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Many of us see other women with flawless skin and can’t help but think how they do it.
Here’s the thing. Good skin starts with a solid skincare routine.
The good news is that you can establish your own skincare routine too! You just have to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
1. Use disposable makeup applicators
It’s not sanitary to keep your applicators forever and it’s awful for your skin. Bacteria builds up and lives in them. Using disposable applicators is a must. Check out these on Amazon: Mini Applicator Wedges
Silicone Makeup Sponges work even better for some people. If you haven’t tried them yet, you definitely should. You can do your entire face with less than half the product, just because your makeup doesn’t soak into the applicator like with the normal sponges. Plus, it takes almost no effort to clean. They’re completely affordable too. Click on the images to check them out.
2. Use the right products
There are tons of different products specific for certain skin types like dry, oily, normal, combination, or acne-prone skin. Even for sensitive skin or skin with brown spots.
Don’t buy something just because it’s popular. Figure out what works best for your skin type. Read labels and be cautious of ingredients. If you don’t know your skin type, seek out a skincare expert.
3. Don’t use too many products
Using too many products can irritate your skin. Just find a cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer that works for you and stick with them.
4. Don’t just let anything touch your face
Everything that touches your face, like your cell phone or your sunglasses can have a ton of bacteria. Clean them frequently to avoid breakouts. Don’t even let your fingers touch your face. There’s a ton of invisible dirt under your nails and on your fingers.
5. Change your pillowcases frequently
Pillowcases can house a ton of dirt and oil from your skin and hair. Flip them over and wash them frequently.
6. Don’t pick at your skin
Don’t pick, poke, or stab your pimples. Ever. Rather try treating them. It’s more likely that you’ll drive bacteria farther into the skin and add more dirt to the area from your fingers and nails.
7. Clean your makeup brushes
We’re all guilty of this one, but this has to be done whether we feel like it or not. Wash your makeup brushes once a week with a drop of mild shampoo and gently squeeze out the water with a towel, then let it dry.
8. Don’t skip SPF
SPF should be part of your skincare routine every day and not just during sunny days. UV rays are out during cool weather too. Daily UV exposure contributes to the visible signs of aging. Even the 5 minutes you spend running into work each day add up. Remember that it needs to be reapplied every few hours. Check out this Oil Control SPF 50 Sun Cream. I personally use it and it works great, but there are a ton of other products that work too. Aim for at least an SPF of 30 or higher.
9. Drink enough water
This one is so important because having good skin starts from within. If your skin suffers from dehydration, you could be causing your skin to look dull and dry. Drink plenty of water, especially first thing in the morning to keep you and your skin hydrated. Hydration is key to keeping your skin radiant. Aim to drink around 8 glasses of water a day. Try infusing your water bottle with fruits to add some flavor. You can buy a nice fruit infuser water bottle on Amazon like this one.
10. Don’t sleep in makeup
No matter how exhausted you are or how late it is, take it off. When you sleep with your makeup on, you allow bacteria and grime to push deeper into your pores, leading to acne and breakouts.
Some dead skin cells need to shed every day and having makeup on 24/7 can cause them to stick to the skin’s surface.
We lose around 50 million skin cells a day and without a little help, they can leave our skin looking dull. Nutrient-rich products will sink in deeper if you exfoliate first.
Remember that your body needs exfoliation too.
12. Don’t over-exfoliate
Exfoliants can damage your skin if they’re too rough and if you exfoliate too frequently. Try to stick to an exfoliator that is gentle enough for daily use.
The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed. Use a moisturizer that’s light enough for every day use and has no heavy fragrances that can irritate your skin.
Do you think there are other skincare habits that are essential to achieving perfect skin? Let me know below.