I didn’t have time to
    read all the posts here.:/
    Coconut oil! Its been wonderful for my skin. It’s all I use for moisturizer now, and my breakouts are so rare! It works great with the baking soda micoderm if you’re a fan of going all natural (I am!) Plus
    its a natural sun protectant.
    Great post!

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  • Loooooooove Coconut Oil!! I use it every day as well as my moisturizer and like you, I haven’t had a breakout in months!

    A big huge holla for natural skincare and beauty!

    And thanks for the kind words :)

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  • And don’t forget to remove all residual makeup from the day prior, as well! Nothing looks drabbier than yesterday’s eyeliner and mascara giving you the raccoon effect…

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  • Could not agree more :)

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  • I don’t have a Kindle, but I reaaally want to buy your book about tanning! I’m naturally pale and I’ve been using tanning beds, but I’m always worried about what it’s doing to my skin:( Is there any way to get the book without an e-reader??

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  • Hey Catherine,

    You can read the book on any computer, smartphone or tablet…no need for a Kindle :-)

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  • Can some one help me I have red bumps inbetween my ibrows and there not pinpls and there not black heads so what are they? And I have face wash, acne cream, and I have the strips and I do it every night and I still have black heads what am I going wrong please help me. And I dont do the strips every night only 2 a week.

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  • Hey Dayna,

    I’m not entirely sure what your bumps are because I can’t see them and ‘red bumps’ could be anything but have you tried exfoliating? I find that really helps. If you want you can make your own microdermabrasion scrub by mixing baking soda with a few drops of water til you have a thick paste. Then rub it all over your face and scrub for about 2 minutes before rinsing off and patting dry.

    Also for blackheads, I would try the egg white pore cleanse. Essentially you take an egg white, whip it up, ‘paint’ the egg whites over your nose (or whatever area you are targeting) then place a small piece of tissue over the egg whites and re-paint the tissue with more egg whites. Then just let it all dry until it’s hard and then rip it off.

    It should work to start removing blackheads.

    Also, what moisturizer do you use? I sometimes find using a natural moisturizer (like Olive oil or Almond oil or even Jojoba oil) can really make a difference.

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • thanks

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  • I have very oily skin and had terrible acne in high school, with continuing breakouts in my twenties. I started washing my face everyday with baking soda and water, and then at night i cover my face in 100% organic extra virgin coconut oil. Even though my skin was oily it did not make me break out. It hydrates, makes my eyelashes grow and easire to curl, and makes my skin glow. Also I think it is SPF 4 (which doesnt help me as I live in Florida). If that is too heavy Clinique makes a wonderful mouisurizing gel for people with oily skin. Every other mistureizer makes me break out.

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  • Awesome thanks so much Samantha! And I’m happy to hear the oil works for you too! I love it as well :-)

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  • Sweat!!!! Seriously. Sweating is a great way to push toxins out of your body. Drink more water! Stay hydrated.
    I have a hard time with my skin. But I’ve started walking/ jogging and my skin has cleared up greatly! I gently exfoliate with a BABY’S washcloth (not as harsh as a normal one) then rinse really well with Luke warm water. After that I apply coconut oil to keep moisture. Best results I’ve ever had

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  • Holla! Awesome tips Ashley :-)

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  • I find that drinking water with *unfiltered* apple cider vinegar helps give me a nice glow. I noticed that every time I would drink it my cheeks would look all rosy. I googled it and apparently this happens for a lot of people. Aside from the fact it can give you clearer skin and a host of other benefits.

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  • Yeah I’ve heard really great things about drinking apple cider vinegar….but is it crazy sour?

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  • My lips are constantly peeled! That probably doesn’t make sense, but like the top layer of skin is like always peeled and my lips are almost never smooth. I recently read an article about how some chapsticks actually make your lips peel more so you use more of the product! I use the chapstick eos( the little egg) what chapstick would you recommend?

