Beauty starts in one place and one place only. Your skin. Its as easy as 1, 2, 3. Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize!!!
I've always struggled with my skin. I'm 25 years old and if I don't wash and exfoliate regularly I will be a blemishy mess! I can't stress to you how important it is to remove your makeup at night. Although most proper brands are noncomedogenic these days (meaning they don't block your pores) that doesn't mean that the dirt and oil from the day haven't built up inside those pores of yours!
Most of you are probably like me, you enjoy pampering your skin from time to time but when it comes to taking the day off you prefer it quick an easy! Ive tried every 3 step system there is, from proactiv to clinique to philosophy and in my opinion they are all a sham. Ive had bad skin my whole life and its something that isn't going to go away. The only thing that has worked for me is cleansing regularly and exfoliation.
This is going to sound like a product plug but Philosophy's Purity Made Simply cleanser is hands down the best face wash I have ever used! It takes off everything, and I mean everything! Forget the process of removing your eye makeup, then washing your face, then toning your skin, then applying some kind of topical cream, then finally moisturizing. Purity Wash takes off makeup, dirt & oil in one quick wash, AND IT TONES! Honestly, when it says one step it really means it. All you have to do after is moisturize!
Besides nightly cleansing the most important thing you can do for your face is exfoliating. I cant believe most women don't do this already. My skin has never been the same since proper weekly exfoliation treatments. Washing your makeup away each night is great but there's always going to be that little spec of dirt that stayed behind and dug its way deep into your pores. Exfoliating gets right down into each crease, pore, and wrinkle and digs out all the dirt and all the dead flaky skin that you shed. Your skin will feel sooo smooth and squeaky clean! Honestly, as far as exfoliating goes, it doesn't matter what you use for a quick scrub every couple of days they're all good when mixed in with a good cleanser. But if you want to get deep down into the heart of the matter then again, I have to recommend Philosophy. Their Microdelivery Peel system is amazing. Its not a wash, but a treatment. I use it once a week and it leaves my skin feeling like glass. I know that sounds weird but you know the feeling of freshly windexed glass... Well that's what my face feels like! If you experience it you will understand.
Don't expect a change to happen over night my friends. Stick with it, wash your face every night, and exfoliate at least once a week and a change will come. Oh, and don't forget to drink lots of water!!!