We’ve all heard the list of do’s and don’ts according to the beauty experts. After years of studying health, beauty, and the quickest/easiest way to achieve healthy skin, I’ve made myself these promises — and I think you should too!
- Wear SPF every day. I’m not talking a full-blown SPF 85 all over your body, but at the very minimum an SPF 30 on your face. Some moisturizers include SPF (like this Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer) as well as some cosmetics, like bareMinerals bareSkin serum foundation. However you decide to do it, just make sure at least your face is covered on a daily basis. Even if it’s cloudy!
- Moisturize daily. Common misbelief: “only dry skin needs moisturizer.” Ummmm, that could not be any more false! Everyone’s skin needs hydration, even oily or combination skin. For a lightweight daily moisturizer I like CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion. I moisturize twice daily: in the morning after I wash and tone my face and at night after I wash and tone my face.
- Don’t sleep with makeup on. You’ve definitely heard this one before, and it’s kind of a no brainer. Sleeping with makeup on is the best way to clog pores, dry out skin and damage eyelashes. Make sure you remove all makeup every night — even mascara — to let your skin breathe. I like the Makeup Eraser best because it gets off e v e r y t h i n g. Using a toner after you wash your face also gets rid of any extra makeup. Neutrogena’s alcohol-free toner is super gentle on the skin and great for everyday use.
- Throw out old razors. Yes!!! This!!! We’re coming up on Spring Break and summertime and that means get rid of used (more than 3 weeks) or damaged/rusty razor blades. Shaving with these leads to razor burn and ingrown hairs — buy some new blades or new razors for your best shave yet.
- Drink more H20. This one is HUGE. Water helps skin stay hydrated from the inside out and also does lots of other amazing things for the body. Aim for 2-3 liters per day — I know this sounds like a ridiculous amount, but that’s only 3 Camelbaks! Tea also counts for water intake. Start drinkin’ 🙂
- Go through makeup and clean makeup brushes. Get rid of foundation that’s over a year old, mascara over three months old, and makeup that you don’t use anymore. It’s also extremely important to wash makeup brushes, especially if you use them on a daily basis (like me), because they harbor bacteria and can cause acne. I try to clean mine every other week and it’s literally so easy. Use warm water and Dawn dish soap! Wash at night, set them out to dry on a paper towel, and they’ll be ready to use come morning.
Let me know if you found these tips helpful. Happy Monday loves!!