If you know me, you know I’m a product junkie–I love trying new things! I’m totally guilty of buying new skin care products before the ones I have run out (such a bad habit). However, over time, I’ve learned that less is definitely more when it comes to skin care. It’s all about having a simple, yet effective routine that works for you and your skin type!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I will always love trying new products and switching things up. These are just some of my tried-and-true tips and products that have worked for me, and ones that I stick to! With that being said, here they are:
I think we all know that we shouldn’t sleep with makeup on. But why?
Sleep is a restorative time for your skin. When you sleep with makeup on, this can lead to clogged pores, over-drying of the skin, and even inflammation of the eye area. Plus, when you leave makeup products on your skin overnight, your skin can’t shed properly and you’ll end up transferring makeup and old skin cells on your pillow. Over time, this can lead to acne!
So, just taking those extra few minutes at night to fully remove your makeup can make all the difference. One of my favorite tips to make sure my skin is squeaky clean before bed is to double-cleanse.
Now, I know what you’re thinking…..”won’t this dry my skin out?” Not if you use the right products. Personally, I love using a cleansing gel like Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel to take off the first layer of my makeup. This product does a great job of breaking down foundation and even waterproof mascara! Then, after rinsing this off, I’ll use a gentle exfoliator (my favorite is Neutrogena’s Grapefruit cleanser). Once I’ve done this, I know my skin is completely makeup-free and ready to be moisturized.
P.S.- I love Neutrogena products because they’re great for the skin, gentle, and don’t break the bank!
I didn’t start using toner until about a year ago or so. I would always see toners in the store, which sparked my interest and I eventually tried one. Now, I can’t live without using toners! Not only do toners feel great on the skin (a lot of them have a cooling sensation), but there are also many benefits to using them. They shrink pores, give your skin pH balance, add a layer of protection, and refresh your skin. When I use toner, I simply put a few drops on a cotton pad and rub it on my skin after cleansing and before moisturizing. My absolute favorites are the Elizabeth Arden Purifying Toner and the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner.
Hydrate…From the Inside Out!
If you want glowing skin, you have to hydrate! However, this is so much more than just using a fancy face cream. Hydration starts with what you put into your body!
Of course, drinking water is so important, but did you know that your diet also plays a role in the moisture level of your skin? Foods rich in essential fatty acids like salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and olive oil can all help to keep skin cells hydrated. So, it’s great to incorporate these things into your diet whenever you can.
Now, when it comes to choosing a face cream, it’s important to consider your skin type, because not all night creams are suited for every type of skin. Do you have dry skin? Oily skin? Combination skin? Sensitive skin? These are all questions to ask when choosing a night cream or serum. My personal favorite is the Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream–it’s super moisturizing without being greasy. I also love their eye cream!
Tip- Every now and then, I like to use a facial oil on top of my night cream, especially during the winter time. This really helps to seal the moisture in! My favorite oils are the Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil and the Body Shop Drops of Youth.
Growing up, my mom always preached the importance of sunscreen. I used to absolutely hate using it, but it’s because I was using the wrong formula. Nowadays, there are so many face sunscreens out there that don’t smell bad, aren’t greasy, and won’t clog pores–you wouldn’t be able to differentiate them from a regular lotion!
I wear sunscreen everyday. While it’s an extra step in your routine, it’s so worth it and you’ll thank yourself later. Some of my favorites are the Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer, Garnier Clearly Brighter Sunscreen, and CeraVe Invisible Zinc Sunscreen (this one’s great if you know you’ll be spending quite a bit of time outside, because it has an SPF of 50!).
About once a week or so, I like to have a day where I pamper my skin (usually on Sundays). Basically, I’ll use some kind of moisturizing or peel-off mask, followed by an oil treatment. I’ve used a ton of different masks, but lately I’ve been loving sheet masks. I was hesitant about them at first, but they’re actually very effective and you don’t have as much of a mess after! Plus, when you take the mask off, you can leave the serum left behind on your skin for an extra boost of moisture. My favorite masks are the Illuminating Fiber Masks by BioRepublic and the Brightening Mask by Soo AE.
Last but not least, here are a few random, but super effective tips I’ve learned when it comes to skin care:
- Don’t touch your face! This is a pretty common one, but I try to make a conscious effort to not do it. Your hands carry so much bacteria on them, so throughout the day, try not to touch your face if you can. If you do have to touch it, make sure to wash your hands before.
- Sleep with a silk pillowcase– This is one of my all-time favorite tips! Not only is sleeping with a silk pillowcase great for your skin, but it’s great for your hair! I’ve definitely noticed that my hair is shinier and less frizzy in the mornings after sleeping on a silk pillowcase. You can find really affordable ones on Amazon!
- Take a supplement– I’ve been taking Biotin daily for the past year or so, and I’ve really noticed a difference in the health of my skin, hair, and nails.
What are some of your favorite skin care tips and tricks? I would love to hear them in the comments!
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