I know this is a generic one, but probably one of the most important ones! Evening wash-off is really important because of all the makeup we put on all day. Even if you don't wear makeup on the daily, you want to get rid of the daily toxins. Morning cleanse is more optional as some people like their skin to have a little moisture in the morning - in this case, you can just rinse with water. My current favorite cleanser: Glow Recipe Blueberry Cleaner
Your skincare routine is essential in keeping up with your skin! Some people are definitely born with better skin genetics, but for the rest of us, this is a must. I will do a separate post of how often each product should be used, but in the meantime, your essentials are: cleanse & moisturize. When you are moisturizing, don't forget your neck. Also, your daily moisturizer may not be good enough for your under-eyes, or they may irritate them. Do not forget your eye cream! It is more important than your moisturizer as it is the thinnest skin on your face - take care of it. My current essentials: Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Age Defense & Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream
Do not neglect the sunscreen. I did my share of damage at the beach and tanning salons in my early 20's and now I will not go in the sun without sunscreen. Throughout time, I have developed freckles & lately, even dark spots. Even with sunscreen, these dark spots tend to get emphasized and then I have to work 10 times harder into getting rid of them. Do not leave home without your sunscreen! I personally LOVE the Coola Mineral Sunscreen!
This is a given. Hydrating your skin is essential in keeping it looking fresh, glowing & minimizes the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. The more dehydrated your skin is, the more your fine lines will be visible. Your skin breaks in movement and needs hydration to keep it afloat! So take a 32ml. water and just walk around with it all day - try finishing it (or 2), anything is better than nothing! I use the Hydro Flask and its seriously the best thing ever! Keeps your water cold for hours and hours.
5. Eating Habits
Stay away from acidic, salty and sugary foods! I know it is easier said than done; but start small and work your way to clean. Acidic foods & salty foods bring down the PH balance of your skin. Try to eat foods with higher levels of PH to hydrate your skin, keep it clear and as fresh as possible. You can check out this website for PH levels in different foods.
6. Hands & Items Away from Face
This habit right here is effortless yet were all guilty of it. We sit at a table and use our hands to keep our chin up. We use our phones and stick them to our face as were talking. Our hands and phone touch everything throughout the day, then were taking that to our face. A simple habit we need to acquire. Quick Tip: use ear phones.
7. Beauty Sleep
Something almost all of us are guilty of - lack of sleep! I know this is a hard one, especially if you've created a habit of sleeping late; but this is essential in your skin having that innate glow. The worlds amount of skincare won't help if you're guilty of continued lack of sleep. Your skin is duller and your under-eyes are darker. Make it a habit to get your 8 hours of sleep! In addition, I've been using a silk pillow case and I feel it has made a huge difference in my skin and hair! Make sure you choose your right pillow size!