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  • Have you tried a lip scrub? Mix some raw sugar with some honey and scrub your lips for a few minutes. That could maybe help you out :)

    As for lip chap, I use this stuff called ‘Paw Paw’ it’s from Australia but I’ve recently heard you can get it on Amazon! I’m freakin’ addicted to it!

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  • Maybelline baby lips rose addict flavour. Its my all time favourite.it does not peel the lips.it helps to prevent it from peeling.

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  • I totally agree with the last tip! I spent nearly an entire summer in Florida on the beaches(I also used tons of sun screen!) But I had an amazing tan by the time I got back to Kansas! I hardly wore make up after that until my tan faded!

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  • I have to admit (now that I live in Thailand) I am loving not wearing makeup for days on end. It’s so freeing :-)

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  • I have awful acne scars, and I’m still in my teens! They fade after a few months but I cannot leave the house without at least a moisturizer or something. Do you know of anything that would help make them disappear a little faster so that I can get through my summer face makeup-free?

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  • Hey Ray

    I have another site (all about skincare) where I have a few DIY posts on how to remove scars. You can check it out here -> http://besskincare.com/category/diy-tips-and-tricks/scar-treatment

    Alternatively, you could always check out a potent scar treatment –> http://besskincare.com/dermefface-fx7

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • which tinted moisturizer do you recommend?

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  • I personally just used to make my own….I would use Nivea cream and add a touch of bronzer :)

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  • I’ve always been a firm believer in the whole no makeup thing, I’m glad to see someone helping girls to realize they don’t need make up to look beautiful. I also wanted to say that I usually keep the clean and clear oil removing wipes with me to battle oily face throughout the day and keep myself feeling fresh!

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  • Thanks Maddee, I’m so happy you liked the post :-)

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  • I loved reading this. Great way to get across your point with a positive vibe. Too many women feel the need of wearing makeup and its nice to see someone saying you don’t have to wear makeup to look great. Keeping yourself hydrated and staying healthy really shows in your skin. And also if your skin is healthy your makeup will also look better when you wear it! :) I didn’t think about how often we all touch our faces. That’s going to be a hard habit to break rubbing my eyes because I’m so tired. Thank you again for giving us great information and keeping a smile on our face! :)

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  • And thank YOU Lynn for such a kind comment, I’m so happy you’re digging the post :-)

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  • Love this list..extremely helpful. I’ve been trying to go sans makeup for about six months now. I still use it once in a while, and I’ve also found that keeping your eyebrows well maintained helps your face look a lot better, brighter and even without makeup!

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  • Nice Bayleigh! I’m glad you’re digging the post :)

    I’ve been doing the no makeup thing now for quite some time (other than date nights or events) and I love love love it. It took me a while to get used to but my skin feels so good because I’m not slathering it with tons of products :)

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  • Coconut oil works well for a moisturizer after exfoliating, a little bit goes a long way! Also helps with redness too. :)

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  • I looooove me some coconut oil :-)

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  • Just a girl May 15, 2013 11:30 pm

    I am ALWAYS touching my face! I have been trying to stop for months!!!!!!!!!!

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  • How do we get your book if we don’t have a Kindle?

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  • You can read Kindle guides on smartphones, computers and tablets :-)

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  • Hey!
    So the whole lemon juice and hot water thing, does it really work? I have tried numerous things like that and I never notice a difference. Thanks for the other tips though! Really helpful. I don’t wear much make up on a daily basis but my skin is always really oily and I’m always breaking out. Any extra tips?

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  • Have you ever heard of the Oil Cleansing Method? I think it would be worth giving that a shot as it’s all natural and crazy good for your skin, especially oily skin!

    Here is a link to how you do it and why you should consider it if you are interested –> http://besskincare.com/organic-skin-care-recipes

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • Oh my lord, if I followed this, my skin would be horrid lol. Its probably just a personal thing as I just have weird skin. I haven’t worn makeup in two years, so I feel like I’m pretty good it. My skin used to be so bad until I stopped washing my face. Toners and exfoliators give me bad acne and citrus gives me eczema. My whole routine is to rinse my face with water every morning and moisturize. Done.

