Ah remember those good ole adolescent years of raging hormones and even more raging skin? It was inconvenient enough that you couldn’t handle what was going on with your hot mess of emotions let alone your bipolar skin.
It started off innocently with your first few here and there, maybe a couple on your forehead, next thing you know, your skin is oilier than last Sunday’s fried chicken and waffle brunch, and let’s not begin to discuss those unforgivably deep cratered scars courtesy of squeezing the life out of those so-called “innocent” pimples. Your confidence inevitably plummets and for the next few years, you were stuck in the, “What do I do with my skin” T-zone (see what I did there).
There is a silver lining here though. By the time you hit your late teens and early 20s, your skin has likely cleared up, you’ve gained a better understanding of your skin type, and as a result, refined your skin care routine. However, be wary your skin will continue to change in your 20s, 30s, and beyond. Evidently life events like pregnancy and stress will trigger your skin’s elasticity, collagen levels, and overall appearance.
Youthful, supple skin isn’t created overnight. As with most things in life, repetition, habit, and sequence over time will lead to long-lasting results. Evaluate each part of your body individually, from your head to your toes. You’d need to take a different approach with your face than, say, your feet (cue: scene in Mean Girls when Cady switches Regina’s face cream for peppermint foot cream).
Our faces go through an endless series of unfortunate wear and tear throughout the year. Just think about it. There are so many external factors to consider, from the weather, pollution, air quality. Let’s not forget about those internal ones too, what we put in our bodies is just as crucial, if not more. The list continues with exposure to the sun, heavy makeups, improper cleansing, and the effects of inescapable aging.
Funny how we endure all of this as our face represents the quality of our skin for the world to see on a daily basis. Our skin can hardly catch a break let alone the mental and emotional pressure that alludes to presenting our best face forward, pun intended.
With all that said, now that we’ve assessed the problem, let’s dive right into some best practices for your daily skin care regime. It’s lovely pampering yourself with a facial or body scrub splurge at the salon for special occasions and weddings but why not use the best skin care practices on the regular? This will keep your skin in top-notch condition regardless of where you’re going.
Just as important it is to know what to do with your skin, it’s evenly crucial, if not more, to understand what not to do. Let’s explore 7 skin care mistakes you should avoid at all costs:
7 Skincare Sabotage No-Nos
Before we get into the must do’s of skincare tips, we need to filter out the bad habits. There might be a few techniques or products you’re using that may be irreversibly causing damage.
Most of these come down to being aware that your skin is fragile. Treat your skin gently by avoiding these common skin care mistakes:
- There’s don’t text your ex then there’s don’t over-EXfoliate
Who doesn’t love a gritty face scrub? Nothing compares to digging in deep and scraping that grit, grime, and questionables from your face at the end of the day. This is the prime example of too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily a good thing. Over-exfoliating can get rid of the healthy skin cells which protect your skin’s natural barrier, lead to increased dryness and flakiness, and believe it or not, cause acne. Truly, any party of your body that you scrub should be handled with extracare.
It shouldn’t feel like sandpaper ripping away at the wood. Dermatologists say that this harsh exfoliation can lead to damage, dryness, and redness. With age, you’re better off having a slightly thicker outer skin that can protect from the environment. Over the years, your body has a more difficult time replacing cells and that thick skin can serve as a barrier against the elements and the unforgivable ravages of time.
- Don’t skip nightly skin care
You’ve probably heard this before, but we can’t say it enough! Throughout the day, oils, bacteria and dirt collect on your face and in your pores (gross). And makeup only adds to the contamination.
Don’t let your face stew in its filth while you sleep. Take the time to wash at the end of the day. You can cleanse just your face, or you can hop in the shower to refresh your whole body.
- Don’t forget sunscreen
This doesn’t just apply for trips to the beach. You should be putting on sunblock every single day. Cancer is common. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, over 4 million people per year are diagnosed with sun-related cancers.
We don’t want you to be a statistic. So even in the winter, on the cloudiest of days, protect your exposed skin. And of course, we have to recommend our very own Hint sunscreen. You’ll love protecting your skin with our skin-quenching, convenient spray-on options.
- Don’t pick or squeeze
Even though you’re past your teenage years, you probably still get the occasional breakout. This could occur on your face, chest, shoulders or back. Or maybe you just get that ever-reliable single chin zit each month when you wear the red badge of courage.
