Do you want to see big changes in your skin without spending a fortune? Here’s a great list of good basic practices you can implement starting today to help with your skin care routine!
Wash your face at night. This is so important but sometimes can be hard to follow, especially those late nights where all you want to do is go to bed. Think about it – how often throughout the day do you touch your face? You’re putting bacteria and oil there, and it’s important to clean it off at night! Removing your make-up, moisturizer, and everything that has accumulated on your face that day is crucial for clear, blemish-free skin. Take three minutes at night to remove your makeup followed by a thorough washing of your face and neck. You won’t believe the difference!
Drink more water. This is beneficial in more ways than one! More than half of your body is made up of water and by staying properly hydrated your body will be able to function much better. Water helps to ward off headaches, hunger pangs, boosts your energy, reduces toxins, and will give you a healthy glow. If you find it difficult to remember to drink water throughout the day, there are apps that will remind you every so often when it’s time to do so.
Wear sunglasses, the bigger the better! It helps to cut down on squinting which prevents wrinkles from developing around your eyes. Polarized sunglasses are even better because they help with UV protection. In addition to sunglasses, you should wear sunscreen every day. Yes, even during the winter! Get yourself a moisturizer with sunscreen and kill two birds with one stone.
Clean your makeup brushes! Not only will you prolong your brush’s lifespan, but you’ll also remove the build-up of bacteria. Every time you touch the brush to any make-up products, your face, blow on the, or touch them with your hands, dirt, oil, and bacteria are left on it. This happens each and every time you use your brush. Now think about if your friend borrows your brush; gross. This bacteria gets put back onto your face which causes enlarged pores, break outs, acne, you name it. It’s best to clean your brushes once a week with a mild shampoo or brush cleaner, rinse with warm water, and lay flat to dry.
Cut your sugar intake. Natural sugars in fruits and veggies are okay, but added sugar and processed sugars in junk food can cause inflammation, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
While you’re cutting out some sugar, try cutting back your alcohol intake as well. Alcohol dehydrates your skin which accentuates any fine lines you may already have. It can make your face look puffy and decrease the amount of Vitamin A your body has stored. Try drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. Not only will your body thank you in the morning, but it can help beat some damage the alcohol can cause.