While it’s always important to take care of your skin, it tends to be something that we reserve for when we “get old”, or at least, enter our 30s or 40s. But nope. This shouldn’t be the case. In fact, starting a proper skincare routine at a younger age is key for looking young well into your “old” age. We know it can be rough (and we still aren’t sure how we feel about using eye cream in our early 20s, but apparently that’s the secret), but it’s time you learn some habits you should start now (or should have started already!).
TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF BEFORE BED:
We know you hear this all the time, but seriously this one is so important! Sleeping in makeup is SO bad for your skin…like really bad.
Makeup clogs pores, and sleeping in makeup is just asking for dirt and gross stuff to accumulate in your pores. Once you clog pores, you’re just about asking for breakouts, blackheads and dull skin.
Make sure you’re washing and cleansing your face properly at night if you’re wearing makeup, so you go to bed with clean skin and clear pores.
DRINK WATER (AND THEN DRINK SOME MORE):
Our body needs water to function, that’s a fact. The skin is the body’s largest organ so it needs water more than anything else. Ensuring you’re drinking enough water is super important for your body and your skin, and it’ll be visible.
Drinking the recommended amount of water (and even more) keeps your skin healthy, and allows it to look fresh and glowing.
If you drink alcohol, make sure you’re replenishing the water in your body with just as much glasses of water as glasses of alcohol. Hydrated skin = happy skin!
MOISTURIZE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT:
Like your body needs water, your skin needs moisture, and keeping your skin moisturized is key to getting that healthy, glowing skin that everyone dreams of.
Especially for those of us who have oily or combination skin (and who might think skipping moisturizer is better!), the right moisturizer will balance out the oil glands – helping you look less shiny and treat your acne in one go.
Try using a moisturizer to give your skin the hydration it needs, as well as to prevent dullness, flakiness and just adding another layer of protection from the harsh atmosphere.
TRY SEMI-REGULAR FACIALS AND SERVICES:
While we’re not telling you to schedule a bi-weekly facial to blow your budget, it’s important for you to challenge your skin once in a while.
Try opting for a facial, a chemical peel or even microdermabrasion services every other month. When skin gets lazy, you start to see problems like acne and dullness.
If you can’t afford a regular service, try at-home facials – but certainly interchange these with actual appointments with a facialist or dermatologist, to make sure you’re not doing more harm than good!
FIND PRODUCTS THAT WORK FOR YOU (AND STICK TO THEM):
This is all a process of trial and error, but commit to finding the right products for your skin.
It’s all a balance and there’s a yin and yang to creating the perfect chemical cocktail, but once you find that perfect combination, your skin will never go back!
Take into consideration your skin type – if you’re oily, you can’t use products meant for those with dry skin, and vice versa. But once you find the products you love, there’s no turning back! .
CREATE A ROUTINE:
This may be one of the most important. No matter what products you decide to use, they’ll only work if you’re using them consistently.
If you know you’re someone who doesn’t stick to a routine well, don’t jump off the deep end trying to do a 6-step regime. Start simple with two products, and add as you get accustomed to the process.
There’s no point in adopting a super intricate (and sometimes expensive!) routine if you’re not going to follow it religiously, and you’re likely not going to see the results you want.
While we know all the negatives of wearing makeup to sleep (or even remnants of makeup!), there are some negatives to be said about wearing it on a regular basis.
While we’re not saying ditch the makeup for life, try to take some days off to allow your skin to breathe.
If you do want to wear makeup on a daily basis, opt for a lighter BB cream or mineral-based makeup that are better for your skin.