As you know lately I have been having a slight bit of a struggle with my skin. Breakouts like I’ve never had them before, and a lot of trial and error to try to figure out what’s been wrong with it.
Here’s a few things that I can conclude that may have been attributing to my skin problems and I’m a little embarrassed to admit because I feel like I wasn’t being very mindful….
As we know, it makes sense to wash your face before bed. No brainer. If you aren’t doing that already, I BEG YOU to start. Your skin will improve immensely. Guess what I wasn’t doing? Washing my face before I worked out. For example: if I were coming from work or whatever I was doing that day, I didn’t clean or wipe my face before my sweat session. I didn’t even think about it! When I started tracing back when I really started to have problems with my skin, it was around the time I really got into hot yoga. I basically was walking into a hot room that was opening up my pores, and letting the days makeup or bacteria seep into my skin. I hate writing this because it makes me realize how silly it was to not think about that further. The solution I’ve come up with is that I like to keep some gentle makeup wipes in my car. That way I can wipe my face before I go into the gym and even afterwards if I’m not going straight home. Otherwise, pack some cleanser in your bag so you can wash your face at the gym. It will help your skin so much!
Even though you are the only one at home using your makeup brushes, you still need to give them a bath. I think washing them about every two weeks is the perfect amount of time. Again, that way you are keeping yourself safe from bacteria or transferring from your makeup- to your brushes- to your face. I started paying attention to places that I was getting some congestion in my skin, and one place I was breaking out I noticed had to be from my brush not getting cleaned as frequently as it should. I like to use any sort of gentle shampoo to wash my brushes. Baby shampoo works great! Shampoo them with warm water and your hands, using a nice circular motion. I usually use the palm of my hand with some soap as the base to wash my brushes. To dry, lay them out a towel to dry flat. Make sure everything is smooth or set how you would want the brush to look after it’s dry. I don’t like to let them dry upward in a cup because it lets water seep down into the handles, which will shorten the life span of your brush.
Are you frequently washing your pillow cases? Again, that is a place we probably don’t think about as a trigger for breakouts. BUT if you really start to think about it, I imagine you probably don’t wash your hair everyday, and if you don’t keep the pillow cases frequently washed, it could lead to some breakouts. I would suggest washing or changing your pillow cases at least once a week as a minimum.
I would also suggest to keep your phone clean and wiped down at all times. GROSS when you really start thinking about how dirty your phone could be…. At the least using alcohol wipes or lysol wipes would be the perfect solution for keeping bacteria away. Also don’t hold the phone up to your face when you are talking on it. Maybe try headphones or holding it slightly away from your ear.
LASTLY, don’t touch your face! Again, a simple concept, but you don’t want to transfer any germs or bacteria from your hands onto your face.
I hope some of these suggestions will help you. It’s funny I think I got into the habit of thinking that my skin was invincible from breakouts, until it really started to happen and I panicked. Let my mistakes keep you safe from getting breakouts yourself. Of course, I still get the occasional zit here and there, but by being more careful, I’ve improved my skin immensely. Comment below if there are things that have helped you with your skin or simple things that I may be forgetting….sharing is caring!