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  • Oh wow, yeah I guess this isn’t the best post for you then! lol

    Have you ever heard of the Oil Cleansing Method? That might be a good alternative to face washes as it is natural and really gentle on your skin :-)

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  • Great advice! I think taking proper care of your body and respecting your natural features is essential for a woman’s confidence and self worth. My #1 beauty secret is eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows! They frame your face, accentuate your eyes and make me feel polished even 1st thing in the morning (:

    Tweezerman tweezers saved my life

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  • Oh good tip!! I’ve never thought about eyebrows that way haha :)

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  • Plzzz tell me how to remove white head pimples n blachheads i need it desperately

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  • You could always try a DIY egg white pore strip!

    Crack an egg, separate the yolk and toss it away, stir up your egg whites, ‘paint’ some egg whites over the areas you have blackheads, grab a piece of tissue, lay it over your egg whites, layer some more egg whites on it and wait for it to completely harden. Then just rip off the strip! You should do this a few times a week until you see any improvement :)

    Here’s a video I shot demonstrating exactly how to do it….the egg whites is the 2nd remedy –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTbyPzzX65A

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  • One thing I would like to add to this awesome, totally effective list is finding SAFE sunscreen, without harmful chemicals. ‘The Environmental Working Group says 56% of beach and sport sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone. The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb ultraviolet light, but some research shows oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin. The Environmental Working Group and other toxicology experts believe that oxybenzone is linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.’

    So check those labels carefully before you buy a sunscreen for your face and skin!

    Another trick I would add to this list is coconut oil! I have medium oily skin and I am not afraid of using a dab of coconut oil every day, it never makes me break out. I just put a tiny dab on my face usually after I do my baking soda scrub, OR you can coat your fingers in coconut oil before dipping them in the baking soda and it makes your skin feel amazing afterwards!

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  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I looooooooove me some coconut oil! I use it every day on my face :)

    Also, thank you for the 411 on safe sunscreens! That’s super helpful!

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  • Wow, your tips really helped! I totally agree that face touching is the hardest habit to break. I tried your recipe for the exfoliant, and it worked wonderfully. Thank you!

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  • My absolute pleasure Kelsey! And yes, face touching is the hardest habit to break…I still catch myself! Like, often!

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  • Thank you so much for posting this. Just came across your site and now I am soooo grateful!!!

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  • Thanks so much girl, so happy to hear that :-)

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  • I now use white sugar instead of baking soda, scrubs well and tastes better when you get a little in your mouth. Use sunscreen everyday, melanoma is not fun neither are wrinkles and spots which I have had all in the last 10 years, start early.

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  • These are really good tips but I feel like none of that would still look good on me because of acne. What do you suggest I do about it? Also I have really dry skin so what is a good remedy for that?

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  • Hey Makaila,

    I have a category full of acne tips over on my skincare site if you want to check those out. They are all natural, DIY tricks you can use –> http://besskincare.com/diy-tips-and-tricks/acne-treatment-diy-tips-and-tricks

    Alternatively, we also tested out a badass acne treatment called ZenMed that you can see here –> http://besskincare.com/zenmed-review

    Finally, if you are still looking for more potent pimple remedies you can check out our Kindle guide full of them –> http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Pimple-Remedies-Naturally-ebook/dp/B00AZ8CGOA (you don’t need a Kindle, you can read it on a smartphone, tablet or computer)

    As for dry skin – have you considered moisturizing with oil? I know it sounds crazy but it’s SO effective and I’m absolutely hooked! I personally use Coconut Oil which I love but you could also Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Almond Oil or even Jojoba Oil!

