I get it… Skincare is both time-consuming and expensive – not to mention the weird standard that skincare is only for women. We do all have skin, y’all. But, what if I told you that some things you’re doing (or not doing) are seriously damaging your skin? A lot of these things have cheap and easy fixes that will not only help your skin now, but down the road as you age.
1. Not moisturizing
One of the biggest misconceptions about oily skin is that moisturizers will only make it more oily. That’s false. Most likely, your skin is oily because your glands have to go into overdrive to make up for your lack of moisturizing. Imagine if you could help all of that! Let me introduce you to moisturizer. There are so many out there that will cater to whatever skin type you have – even oily. Products range anywhere from $3 to $300 – all you have to do is know your skin and take your pick.
2. Not using sunscreen
I have great news for you: most moisturizers already have sunscreen in them. So, depending on what you choose, you could be killing two birds with one stone. But, if not, you’ll need to find some product with SPF in it. It doesn’t need to be a high number, but it needs to be something. Even if it’s cloudy and rainy, sun is still hitting your face. In fact, you can’t do anything without at least a little bit of sun. This simple fix will also help protect you from sun-induced skin cancer.
3. Not removing makeup
Ladies, if you take nothing else from this, hear this: take. your. makeup. off. Yes, every night. Think about it… Most makeup has chemicals and/or unnatural elements in it. Wouldn’t you want that off your face so it doesn’t soak into your skin? Not to mention the unmatched feeling of being able to rub your face at night. Leaving makeup on for extended periods of time will clog your pores which will cause breakouts which will cause scarring… The list goes on and on. Do yourself a favor and pick up a makeup wipe before your head hits the pillow.
4. Not washing your face
Honestly, this shouldn’t even need an explanation. Imagine all the dirt and grime caking onto your skin causing plugged-up glands, crazy blemishes, long-lasting scars… Have I made my point yet? Just like you wash every other part of your body (or at least you should), you need to be washing your face. Take the extra two minutes in the morning and night to just refresh. Your face will thank you.
5. Using expired makeup
I will admit, even as a makeup artist, I am so guilty of this. We spend good money on makeup so we can use it, right? And most times we don’t use it all in time, right? That’s the price we must pay for the health of our skin. To check if your makeup has expired, look at the product packaging. There will almost always be a little picture of a makeup jar with a number in the middle somewhere on the label. That number shows how many months you can use your makeup. After that amount of time, trash the products for new ones.
6. Not washing makeup brushes and sponges
Another one I’m guilty of. It’s time-consuming to clean your makeup brushes and sponges, especially if you use a separate brush for each product (which you should). But, do you know how many germs live in overly-used makeup brushes and sponges? Trust me, the number would totally gross you out, much like it did me. Luckily, there are things you can buy that make the whole cleaning process a little easier.
Your skin is the largest organ, so you should treat it with the utmost care. Even if you just start with washing your face in the morning, that’s a step in the right direction. Solve these 6 problems and your skin will feel and look much better.
About the Author
Emmie Pombo is a latte and tattoo-loving Tennessean who specializes in mental health and beauty writing. She holds a degree in Journalism and a certification in Makeup Artistry and Airbrushing. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.