There are a handful of things that are included in our daily routine that actually cause our skin to break out or not be the healthiest it could be. Therefore, as someone who is conscious of what they put on their face and having a strict skincare routine that is finally doing its job, I want to know how I can further protect my skin. So, below our my top skincare tips to help improve our skin on a daily basis, by eliminating our bad habits.
Don’t sleep with makeup on | I use to do this on the odd occasion, especially after a night out, but it’s important to try your best to avoid doing this. Using a simple face wipe to remove makeup won’t do an amazing job, but it’s a starting point. If you don’t have the time or energy to go to the bathroom for a couple minutes to wash your face, at least do the basics! The build-up of product on your skin is unhealthy and doesn’t allow it to breathe overnight.
Minimise your caffeine intake | All the coffee lovers out there may not agree with me on this one, but heck, I wish it wasn’t true either! Coffee however is one way of drying out the skin faster and shouldn’t be drunk too often. I use to drink at least three mugs a day, which I have now significantly narrowed down to 1 or even zero cups a day! If you opt for a coffee simply down to taste, go for a decaf version – avoid caffeine when it’s not necessary.
Quit popping spots & constantly touching your face | Just don’t. Popping spots not only irritates the skin, but can also leave scarring once the spot has gone which then becomes worse than the spot itself. Additionally, popping spots but also touching your face more often than necessary can cause bacteria to spread. Don’t be tempted to keep resting your chin in your hand or other habits you may have, as this is only going to cause bacteria from your hands to contaminate the skin.
Avoid hot showers | It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, hot showersare something we should avoid. Obviously they’re relaxing and I’m not saying you’re not allowed them full stop, just don’t make them a regular habit. Instead, opt for a lukewarm shower over a hot one, as the hot water can cause our skin to become scaly and dry over time. Not nice.
Tackle Dehydration | I’m the worse for this, but staying hydrated keeps your skin looking fresh and radiant and the only way to do this is by drinking lots of water. It’s a pretty flavourless drink, I know, but try infusing it with sliced fruit for a little extra zest.
Get your beauty sleep | It’s recommended we all get 8 hours of sleep each night, but for many of us this simply does not happen. However trying to get as much sleep as possible will help to replenish and rehydrate the skin overnight. You can check out my tips to help you sleep better if you feel this is a problem area for you.
Change your pillows | I wash my pillowcases every week and the rest of my bedding every fortnight. Pillowcases need to be washed on a regular basis, as bacteria from your hair and if you didn’t wash your face the night before, will rest there and continue to spread every time you go to sleep.
Avoid over exfoliating | I use to have extremely dry skin and exfoliating was a task I did every other day. This resulted in my skin becoming more sensitive, but also caused it look dull over time. Exfoliating too much will strip away the natural oils that give your skin that radiant look, therefore stick to exfoliating to just once every week.
De-stress | Easier said than done, I know. It’s inevitable, we all get stressed. It doesn’t matter what the reason for it is, the best way to tackle this is to give yourself just 30 minutes at least to try and wind down in the evening. Too much stress can cause a number of things: break outs, dull skin and also the odd rash. Every time I’m stressed, I become run down and so does my skin.
Limit your sugar intake | I have a major sweet-tooth and my skin makes me pay for it like crazy. I use to eat cakes, chocolate and sweets non-stop all the time! Now that my eating habits have changed and my sugar intake is moderate, my skin doesn’t react!
What skincare tips do you have to share?