With summer finally rolling in; tan-lines, bikinis, sun kissed hair, and healthy glowing skin are all crucial parts in the recipe to a great summer. The issue? Wearing makeup or even the wrong moisturizer on hot and humid days can cause for clogged pores and nasty breakouts. Have no fear though, ladies! There IS a solution:
1. WASH YOUR FACE
Washing your face every night before bedtime is more important than most people think. Throughout the day, our faces are exposed to thousands of pollutants, chemicals, and dirt. Not to mention, our skin secretes oils that should be washed off for a clean canvas. The biggest culprit though, is makeup. Makeup is great, but not washing it off nightly can cause some short-term AND long-term problems for our skin. Short-term: acne and annoying breakouts. Long-term: dull skin and even wrinkles. If washing your face is not yet a set-in-stone part of your nightly bedtime routine – it’s time to make it one!
2. USE WITCH HAZEL
This stuff is my personal favorite. Witch Hazel is nature’s finest natural cleanser, toner, and astringent. For people who suffer from acne, this could be a great addition to your skincare routine! It can also clear up any daily blotchiness or redness. I love using it nightly after I wash my face and before I moisturize. Just pour some on a clean and sterile cotton pad or cotton ball and gently wipe over your whole face.
3. DO NOT POP PIMPLES (seriously though…)
As tempting as it may be… DO NOT DO IT. Bacteria from your fingers can cause a bigger infection and can lead to even more acne in that area. Not to mention, popping pimples in general is not good for your skin. It can cause skin damage and irritation. Instead, use witch hazel to clean the affected pimple problem area before bedtime. After washing your face and using Witch Hazel on the acne or pimple, try using a mild acne spot treatment on the area to dry it out. If you do not have any spot treatment, try using just a little bit of toothpaste (it will also help the dry the pimple out).
4. MOISTURIZE YOUR FACE
One of the most important steps to having flawless skin is moisturizing! You should moisturize at least twice a day – morning and night. If you wear make-up, you should cleanse and then moisturize your face before you apply make-up. Then, at night, you should cleanse your face again to remove the make-up and moisturize your whole face again before going to bed. Moisturizing your face can help reduce or even eliminate acne, reduce redness, prevent wrinkles, and reduce puffiness or dark under-eye circles. This might just be the most important step in the whole process!
- Make sure that you use a high quality moisturizer
5. HAVE RADIANT SKIN AND PREVENT WRINKLES ALL AT ONCE
Moisturizing is definitely key here. But what kind of moisturizer should you use?
Generally speaking, if you are not yet in your twenties, then you don’t really need to worry about wrinkles just yet. It is still important to keep your skin healthy though! Just focus on using a high quality moisturizer that is organic and/or natural. Many expensive moisturizers out there are actually harmful to our skin. They can contain chemicals, parabens, sulfates, etc. If you want to find a good moisturizer and are struggling, try an oil (high quality pure oils only!) Pure oils like Jojoba, Pomegranate Seed, Avocado, and even Pure Cocoa Butter are all great choices to keep your skin looking and feeling young. If you are entering your twenties, then it’s a good time to start preventing! (Preventing wrinkles is often easier than removing/erasing them) Using oils is still a great idea, especially at night. But, it is also important to invest in a cream that will really benefit your skin. Look for creams that have the following ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Retinol, and Vitamin E. Try to avoid purchasing creams that contain fragrance, mineral oil, and especially alcohol!
6. BE CAREFUL IN THE SUN
I know, I know. We all love to be sun-kissed, bronzed, and beach ready. But is tanning (especially tanning beds) really worth all the skin damage? NO. Ultraviolet exposure is associated with an increased risk of melanoma. Protect your skin by limiting exposure to the sun, and by wearing sunscreen! If you feel that you really need that deep summer tan, then try a spray tan or a tanning/bronzing lotion! Both work great and fast (and are completely safe). Constantly exposing your skin to the sun can cause problems that go far beyond just wrinkles.
7. WEAR GOOD QUALITY MAKEUP
If you choose to wear makeup – choose to wear good quality makeup. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on makeup, but it is important to pay attention to the ingredients that are in your makeup. Generally speaking, department store makeup is often better than drugstore makeup. This is especially true when it comes to concealers, foundations, and powders (makeup that goes directly on your skin and sits there – not just on your lashes, for example). But, it is more important to compare the ingredients to really understand the difference. Stay away from ingredients like BHA, BHT, coal tar dyes, parabens, siloxanes, polyethylene/PEGs, retinyl palmitate, and hydroquinone. If it sounds scary, it probably is. Instead, stick to natural and organic makeup. This kind of makeup will keep your skin healthy and young for years to come!
Ever heard the saying “You are what you eat”? Well, it’s true. If you eat healthy, your skin will show it. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to permanently cut out sugar and everything else for the rest of your life! The key is moderation and limitation. 🙂 A candy bar every once in a while won’t kill you. In general though, try to eat clean and healthy. Your hair, skin, nails, and body (inside and out) will thank you.
READY… SET… GO BE HEALTHY AND HAVE RADIANT SKIN!