Hi, beauties! Let’s chat about your number one accessory: your lovely face. Having clear and beautiful skin is hard for some of us. We all know the common culprits— smoking, forgetting sunscreen, or sleeping with your makeup on are obviously the biggest offenders when it comes to damaging your skin. You may not be aware, though, that there is even more out there trying to sabotage your pores!
DIRTY MAKEUP BRUSHES: It’s so easy to stop paying attention to the last time you washed a makeup brush. After all, you only use it for a few minutes each day, before you’re even awake. And taking the time to clean your brushes before work just adds time you don’t need to lose. Simply using a gentle shampoo or brush cleaner can save you from blocked pores, acne, and swiping the wrong color across your cheeks! (Check out Kim’s favorite brush cleaner here.)
A LITTLE LOVE FROM FIDO: I’m guilty of this one. My dog has a big tongue and she loves to give enthusiastic kisses. I’m happy to greet her when I come home, but I became less happy when I noticed how often her love-fests caused me to break out. If your dog decides to show you some love, don’t forget to take the first opportunity to wash your face. Your pores will be clogged with slobber until you do… yuck!
YOUR iPHONE ADDICTION: You may have noticed that when you get off of a long phone call there is a little bit of makeup or oil on your screen. That’s because the heat from your phone is melting your foundation! Even if you keep your phone as clean as you can, the germs in your purse or pocket do not belong smeared on your face. If you must make a long phone call, consider using a headset, pressing speakerphone, or washing your face immediately afterward.
LONG HOT SHOWERS: I know. I’m sorry. Everything amazing— dogs, cell phones, and now even hot showers— have their downsides. If you get out of the shower with pinker or itchier skin than you got in with, you may have stripped your outer layer of skin of its natural oils, especially if you use soap. Try a moisturizing body wash, shorter and less steamy showers, or showering with a good-looking buddy and taking turns under the spray!
CHANGE IS GOOD: Years ago, you found the perfect skin care regime, but now your skin isn’t as good as it used to be. Did they change the ingredients in your lovely products? Nope. You may have noticed that a lot of the facial washes and acne treatments out there are aimed at teenagers. Teenage skin has excessive oil, but your acne might be coming from other elements like stress or sensitivity. Updating your products to suit your changing skin can help you achieve that beautiful glow again.
Have you ever experienced bad skin woes? Or have any amazing success stories? Share your skin care dos and don’ts in the comments!