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • I really enjoyed reading these tips. I personally don’t like wearing make-up to begin with. Even the days that I do wear it I only use a light layer of foundation, eye-liner, and on occasion eye shadow. Its also really encouraging to hear tips on how to make your skin healthier. I think that also give women a confidence booster, and let’s be honest; everybody needs one of those. Thank you!!!

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  • Aw happy to hear you liked the post Rae! And I couldn’t agree more – we ladies love a confidence boost here and there ;)

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  • I have a really oily face. Do you know anything to help me go though the day without looking like I’m sweating. One more thing might seem stupid.. But how do you exfoliate?

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  • It may seem crazy but cleaning your face with oil will actually help clear that up for you. I wrote all about it here if you want to check it out –> http://besskincare.com/organic-skin-care-recipes

    As for exfoliating, do you mean how do I do it specifically? I apply my scrub evenly to my face and then scrub in small circular motions (avoiding most of my eye area) for about 2 minutes and then I rinse my face :-)

    Hope that helps!

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  • These are great tips. I’ve started using Vitamin E oil as a moisturizer which works great and repairs skin as well. Also, going on birth control SIGNIFICANTLY cleared my acne up. Now I only get an occasional blemish when I’m really stressed out. And BB cream is my new best friend! I don’t even use foundation anymore.

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  • Holla! Great tips! Gotta admit…birth control can be the most useful and multi-tasking pills! lol ;)

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  • I love these tips. And I do touch my face a lot!

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  • haha that makes two of us…I try to stop each time I notice it but it’s such a hard habit to break!

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  • Hey V!
    I really enjoyed reading your beauty tips! I am also one of those girls that feels ugly and scary without having at least concealer on! and almost every one of your suggestions hit me right on the head! I always touch my face (nervous habit), i love laying out (i look way better tan) I drink coffee in the morning and i never use toner haha! So, needless to say, I will be trying out every single one of these suggestions! I have done the DIY face scrub before (I used baking soda, sugar and water) and that actually worked GREAT! I highly suggest any of your other readers to try it out. I haven’t been using it recently though because i started using a natural night cream called Nerium AD and it has cleared up my skin, evened out my skin tone and made my texture so smooth and soft. I am not to the point where I will go out without makeup, but I am definitely on my way! I wrote a blogpost about my before and afters with it, and I highly recommend trying that as one more step to look beautiful without makeup! I’d love to know how it goes if you do try it out! Have a great day!- Devon

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  • Hey Devon!

    So thrilled to hear you found the post useful and let me know what you think of the new healthy skin habits once you’ve tried them :-)

    The not touching your face one is the hardest for me!

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  • These tips are great! I do use the baking soda and water one often but another one I like to use is sugar and organic coconut oil. I mix equal part sugar and equal part coconut oil and use it to exfoliate my face, as well as the rest of my body and when I pat my skin dry, it leaves me feeling baby butt-cheek soft! Its amaaazzziiinggg!! I love it because I don’t even have to use lotion or anything afterwards. Another thing I do to help fade any redness on my face is rub lemon juice on my face with a cotton ball before I go to bed at night, and after a few applications the redness is all gone! I prefer using all natural stuff over anything that has chemicals in it.

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  • Nice Dina, those are great tips! I looooove coconut oil as well! I use it every day now :)

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  • Linda Lawton July 22, 2013 8:21 pm

    I can’t wear makeup in the summer because sweat just drips off me with any activity at all or if I get too warm. Luckily I was blessed with a good complection because I seldom wear makeup. I do however use waterproof eye makeup because it is the only thing that will stay on. Part of the problem is the medication I take. Does anyone else out there have the same problem and do you have any tricks to help at all. I get strange looks at stores and other public places when I start dripping. I keep a wash cloth in my purse but the only way for me to stop dripping is to get some where with very cool air conditioning and even then it takes me about 20 to 30 minutes to cool down.

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  • Have you tried using BB creams? They usually help makeup stay put even with sweating.

