If you’ve been tearing your hair out about blemishes, it’s definitely worth looking at your skincare habits to see if they are exacerbating the problem. There’s also a lot you can do to keep your skin clean, hygienic, and healthy and this will go some way to minimising pimples and breakouts. Read on to find out 10 skincare habits that you need to incorporate into your daily routine now!
It’s believed that dry skin may cause excess oil production which in turn can lead to pimples and blemishes. Drinking enough water ensures that skin stays properly hydrated and also supports the body with detoxification. More research needs to be done but it’s thought that this process also prevents skin cells from clogging too. So it’s pretty clear that keeping up with the recommended daily intake of H20 supports all-round good skin health.
Have you noticed that when you feel stressed, it reflects in your complexion? Scientists have long thought that stress causes break-outs and worsens existing acne but they’re still trying to understand the link. We do know that stress lowers the immune system and means that the healing process takes longer. There’s also some evidence that a stress-related hormone can bind to receptors in the skin’s sebaceous glands which may drive up oil production.
It’s crucial to allocate time to destress and apply some self-care. Whatever your thing is, whether that be socialising, exercise, yoga, meditation, reading, a long soak in the bath or another hobby, make sure that you prioritise regular slots to destress. Don’t suffer in silence. There’s so much support out there so speak out and seek help if you’re finding that you’re regularly suffering stress or feeling overwhelmed by it.
Change Your Pillowcase Regularly
Dead skin cells, dust-mites, bacteria, dirt, residue from haircare products and oil can be found on your pillowcase. Imagine the number of bacteria and germs you’d see through a microscope if you had one. It would be like Piccadilly Circus! With this in mind, it’s a good idea to change bedding and pillowcases regularly so that it’s as hygienic as possible. The fact is that your face is submersed in dirt and debris all night, so there’s no surprise that it can contribute to acne and pimples.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
We all know that getting a restful night of sleep is great for our skin’s health. But why is it so important? Well, whilst we’re asleep, the body produces cytokines, which are molecules that help the immune system fight infections, including those that affect the skin. Lack of sleep can also raise the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, and as we know, stress can have an effect on acne and blemishes too.
Use Skincare Products That Don’t Cause Acne
Be aware that some ingredients can sabotage your efforts to minimise breakouts. Get savvy and opt for skincare and cosmetic products that are 100% non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog pores and cause comedones (bumps or pimples in the skin) and non-irritant formulations. Try SUZANOBAGIMD, highly effective skincare products, formulated with powerful ingredients but without common skin irritants such as dyes, fragrances, and preservatives.
Resist the urge to pop zits
It can be tempting to squeeze those bad boys, but don’t! Quite obviously, smearing bacteria over your face isn’t going to do it any good and is likely to lead to fresh breakouts. Enough said.
Don’t sleep in your make-up
It’s that skincare no-no that we’ve all done. And regretted. Leaving make-up on dries out the skin, prevents it from breathing and renewing itself and of course, clogs it up with dirt and debris. The perfect recipe for a breakout of magnitude proportions. Dr Barbara Sturm Cleanser is gentle but deep enough to lift away the day’s dirt and penetrate further into the skin, whilst maintaining the skin’s natural balance.
Change Your face mask regularly
In the age of Covid-19, there are still many of us that are not quite ready to ditch the facemask yet. But it can get pretty warm and humid under there, making it the ideal environment for bacteria to breed. Thankfully, it’s an easy one to rectify. Give your facemask a regular wash or use a disposable one each time.
Clean your make-up brushes
Make-up brushes collect a plethora of skincare nasties each time they’re used including dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Without regular washing and cleaning, your make-up tools could be redepositing this icky debris back onto your skin. The result of which is that it can cause pores to clog up and we all know what happens next. You can sanitise make-up brushes by using warm water with baby shampoo or an unscented soap, so as not to irritate sensitive or inflamed skin. To dry, either hang upside down or lay flat on top of a towel.
KEEP YOUR FACE CLEAN
It’s essential to remove impurities by cleaning your face as part of your morning and evening skincare ritual. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t aggravate your skin or cause irritation and one which calms and soothes breakouts.
We love Obagi Clenziderm Daily Foaming Cleanser, perfect for normal-oily skin and acne sufferers. Active ingredient, 2% Salicylic Acid dissolves the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, and excess oil to leave skin purified and refreshed.