Everyone knows the basic skincare don’ts (never go to bed with a faceful of makeup, never leave the house without sunscreen, etc) – and yet everyone is guilty at times of breaking those skincare commandments.
It could be due to a time crunch in the morning or exhaustion in the evening, but skin doesn’t care. When it is ignored or treated incorrectly, skin has a way of showing its displeasure. To help turn the tide, here are a few common skincare don’ts and some tips to turning them into a do.
Don’t: Go to Bed with an Unwashed Face
Do: Have a plan – They say a good offense is the best defense and here’s one trick to be on the face washing offensive. Start your bedtime rituals a few hours earlier than your bedtime. Before you sit down for some primetime tv watching or late night computer time, wash your face and put on your comfy pajamas. When bedtime rolls around, you can crawl into bed with a clean face. This simple flip-flop of nightly rituals can have a very rewarding pay off!
Do: Have a back up plan
Sometimes even the best laid plans fail. For those nights that a thorough face wash is just not happening, keep a supply of face towelettes next to the bed. These little moist towels do a great job of removing makeup, dirt and impurities and are available in formulas for every skin type.
Don’t: Over Wash or Over Product Skin
Do: Go easy in the morning – While one should always wash up before they hit the hay, most people do not need to rewash in the morning. You’re just sleeping, how dirty can you get? And in fact, overwashing skin can cause dry, red, tight and/or flaky skin that fights the glowing complexion promised by the soap.
Instead, just rinse your face with warm water in the morning. If you feel you could use a bit of cleansing, swipe a cotton ball of toner across the T-zone. Stef picked this tip up from an LA dermatologist and swears her oily skin has never been happier!
Do: Use products sparingly Modern skin care is potent, so use sparingly. Here’s a case where more is not merrier and too much can cause irritation. Spot treat problem areas instead of slathering product all over. Limit exfoliation, peels and the like to once or twice a week.
Don’t: Skip the Daily SPF
Do: Multi-task – Almost every type of make up on the market now has a version with SPF, so stock up on these multi-taskers. From tinted moisturizers to face powders down to lipstick and gloss – there’s no reason to skip this wrinkle reducing and skin cancer fighting step.
Do: Make it easy – Keep your SPF moisturizer out in the open and in a place you will notice in the morning. Make it part of your daily routine. For instance, for those that take a morning shower, keep your SPF in the bathroom and use it after you apply deodorant. Let it sink in while you dry your hair. Tadah – your face is ready for a touch of makeup and you’re out the door ready to face the sun.
Don’t: Ignore the Skin Below the Chin
Do: Use that SPF on all exposed skin – It’s easy to slap some SPF on your face and go, but don’t neglect the rest of your body. The hands, chest, arms and neck are often the first areas to show signs of aging. Slow the cycle of time by making sure any and all exposed skin from head to toe is moisturized and SPF protected.
Readers – what are your most important skin care do’s and don’ts?
Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.