For those of you who have read the part 1 to this series, you know I’m a skincare-olic. I love skincare but I wasn’t very knowledgeable in it. I pick up most of the tips along the (hard) way and as much as I would like to say “I don’t regret anything”, the truth is I wish someone would’ve just told me about them sooner.
I don’t want you to miss out or breakout like I did, so I’m hoping I can be that person for you. Here are the things I wish I knew when I first started my skincare journey!
1. Get Your Free Gifts
Yes. The one thing I love more than products on sale, is products for free (don’t lie, you do too!) Quite often, stores offer membership programs that may give away free products during the year. For example, Sephora gives you a free birthday gift every year, and Rocky Mountain Soap Company gives away free natural products every several months. Take a few minutes to look up what stores in your city offer good membership perks. It’s worth your time.
2. Have Your BF Get His Free Gifts (…and Then Take It)
If your boyfriend or girlfriend is into skincare, then tell them to sign up too. If they are NOT into skincare, then that’s even better. Get them to sign up still, and then take their free gifts for yourself hahah. My BF is a Sephora Beauty Insider, and we make the trip to Sephora on his birthday every year to pick up his gift…for me.
3. Don’t Cleanse in a Hot Shower
I’ve tried every possible lazy method to skincare, because I’m just a really lazy person. But I wish I knew about this sooner. It may be convenient to cleanse your face in the hot shower, but it’s not recommended.
According to self.com, “hot, steamy showers can cause dilation of blood vessels and breakage of delicate tissue”. Marie Claire also shares that hot temperatures will dilate capillaries and can cause redness in skin and aggravate conditions like rosacea. On top, hot water can strip away the necessary oil barrier and dry out your skin. That being said, if your shower is not too hot, maybe it’ll be okay? I’m not sure. But I am avoiding cleansing in showers in general for now until I know better.
4. Do Skincare From the Inside Too
There’s a period where I was very frustrated with my skincare. I was sticking to my routine, and I was using great products, why is my skin still so bad?! Discouraged couldn’t even describe how I was feeling. Then it dawned on me…well I have the worst diet ever so what do I expect.
It doesn’t matter what you put on your face, if the inside constantly needs healing from a lack of vitamins, it will reflect on your skin. I don’t have the healthiest diet, but I do have my glow-up smoothie that I drink regularly. It’s full of nutrients and it’s delicious. Try it!
5. Remember Your Neck
Y’all, I wish someone reminded me of that. I was so focused on my face, I forgot about my neck. And when I do remember my neck, I still chose not to care for it because I want to “save” the products for my face. Oh man, what a mistake.
Our necks are susceptible to wrinkles because it is exposed to constant movement and UV rays, according to The Zoe Report. It is also more prone to sun damage and takes a longer time to repair. I am in my 20s and I have neck lines. I didn’t care for my neck, and it shows. Don’t be like me.
6. Don’t Use Expired Products
Sounds obvious right? Why is this even a tip? But you may be surprised how many people actually do this. Or maybe you won’t, because you are one of them.
I was one of them.
For whatever reason I thought I knew better than the product designers and the written instructions. If it’s just a few months over, I’m sure it’s still fine. But there is a reason why an expiry date exist. Debra Jailman, a dermatologist, shared with The Dermstore Blog that “the main problem with old products is that they can decompose. The chemicals can separate and cause problems with the skin. I have seen burns and irritation from old products. They can also harbor bacteria and cause a skin infection or even worse: they can have viruses and cause a herpes outbreak,”
Yeeks. I don’t want that. So do the opposite of what Nike would say – just don’t do it.
That’s It…For Now
There will be a part 3 to this series, because there are just so many things to talk about for skincare. I hope you guys are enjoying these tips and are finding them helpful. If you have your own tricks, please share with everyone in the comments below, would love to know it!