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Monday, 10 August 2015

The Skincare Guide: Tips You Probably Don't Follow, But Should

This post will be a bit on the random side, but nonetheless very valuable. After all, it's the little things that will make a difference in the long term. So here are my random tips that you most likely aren't aware of when it comes your skincare routine:

1) Always use a fresh towel/flannel with every cleanse: this one isn't obvious to most people but my god, is it important. Anything that has been damp is a bacteria magnet and you really don't want to be rubbing old bacteria and leftover dead skin cells onto your freshly washed face. It's the same thing as wearing the same pair of underwear for several days, aka naaasty. Just keep a stack of face towels near your sink and throw used ones into the laundry basket once you're done. Finito!

2) Wash your hands before ever touching your face/applying products: this one should be a no-brainer. Picture all the bacteria infested things you've touched today and then imagine putting those things onto your face. Yuck.  And if any of your products are in jars/tubs, like a moisturizer, then you're also reducing the amount of bacteria you're putting into the product when scooping it out.
This tip will surely reduce the number of breakouts you get. Especially if you also avoid resting your face on your hands when tired. 

3) Avoid getting shampoo on your face while showering: the sulphates in your shampoo will do your face no good, just strip it of all its natural oils that are there to help protect the moisture barrier. This tip should help cut-down break outs, as well as skin irritation. 

4) Don't cleanse while showering: 90% of the time, us ladies like to have our water quite hot. Usually way too hot for our delicate faces. So rather than putting your face under hot water and giving yourself broken capillaries, just cleanse once you're done showering. Or if you're still going to do it in the shower, briefly turn down the water temperature to lukewarm.

5) Wait 20 minutes indoors after applying a chemical sunscreen before going outside: chemical sunscreens need a minimum of 20 minutes to absorb in order to be effective and if you go outside too soon after applying, the sun will break it down and render it completely useless. More info on chemical sunscreens here.

6) Remove your makeup/double cleanse as soon as you get home: for some reason, a lot of us ladies tend to leave this chore till right before going to bed, rather than getting it over with as soon as we walk through the door. Why prolong the amount of time you have makeup, sunscreen, sebum, dirt, and sweat on your face? Think about it, instead of having all that on your face for an additional few hours, you can use those 4 or 5 hours to have skincare treatment on your face. So when you get home, put everything down, go double cleanse, and boom, you have one less thing to do before going to bed and your skin will thank you for it. This tip can easily give you a reduction in whiteheads and blackheads. 

These aren't life changing tips but rather just something to keep in mind while doing your routine :).

Next time on The Skincare Guide: Bad Lifestyle Habits For Your Skin


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