Cleanse Your Skin Every Night
Every night, and I mean EVERY night, be sure to wash off all traces of makeup. If you don’t, your skin will get dehydrated which leads to a dull, cracked looking complexion. Not thoroughly cleansing allows all the dirt and pollution that’s settled on your face during the day to cause irreversible damage.
Your skin needs to breathe. Not washing your face – even if you don’t wear makeup – allows bacteria to thrive creating clogged and enlarged pores, blackheads, and pimples. Leaving eye makeup on can result in premature aging, eye infections, and even weak eyelashes that get brittle and fall out.
Just using your hands is not enough – a soft wash cloth is better, (use only once, then toss in laundry) but the best method is to use a skin cleansing tool designed for the job.
Use Sunscreen Everyday
Sure, during fall and winter, less of our skin is exposed, so we’re not applying SPF products to our arms and legs. However, our face, neck and hands are generally not covered, so don’t neglect applying sunscreen on any bare areas. Even a quick walk to the subway, or your car, exposes your skin to damaging cancer causing and aging rays.
I recently spoke with NYC Dermatologist Dr. Josh Zeichnerwho said “Sunscreen has been known to reverse signs of aging. In a recent year long study, doing nothing more than applying sunscreen everyday improved all aspects of aging skin, including wrinkles, pigmentation and texture.
This is likely because protecting the skin allows it to heal itself. So make sunscreen a part of your daily regimen.” Sunscreen comes in a variety of textures, formulas and at all prices, so no excuses!