Putting together the perfect skin care routine can be tricky. You don’t want to skimp on steps or products, but you also want to make sure you give yourself a routine that you can actually keep up with. Finding the right routine for your budget and skin-type is important, and our expert staff is here to help! While much of your skin care routine will depend on your unique needs, here are a few universal tips you should keep in mind next time you’re in front of the mirror:
Avoid excess touching of your face throughout the day. Dirt and oils from your hands can quickly turn into damaging acne. This especially goes for picking at acne or other blemishes. As tempting as it may be, squeezing blackheads and pimples is the worst thing you can do to your skin. Next time you’re tempted to dive in with the magnified mirror, think to yourself that every pore you squeeze may as well result in three new blemishes later. If you are really struggling with an eyesore, only attempt to extract it with great care and patience. Your face and hands should be clean, pores should be opened with warm water or steam, and you should use an extraction tool to relieve the pore.
Keep clean surfaces
Did you know that your cell phone and pillow case can be contributing to acne? Make-up residue, skin cells, dirt, and oils can all get trapped on surfaces that your face comes in contact with. Be sure to wipe down your phone after each use, and try sleeping on a silk or satin pillow case, opposed to cotton, that you wash frequently. You should also routinely clean your makeup brushes and use fresh sponges for applying liquid or powders.
Protecting your skin from environmental damage is crucial for long-term skin care. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach! Find a daily moisturizer with SPF in it to protect your face at all times (even under your makeup). In the summertime, we love to use glo-therapeutics tinted moisturizers to cover all the bases!
Whether you use a facial scrub a few times a week, or get regular facials and peels, exfoliating is important for skin cell renewal (a.k.a. keeping your skin looking youthful and fresh). We also recommend retinoid products for many of our clients. Retinoid products are usually intended for anti-aging and wrinkle fighting purposes, however they can also be great for treating acne-prone skin. Retinol enhances skin cell renewal, firmness, and smoothes fine lines. We recommend incorporating retinoid products into your skin care routine while you’re still in your twenties so you can get a head start and reap the benefits for decades to come!
Did you know that your diet can play a big part in your complexion as well? What are your tips for keeping your skin looking and feeling beautiful? Stop by an Urban Nirvana location near you for a product recommendation, or a refreshing facial!