Skincare is something that’s extremely important to me. I am a firm believer that taking care of your skin makes a huge difference and provides the perfect base for any makeup look. Also, it’s never too young to start thinking about preventative measures for anti-aging. The sooner you start thinking about those things the better you will be set up later down the line! Although I’m certainly no expert on skincare or beauty regimens I’ve picked up a few key pieces of knowledge through lots of research and experimentation, so today I am sharing my top 5 skincare tips that I have learned through this process. Keep in mind that everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you, these are just the tips I’ve found most useful!
Tip # 1: drink lots of water
I cannot emphasize enough how important this tip is, not only for your skin, but also your overall health. Being hydrated makes all the difference in the world. If you aren’t already in the habit of drinking a lot of water already, there are so many things you can do to help make this a habit. You can use apps like MyPlate to track your water and set reminders on your phone to do so. The recommended amount of water intake is one half to one ounce of water for every pound that you weigh just to give you an idea! I also like adding things to my water like lemons, cucumbers, mint, etc. to make it a little more enjoyable.
Tip # 2: always wear sunscreen
I think most of us are aware of the damage that sun does to your skin but this is seriously such an important step to your daily routine. Adding sunscreen in with your moisturizer is so vital to protecting your skin from aging (even in the cold winter months when you feel like the sun is nonexistent!). This Keihl’s moisturizer is one of my favorite, day-time, non-greasy formulas. I also wear this CC cream from IT cosmetics almost everyday and it has 50+ SPF built-in and is one of my all time favorite makeup products overall!
Tip #3: never go to sleep with your makeup on
It is so, so easy to let this one slip. I can’t tell you the number of nights that I have fallen asleep on the couch with my makeup on or came home late from a night out and have felt the temptation to crawl under the covers with a face full of makeup. It never fails that when I do let that happen, I wake up with dehydrated, irritated skin and instantly regret it. It’s simply not worth it! For that reason I actually keep makeup remover wipes in my nightstand as a backup option in case the temptation is too great. It seriously makes such a difference to make sure that you are letting your skin breathe and recover at night.
Tip #4: make a routine, & stick to it
Everyone will have a different routine based on skin type and many other factors. However, the most important thing is that you find a routine that works for you and stick to it. My routine varies occasionally but for the most part I stick to the products and brands that I know work well for me and my skin and try not to change it up too often. A few of my favorite brands are Mario Badescu, One Love Organics, and Origins. These products are not harsh at all and are made with the best natural ingredients which is what works well for me!
Tip # 5: take care of your skin!
This sounds obvious, but what I mean by that is to be intentional about making your skin a priority! Make appointments for facials regularly (my favorite place to do that in D.C. is Blush Med Skincare) or simply set aside time for a face mask on Sunday evenings. This Peter Thomas Roth mask is my favorite right now and I also use these Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads at least once a week. Making little things like this a habit will create a much larger impact than you might realize.
So there you have it- my top 5 skincare tips! As I said, I by no means have all the secrets to great skin and I still have plenty to learn but I hope my tips can help inspire you to take the best care of your skin that you can. Thanks for stopping by and let me know your favorite tips below!