How do I get an Even Complexion?

A. Pasbjerg

While some people are born with the genetics for clear skin, many others need to put some effort into obtaining an even complexion. Blemishes, dull or oily spots, or discolorations can make skin look unhealthy and older. For those afflicted with these issues, there are ways to help their complexions looks smoother, clearer, and more glowing.

Concealer is useful for covering complexion imperfections, like dark circles under the eyes.
Concealer is useful for covering complexion imperfections, like dark circles under the eyes.

To obtain an even complexion on the outside, it is important to make sure that what is going inside is good for one's skin. Proper hydration is critical for attractive skin, making it look plumped and healthy; drinking enough water keeps skin cells hydrated and also helps clear away any toxins. Eight glasses of water a day is typically considered a good goal to aim for. Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants is also important for maintaining a good complexion. A vitamin and mineral supplement may be useful for those who are not getting enough of them through their diet.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is one way to achieve an even complexion.
Making healthy lifestyle choices is one way to achieve an even complexion.

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Establishing a good daily skin care routine can contribute to an even complexion. Makeup, oil, and dirt should always be removed before bedtime using a gentle cleanser; those with acne may also want to consider a medicated type specifically designed to address this issue. Applying a toner after cleaning can help reduce pore size and fight blackheads. After cleaning and toning, moisturizer should be used to keep skin plump and smooth. Giving oneself a short facial massage can stimulate circulation to the facial skin and help carry away impurities.

Exfoliation is also key to getting an even complexion. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of the face and make skin look dull and old. Using an exfoliant once or twice a week will slough away the dead cells, allowing healthy new ones to show through.

Though there are many ways to help the skin itself become more clear and glowing, not everyone is able to achieve an even complexion. In these cases, it is important to develop a good makeup routine. Concealer is useful for covering any obvious imperfections, like pimples or dark circles under the eyes. Foundation or a tinted moisturizer should be matched to the person's skin tone and then used to blend away any obvious unevenness in color, with powder used over top to set it. Blush or bronzer may also be brushed onto the cheeks, forehead, or nose to create an additional flush of color.

Consuming at least eight glasses of water daily can help improve complexion.
Consuming at least eight glasses of water daily can help improve complexion.

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