What’s your New Year’s Resolution? How about improving your skin with these easy-to-remember tips? Sleeping in your makeup or skimping on sunscreen can have more effects on your skin than you think. Stay looking young by…
MOISTURIZE AFTER SHOWERING
We all know a warm shower strips skin of oils. Face creams and body lotions are excellent substitutes, as long as you apply them correctly. Keep body lotion right in the shower. Seeing it will remind you to apply it when your skin is damp, within ten minutes of turning off the water. Choose a body lotion with a flip top because pump bottles allow water in, and that can lead to bacteria.
TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP AT NIGHT
You’ve known since middle school that makeup can mix with skin oils and dirt to cause zits. Cosmetics can also trap in skin-damaging free radicals that float in the air (think: bus exhaust)! So, try washing your face as soon as you get home. At the very least, remove your mascara. Try keeping face wipes on the bedside table. Tear open, swab, slumber.
CLEAN UP AFTER THE GYM
If your gym doesn’t have a shower or you’re still to shy to use them, wear moisture-wicking clothes (Nike and Lululemon make them) and pack salicylic acid Stridex pads in your gym bag. Swipe the face, back, and chest after class, and change into a clean, dry T-shirt. Back home, hop into the shower as soon as possible.
CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
You should clean your brushes once a week, but most don’t. Instead, wash your tools monthly with a liquid hand soap or baby shampoo and lukewarm water, then rinse well, squeeze out the excess water, reshape, and allow the brushes to dry thoroughly by balancing them over the sink. Weekly, spritz them with antibacterial spray and dry with a tissue.
STICK WITH THE PROGRAM
Waiting for a new skin treatment to show results can be a test of patience. A good anti-aging cream can take six weeks, so don’t give up. That goes for skin lighteners and acne products, too. But if nothing has changed by week six, the product will never work for you. Time to move on. GET THE REST HERE!
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