Either way, leave it alone! We know it feels good, and the urge is hard to resist, but fight it with all your might. Let the scars from your teen years be a reminder of how picking only makes the situation worse, both at the moment and long term.
Especially as you get older, your skin will be more susceptible to the damage. Healing will be more of a challenge and the result could be worse scarring.
- Don’t keep products forever
Just like those avocados on your counter, your skin care products expire too. They won’t necessarily look different, but it could impact their performance.
Not all beauty brands include expiration dates on the packaging. If you don’t see a clearly marked date, look on the back for a little image of a jar with a lid. On the jar, you’ll see something like “12M.” This means the product should be tossed after 12 months.
- Don’t skimp on sleep
You need anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep to rejuvenate your body. Your skin relies as much on good sleep as your mental state does.
Make sure you’re well-rested on a regular basis. You’ll feel and see the difference!
- Don’t eat poorly
What you use to fuel your body will have a noticeable effect on your skin. This can range from not getting enough protein to over-indulging in sweets and carbs. Even dairy products can shock your skin.
It’s okay to enjoy treats once in a while, but make sure you’re sticking to a generally healthy diet. And definitely drink tons of exotic tasting Hint water to hydrate your skin.
7 Days Of Skin Care
If you’re really looking to revive your glow, we can help you get there this week! Brighten up areas of your skin that have been neglected and improve your methods for optimal skin care.
These are 7 tips you can implement this week to achieve your best skin:
- Know what you’re using and why
Different products serve a different purpose for your skin. An astringent uses alcohol to dry up oil and eliminate bacteria. An oil cleanser cleans pores while adding moisture. See how they’re similar but different?
You’ll want to hone in on 3 main items—cleanser, scrub, and lotion. The type you choose should be specific to your unique skin. Read reviews, ask for professional recommendations, experiment with different brands and do your research to find out which products are best for your skin.
- Splurge for quality
We know it’s tempting to cheap out on beauty products. We use them so frequently and they seem to run out so often. But spending the extra couple of dollars on high-quality ingredients is an important part of caring for your skin.
There are several ingredients that are harmful to your skin. These still get used in all sorts of beauty products, but here’s a list of ingredients to avoid.
- Distribute lightly
Distributing lightly is a two-fold tip. First, be gentle about how aggressively you wash off and apply makeup and moisturizers. Distribute a thin layer of the product you’re using lightly onto your face. Softly massage into your skin, using only your ring finger on the sensitive under eye areas.
Second, the skin can only absorb so much moisturizer at a time. You only need to apply a small amount. This gives you more bang for your buck and ensures you aren’t clogging pores unnecessarily.
Bonus tip, if you’re using more than one moisturizer, apply the lightest product first. Serums will be more water-based and thin, lotion is slightly thicker, followed by oil, which actually creates a barrier on top, sealing in all the other products.
- Use exfoliator [nearly] everywhere
As we mentioned, be gentle when you exfoliate, but be sure to use that scrub on places other than your face. Your feet, legs, back and even your armpits can be exfoliated.
This will strip away dead cells and dried skin, giving you a healthier glow from head to toe. Just avoid some of the *ahem* more sensitive areas.
- Focus on neglected areas
How often do you think about the skin on your feet? How about your elbows? Knees? These parts of your body are prone to dryness and damage.
A quick swipe of the bar soap a few times a week isn’t enough. Add some extra lotion to your knees and elbows daily. And treat yourself to a DIY pedicure regularly. Keep a pumice stone in the shower for cleaning and exfoliating your toes and heels. Follow it up with a nourishing lotion.
- Treat your hands with wax
Like our face, our hands see a lot of wear and tear through the years. And with time, your hands will gain sun spots and wrinkles, showing their age. Prevent the inevitable as long as you can by giving your hands a little extra TLC.
This should start with consistent lotion application, but you can take your hands to a new level with paraffin wax treatments. There are kits you can buy for at-home use or you can splurge the next time you get a manicure. Not only will it heal your skin, paraffin therapy helps with joint pain relief.
- Boost your vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins to encourage healthy skin. Even if you live in a sunny, coastal city, you’re likely not getting enough. Studies have shown that over 40% of the US is vitamin D deficient. This can lead to more than just dull skin.
Without vitamin D, you’re facing decreased energy levels, moodiness, and chronic diseases. Get extra vitamin D naturally with the sun, or supplement with a good quality vitamin.