Our skin is constantly under attack from many internal and external aggressors on a daily basis. Whether it’s pollution, the sun, stress or even your makeup irritating and clogging pores, it can be a lot for any skin type to deal with. While you can’t change the weather, here are our recommendations on how to get clearer-looking skin, and how to keep it.
TIP 1 - Wash Your Face
It may sound obvious but if you’re prone to breakouts, always wash your face, especially before bed. If you’re prone to touching your face or you’ve been exercising, you may need to wash your face more frequently too. Keep the water temperature warm – if it’s too cold, it may not be effective. Too hot and it may irritate and dry out your skin, too.
It’s not only important to keep your face clean, but your favourite skincare and makeup tools. Regularly remove residual makeup and dirt from your brushes with lukewarm water. Change your pillowcases regularly too as dirt and sweat from your hands, hair and face can build up.
TIP 2 - Cleansing is Key
Choose an effective and gentle cleanser to clear your skin’s surface of daily dirt, oil and debris. If your skin is prone to dryness, you may choose to switch your morning cleanse to rinse your face instead. Over-cleansing can strip your skin of essential oils and comprise your skin barrier function. Whatever your skin type, cleansing before bed is essential though.
Looking for a gentle daily cleanser? Try Ultra Facial Cleanser. Formulated with Squalane, Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, the mild formula cleanses skin of impurities while maintaining its natural balance. It’s also suitable for all skin types. Start off your evening routine with Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. Suitable for all skin types, this gentle cleanser dissolves even hard-to-remove makeup while soothing and comforting skin. If you’re prone to redness and discomfort, the calming Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Cleanser face wash leaves skin feeling comfortably clean. For men, we recommend Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash. The perfect first step in a non-fuss skincare routine, this refreshing cleanser is enriched with Caffeine, Menthol and Vitamin E, and effectively remove debris, dirt and excess oil. Revive and awaken skin with this cleanser formulated for men’s skin.
TIP 3 - Exfoliate
When it comes to how to have clear skin, exfoliating regularly is essential to removing dead skin cells and dirt that can clog pores and encourage breakouts and dullness.
Formulated with Amazonian white clay, Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser gently detoxifies and exfoliates skin, absorbing excess oil and helping to minimise the appearance of pores. Enriched with apricot kernels, Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub for men also exfoliates skin and cleanses away dead skin, dirt and oil.
TIP 4 - Use a Targeted Treatment
Now your skin is properly prepped and primed, you can also target specific skin concerns by massaging a targeted treatment into your skin before applying your moisturiser. Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment combines 10% Sulfur and Niacinamide and helps reduce the appearance of blemishes for clearer-looking skin.
Try one of our targeted facial oils or serums. Inspired by Kiehl’s apothecary heritage, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate is a non-comedogenic facial oil, suitable for all skin types, that calms the feeling of stressed skin. Formulated with naturally derived ingredients*, it reduces the appearance of redness and discomfort. Protect the skin barrier function with Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Herbal Adaptogens, this fortifying serum strengthens the skin barrier function, leaving skin feeling protected against daily stressors. Lightweight and easily absorbed, it neutralises skin-ageing stressors to renew skin’s appearance.
*We consider ingredients to be naturally derived if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.
We also recommend using a purifying clay mask. Our Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask helps to reduce the appearance of pores and removes dirt and excess oils to leaving skin feeling clean. Discover more on the benefits of wearing a clay mask.
TIP 5 - Stay Hydrated
While you may think it’s counterproductive to moisturise naturally oily skin, hydration is an essential part of every skin routine for every skin type. A happy and hydrated barrier function can help to prevent breakouts, dryness, sensitivity and irritation.
If you’re concerned about blackheads, blemishes and unwanted shine, look for oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas and too-thick creams that could encourage congestion. Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream is a fast-absorbing gel moisturiser that helps maintain your skin’s moisture balance while keeping you shine-free. The fast-absorbing, alcohol-free gel cream moisturiser seeps into skin immediately to help minimise the appearance pores over time. The result? Skin that looks and feels hydrated, refreshed and balanced.
TIP 6 - Get Some Sleep
Too much late-night scrolling and not enough shut-eye can raise your body’s stress levels and encourage sebum overproduction, which can also clog your pores. Try and get eight hours of sleep every night and practice meditation to get the downtime your body needs. Your skin’s overnight recovery mode is when it works its hardest to repair daily damage, so the more beauty sleep you get, the better you’ll look and feel. Discover how we can support your skin’s needs overnight. Find out more about how sleep affects skin.
TIP 7 - Don't Forget Your SPF
No good clear skin tips would be complete without a layer of SPF protection. Prevention is just as important as knowing how to get rid of blemishes. Even on cloudy days, sun damage can cause signs of photo-ageing like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and compromise your skin’s barrier function.
Formulated with advanced UVA/UVB technology and pollution protection, Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50’s non-greasy formula absorbs into your skin quickly to provide all-day hydration and protection from UVA / UVB rays and pollution, which can cause premature signs of ageing.
To keep oily skin hydrated and protected, choose a non-comedogenic formula like Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50. Suitable for normal to oily skin types, its water-light and refreshing texture has even been tested in humid conditions to help leave skin shine-free, feeling smooth and protected.
For more tips on how to get clearer-looking skin at home, speak to one of our skincare experts by booking a complimentary live video consultation (link to VC) or an in-store consultation. Don’t want to chat? Try our Instant Skin Reader to receive a skincare analysis and identify your skin strengths and weaknesses.