"Don’t sleep with your makeup on." "Don’t go tanning." "Stop popping those zits!" Do these sound familiar? They’re some of the old adages that our moms, sisters, health teachers, doctors and tons of others have tried to impart within us over the years. But do you listen to them -- and, what’s more, do you believe them? Here’s the skinny on how to take care of your skin, hair and body and feel good about it (and a few products to help you do just that).
TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF!
Do you like clogged pores and persistent acne? How about red eyes and a dull complexion? I'm thinking these issues don’t sound so good. But there is a way around all of this ... and it’s called removing your makeup before bed! The ingredients in makeup can be very damaging to skin over time -- and while you sleep, your skin needs to breathe and regenerate. The best way to do this is to make sure you remove all traces of eyeliner, mascara, foundation, blush and everything else you can think of before climbing into bed each night. You may have a night here and there when this proves too difficult -- we’ve all stayed up way past our bedtime and just not had the energy once in awhile -- but on the whole, your skin will be clearer and your eyes will be whiter if you just take the few minutes to wash that face.
What to try:
Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Vitamin C Wipes: For nights when you just feel too lazy to lather up, these orange-scented cleansing wipes will get rid of every trace of makeup.
Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover: Remove even the stubbornest of eye makeup -- yes, even waterproof mascara! I promise it will do the trick.
STOP POPPING THOSE ZITS!
I know it’s tough. You see that whitehead forming and that little voice in your head starts saying, “Go on, pop it. Just this one won’t matter.” But guess what -- every one matters. When you pop a pimple, you’re not really getting to the root of the problem. Instead, you’re pushing sebum and bacteria deeper into your skin and pores, which spreads the icky stuff further around your face and ends up causing even more zits! Trust me -- while you might feel the need to pop, it’s seriously better if you don’t. They go away so quickly -- usually within 8-12 hours -- and then you won’t cause any serious damage or acne scarring. Isn’t one or two days of a spot better than a lifetime?
What to try:
Kate Somerville EradiKate: Formulated with sulfur to fight every single flareup overnight.
DON’T TOUCH THAT HAIR!
So you shampoo and condition your hair every day. What’s wrong with that, right? A lot, as it turns out ... shampooing too much can actually damage your strands. While it’s good to wash your hair a few times a week -- most stylists recommend no more than every other day -- the oils in your tresses can actually be beneficial. They help to hold styles in place better (which is why your stylist always tells you not to wash your hair before coming in for an updo), and they protect your strands and your scalp. But if you just can’t stand to have “dirty hair,” don’t worry -- just use a dry shampoo!
What to try:
Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo: There are many dry shampoos on the market, but this is my absolute favorite. It volumizes and removes grease, and it adds at least two more days to your blowout.