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  • Vanessa,

    I have always been told I have great skin. My face Rarely break outs! The only thing is that lately my skin has become very dry and I have been getting breakouts on my nose. Anytime I get a breakout it is ALWAYS on my nose (I look like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer!!) what do I need to do? I have tried Exfoliating but nothing has helped!

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  • Have you tried spot treating your acne? I like this treatment: crush an Aspirin, mix a few drops of water in until you have a paste, apply it and leave it for about 10 minutes or so then rinse off.

    It helps to zap zits and calm down the inflammation.

    Hope that helps :-)

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  • Just a tiny advice regarding lemon: temperatures above 60 degrees C ( tea water boils at 100 degrees) completely destroy vitamin C, and also lemon in the morning on an empty stomach for people with faster metabolism (=stronger stomach acid) equals slow death by vomiting.

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  • Ohhh I never knew that about Vitamin C! Thanks Ana :-)

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  • Has anyone heard anything about using vitamin E oil on your face? I have never tried coconut oil but I do have vitamin E oil and was wondering if it has the same results?

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  • I’ve heard vitamin E oil is amazing for your skin..but I’ve never tried it on my face. However I do swear by coconut oil :-)

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  • I seriously kaughed out loud at the “DONT. TOUCH. YOUR. FACE” part. Such great tips! Ive been looking for tips like this so thank you. Ill have to try them!

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  • Well I had to get it across lol! Glad you dug the post :-)

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  • Hi, would you put a toner on after a tinted moisturizer or not at all?

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  • No put it on before…after you have washed your face :)

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  • also, do you just put one slice of lemon in your water and drink it like that or do u eat the lemon??

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  • Nope, just add it to your water and drink it :)

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  • All kinds of awesome tips, but one thing a lot of people never think of is leaving your face out of the shower if you take a hot shower. The hot water only works to make your face more red and irritated. Cold water is best for washing your face. It sucks, but my dermatologist scolded me about it and it actually helped improve my overall redness and acne.

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  • Hello there :) thank you for all these tips. I have two questions. First, when you do the lemon and hot water, I am confused on how you do that, do you squeeze lemon juice into your cup of water and then drink it? Or do you drink the water and then just eat a slice of lemon? My second question is, what are the best brands of coconut oil to buy and where is a good place to buy it at that won’t break the bank? Thank you so much!

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  • Oops one more thing, do you microwave the olive oil first? Or mix it with water? How do you get it out of it’s solid form?

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  • Not sure what you mean? When is Olive Oil ever solid?

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  • Yep just squeeze the lemon into your hot water and drink it :)

    As for Coconut Oil – there are so many different brands. I would suggest the one I use but I live in Thailand and I just bought a local one. Just be sure you get organic Coconut Oil and you should be fine.

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  • If you drink the hot water with lemon, be sure to drink regular water afterwards or even brush your teeth. If you leave the lemon in your mouth, it’s an acid and can damage the enamel of your teeth. The means your teeth will lose their whiteness, and worse, more susceptibility to cavities!

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  • Hey Vanessa,

    I am a big fan of your fantastic blogs that are Aaammaazziinngggg!!
    Anyway I was wondering if u knew how to get rid of bags under your eye uggh there so bad!!! I go to bed around 9:30-10:00 and wake up at 5:45 I don’t know if that is causing it or not it would be great if u could give me some simple home remedies, tips, what u do, products or anything would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks , emma

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  • Hey Emma,

    Thank you so much for the kind words…I’m thrilled to hear you’re digging the site :-)

    Here are a few links from my skincare site that I think could really help you out:

    DIY under-eye rememdies –> http://besskincare.com/diy-tips-and-tricks/under-eye-diy-tips-and-tricks

    And my favourite under-eye serum –> http://besskincare.com/elite-serum-review

    Hope those help you out :-)

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  • Hey! These are great tips! One question though, can you just use regular sunscreen under your makeup?? I don’t use too much face make up… Rarely do I ever wear ANY actually! But I really don’t want to have bad skin when I am older … :P

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  • Oh of course! DEFINITELY wear sunscreen :)

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  • The baking soda and water mix dried out my skin almost instantly, is that normal?

