Had I taken 10 minutes to take care of my skin in high school, I could have saved myself at least 20 of the minutes I spent doing my makeup in the morning. Now that I’m an adult and not only invest more time in improving my makeup skills, but more money in nicer makeup as well, I’ve learned just how important skincare is. Knowing how to cover a blemish effectively is awesome, but what’s even better is not having the blemish in the first place!
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There are a lot of different tips and tricks posts out there for different types of skin. The tips I’m sharing here, though, are pretty much universal. No matter your skin type these are the secrets I swear by.
Get a Skincare Spin Brush
Clarisonic is awesome, and if you can afford the price tag then you should totally go for it. It’s the skincare tool YouTubers and bloggers swear by! But there are some great affordable options as well. I got my spin brush at Marshall’s for about $10. I saw some similar ones at Walmart for $6. While they may not live up the the Clarisonic options, they are still way better than using just your fingers.
It’s incredible how much makeup is still stuck in your pores even after makeup remover and washing your face with your fingers. The brush has changed my life. Not only does it clear out makeup better, but it gives some gentle exfoliation. Don’t push, let the brush do the work. Because of the exfoliating effect I only use it in the evenings, in the mornings when I don’t have any makeup to wash off I just use my fingers or one of those silicone thingies.
Switch Up the Routine
I have a completely different skincare routine in the morning compared to the evening. Even for steps that are the same I use different products. Your skin has different needs, in the morning it needs to be refreshed and prepped for makeup (if you’re wearing any), in the evening it needs to be cleansed and repaired from the makeup and grime of the day.
My morning routine is: Wash, Tone, Eye Cream, Moisturize, Makeup/SPF. My evening routine is: Remove Makeup, Wash, Tone, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturize. I use much more intense skincare products in the evening (except toner which is always Witch Hazel). At night, I don’t mind if my products leave me a little sticky or take longer to soak into my skin since nobody is going to see me and I’m not trying to put makeup over it. I also switch up the routine from summer to winter, mostly just using an even heavier moisturizer in the evenings. But you might also switch up the serum and cleanser depending on your skincare needs.
Honestly the best. A real miracle in the world of skincare. I’ve used a number of toners/astringents throughout the years. Most of them contain alcohol which actually dries out your skin. I even tried Pixi Glow Tonic, which was honestly really great… but way more expensive for what I determined to be the same result. Witch hazel is anti-bacterial and clears out your pores as well as any other toner option, but it does so without stripping moisture from your skin and adds a healthy glow! It’s the perfect toner whether your skin is dry, oily, and especially if you have areas of both!
Silk/Satin Pillow Case
This is a must for great hair, but it’s also great for your skin! Even the softest cottons can cause micro-tears in your skin which makes it was easier for bacteria to get in there and cause a break out, and can accelerate wrinkles. This is also why you should pat your face dry with a towel, never rub. Another good rule of thumb is to wash your pillow case often (like, once a week). Add some vinegar to help really get rid of any bacteria!
We all know eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, taking your vitamins, working out, etc. makes your whole body healthy; including your hair, skin, and nails. But something you might not know is that carrots actually help to balance your hormones. There are some other foods and medication that also help with this, but carrots are my fave. Most of my breakouts are hormonal (these usually come on your chin, jaw, and forehead) so carrots work wonders! What sucks is that no matter how great your skincare is, hormonal skin problems can still happen. Hormones can also cause dry or oily skin, not to mention a whole host of other non-skin related problems. Making you see in the dark is a myth though… but there is indication that if you eat enough you’ll turn orange, so that might be exciting!
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