As you scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed, you will likely be inundated by a variety of people who post pictures of themselves. It’s normal to see them and begin comparing yourself to their seemingly flawless complexion, clear skin, and beautiful physique. If you have skin issues, you are perhaps insecure about how your face looks but with some simple skincare strategies, you can bolster your confidence and achieve the look of your dreams!
Do Use A Mild Cleanser
Yes, washing your face regularly is the basic tenet of any skincare routine and while cleansing is better than no cleansing, there are certainly some cleansers that are better for your skin than others. This holds true especially if you have sensitive skin. Mild cleansers don’t strip the skin of its natural oils and instead just remove the dirt and debris.
Don’t Use High Alcohol Toners
Toners are great but definitely not ones that have very high alcohol content. It is especially detrimental to skin that is acne-prone. Instead, exfoliate regularly with gentle exfoliator. This really helps prevent dead skin cells from clogging up the pores and it restores the skin to its natural pH level.
Do Use Topical Retinoids
Retinoids are a kind of chemical that is derived from Vitamin A, and you may have noticed this ingredient on many skin care products. This is useful in helping boost your immunity and bolster skin health as well. Do note, however, that these products may be harsh so do start by doing a patch test on your skin and working your way up.
Don’t Pop Your Pimples
If you have seen or heard people glorify pimple-popping, it is best to avoid following their lead. It’s true that in the short-term, you may feel satisfied but the long-term marks that they can leave on your skin are not worth it. Invest in spot treatments, peels, or acne patches that help keep dirt and germs away from the affected areas.
Do Know Your Skin Type
There is a huge variation in skin type. Thus, it is best to know whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination of both. Most people fall into the latter category where some areas of their face are dry while others are oily.
Don’t Over Wash Your Face
Many people with oily skin, especially, tend to over wash their face. However, this has the opposite effect. When you wash your face too much, you tend to strip it of its natural oils which leads to your skin overcompensating and producing more oil!
Do Wash Your Makeup Before Bedtime
If your lifestyle involves the use of makeup, it’s best to have makeup wipes or micellar water on hand to remove makeup before going to bed as this can clog your pores and trap dirt. Also, opt for fragrance-free products when you can.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Most people remember to moisturize, but many forget to apply sunscreen! The sun’s UV rays can be very damaging for your skin cells even when you are indoors.