You don’t always need to fork up a lot of money on new products or spend hours on an extensive routine every night in order to improve your skin. Making simple little changes to your routine and tweaking some bad habits can make a world of difference!
Don't pick at your skin!
We all love the satisfaction popping a nasty pimple gives us, but it’s not going to help your skin at all. In fact, popping or picking at blemishes and spots not only causes irritation, but can spread all that gross bacteria, resulting in even more breakouts.
Forcing yourself not to pick and poke at your face can be tricky. But trust us, with some will power, it can be done! Try not to inspect your skin in a magnifying mirror. We're always our own worst critics, and most people likely won't notice the tiny spots you see! Instead, why not apply pimple patches on spots when they crop up, that way you won’t be as tempted to touch your face.
Wear sunscreen every day.
It may seem a little trivial, but sunscreen really is the most important product you can apply on your skin. Firstly, it reduces your risk of developing skin cancer, which is major. But it also prevents fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, giving you a smoother, more even complexion.
You might ask yourself "but why would I wear sunscreen when it's not even hot or sunny outside?". The truth is that whilst UV Rays may not be as strong when it’s cold or cloudy, any exposure can cause skin damage.
We get that sunscreen can be sort of gross and sticky sometimes, though, and that's why we recommend getting a sunscreen for your body and a seperate sunscreen made specifically for your face! Facial sunscreens typically feel lighter and don't leave a weird sticky residue on your skin.
Take. Off. Your. Makeup.
You can't ignore it any longer. Makeup is bad for your skin.
You need to remove your makeup every night before you go to sleep. If you’re guilty of forgetting to take off your makeup after late nights, keep a pack of cleansing wipes on your bedside table to make things easy for yourself. That way you don't need to trek it to your bathroom vanity, and you can do everything from the comfort of your nice warm bed!
Once you’re into the habit of removing your makeup every night, it’s time to step it up a notch. We recommend double cleansing – applying an oil cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser – for a super thorough clean. Oil cleanser takes care of removing makeup, sebum, and SPF, and a water-based cleanser washes away impurities like sweat and dirt.
Exfoliate, but not too much.
If a smoother, more even complexion is on your skin wish list, exfoliation is key. Using a gentle physical or chemical exfoliator to clear out pores and remove all the gunk that can build up on your face prevents breakouts and makes your skin look brighter and revitalised.
Just be sure that you don’t overdo it. One to three times per week is more than enough to give your skin a little pep in its step. Any more than that can result in irritation or throw off your skin’s pH balance. Also, if you're using a physical exfoliator, be sure that the particles in the product aren't too big or abrasive, as they could cause micro-tears in your skin. These little tears are the perfect homes for nasty, breakout-causing bacteria!
Get in touch with your skin.
A product or regimen working for us, a friend, or someone on Instagram, doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to work for you. It’s important keep your own skin type, concerns, needs, and how your skin reacts to certain ingredients in mind when shopping for skin care and anytime you hit a bump in the road on your skin journey. Everyone's skin is different, and everyone's skin likes and needs different things.