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The term ‘clear skin’ is often used when talking about reducing blemishes and breakouts. However, a range of skin concerns can impact the uniformity of complexions. In this article we’ll focus on dark spots, discolouration and UV skin stress which results in uneven skin tone.

To tackle these concerns, clear skin routines focus on brightening ingredients which help to even skin tone and boost radiance. If you’ve noticed the appearance of sun spots on skin or want to reduce marks left after breakouts, Kiehl’s plant-powered formulas support and clear the skin for visibly improved clarity.

See how to clear skin with a minimal routine and healthy lifestyle habits. Radiance is yours is 6 simple steps!

Clear skin defined

‘Clear skin’ refers to complexions which have uniformity in tone and texture, are healthy looking and radiant – meaning that they reflect light without being shiny. A number of concerns can impact skin uniformity, and these will differ depending on your skin type. It’s important to know that while a clear face is a goal of skincare journeys, it’s common to experience uneven tone and texture.

Why won’t my skin clear?

Those who experience disruptions to complexions know how much of a struggle clearing skin can be. Attempts to clear the skin of concerns like sun spots and pimples can also overwhelm or stress skin, which itself reduces clarity. Some causes of uneven tone and texture include:

·       Over-exfoliating

·       Skipping moisturiser

·       UV radiation

·       Hormones

·       Dead skin build-ups

·       Excess oil-flow

·       Clogged pores

·      Stress

How to get clear skin: Our 6 tips

A minimal and supportive clear skin routine can help to brighten complexions and address the appearance of discolouration across skin. The formation of dark spots on cheeks and forehead generally occurs from our 30s onwards. In Australia especially, external stress from UV radiation can impact clear skin. The following clear skin tips can help to promote and maintain glowing, even tone.

1. Don’t skip the cleanser

Purifying the skin at the start and end of each day is key. Stressors like pollution, bacteria and excess sweat can make skin prone to uneven tone and texture. An important step in understanding how to have clear skin is twice daily cleansing. This helps to remove impurities and rebalance skin’s moisture levels, promoting a brightened complexion. Clearly Corrective™ Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser clears pollutants and gently exfoliates dead skin cells, using natural exfoliant Pearlstone. The addition of Peony extract helps protect complexions against oxidative stress which can impact even tone.

2. Use brightening formulas

Certain skincare steps can help diminish dullness alongside the efficacy of other products. Facial essence, toners and treatment water help to prepare skin and improve absorption and moisture content. If dullness, discolouration or uneven skin tone occur, these steps can help in visibly clearing skin. Clearly Corrective™ Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water hydrates and visibly boosts skin clarity. The inclusion of white birch extract imparts hydrating nutrients to skin, while activated C, the stable form of vitamin C can address and improve cell stress which contributes to dark spots. Licorice root is also included to comfort skin.

3. Moisturise twice daily

All skin needs hydration and the right moisture balance. To keep complexions bright and bouncy we recommend consistent, twice-daily moisture application in your clear skin routine. Moisturisers not only help to increase visible health but also strengthen the skin moisture barrier, which protects against the stressors that impact skin tone. Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment provides intense, 24-hour hydration with glycolic acid and activated C for clarified, glass skin. Seeing as moisture is so supportive, does drinking water help to clear skin? A healthy diet and water intake helps to promote healthy skin and is a part of clear skin routines!

4. Adopt targeted serums

You’re probably already familiar with the power of serums. By delivering efficacious ingredients in lightweight formulas, brightening serums can improve the appearance of skin deeply, for that ‘lit from within’ glow. When trying to address dark spots and discolouration, serums can be implemented to improve clear skin over time. In your morning routine, Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution combines peony extract, activated C and white birch extract to enhance skin clarity and protect radiance. At night, Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum targets signs of ageing and skin discolouration by encouraging skin cell renewal.

5. Always remove makeup at end of day

Makeup creates a layer on skin – and left on overnight, it can impact skin balance, block pores and effect moisture levels. To allow skin rest time and promote radiance, it’s important to remove makeup at the end of each day. When we sleep our skin begins to repair itself too. To take advantage of this fresh skin cycle and promote clear skin, evening moisturisers can be implemented into your clear skin routine. Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream is enriched with botanicals and omega fatty acids that promote youthful and brightened skin.

6. Use sunscreen daily

UVA and UVB radiation directly contributes to discolouration, dark spots and uneven skin tones. For those asking ‘how to have clear skin’, consistent and daily sunscreen use is a big part. For a brightened and clear face now and into the future, opt for broad-spectrum SPF and reapply as directed. Other sun-smart clear skin tips include:

·       Wear a hat

·       Wear sunglasses

·       Seek shade when you can

·       Stay out of the sun during high UV levels

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