Do wash those hands before you wash or touch that pretty face of yours!
This may seem like a tedious step, but in all reality, we as humans naturally are touching things all day and we don’t want any germs or bacteria transferring from your hands to your face, not too mention, they can lead to breakouts. Do not forget under your nails as well!
Do Wash Your Face 2x a Day
Wash your face first thing in the morning and before bed. If you are going to the gym, or you sweat, you can wash your face right after too!
Do Apply and Reapply Your SPF
This is the most IMPORTANT step in your skincare regimen! It’s important that you are reapplying every two hours as well. The sun can cause skin cancer, and not only that, it causes 90% of our aging! Crazy right? No excuses, ladies and gents, and no, SPF in makeup, is never enough. It’s so easy to reapply these days, even over makeup. There are so many options, lotions, sticks, face mists, and even SPF powders. Try and opt for an SPF30 and higher!
Do Double Cleanse at night
Double cleansing is a must, especially for my makeup wearers! I recommend using a cleansing oil or even a micellar water. These can really help break down the makeup and build up, and follow that with your treatment cleanser (one that is meant for your skin type).
Do Exfoliate 1-3x Weekly
Exfoliating is recommended, but depending on your skin type, will determine how often. If you are someone that is dry or sensitive, I’d recommend one time a week. If you are someone that’s more on the oily side, anywhere from two to three times is sufficient. If you have active inflamed acne make sure you are using a chemical exfoliant, rather than physical (scrub). If you have non inflamed acne, or even more normal skin, a scrub, pads, and even chemical exfoliants are great options!
Do wash those makeup brushes weekly
Wash them with your favorite cleanser or antibacterial soap and let them air dry on a Clean Towel! Doing this helps keep the bacteria away!
DON’T Exfoliate everyday
Over exfoliating can lead to a compromised skin barrier (sensitized, irritated, and angry). We definitely don't want that! Again, try exfoliating 1-3x weekly, depending on your skin type.
DON’T Pick Your Skin
Please leave the picking to the professionals! You can cause more harm than good, transferring bacteria, you risk infection, scarring, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. I know it's tempting, but stop looking in those magnified mirrors, and ICE your face instead! Icing can help inflamed acne and even melasma (by keeping the face cool). Use a refrigerated cold roller or even a plain ice cube and roll for a few minutes after cleansing your face!