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Proper skincare may seem complicated, especially since we live in an age where we’re constantly bombarded with new and often contradictory info on what might be best for your skin. It can be hard to keep up, and separate the good advice from the bad.
Luckily, maintaining your skin so it stays clear, young and beautiful isn’t actually as complicated as it’s made out to be. Of course some people are more prone to having skin woes than others (blame it on genetics), but at the end of the day the basics are actually the same for everyone.
By incorporating simple skin care habits—applying sunscreen, drinking water, and moisturizing your skin— your routine can become second nature, making it easier to get and maintain clear, glowing, and gorgeous skin. Follow these 8 skincare commandments and make them the foundation of your regimen. These are good habits that will help you attain better skin and help you maintain your skin for years to come.
Skincare commandment #1: Wear Sunscreen (Everyday!)
Whether you’re hanging out in sun, out for a walk, or sitting in traffic on your morning commute, wearing sunscreen is a necessary step for all skin care routines. You might think UV rays might not be strong enough to give you a tan, but they still induced wrinkles and saggy skin that accumulates over a lifetime.
If you want to keep your skin looking young for as long as possible, you should be applying some sort of sun protection every day. You can make it easy by using a moisturizer that has a sunscreen. So, apply and reapply often, because this is probably the cardinal rule to prevent premature signs of skin aging, like fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, or worse, skin cancers.
Skincare Commandment #2: Never Sleep in Your Make-up
You don’t need a degree in dermatology to know that sleeping in your makeup is a sin for your skin. Going to be bed without washing your face is bad news and can have a cumulative harmful effect. Today’s cosmetics are created to last throughout the day, and silicone and other chemicals in makeup stay in pores unless you cleanse your skin leading to clogged pores, breakouts, blackheads, and dull damaged skin over time.
This is one rule I’ve been guilty of breaking, especially in my younger days. NEUTROGENA® All-in-One Make-up Removing Wipes are a saviour for those nights when you’re wiped out and need to hit the sheets fast. They leave skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there’s no need to rinse! Plus, they’re gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even if you wear contacts.
Having NEUTROGENA® Wipes are so handy at times where you can’t actually wash you face for effective, convenient cleansing. Not only are they great for night time, they’re perfect for on-the-go for cleansing at the gym, office, or during travel.
The best part is Neutrogena All-in-One Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes come in different varieties so there’s one for your skin type. I’m personally loving their new Fragrance Free pack, which is made for sensitive skin. So no more excuses! You should never have to go to sleep with makeup on anymore.
Skincare Commandment #3 – Hydrate From the Inside Out
Health and hydration go hand in hand, and not just when it comes to our bodies. Dehydration can show up on our skin, as dullness, dryness, or an uneven tone. Drinking a healthy amount of water each day, keeps your body and your skin hydrated and flushes away toxins.
Skincare Commandment #4 – Eat a Skin Healthy Diet
You are what you eat, and if you’re eating pizza all the time, well… your skin probably looks a little like it too. Even if you’re using the best skincare products in the world, that won’t be enough to help you reach your potential if you’re constantly eating poorly. If you really want to see your skin transform into something better, start eating better.
From better UV protection, to diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, to improving your skin tone, to reducing inflammation — this is all possible by eating the right foods. Eating your greens and fruits, cutting down on the junk food and having well balanced meals will nourish your skin with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to repair and maintain your skin.
Skincare Commandment #5 – Don’t Pick
If you spot a pimple or a blackhead, leave it alone! You should avoid the temptation of picking your skin at all costs. Not only can popping or picking a pimple cause the clogged pore to become more irritated and inflamed, it can also spread the bacteria from said pimple to other areas of your face—which may result in more breakouts, not to mention it could leave you with a nasty scar. So resist the urge and apply a topical spot treatment to the troubled area while you wait for it to go away.
Skincare Commandment #6 – Get enough sleep
They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing! Getting the proper 7-9 hours per night means less wrinkles, a more glowing complexion and brighter, less puffy eyes. A good night’s rest is can act like a mini-face lift, while a sleepless night ages you instantly. Since your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. So be sure to catch the right amount of Z’s every night. Your face will thank you!
Skincare Commandment #7 – Exfoliate the skin
Exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells that build up on its surface, causing everything from dull complexions to clogged pores. As we age, the natural exfoliation process of our skin slows down, so giving it a helping hand, just being careful not to overdo it.
Skincare Commandment #8 – Use The Right Products
It’s no secret that not everyone’s skin is the same. Some people have more sensitive skin than others, some have skin too dry, some have skin too oily, some have a combination of the two and some have what we call ‘normal’ skin, or skin without any glaring flaws.
Each type has its own specific needs that need to be addressed. When going through your daily skincare routine, don’t use a product just because it has a cult following. Sometimes it might not be right for you. Know your skin type and the what your skin needs and find the right products to care for it.
Have any skin care commandments that you live by?
Let me know in the comments below!