When I was little, I used to mercilessly tease my big sister about her acne. I assumed that my day would come, that I would eventually contend with difficult skin, and she could tease me right back.
Well, I never really had acne. And now I feel like a jerk.
My skin has always been more dry than anything, but because it’s been a lower-maintenance aspect of my beauty routine (my HAIR being the highest), it’s only been recently that I’ve realized how much I was abusing it.
The good news is, a few simple changes can drastically change the health of your skin.
And, get it glowing.
I’m short on space in my life for anything extra, so I made sure that each of these changes were super easy to implement!
1. Stop using drugstore brand skincare.
If you’re in your early twenties or older, your skin is already beginning to break down. And if you want to prevent wrinkles and get some of that youthful glow back, you need to invest more than $4 in your face wash.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to upgrade your basic cleanser and moisturizer. I started seeing a difference in my skin within days of making the switch from whatever-at-Walgreens to Senegence. If you’re interested in ordering, you can find my pal Jamie here, and she’ll get you what you need!
Otherwise, I challenge you to make a slight upgrade in the quality of your skincare products. Your skin will thank you.
2. Start cleaning your makeup brushes.
Y’all, mine were so bad I had to start from scratch. I’d been using the same Sonia Kashuk brush on my face for, like, three years and hadn’t cleaned it once. When I finally tried, there was no point anymore.
I’ve had pesky little bumps on either side of my nose for months now. They aren’t that noticeable, but they bug me and I couldn’t figure out what they were. Then, I bought this gorgeous (and very affordable) brush set from Morphe and they went away. My guess? It was because they were new…and therefore CLEAN.
I take literally ten minutes once a week and clean my brushes, and it’s making such a difference in my skin that it’s almost embarrassing. I use this spray cleaner from Target, use my fingers to reshape the bristles after I spray and wipe them, and let them dry overnight.
You got this.
3. Just say no to sleeping in your makeup.
I’m 26 years old and I still come home late at night and sleepily fall into my bed without doing much other than throwing on jammies. I get it.
Even if you are too exhausted to wash your face, do not sleep in your makeup! These makeup removing wipes by Aveeno smell divine, will remove lip stain or lipstick as tough as LipSense, and can be purchased pretty much anywhere.
Even if you’re sleepy and think most of your makeup is gone anyway, don’t go to sleep without doing something to clean your pretty face!
4. Find a balance between natural and conventional ingredients.
For example, my skin loves itself some coconut oil. It doesn’t make me breakout, and it even grabs what’s left of my makeup.
On the other hand, I have NEVER found an all-natural cleanser that doesn’t irritate my skin. Even if it’s basically just coconut oil with an essential oil added to it, my face ain’t having it.
The bottom line is, you don’t want to be putting a ton of chemicals and crap on your face. But you may need the heft of conventional ingredients to really keep your skin in good shape, like I do. My best advice is to find a balance that works best for your skin. All-natural exfoliants or facial masks are a great way to add a dose of natural ingredients into your skincare routine if you aren’t using any already!
These are all easy, right? You’ll be amazed what a little extra attention and care will do for your already pretty face. No fancy lotions or potions required.