Your face isn’t just the home of your eyes, nose, and mouth – it’s also the focal point of your entire appearance. Keeping up with regular facials can help keep you looking younger, but there are plenty of other steps you can take at home to keep your skin healthy and young-looking as well. Here are some easy ways to care for your face every day.
Change Your Pillowcase
While you might like your pillowcase pristine, it’s actually a good idea to change it every week. Every time you rest your head on a pillow, it makes contact with bacteria and oils from your hair, skin, and face. Over time, these will build up and cause acne breakouts or blemishes that can ruin your complexion. Replace your pillowcase at least once per week for clear skin!
The skin on your face is just like any other part of your body, and it needs water for hydration. Drink plenty of water every day to keep yourself healthy from head to toe. Water will help you look younger too! Always carry a bottle with you when going out so that you can be sure to drink enough throughout the day. Another tip that helps with skin health is to make sure your moisturizer has sunscreen in it (SPF 15+). Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in order to maximize protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays that can cause sunburns, cancer, and wrinkles.
Get Rid of Acne
Although it’s no fun, acne is actually very simple. With over 4 million acne sufferers in America alone, you don’t want to leave home without at least trying some tips and tricks for getting rid of acne. You don’t have to go through life with pimples and bad skin—here are several ways how to get rid of acne fast so that you can start living your life again.
You should exfoliate your face every two days. You can also do it when you’re taking a shower. Exfoliating means that you are getting rid of dead skin cells from your face. When dead skin cells are left on your face, they tend to form clogs in your pores and over time will cause acne and blackheads. If you don’t exfoliate frequently enough, it makes it harder for skincare products to penetrate properly into your skin.
Protect Yourself From UV Rays
Sunscreen is one of those things you should never be without. Even if you don’t spend a lot of time outside, UV rays can still affect your skin, particularly in offices and other enclosed spaces where sun protection isn’t as much of a priority. So invest in sunscreen and apply it daily (it’s easier than you think) to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, or an early appearance of skin cancer.
Nothing can halt (or even reverse) signs of aging like applying a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, says New York City dermatologist Jeannette Graf. Make sure you apply it all over your face (yes, even your eyelids!) and reapply it regularly—especially if you’re going in the water or exercising.
Cleanse and Moisturize
Cleansing is essential for healthy skin, but it isn’t enough. One of your morning and evening routines should include a gentle exfoliant. I recommend using a scrub or mask once or twice a week. These items can help remove dead skin cells, which can clog pores and lead to wrinkles down the road. They also leave behind ingredients that keep your face moisturized in between cleanings so you don’t have dry patches or peeling skin.