5 Culprits of Bad Skin
The holiday season is here, which means family is coming over and pictures will be snapped. Nothing is worse than being embarrassed about your skin during a photo op. Get ahead of the problem with these 5 tips.
Dirty Makeup Brushes.
How many times have you said to yourself "I'll clean my brushes tonight" and then never get to it? Unfortunately for the procrastinators, soiled makeup brushes are a big cause of breakouts. The bacteria your brushes collect from daily use is dangerous for your delicate skin.
Break the cycle:
After every few uses, swirl your makeup brushes in rubbing alcohol. The alcohol kills bacteria and also gets the white tips of brushes back to their pristine state. Also, remember to deep clean brushes and sponges with baby shampoo or a bottled brush cleaner every week. Lay brushes flat to dry and allow them to dry completely (ideally overnight) before you use them again.
Skipping primer and moisturizers.
Most women are in a rush to get their makeup done. But we need to pause for a second and take time to slick on some primer before dabbing on the oil-based foundation. Primer not only provides a smooth surface to lay the foundation on, but it also acts as a barrier between your skin and the makeup. You'll find you need to apply less of your makeup because oil won't seep through the foundation so quickly; therefore, saving your skin from a breakout and saving a couple of dollars.
Break the cycle: Before foundation and concealer, dab on a silicone based primer to your skin and let it sink in. There are great high-end as well as drugstore primers.
Using your cell phone may seem harmless, but have you stopped to consider all of the places you've ventured to with your cell phone in hand? We often run to our hand sanitizer after a long train ride, and always wash up after a trip to the powder room but rarely do we sanitize the very thing we carry around all day. All of those hours of what we thought was harmless chat were actually a chance for the germs to party on our skin.
Break the cycle: Carry around wipes with you and show your phone some love throughout the day, take a second to wipe it down. Out of wipes? Use a handsfree headset to talk on the phone until you can track down some sanitizer.
Our hair is our crown and glory, but what if what we're putting in it is jeopardizing our skin? Women of color tend to be burdened with the responsibility of moisturizing our tresses often. All of those oils and gels may make their way onto our skin and cause a breakout (or two), especially around the hairline.
Break the cycle: Get into the habit of washing your face after you've perfected your 'do. After you've got a clean canvas then you can proceed to make up your face.
Suffering from the dreaded "bacne"? Try rinsing the conditioner out of your hair before you wash your body. We tend to let the conditioner hang out in our hair until we shut the water off, but conditioner residue can invade your pores after you rinse.
Who would have thought crashing into your pillow night after night could be doing any harm? Unfortunately, our pillowcases are an afterthought in our skin care routine. All of our hair products and makeup transfer into the very thing we rub our faces on every night.
Break the cycle: Make a commitment to change out your pillowcases more often. To keep pillows clean between uses, make sure to remove makeup before bed, even if it's with just a makeup wipe. For added benefits try out a satin pillowcase. The soft surface will be kind to your skin and your hair. Who doesn't want that?