Keeping your skin clear is not an easy task, especially if it’s naturally oily, too dry, or acne prone. Following your daily skin care routine and visiting a cosmetician every once in a while is definitely important, but without keeping up with the basics, you can’t expect to have the best results.
I’ve picked out ten rules that work for me and these are the simplest, basic things that we all sometimes fail to do.
1. Don’t forget to remove your makeup
Never ever go to bed with your makeup on.
The makeup residue works while you sleep in very, very bad ways. Makeup blocks the pores and oil glands and doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, causing acne breakouts and premature aging. Sleeping with your eyeshadow and mascara on can cause irritation, dryness, redness and various eye infections. Not removing your lipstick often causes dry and chapped lips.
No matter how tired and sleepy I am, I always make sure to remove any makeup from my face before I go to bed. So, next time you feel like avoiding this rule, just think about all the wrinkles, acne, even sight issues you can cause just by not doing this simple bedtime routine. Make the time and remove that makeup! It’ll make a huge difference in the long run. You can use makeup remover wipes, a cleansing milk or micellar water. If you’re looking for a natural and inexpensive way of removing your makeup, check out these homemade makeup remover pads.
2. Hands off!
Remember to keep your hands off your face. Especially when you’re out, touching items like door handles, money, your phone etc., or doing something so simple like resting your face on your palms. There’s bacteria spread on basically everything we get in touch with, so make sure you don’t get those germs on your face. And no matter how bad you want to pop that zit you just noticed, don’t! Treat it correctly, apply an anti – acne cream and let it do it’s work. Even when you wash your face and apply products, make sure your hands are clean.
*Extra tip: cell phones are a MAJOR bacteria source, picking up germs from surfaces or just from touching with dirty hands. Your phone is an item that’s ALWAYS in touch with your skin, so you have to make sure you clean it regularly. Clean the surface of your phone daily to avoid all those germs.
3. Keep your fabrics fresh
I’m talking about clothing, bed sheets, pillow cases, towels. Again, everything that gets in touch with your skin, in this case the things that are in contact with your skin for the longest time of the day and night. Make sure you sleep on a clean pillow case (wash it every three days), and cover with a clean sheet. When it comes to clothing, never leave on the same clothes after working out because sweaty clothes cause acne and skin irritation. Towels that you use for your face – why should you wash those regularly? They’re used right after you clean your face, right? Well, this is a very common mistake. The wetness causes bacteria to grow and spread on the surface of the cloth, so if you’re wiping your face with the same towel over and over again you’ll just reintroduce your skin to germs. So, it’s best to wash your towels after 2-3 uses (same goes for hand towels).
4. Wash your hair
I know it sounds silly, but clear skin is very close related to clean hair. We all have those bad hair days where we don’t have time or patience to deal with our hair. But dirty hair causes dirty skin, especially if it’s long and falls down your back and shoulders. So, think about this- it’s bedtime, and you’ve followed the commandments above: removed your makeup, cleaned your phone and put on some fresh sheets on your bed. And then you lay down with your unwashed hair, spreading the bacteria on your clean pillow case and face while you sleep. Doesn’t make sense right? So, remember to keep your hair clean, or if you’re reaaally tired – away from your face: you can simply braid it or put it up in a bun.
5. Get your beauty sleep
Since I’ve mentioned bedtime, I have to admit that this commandment is my favorite. Sleeping has some serious health benefits, and a healthy body produces some good looking healthy skin cells! No matter how busy you are, you have to make time for your sleep, for your beauty and overall health. Lack of sleep can cause skin issues such as wrinkles and uneven complexion. Also, we all have experienced the under eye bag look – not fancy at all, right? The recommended sleep duration is around 8 hours, and I absolutely don’t mind adding another hour or two to it!
Here are more tips on bedtime beauty routine.
6. Break bad habits
Smoking and drinking are huge don’ts! These bad habits are ruining your health and your skin. Cigarettes and alcohol cause bad skin, premature aging and breakouts. Smoking can change your complexion, making your skin look lifeless, dull and ashen. Alcohol dehydrates the body, leaving the skin dry, causing redness and worsening the appearance of spider- veins. Not to mention drugs- of course you should never do any! Eating too much sweets is also considered a bad habit because sugar is causing acne, discoloration and wrinkles. I know that any addiction is hard to quit, but you should at least consider reducing the usage of any of these.
7. Don’t overtreat
Having skin issues is so frustrating and of course, we all try to give our best to improve our skin. That’s great, unless you overtreat. This is a mistake that we’ve all done- trying to have the best skin care possible only to have a side effect and make everything worse. The disappearance of acne doesn’t get faster the more gels and lotions you apply, and your skin won’t get cleaner the more you wash it. The overuse of skin care products can damage your skin, so to avoid this, you have to follow the instructions written on each product you use.
*Another tip to remember: stick to your products. Changing the product after 1-2 uses can be bad for your skin, and your budget. Depending on the product, it takes from 1 to 12 weeks for it to work. The moisturizers take the least time, from 24 hours to 3 weeks, serums and eye creams reach the full results after 6 to 8 weeks, while acne treatments have the longest range starting from 24 hours and can take up to 12 weeks.
8. Stay hydrated
Don’t forget to drink more water! Water, as simple as it is, comes along with health and beauty benefits. Dehydration will make your skin look unhealthy and worsen your complexion. Drinking lots of water hydrates your skin inside out, making it clear and glowing. It’s also taking up a big part in the fight against cellulite.
The standard recommended intake of water is about 8 cups a day, but to be more specific, you should take your weight and divide that number in half. For instance, a person who weighs 200 pounds, should drink 100 oz. of water a day to stay hydrated.
9. Add vitamins!
Vitamins are essential when it comes to improving your skin from inside out. A balanced meal and healthy supplements can do wonders for your skin. Not only should you consume them with your meals, you should try implementing these in your skin care routine by making face masks or adding some vitamins in your daily face creams.
These are best ones for your skin:
- Vitamin A: helps stimulate collagen production, making the skin glow and look younger. It also decreases sebum production -meaning less acne breakouts.
- Vitamin K: promotes the process of blood coagulation, helping the body heal bruised areas. It has the properties to heal spider veins, scars, reduce stretch marks and remove under eye dark circles when applied topically.
- Vitamin C: great for any skin type, when applied topically it can reduce the appearance of brown spots and can heal sun damage, reduces wrinkles, brightens and firms the skin! When taken orally, it promotes the effectiveness of sunscreens applied on the skin, protecting the skin from the UV rays. It’s a must-have health supplement!
- Vitamin E: known as a great moisturizer, this vitamin treats skin inflammation and minimizes the damage caused by UV rays. Apply topically for best results.
- Vitamin B3: contributing in the production of lipids, great for healing redness when applied topically, this vitamin is essential for the care of the dry sensitive skin. A great moisturizer and antioxidant, it helps in managing skin conditions like rosacea and acne and evens out your skin tone.
10. Protect your skin from UV rays
Last but not least, this is a commandment we should all follow. I know spending time under the sun feels great, but this is very harmful for the skin. Although we get Vitamin D from sunlight exposure, we also get exposed to radiation. Being exposed to UV rays can cause sunburns, skin damage, eye damage, premature ageing, and in the worst case it can lead to skin cancer. The same goes for artificial sources of UV rays, such as solarium, so you should reduce the visits to your tanning salons to lower the risk of skin cancer. Make sure to apply a good sunscreen before you go out in the sun, wear light clothes and sunglasses.
Are there any other skin care rules you follow? Let me know in the comments below!
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