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  • Did you moisturize after the exfoliation?

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  • Yes

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  • I’ve never heard of that happening, especially if you moisturized afterwards. The only thing I can think of is you rubbed it into your skin too aggressively or let it sit on your skin for too long. Very gentle, quick exfoliation is key.

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  • How do you make the lemon tea???

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  • Hot water and lemon :)

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  • Can I buy your book that’s not on kindle? Or do you only have it for the kindle? (:

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  • Sorry it’s only on Kindle as of now but you can download it to your computer or smartphone…you don’t need to have a Kindle to read it :-)

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  • Great tips! Just thought I’d add that I’ve heard before that you shouldn’t wash your face a lot in the mornings. It’s said that it gets rid of the natural oils that your skin needs to protect itself during the day.

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  • I’ve never heard that. But you could always moisturize with a natural oil (like Almond, Olive, Coconut or even Jojoba) afterwards :)

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  • Hi Vanessa, I found this article on Pinterest and it’s filled with great tips! My problem is though, I don’t really have toner or a good sunscreen, and I don’t really know where to start! also, these steps almost sound like they take as much time as it does for me to apply my makeup…and one more thing, how much would getting all of this cost? sorry for the lengthy comment☺

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  • Hey Mira,

    Finding a sunscreen shouldn’t be a time-consuming task. There are a ton of moisturizers (or even tinted moisturizers) with SPF in them already. As for a toner, you can make your own with strawberries.

    Just grab a few, crush them up and dip a cotton pad or ball into the juice, wipe it all over your skin, leave it for about a minute and rinse off.

    Simple. And it shouldn’t cost big money either :-)

    Hope that helps!

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  • I have more of an olive colored skin and I have noticed in the last few years I am getting the dark patch above my upper lip (and it is not hair), and also it is lightly starting to develop around my cheeks, I don’t wear make-up but is there any way to get rid of this darkening without using facial make-up??? Thank you!!!

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  • These posts might help you out. They’re from my skincare site :)

    http://besskincare.com/how-to-get-rid-of-dark-spots

    http://besskincare.com/how-to-lighten-your-skin-naturally

    Hope that helps!

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  • I use witchhazel as a natural toner, and also to remove my makeup. It’s all natural,but it does have a unique scent

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  • LOL Agreed! It definitely does have a unique scent. It’s my favourite product though. Works for everything :)

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  • I have a good complexion and I dont really breakout but my nose seems to ALWAYS be red and oily! Its awful! I would love to go without makeup but I would look like rudolph :/ any tips or tricks I can do the night before would be amazing!!

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  • Hey Rachel, I can totally empathize with wanting to go without makeup. Make sure you are using a very mild face wash, an oil-free moisturizer and try adding my egg white blackhead treatment a few times weekly. All you have to do is whip one egg white until frothy, brush it over your nose, put on a piece of tissue/toilet paper and put on a second layer of egg white. Once it fully dries, gently pull off et voila!
    I know you said you don’t break out, but this will help repair any burst capillaries that may be causing the redness. Hope that helps :)

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  • hey
    those were great tips :)
    i had oily skin and acne in school, but its all cleared out now with a nice glowy skin.. but it has left some small holes on my cheeks and i just dont know how to get rid of those!! can u please suggest something??

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  • Hey Saya,

    I would suggest one of these acne scar DIY’s from our sister site: http://besskincare.com/acne-scars-home-remedies. They are simple to make and work great! Also, try adding regular microdermabrasion to your weekly skin care routine. After a few weeks you should start to notice those small holes disappearing.

    Hope that helps!

