In the times of dermaplaning, laser hair removal, and 24k gold masks, it is quite difficult to have faith in what social media and pop culture teach you about skincare. There is so much information out there that sometimes it’s impossible to differentiate between what really works and what’s only a fad. No, Kim Kardashian, I can’t afford to get a facial with my own blood. So please stop promoting it.
That’s why we’re here. We are cutting through all the B.S. that skincare companies, bloggers and celebrities tell you to deliver the simple truth: Skincare takes effort, commitment and consistency. It is not an all-in-one cream that will make all your blemishes disappear overnight or a $95 moisturizer that promises to make you look like Jennifer Aniston.
If you’re here for the truth, welcome! Getting clear skin is not always easy. It has to do with your genetics, where you live, and even the foods you are consuming. Of course, there are many different methods and treatments for every different type of skin concerns (you should check out our Ultimate Skin Care Guide here for specific routines for each skin type), but there are also some simple steps you can take daily that are crucial for healthy skin.
1. Wash your face at least once per day
You should be washing your face at least once a day. Once in the morning (to clean off any excess dirt from the night and prepare your face for the makeup you’re about to put on) and once at night (to clean your face from your day of activities and makeup) is ideal, but once a day can suffice.
There are dozens of facial cleansers that cater to different skin types, so there is really no excuse to not be washing your face. If you have oily skin, then you should look for foaming cleansers. If your skin is dry, then a cleansing gel is probably for you. The best part about skincare is that you can play around with all the different products until you find the type that works best for you. So, definitely don’t give up!
Our Gentle Foaming Cleanser (it’s sulfate-free!) works incredibly to dissolve makeup and pore debris, and even moisturize your skin. It’s rich ingredients like Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Green Tea work amazing together to leave you with a healthy, even complexion.
2. Always remove your makeup before bed
This is imperative if you want flawless skin. Sleeping with makeup on means two things:
- You are not washing your face before you go to bed, which you already know is a cardinal sin.
- You are allowing your makeup to absorb into your skin while you sleep, which clogs your pores and allows for blemishes or acne to form.
We’ve all been there. You come back late from a night out and the only thing that is going through your head is jumping straight into your bed. That means that you are going to wake up the next day with old makeup, which is gross! If you take the proactive step to remove your makeup before bed, you allow your skin to rest, breathe and regenerate before you apply more the following day. Your skin deserves a break!
3. Always wear SPF before leaving your house
Applying SPF should actually be the most important step when you are getting ready. You only need to apply it once before putting on your makeup and you’re set for the rest of the day. Dermatologists recommend your daily sunscreen has at least 20 SPF.
Your skin is exposed to UVA/UVB rays constantly without you even realizing it! Walking down the street, driving in your car, and even staring at a computer monitor are all examples. We are trying to be proactive here, so avoiding constant sun contact will be extremely beneficial for you down the line. It’s never too late to start!
You can either find SPF on its own, or you can find it inside moisturizers. It’s all a matter of your personal taste and needs. Our Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer w/ SPF 20 has both. It restores hydration as well as protects you against those harmful rays we were talking about.
4. Careful what you put in your body
It’s definitely no myth that sugar intake is correlated with acne. When you eat food high in sugar and saturated fats - like bread, candy, fried food, and soda - your insulin levels spike, which in turn causes inflammation all over your body. This directly leads to acne and blemishes on your face.
On the other hand, filling your body with foods rich in healthy fats, such as salmon, avocados, and walnuts, is essential for keeping skin flexible and moisturized. The food you intake should boost collagen, fight wrinkles, or generally give you a healthier glow, not the opposite!
Staying hydrated is also extremely important for a healthy complexion. If your body is dehydrated then you can bet that your skin is, too. Set daily goals for yourself to drink at least half a gallon of water per day. Some people set alarms, others draw marks on their water bottles. Whatever works for you as long as you are keeping hydrated! Not only will you see differences in your skin tone, but also your overall health and wellbeing will improve. It’s a win-win!
5. No touching your face
This is probably the hardest one (for me, at least). I don’t care what you call it: Touching, scratching, squeezing, popping, or caressing your blemishes will only make them stay for longer. The best way to get rid of an unwanted visitor is to ignore them. The same goes for your blemishes. The moment you lay a finger on one of your blemishes or spots, you’ve invited it to stay for longer.
You do yourself a great injustice every time you try to pop a pimple or get rid of a whitehead. Allow your blemishes to go through their cycle on your face - just think of them like tenants who are only visiting for the weekend or a week tops. The moment you stop touching your unwanted blemishes is also the moment you’ll notice how they disappear without leaving a mark.
If you are like me and have trouble not touching your blemishes, then you should definitely try our Healing Acne Patches, which are tiny patches that work to effectively remove your blemishes. You just put one on top of a blemish and leave it on overnight. These little patches have very few, yet effective ingredients that allow your blemish to go through its cycle quicker and leave your skin fresh. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll definitely see an improvement.
Now, these steps will only work if you are consistent with them. If you only do it once or twice a week, your skin won’t get any better. Once you adopt these steps into your everyday routine you will start seeing the changes.