4 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Improve Skin
1. Change your pillowcase every couple of days.
Let’s be real… Laundry is not top of mind when we think about our skin. (Actually, laundry is never top of mind for me.)
A quick and easy change to your pillowcase strategy — yes, I’m making that a thing — can make a HUGE impact on your skin health. Simply change your pillowcase every 2 to 3 days.
Hair products, hair oil, skin oils, dust, dirt, sweat, make-up, bacteria, and more are transferred to your pillowcase every night. And unless you sleep on your back from start to finish, you rub your face in the gunk all night long. The ‘gunk' fills and stretches pores and robs your skin of critical oxygen that it needs to repair and replenish.
My advice — next time you’re on a #targetrun, pick up some extra pillowcases. Throw a new one on whenever you think of it.
*Caution: skip the fabric softener for pillowcases. The softening agents can clog pores!
2. Wash your face every morning and every night.
Yeah, I know — this is a no-brainer. But I haven’t met a single person that doesn’t need this reminder, especially when life gets chaotic.
The bottom line: cleanse morning and night, without exception. Don’t be tempted into thinking that a morning cleanse isn’t necessary because you washed your face last night (see #1 above).
And regardless of how much you indulged in Wine Wednesday, make sure you swing by the sink for a quick wash before you lay down your sweet head. Your skin’s best time for healing and regeneration is while you sleep.
For those of you who already rock this idea, next step is to make sure your kiddos are learning this habit young!
3. Don’t over-cleanse.
A caveat to #2: I fundamentally disagree with the idea of being “squeaky clean.”
Dry, tight, squeaky skin is OVER-cleansed skin. Many cleansers wash away too much of your skin’s natural oil, creating a moisture imbalance. When skin is dry, it panics and over-produces oil in an effort to correct itself. This excess oil can cause skin problems like acne, oiliness, stretched pores, and — gasp — accelerated aging.
The key: Use a hydrating cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean but not dry.
If your skin is dry, moisturize. If your skin is oily, moisturize. Combo skin? Moisturize.
The goal is balance. Believe it or not, your skin is smart (probably gets that from the brain). Skin prefers balance and works to restore it. If you nourish your skin with hydrating skin care, it will use as much or as little as it needs to find balance. On the other hand, if you starve your skin of hydration, it has no choice but to create its own on overdrive (see #3).
Need a visual? Think raisins. Hydrated skin is simply healthier and more youthful — smoother, firmer, clearer, more consistent in tone, less oily, and pores are smaller.
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