Skincare Do’s and Dont’s

Do wash your makeup brushes at least once a week

To avoid harboring bacteria on your makeup brushes, be sure to clean them often. You don’t need a fancy cleaner, as warm water, alcohol and shampoo are enough to keep them fresh.

Do moisturize everyday

Your skin needs moisture to look plump and healthy. Even if you have acne-skin, it doesn’t mean you need to try to dry it out as much as possible. It can actually be counterproductive, as your body will produce more oil to compensate for it. Ideally, you should choose a moisturizer that has a balanced pH.

Do wear sunscreen

To adequately protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging, wear sunscreen every day. Reapply as necessary, especially if exposed to the sun for long periods of time or sweating. Sure, it can be a hassle but your skin will thank you!

Do consult a dermatologist

If it’s within your possibilities, seeing a dermatologist is the best bet to solving skin problems. They are experts and will know how to proceed best.

Don’t exfoliate with microbeads

Opt for chemical rather than physical exfoliation. Physical exfoliation includes methods which actually scrub your skin, like the many exfoliants on the market. The problem with them is that they contain microbeads, which are too abrasive for your face and aren’t eco-friendly. A good alternative is a konjac sponge, which is biodegradable and is a lot easier on the skin. Chemical exfoliation consists of acids like glycolic or salicylic that will break down the top layer of skin. (Not a scientific explanation, but this isn’t a scientific blog anyways…)

Don’t apply harmful substances

Many posts on Pinterest suggest applying baking soda, toothpaste, lemon juice or other harmful substances to your skin. Do not use these kinds of products before doing extensive research from reputable sources or, if you really want to play it safe, stick to products made to be used on your skin. There’s no miracle solution to acne, so follow the tried and true methods. (Source)

If you’re interested in skincare, the Skincare Addiction subreddit is where I acquired a good portion of this knowledge. They’re a great community where you can find product reviews, recommendations and solutions to common problems.

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