“Self-care” is a popular buzzword these days, mostly because everyone knows they should be doing it more (and better), but it’s so easy to be lazy or get overwhelmed. But when it comes to skincare, it’s safe to say that skipping out on cleansing, moisturizing, and SPF is a sure-fire way to make your skin break out – not the look you’ll be going for during those upcoming spring months.
Thankfully, there are some bad habits that can be reversed immediately, allowing you to enjoy better skin from the inside out… and all without having to drink kale smoothies or eat quinoa for every meal. So, here are the habits you need to avoid.
1: Skipping Cleansing
Cleansing is the first step to an effective skincare routine, and totally necessary for removing dirt, oil, and makeup that can sit on the surface of your skin. The products you use are important… but so is following up with a gentle cleanser afterward, as this will leave your pores feeling fresh and ready to soak up the goodness of your toner, serum, and moisturizer.
2: Skipping Moisturizer
Moisturizers are key to healthy skin – especially in the winter months – as they provide hydration to keep your complexion looking fresh and glowing. If you’re already too dry, try an oil-based moisturizer so your skin won’t feel tight and uncomfortable.
3: Skipping SPF
If you’re not applying sunscreen before heading out into the sun, you might as well be walking around naked (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But it’s like putting your health at risk without realizing it! And while everyone knows what it feels like to be lazy in the sun, it’s just not worth it.
4: Sleeping in Your Makeup
You may not think you’re doing it, but be honest, there’s a good chance you sleep with your makeup at least once a week. And if that’s the case: stop! Not only does sitting around in pajamas and makeup sound like the worst idea ever, but it’s also bad for your skin. Even if you cleanse before bed, there are still leftover impurities that can cause breakouts. So take the time to remove makeup and wash your face before hitting the hay.
5: Skipping Exfoliation
Like washing your face, exfoliating is another step that can’t be skipped if you want to reveal your most glowing complexion. If you’re experiencing dullness, the best way to treat this is by exfoliating with a gentle scrub two times per week. It’ll make makeup go on smoother and give your skin a more even tone.
6: Sleep With Your Hair In a Bun
This is a biggie. Not only does sleeping with your hair in a ponytail or bun cause breakouts on the back of your neck, but it also gives you ‘hat hair’ when you wake up (which is not cute). So leave it down and take care of your precious strands so they can grow to their fullest potential.
7: Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes
This is a major no-no for your complexion, especially if you’re sharing brushes with other people. If this habit isn’t broken, you’ll notice it’s really difficult to get your foundation and concealer looking flawless… which totally defeats the purpose of putting on makeup in the first place.
Ultimately, these bad habits can be broken in order to promote healthier skin. So make the switch, and you’ll see results (literally) overnight. It’s also worth visiting The Brow Room if you really want to rejuvenate your skin.