Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Five tips for better, healthier skin

For pretty much my entire life I have been fortunate enough to have what others like to call "good skin." Breakouts were rare, I didn't have excess oiliness or dryness, no redness or sun spots. But having "good" skin and healthy skin are two completely different things. So I'm going to share with you a few things I do on the regular to help keep my skin healthy and also "good."

1. Remove your makeup at night.
This is probably the most important step of all, and if you're only going to do one, please do this one. When you sleep in your make up, it will build up in your pores and cause acne. By removing it before bed, it allows your skin to "breathe" a little and let those pores air out. Generally I just remove all of my makeup with a makeup removal wipe, but if you wear water resistant eye make up (or a lot of eye makeup) it may be better to use an oil free eye makeup remover on a cotton ball.

2. Exfoliate.
If there's one thing I wish I would have started doing a long time ago, it would be exfoliating my skin on a regular basis. Sure, I use a loofa scrub on my body, but I was missing out on my face. I used to have these terrible dry patches - one between my eyebrows and two on the apples of my cheeks. I thought if I moisturized enough it would go away, but you can't moisturize skin that's already dead. The only way to have fresh, new skin is to get rid of the old. I recommend exfoliating 2-3 times a week with an exfoliating scrub or an exfoliating brush + your normal face wash.

3. Moisturize.
As I said, moisturizing won't fix dead/dry skin, but it will definitely help prevent it. Every night after I wash my face, I apply a renewing night cream. Every morning, before I apply my makeup I apply a simple moisturizer. I usually try to let it dry for about five minutes before I put any makeup on. Don't forget that part of moisturizing is staying hydrated - drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dry skin all over.

4. Wear sunscreen every day.
I can say that I'm still working on this one. I wear sunscreen when I know I'm going to be outside for an extended period of time, but I really need to get in the habit of doing it daily. We all know how much the sun can damage our skin, so one of the best lines of protection is a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection.

5. Don't use soap.
Sure, it's okay to wash your face in the shower, but soap can actually dry your skin out more than it already is. Harsh soaps and body washes can remove natural oils from our skin, thus causing overproduction of oils, which can lead to break outs. When washing your face in the morning or night, I recommend using a mild face wash. I actually keep mine in the shower, so I never wash my face with soap or body wash.

Some of my favorite products:
Skin Care

My skin is pretty partial to Aveeno products (seriously their stuff is great, and it smells really fresh), which are found in most drugstores. Other favorites are St. Ives, Neutrogena, and Burt's Bees (they have an amazing sugar scrub). Just remember that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it has one of the toughest jobs: protecting all of your other organs. The least you can do for it is take care of it while it's taking care of you.

What are some of your skin care tips?
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Tami said...

I wish I learned years ago not to use soap! My skin changed completely once I switched to the Neutrogena wipes. Still learning not be be afraid of exfoliating.

The Handey Way said...

I wasn't blessed with "good" skin, but medication helped a lot. But now, I avoid a lot of cokes, wash my face morning and night, adding toner into my routine, and I moisturize like no one's business. I was afraid to moisturize since I do have combo skin, but it's so much better now. And, it's amazing how much water makes a difference.

Alexa said...

Washing off makeup every night is a huge one! I started doing it consistently when I was 20 but now I don't even remember what I did before. (I cringe thinking about how many times I went to sleep with makeup on my freshman year of college... yikes.) It's not for everyone, but using toner/astringent after I wash has been a big help for my skin, which turned zit-prone over the past year. Adult acne is NOT fun.

Rachel said...

Oddly enough, soap is GOOD for me. I've used Dove soap on my face and body since I was old enough to shower alone and I have good skin. But yes, certain types can be drying. Or maybe I have magic skin :P just kidding, of course

Tracey said...

Awesome post! I love my Clarisonic, it has been a game changer for my skin.

Jessa @ Life of A Sports Wife said...

I want to get a scrubbie brush. I love those.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

My skin has been in a full on revolt for the past 9 months or so. It's awful. I mean, to be honest with you it's mild... but to someone who used to have "normal" skin, it's incredibly frustrating and makes me feel like garbage about myself. I've found that zinc has actually helped the most!

brooke lyn said...

Aveeno is pretty badass!

Rambling Hermit said...

I love my Clairsonic soooo much

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I really must remember to exfoliate. I have a clarisonic in my shower too I just forget. i have a dry patch in between my eyebrows too. Great reminder! Thanks!

The Rachael Way said...

I don't exfoliate my face like ever ugh! Need to start doing that!

Jannatul JFR said...

nice tips☺ thanks for the share ♥

Whitney Alison said...

These are great simple tips. I just recently got a Clarisonic to use twice a week. I had noticed my skin seemed a little duller as I've gotten older. This has definitely helped. I love the St. Ives scrubs too though!

Brittany said...

New reader here! I pretty much know these tips but sometimes get too lazy to follow them. I drink lots of water and always use sunscreen. Try to exfoliate once a week. I guess that's good enough.

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