10 Things to Do When Your Skins Being a B*#ch
Sometimes think you’re doing everything right. You’re going to bed at a reasonable hour, you’re exercising, and you’ve got your skincare routine down to an art. But somehow, your skin has just decided to be a real b*#ch and is breaking out. Now that I’m 2 months out from my wedding day, the health and overall visual appeal of my skin is of the utmost importance. But as you can imagine, she’s not cooperating and little breakouts keep popping up. So, at last week’s Facialista’s appointment, I had a chat with my Fairy Godmother, Bernadette, and this is the list we came up with to reduce breakouts.
10 Things to Do When Breakouts Appear
Change your pillowcase
When was the last time you changed your pillowcase? If you can’t remember, do it today! My wonderful Facialist Bernadette told me that for the best chance of clear skin, we should be changing our pillowcases twice a week. Anyone who’s already doing that deserves a gold star.
Change your towels
When drying off your face from a gorgeous, deep cleanse with a face towel, you better make sure that baby is clean. Otherwise really, what’s the point?
Double Cleanse your face morning and night
At night, make sure you’re doing a double cleanse. The first cleanse is to wash away the day, the second cleanse is the clean your skin. Same goes in the morning. Another helpful tip from Bernadette is to make sure your skin is cleansed before working out, not just after. When your skin is clean before you start working up a sweat, the chances of all that gunk working its way into your pores are minimised.
Assess your skincare products
Have you been trying out a new product? Did you pop a sample on your skin last night? There might be one or more ingredient in your skincare products that your skin is reacting to. Your choices are then to stop using the product to see if it’s the culprit or pop over to the doctor with the ingredient list and let them investigate for you. A little tip when trying out a new skincare product; embrace patch testing. Try the product on a small patch of skin to see how you cope with it. Otherwise, you run the risk of having a full-face reaction, no one wants that.
Examine your diet
We all know that eating out too much and indulging in too many sweets can cause breakouts. But it’s less about what you are eating and more about what you’re missing out on. When your skin is acting out, start nourishing it with more veggies and leafy greens and make sure you’re keeping hydrated.
Wash your makeup brushes
Can’t remember the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Yeah, gross. Think about those brushes, especially foundation brushes, and how often they’re touching your face. It’s time to add another item to your Sunday clean up list: wash your makeup brushes weekly.
Clean your phone
Ever thought about the amount of time your phone spends touching your face? Remember the last time you cleaned it? Didn’t think so. Grab yourself a box of alcohol wipes and make cleaning your phone a daily habit. Thinking about all the germs on your phone freaking you out a bit? Simple, pop your earphones in when making your calls and avoid the phone touching your face. Or just use speaker function, but be prepared for people to hate talking to you.
Stop touching your face
Just like your phone, your little fingers are covered in germs. Avoid touching your face throughout the day to keep germs and dirt off your face. The same goes for trying to pop your own pimples. Firstly, don’t. Secondly, if you do, make sure it’s in a sterile environment (aka leave it to the professionals).
Check-in with your stress
Along with generally making you irritable and feel like garbage, stress likes to show up on your face. Now, we all know there’s no quick fix to feeling stressed. So, try and take a few extra minutes out of your day to de-stress. Do a 5-minute medication. Take a little lunchtime walk around the block. Watch some trashy TV when you get home. Taking small moments throughout the day to de-stress is vital to not only clearer skin but a clearer mind.
Go see a professional
When you find a good Facialist, they’ll become your Fairy Godmother. Not only are you taking some time out of your busy week for some quality “me time”, they know how to do skin right. They’re not slapping on a one-size-fits-all face mask and hoping for the best, they’re assessing your skin and putting years of knowledge onto your face for the best possible, personalised results. My one and only recommendation is Facialista’s, they’re amazing.
Be right back, just going out to try and take my own advice.
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