There’s always going to be a new product to use or an innovative technique to try, but classics are classified as such for a reason: They’ve stood the test of time and they work.
So here’s a list of our favorite, most effective tips for taking care of your skin. Many of them are no-brainers, and most are incredibly simple so there’s a high probability you’re doing a lot already. If not, get to it! You are an adult. It’s time to take responsibility for your face! (After all, it’s the only one you’ve got.)
Keep your hands off your face
Same goes for general touching of your face. Even if you wash your hands religiously, think about all the surfaces you touch in one minute. That bacteria gets on your fingers, which then go near your face, which will turn into a blemish.
Take your makeup off every single night
Do I really need to be reminding you of this? The number one most important thing you can do for the health and beauty of your skin is to make sure you cleanse every single night. Don’t sleep in your makeup. Don’t forget to wash. Don’t come home “too tired” to treat your skin right. Not only will you likely wake up with an angry new friend erupting from your face, it’ll also do damage in the long run as your skin won’t be able to breathe and do it’s natural healing while you sleep.
Massage your face to de-puff
Facial massage can release tension, increase circulation, stimulate muscles, firm tissue in the face, get your lymph flowing, and let serums penetrate more deeply into your skin.
Don’t squeeze a pimple. Seriously
No explanation necessary. Just don’t do it. Stop examining your pores in a magnifying mirror, stop picking, stop finding blemishes that aren’t really there. Just stop.
Harness the power of your refrigerator
If you suffer from dark under-eye circles of puffiness, keeping your eye cream and hydrating masks in the fridge can boost their power since cooler temps will temporarily treat inflammation.
Change your pillowcases
Remember what we just talked about regarding your phone? Same goes for your pillowcase. Even if you’re cleansing your face right before bed every single night, your pillow is still going to accumulate dirt, sweat, and grime. Even better than just making sure to change them frequently? Investing in pillowcases made from natural fibers, as these materials breathe better and transfer less oil.
Don’t use the same towel on your face and hair
When you’re towel-drying your hair post-shower, make sure you’ve got a second towel on hand for your body and face. Even though your hair is clean, oils from your scalp and any shampoo and conditioner residue on your strands can transfer to a towel. If you then use that towel to dry your face, you’re asking for a breakout.
Your hair products are probably affecting your skin
Many conventional hair care products can cause breakouts on your face, shoulders, and back because the chemicals and oils in the products will build up over time and clog pores. And anything that foams or suds probably contains sulfates, which are highly irritating to people with sensitive skin. Opt for hair care with natural ingredients and think about cutting down to only washing your hair every few days. Not only will you use less product, your hair and scalp will get healthier because you’re not stripping them of the natural oils they need to be shiny, bouncy, and happy.
Eat for your skin
What you put into your body is just as, if not more, important to the health of your skin as what you put on it. So make sure you’re eating the things that will nourish your skin and promote overall glowy-ness. Conversely, know what foods you should be staying away from, as they can trigger flare-ups and dullness. Here’s a good place to start if you’re not sure what you should be eating, and here are some things you might want to stay away from.