Getting flawless skin is like the alchemical pursuit of turning lead to gold only a lot more believable. Each of us has skin with a unique collection of factors based on our genetics and environment. The collection works both for and against us when it comes to having healthy, flawless skin. Skincare routines are the work of trying to control the factors working against us and coming as close to elusive perfection as possible. Pinning down things that are universally good tends to be a difficult task as a result of all of this. There are certain habits you can cultivate to make the quest for flawless skin a little easier though. They involve managing various factors we don’t necessarily think about most of the time that can end up undercutting our work. Most of these are very simple and should be easy to change in anyone’s life. All it takes is a little bit of dedication and maybe a checklist when adapting to the new habits.
Yes, it takes effort, but actually trying to get your skin to be as flawless as possible means making sure that you make the effort to clean up your skin regularly. This means making sure to remove your makeup every night so that you don’t leave anything caking onto your skin overnight. Clogged pores create an uneven complexion and can lead to a breakout if you’re not careful. Reminding yourself tends to be the key to this habit. Leave makeup wipes somewhere where you’ll have to see them and be reminded of what you need to do. Wipes are the best option for this as they’re quick and don’t take excess effort when you’re tired. You’ll want to cleanse effectively the next morning though if you use wipes. The goal for makeup removal is to get most of it before going to bed and worry about the details in the morning. Admittedly, you’ll want to be careful when cleansing to make the most of it and avoid introducing any new problems to your skin.
Cleansing is an area where we’re all surprisingly prone to mistakes. That’s because there are a lot of little things we can do wrong on accident. A big one is not giving our hands a quick wash before we rinse and cleanse. Remember that you have your own microbiome of bacteria on your skin. Most of them are friendly, but you do pick up some less than welcome members regularly. Hands are particularly notorious for this since we touch everything with them. Just remember to wash them before you go to rinse and cleanse and you’ll help cut down on the chances of introducing unwelcome bacteria to your face. After that, you’ll want to be mindful of the temperature of the water you using during rinsing and cleansing. Water that is too hot with damage and dry out your skin. The water should be lukewarm to warm at most and never hot. This will give you good cleaning power without harming your skin. Lastly, make sure you use a cleanser suitable for your skin to ensure you get the best results.
Protect Your Skin
The last thing you need to do is always be mindful of protecting your skin from the outside factors that can hurt it. Sun exposure is your biggest enemy here. Remember that all sun exposure brings with it UV exposure. UVA and UVB rays are both bad for your skin. They contribute to early aging as well as superficial skin damage and the deep-seated kind of damage that can cause skin cancers. Apply sunscreen every day and remember to reapply it when you expect to be exposed to the sun again. Any sunscreen of SPF 30 or high with broad spectrum protection will do as long as you use it. You will get slightly better protection from a mineral sunscreen though as those use physical blocking agents like zinc oxide to reflect rather than absorb UV rays. Additionally, remember to moisturize each day as well. Your skin will appreciate the extra help in maintaining its nature moisture barrier. Not only will it keep your skin soft, but it will make your skin more resilient in the face of multiple kinds of damage.
Trying to get flawless skin is an admirable pursuit. Every last one of us is doing our best when building our skincare routines. Each little habit we correct or make to help us in that pursuit keeps our skin looking better for longer. Keeping your skin as close to flawless as possible and aging well is the work of a lifetime, but it is doable with enough dedication.