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How to Get Clear Skin

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While blemishes and breakouts are often associated with teenage skin, they can occur at any age.  Imperfections are actually common among women in their forties and fifties and can even be a side effect of menopause.

Read on to discover how to clear skin with tips and a clear skin routine from No7.

What is clear skin?

When we think of clear skin, we think of a flawless complexion that is free of imperfections, including blemishes, pimples, redness, and excess oil. How clear the skin is, as well as it’s tone and texture, is influenced by many things including genetic factors, external stressors, hormonal influences and lifestyle habits.

Clear skin tips

When it comes to how to get clear skin naturally, there are lifestyle habits you can implement to help achieve clear skin and a blemish-free complexion:

  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin from the inside out
  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to help support skin’s natural repair process
  • Avoid touching the face or popping pimples as this can lead to scarring or further inflammation
  • Clean makeup brushes once a week using a sulfate-free shampoo, as makeup brushes harbor bacteria, debris and oil
  • Opt for makeup that won’t clog your pores like No7 Restore & Renew Foundation and Lift & Luminate finishing powder
  • Implement a clear skin routine and target blemishes to keep skin looking clear and healthy
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Clear skin routine

The right clear skin routine for you depends on your skin, though the below steps benefit all skin types and concerns.

  1. Use a mild cleanser, twice a day
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    Use a mild cleanser, twice a day

    If you struggle with blemish-prone skin, redness or acne, use a mild cleanser both morning and night that is gentle on the skin and effectively cleanses away impurities.

    No7 Purifying Clay Cleanser is formulated with 10% Kaolin clay and No7’s Tri-Vit Complex and meadowsweet to help absorb oil and impurities. With a soft and creamy texture, it reduces the appearance of pores and helps to mattify the skin as it deeply cleanses.

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  2. Moisturize the skin daily
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    Moisturize the skin daily

    When skin is dry or dehydrated it produces oil to try and rehydrate the skin, often resulting in blemishes and breakouts. The best face moisturizer for blemish-prone skin is nourishing yet non-greasy.

    The best moisturizer for oil-prone skin, No7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel is an oil-free formulation and includes No7’s HydraDrench Complex to deliver an immediate burst of hydration, lasting up to 72 hours. It’s infused with Pollution Shield Technology, and an antioxidant blend of Vitamin C and E, to help protect the skin from external stressors, while supporting skin’s natural radiance.

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  3. Exfoliate the skin once a week
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    Exfoliate the skin once a week

    Breakouts and blemishes are often caused by excess oil and clogged pores. Switching your usual mild cleanser for an exfoliating cleanser 1-2 times a week helps to buff away dead skin cells for clearer, radiant-looking skin.

    No7 Lift & Luminate Cleansing Exfoliator is a great exfoliator for oily skin and is formulated with exfoliating particles and Vitamins B5, C and E to gently cleanse the skin without drying. It helps to support surface skin cell turnover while removing excess oil, leaving skin feeling perfectly cleansed, renewed and brighter-looking.

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  4. Remove makeup and SPF before bed
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    Remove makeup and SPF before bed

    It’s essential to remove SPF and makeup before bed to maintain clear skin. Try double cleansing with micellar water to remove makeup, then following with a cleanser to remove remaining impurities.

    Designed to wash away even waterproof makeup, No7 micellar water helps to capture makeup, impurities and pollutants and draw them away from the skin. It’s formulated with No7’s Tri-Vit Complex and Red Ginseng for radiant, healthier-looking skin in 1 week.

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  5. Apply an acne treatment
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    Apply an acne treatment

    Acne spot treatments are a great way to target specific problem areas like pimples and blemishes.

    Clinically proven to reveal healthier, clearer-looking skin, No7 Acne Treatment with 2% Salicylic Acid is a medicated acne treatment that helps to clear existing blemishes and prevent new breakouts. It also helps to exfoliate and unclog pores, while pre-biotic technology supports a nourished, balanced and healthy-looking complexion.


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  6. Introduce retinol into your clear skin routine
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    Introduce retinol into your clear skin routine

    Retinol is beneficial for skin as it helps to exfoliate the surface and unclog pores.

    A skin-transforming overnight treatment, No7 Retinol 1.5% Concentrate is formulated with a retinol complex and advanced peptide technology to reboot and renew the skin, helping it act younger and healthier. In 2 weeks, skin looks brighter and clearer, while pores and texture look refined.

    Tip: Limit initial use to once or twice per week on non-consecutive nights, gradually increasing frequency to every other night. As retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays,  apply a minimum SPF 15 Day Cream every morning while using this product.



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