A simple Google search for skin tips and tricks can be a rather overwhelming experience. Trust me, I have been there. You sit for hours mindlessly scrolling through page after page of suggested habits and routines to improve the look of your skin, and by the end of it, you’re just flabbergasted and totally unsure of where to start.
That’s where I come in!!
I figured since I have, like most young people with skin imperfections, spent many hours trying to find skin tips and tricks that actually do work and are worth trying, I would save you some time and just share with you what I have found to work for myself and my own skin.
The first tip may seem rather obvious, but a lot of people are unaware of the proper steps to take in their everyday skin routine. I personally wash my face every morning and every evening, and my washing routine includes a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. I made a blog post a while back of the actual products I use, so if you’re curious feel free to check that out. I also highly recommend exfoliating your skin once or twice a week, and using a face mask once or twice a week. If you wear a lot of makeup on a day-to-day basis, like I do, exfoliating your skin is a great way to remove excess sebum and oil and basically just clogged up makeup/dirt gunk from your pores. I also use makeup removing wipes every night before actually washing my face to ensure all of my makeup has been removed from my skin before I go to bed. You would be surprised how much makeup actually ends up staying on your skin, even after you cleanse.
My second tip is directly in regards to exfoliators and face masks. Face products in general can be ridiculously expensive, so to save some cash I recommend making your own facial scrubs and masks. There are many, many options on the internet that provide you with instructions as to how to make your own masks and facial scrubs, and a lot of the ingredients they call for are probably in your kitchen pantry already. My go-to facial scrub is a super basic combination of olive oil, lemon juice and coffee grounds.
My third tip is very simple, but makes a huge difference in your complexion in the long run: washing your pillowcase!! I suggest washing your pillowcase at least once a week, and I furthermore recommend using a pillow case that is cotton-based, because cotton will allow your skin to breathe while it is being smushed into your pillow for 8-or-so hours. On the topic of washing things, always make sure your makeup brushes and other makeup applicators are clean. Bacteria loves to fester in makeup brushes and sponges, so try to clean them daily, and give them an extensive cleaning weekly.
My next tip is a little gross, but if you experience what I am about to address then this tip just might be a life-saver for you. If you have popped a pimple, and the thing just will not stop oozing or weeping that nasty clear fluid, put a dab of salt on it. It’s gonna burn like a Son of a Bitch, but chances are the weeping will stop because the salt will dry up the excess moisture and seal off the opening of the pimple. HOWEVER, if you have highly sensitive skin, I would not recommend this, because raw salt on an open blemish is very harsh. Always do your research prior to trying any of these tips. I don’t want to get sued.
My las tip is about educating yourself of cosmetic ingredients. When purchasing makeup or skin products, try to look for brands that promote being non-comodegenic, oil free, paraben free, silicone free, alcohol free, fragrance free, or brands that have ingredients that you can actually pronounce. I recommend the Physicians Formula brand, because a vast majority of their products are free of all of the icky ingredients I mentioned above.
I hope this post can help you in your search for skin tips and tricks that actually do work! Thanks for reading.