Beauty buffs can go to great lengths to keep the hands of time at bay. Vanities littered with the latest “breakthrough” products, cell phone calendars loaded up with spa appointments, and having the best dermatologist in town on speed-dial are par for the course. But sometimes the obvious can elude even the best of us. Make sure you’re not overlooking these six simple beauty tips.
Block Out the Sun
Excessive sun exposure and tanning doesn’t just increase your risk of developing skin cancer; it also triggers breakouts on those with acneprone skin. Sun, heat, and humidity can cause oil glands to become overactive, which can lead to acne breakouts. Take steps to limit your sun exposure and apply an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen daily.
Don’t Go Overboard
Think more is more when it comes to skincare? Think again. Excessive cleansing, receiving multiple treatments on the same day, and using a plethora of products can end up doing you more harm than good and lead to breakouts, broken capillaries, and skin sensitivity. Keep things simple. Book one treatment at a time, wash with a mild cleanser no more than twice a day, and know exactly what’s in every product in your medicine chest and what it’s designed to do.
Shorten Your Shower
Who doesn’t love a long, hot shower? Your skin, that’s who. Heat from prolonged showers actually strips away your skin’s natural oils, making it extra dry, itchy, and stressed out. Take the water temperature down a few degrees and limit your shower time to no more than 10 minutes.
Picking your own produce at the grocery store is great. Picking your pimples? Not so much. Touching, picking, popping, or squeezing pimples not only brings more bacteria to the area, it also prolongs the healing process and can cause dark spots and scarring. The only manipulation methods recommended for skin blemishes and acne are deep-cleansing techniques carried out by a trained esthetician or a licensed physician.
Don’t Sleep On It
Not removing your makeup before bedtime can be a nightmare proposition you won’t want to wake up to. Catching zzz’s with your face paint on can hinder skin renewal and leave you with clogged pores. Gross! Hint: keep a stash of makeup-remover wipes by your bedside table—they’ll come in handy on those nights when you can barely keep your eyes open.
You are What You Eat
While it’s tempting to reach for creams or potions to battle breakouts, recognizing and improving your diet and lifestyle habits can make an even greater impact. Consuming alcoholic and sugary drinks and processed foods (especially when combined with stress and smoking) can exacerbate acne, so taking steps to eradicate them from your daily routine is essential.