12+ Skincare Tips To Put Your Best Face Forward
When you first meet someone, there are a few things you tend to notice first about their appearance. You likely take note of their eyes, smile, hair, and even if you don’t realize it, the condition of their skin. Your skin is the largest organ of the human body, so it goes without saying that you need to take care of it. Here are 13 skincare tips that everyone should know about and get in the habit of practicing.
1. Don’t Skip The SPF
Never underestimate the importance of sunscreen! Even on cloudy days, your skin is still being exposed to harsh UV rays. Although applying sunscreen each day is important, using a face moisturizer containing SPF is another quick way to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry, you should still be applying a face moisturizer at least once a day. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a moisturizer containing salicylic acid. If you have dry skin, look for a thick, restorative cream tailored to your skin type.
3. Don’t Overwhelm Your Skin
It’s tempting to buy all of the latest skincare products. However, using a bunch of different products can overwhelm your skin and even lead to acne or rashes. Your skincare routine should include a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, but you don’t need a whole lot else.
4. Wash Your Pillowcase
Since you sleep on your pillowcase each and every night, over time, it will accumulate quite a bit of bacteria from your face and hair. Get in the habit of washing your pillowcase (and other bed linens) at least once a week – your skin will thank you!
5. Don’t Pick Pimples
No matter how strong the urge is, don’t pop or pick your pimples! Not only are you inviting more bacteria to the area, but you can also cause scarring. Leave the pimple alone and use a spot treatment instead.
6. Blemish Treatments
Speaking of spot treatments, there are many products that you can apply directly to a pimple or unsightly blemish that will zap bacteria while delivering an anti-inflammatory effect.
7. Don’t Forget Your Lips
When it comes to skincare, don’t ignore your lips! Get in the habit of applying a lip balm containing SPF each and every day. Burnt, chapped lips are definitely not pleasant.
8. Avoid Alcohol
Want glowing, dewy-looking skin? If so, you should steer clear of alcohol. Since alcohol is a dehydrator, it will leave your skin looking dull and splotchy the morning after a night of drinking.
9. Faux Glow
We all love how we look with a great tan. However, sunbathing for hours on end will only damage your skin and potentially even put you at risk of skin cancer. Always use sunscreen, and rely on self-tanning products to get that sun-kissed look.
10. Don’t Over-Exfoliate
It’s important to exfoliate your skin every now and then to remove dead skin cells and bacteria. However, over-exfoliating (every day, for instance) strips your skin of much-needed moisture and can leave it feeling dry and irritated.
11. Clean Your Phone
Since we’re constantly touching our phones, it’s no secret that they’re full of bacteria. That bacteria gets transferred to your face when you talk on your phone, which can lead to acne and breakouts. Ensure you’re cleaning your phone on a regular basis to protect your skin.
12. Don’t Sleep With Makeup On
No matter how tired you are at the end of the day, never go to sleep wearing makeup! Your makeup will clog your pores and can lead to bacteria buildup and breakouts. If you’re simply too exhausted to use makeup remover, cleanse, and moisturize, at the very least use a makeup removing wipe before hitting the hay.
13. Don’t Ignore Your Skin Type
Everyone has a different skin type, and your daily skin regimen will be reflective of that. Ensure you identify whether your skin is oily, dry, or combination to use products that will strictly benefit you.