Put Your Best Face Foward

Fact: Everyone wishes to have flawless skin.

Fact: The skin is the largest organ of the body.

Ugly truth: You’re probably not taking proper care of it.


Our skin is always exposed, so we want it to look our absolute best. If you’re anything like me, you have a basket full of beauty products you’ve bought to try and make you skin look perfect. But unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how much time you spend in front of the mirror or how much money you spend in the store. If you’re not properly taking care of your skin, then you’ll be sorely sorry.

The skin is sensitive, and I mean SENSITIVE. One false move and you may counteract your skins entire appearance. Scary stuff.

So I have found what I think is the best and most helpful list online regarding skincare. This list will tell you all the things you’ve most likely been doing that are hindering your skins full blown and flawless potential.

1.     Forgetting Sunscreen – Shielding your skin from UV rays was the first thing on every skincare article I found. The harshness of the UV rays is building up permanent damage. You should apply sunscreen to your face everyday before heading out. Everyone should moisturize his or her face first thing in the morning, so try to find a moisturizer with SPF. UV rays can lead to the skin aging, sunspots and even cancer.

2.     Not Enough Exercise – My motto is “look good, feel good.” Pretty simple, but a big part of that statement is working out. I know, working out can really suck. I mean who likes to be covered in their own sweat? But exercise will cause more blood flow and will also push the toxins out of your skin. Just be sure to wash off all that sweat!


3.     Allergy Face – Ah, springtime. We wait and wait all year for your arrival and then what do you do?  You through pollen at us and ruin our day. It’s hard to wear any makeup when you feel like you’re wiping it off with a Kleenex all day. Zyrtec celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg offers a few allergy driven tips. You can contour your makeup to help diminish the look of puffiness. Using argan balm or coconut oil will help to get rid of the redness. Applying white eyeliner to the bottom water rim will help to widen and brighten your eyes. You can also draw attention away from your eyes and more toward your lips by using a pop of colored lipstick.

4.     Using Toner – There are hundreds of toners on the shelf. If you feel as though your toner is either drying your skin or causing it to produce more oil, simply take the toner out of your routine. It is not vital to your skincare routine, and if it’s cause too many issues, just let it be!

5.     Exfoliating Too Often – Personally, I love the feeling right after I exfoliate my nice. It’s like I am scrubbing away all my problems! I know, so cheesy. But believe it our not, exfoliating can be too harsh for your skin. Try to limit yourself to exfoliating once a week.

6.     Too Much Stress – Stress is sometimes unavoidable, but it can cause many issues to our health. Stress will cause our skin to age prematurely and can also cause unwanted blemishes. Being stressed out effects your entire body, and with the skin being the largest organ, it’s bound to suffer some consequences. Simple Skincare suggests lighting lavender-scented candles to help you unwind and feel more at ease.

7.     Applying Makeup with a Dirty Brush – Using the same brush over and over is bound to lead to build up. This build up consists of dirt and bacteria and if you continually apply it to your face, it is almost guaranteed to lead to break outs. There are several products out there to clean your makeup brushes, or you can use a mild soap or shampoo.

8.     Skimping on the Sleep – We are constantly on the go trying to fill up our entire day, but often times we bite off more than we can chew, and our sleep suffers the consequence. Try to aim for getting 8-9 hours of sleep. During our sleep, our skin is forming new cells and our bodies are rebooting. Passing up sleep is vital to keeping your skin glowing and flawless.

9.     Smoking – Smoking is terrible for your skin. The smoke will clog your pores and cause breakouts. It also will cause premature aging, age spots, and unavoidably cause wrinkles.

10. Waiting to Moisturize – The key to moisturize is to do it when the pores are open. Once you get out of the shower, it’s tempting to wait to moisturize until you’re dried off and dressed. However, studies show that you will get the best results for you skin if you moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower while your pores are hot and opened.

11. Lacking a Skincare Regime – You and your skin need to be on the same page. If you’re throwing new products onto your face everyday and mixing up your routine, your skin is likely to suffer. Getting on a routine and staying on track will help your skin adapt to the care. If you’re constantly changing your skincare routine, your skin is going to get confused and freak out (aka breakout).

12. Lacking Vitamin-Rich Foods in Diet – Try your best to avoid sugary or salty snacks throughout the day. Instead, replace these snacks with walnuts, leafy greens and foods high in antioxidants to improve your skin (pomegranates will work wonders). Salmon is known for giving your skin an extra glow. And using Coconut oil to replace vegetable oil and butters is known to give your skin the extra glow you desire.

13. Neglecting the Under-Eye Area – The skin under the eyes is the most delicate and requires the most care. Be sure you are gently applying lotion and sunscreen to this area to prevent damage.

14. Too Much Alcohol and Caffeine - I’m pretty sure caffeine is in my bloodstream by how much coffee I drink it. No, I'm not proud of my addiction and yes I am trying to quit (well, cutback). Caffeine and alcohol will cause dehydration, which eventually leads to your skin drying out as well. Join me in my kicking of caffeine. It sucks, but our skin will eventually thank us.

15. Failing to Use Retinols – Retinols contain vitamin A, which does wonders for your skin. It will help to unclog pores, boosts collagen (which helps to reduce wrinkles), and it speeds up your cell recovery. Dr. Mariwalla recommends to find a nighttime moisturizer that contains retinoid, and ease the product into your nightly skincare routine.

You can thank Shannon Bauer for all of these helpful tips and tricks on skin care! Feel free to read her article for more information at http://www.divinecaroline.com/beauty/skincare/15-skin-care-fails-avoid-secrets-flawless-skin?page=14