There’s nothing like the confidence boost of having clear skin. When the tiniest blemish is front and center on your face, it can be a detrimental distraction. Sometimes the key to keeping your skin fresh and clear isn’t what you’d think. In fact, some things that are a part of your skin care routine may actually irritate your complexion.
Before you dump your toner in the trash, take a look at this list. We’ve outlined the dos and don’ts of skin care to keep blemishes to a bare minimum.
1. Sleeping in your makeup
Sure, your Mom’s always said it, but she was really on to something! Even after a wild night out, it’s essential to take an extra 30 seconds to strip the makeup off your face. Otherwise, makeup works as a seal to press dirt and grim into your pores and keep it there – which is a good recipe for a pimple or two.
2. Not switching out your bedding
Any good hairdresser knows you shouldn’t wash your hair every day. However, while they encourage skipping the shower for some dry shampoo, don’t forget about all the oil lingering on your locks and how that might affect your skin. Your hair holds on to a lot of dirt and dust during the day, and at night, your pillowcase collects it all, which is bad news for your skin. The solution? Try switching out your sheets more. If you’re a normal human that doesn’t like the idea of washing sheets every two days, try just switching out that pillowcase once or twice between washes.
3. Drinking coffee
Here’s some bad news about your morning wake up essential: it can cause wrinkles. Sadly, your daily cup of Joe naturally dehydrates and dries out your skin, and the key to healthy skin is to keep it moist and hydrated. But don’t throw out all your Keurig cups yet! It’s easy to combat this caffeinated skin-shriveler. Just be sure to drink at least two glasses of water for every cup of coffee, or try eating a bowl of fresh fruit to go with it.
4. Picking, popping and pushing!
The sudden popularity of dermatologists-turned-Instagrammers would lead anyone to ask, “Wait. Should you pop pimples?”. While you might be tempted to pick at that whitehead emerging on your forehead, it’s important to weigh how you feel about having a temporary zit versus permanent scar. In addition to leading to some unfortunate scarring, the oils on your fingertips can cause further flare ups. If you feel a pop-worthy pimple coming in, let a dermatologist do the dirty work. And hey, you could just become an internet sensation!
5. Skipping the sunscreen
Sure, you’ve always known sunscreen was important, but did you know that 90% of wrinkles are from sun exposure. That’s a nine-zero. Forget the weekly facials; the best thing you can do to stave off wrinkles is make sure you smother on some SPF every morning. Even on a cloudy day the sun can do damage on your skin. It wouldn’t hurt to invest in a stylish hat either.
6. Not getting enough sleep
Your brain isn’t the only thing that recharges when you sleep. When you hit the sack, your skin gets to work repairing itself. Those bags you see under your eyes after a long night are just the start. Too little sleep can take a hit on skin elasticity, as well. Try your best to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. Yes – beauty sleep really is a thing.
Your favorite face wash may promise to slough off dead skin, but exfoliating more than one to two times a week can be harmful to otherwise healthy skin. Your skin naturally gets rid of dead skin cells daily, so additional chemicals can dry out and damage an otherwise protective layer of your skin. Whoops!
While seaweed masks may be all the rage, sometimes the key to clear skin is keeping things simple. Your body is preprogrammed to rid itself of blemishes – just help give it the chance to do so!