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  • That hot water and lemon tip will definitely be tried! What I do to keep my skin looking even is I lightly wash with an apricot scrub morning and night. I used to wash with a mixture of 1/4 cup olive oil and brown sugar as a scrub earlier, but it worked best in warmer weather, now that it’s cooler it seems to make my makeup cake, but maybe I just needed a change. I also do a honey mask as often as possible, rub it all over your face, leave it for 15-30 min or longer even, then rinse. Instantly, you see redness has gone down, acne has gotten better, and scars disappear! Hope I helped!

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  • Those are some great tips Abby. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Thank you sooo much!!! I use a brand of facial wash, toner, and lotion called AcneFree every once and a while and it performs miracles! It was cheap compared to Proactive and to me works a lot better. The only thing is, (and this sounds awful) I find it hard to do this routine every morning. I don’t want to approach as lazy, but is there anything I could do that’s easy to make a routine out of? I have tried wipes for acne and it was easy for me to do everyday, but they irritated my skin. Thank you!!!

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  • Your best bet is to set a morning alarm for washing your face and then committing to using only mild soaps. It’s the routine that reaps results!

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  • I loved your tips thank you so much!!!!

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  • Hey!! Thanks for sharing these great tips. Will keep these in mind and share with friends too. I usually practice this “Hands Off” thing. Will stay alert from now on.

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  • A facial scrub that I’ve been using is equal parts of honey, coconut oil, and brown sugar. Just make sure you don’t scrub too hard, that sugar gets a bit rough! Leave on for ten mins or so and rinse with warm water followed by a splash of cold water!

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  • Sounds like a good one :)

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  • Does anyone have a good, semi-strong toner recommendation???:)

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  • I like mixing my own natural witch hazel. Try mixing 100mL of witch hazel with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Shake, shake, shake and then apply over your face with a cotton pad. Works wonders :)

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  • Thanks for the tips! I would also add something you alluded to at the end…. SLEEP! I find my face looks so much better when I’m getting enough quality sleep.

    Also, for those like me that tend to be on the dry skin side, I find over washing my face actually makes my skin dull. Call me crazy, but I typically only wash my face when I shower and I use a very mild face wash with lukewarm water so it basically just removes makeup without removing natural oils.

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  • Agreed. Over washing your face definitely makes it more dull and regular, quality sleep makes a world of difference :)
    Another great tip is to hold off on washing your face immediately after you wake up. I know sometimes it feels “greasy”, but those essential oils are natural anti-agers so let them soak in for at least 15 minutes!

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  • Great tips! Does any one ever find that sunscreen can worsen acne in teens? Moisturizers tend to do that for me.

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  • Perhaps try a moisturizer with SPF instead. There are plenty of great options out there. My personal favourite is made by ZENMED. It’s a 30 SPF Oil-Free daily moisturizer and their entire line is meant for fighting acne as well :)

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  • Thankyou :)

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  • Even though I am very young I wear makeup every wear I go I’m glad that I don’t touch my face though. I always put on concealer too.

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  • Great tips. I found that eating healthy, drink plenty of water everyday, exercise, sleeping well, no smoking, little or no alcohol , taking Vitamin E daily ,all work as well. People always ask me what do I do to have good skin. Well, I don’t smoke, I’m not a heavy drinker( a few glasses of wine/week, usually with my dinner), I drink a lot of water, I don’t eat junk food. I try to work out as much as I can, and I also think genes may play a big part in it. My mom always had flawless skin and still does. Let’s see, what else, I always moisturize my face bc I have dry skin. I dont wear makeup everyday. I let my skin take a breather:) and sometimes I will just use concealer to cover my dark circles. Also I believe that if you have great skin already, no need to constantly cover it up. Embrace it while you can:)

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  • Rebecca Salgado April 14, 2014 2:13 pm

    I feel ya. I have to run out the door sometimes to go to school and I didn’t put my make on and these tips really work.

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  • Dinah Roberts May 26, 2014 12:13 pm

    Another good tip to keep your skin looking the best it can is to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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