Skincare is something I take very seriously. I feel like I always have but I get more and more serious the older I get. I like to keep my skincare routine simple and manageable but there are a few things that I do without fail EVERY SINGLE DAY to keep my skin in tip-top shape. It’s important to just find something that works for you and stick with it. Consistency is key here.
A couple things that you need to do daily to keep your skin looking and feeling well that are not topical. I find these to be more like things to incorporate into your lifestyle.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water! Our bodies really depend on water to function properly and with daily life being sooooo busy, this is an easy one to neglect and it makes SUCH a huge difference. I know, because I fight the daily water intake struggle myself. On top of just needing water to survive, you also have to replace the water you lose by drinking at happy hour or working out and sweating at the gym. A simple trick I recently started doing which I’ve found to help me quite a bit is to get yourself a gallon jug of some sort. Fill the jug up at the start of each day and pour your water from that (or drink directly from it if you don’t mind carrying it around). Yes, it IS kind of a big gaudy thing to be taking with you everywhere you go but for me it helps so much to have that visual and also, I make kind of a goal out of it to succeed in finishing it each day. Now, I’m not always successful and you might not be either but even drinking half is better than nothing.
I like to use a glass one like this one
Next, exercise! Exercise is great for your skin. It helps you to sweat out all the toxins in your body! Just make sure you are showering directly after. I believe it’s true what they say about exercise being the fountain of youth.
Going outside! Getting some sun can do wonders for your skin. Think of that healthy you glow at every beach vacation. I find this to be more of a problem during winter so make sure you are making an effort to get a little sun on your skin.
Clean diet! This is important as well. If you’re putting a lot of toxins in your body, for example, alcohol, fast food, greasy foods, etc., you’re going to notice it in your skin. Having a clean diet will do wonders for your skin as well as the rest of your body. Think, fruits, veggies, lean meats.
Never, everrrrrrr (ever, ever, ever, ever), sleep with your makeup on. I see friends and family doing this alll of the time. In fact, when I was in college, almost every girl I knew did it. Although there are so many wonderful brands and types of makeup out there, it’s still better to give your skin a breather at night and makeup no matter how good it is, will still clog your pores. I can get a little lazy about washing my face if I’m not in the shower and because of this, there are a couple of things that I’ve tried and like to do.
I have conflicted feelings about using makeup wipes because I feel like they can’t be great for the environment but this has been the most easy way for me to make sure I don’t sleep in makeup, especially on late nights when I come in and just want to fall into bed. These by Neutrogena are my absolute favorite. I have combination skin so I have found that these don’t leave my face feeling oily, just a crisp clean feeling. They are also very lightly scented which I like. I don’t like anything too heavy.
I have also used a product called Face Halo which I like quite a bit. You can check out their website here . I’ve had a good experience with these but you’ll have to stay on top of washing them since they’ll get dirty often. Definitely a good one if the environment is something that concerns you! I have found them to be quite durable so they should last you a while.
There you have it, five very simple lifestyle changes you can make for better skin! A couple of these will affect other aspects of your life too which is a super positive thing!
Do you find it hard to get enough water? Do you sleep in your makeup? Do you have all five down to a science? Let me know in the comments below.