The Do's & Don'ts of Your Skincare Routine
Don’t: Use Makeup Wipes
Makeup wipes are not formulated to actually clean your skin. They are formulated to break down makeup. Your face might look makeup free when you’re done, but these wipes don’t actually cleanse your skin and tend to leave behind a residue that isn’t doing your skin any favors.
Makeup wipes destroy your acid mantle, which is a delicate and important layer on the surface of your skin that keeps moisture in and junk out. Your acid mantle is how your skin protects itself from viruses, bacteria, and other nasty things that want in.
Makeup wipes are harsh enough to be considered a mechanical exfoliant. Most people use some kind of exfoliating product in their skincare routine, so exfoliating with wipes as well is a little bit too much for the skin to handle. Over exfoliating will destroy your acid mantle.
Makeup wipes are bad for the environment as they are a one use product that immediately gets disposed of.
Do: Use a Double Cleansing System
When beginning a double cleansing system you always want to start with a cleansing oil or cleansing balm in order to break up all the makeup across your skin. After this, go in with a water based cleanser to go deep into your pores to push out all the dirt, makeup, oil, and sebum that builds up in your skin throughout the day. If you wear makeup it is absolutely critical that you use a double cleansing system to truly remove all of your makeup.
I recommend using Purito- From Green Cleansing Oil or Banila Co- Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm.
For face wash, I recommend Simple- Micellar Gel Wash.
Don’t: Use an Acne Spot Treatment With an Applicator
Acne products that have an applicator are problematic because you are touching it to your acne and dipping it back into the formula where the top of the stick will remain inside the formula. This is essentially just asking for bacteria to grow in that environment.
Don’t: Use Denatured Alcohol for All over the Face
Denatured Alcohol when put on a specific spot on the face can be used to reduce excess oil and sebum in that area. However, if a product has a high concentration of denatured alcohol that is meant to go over the entire face it can overly strip your moisture barrier.
Do: Use a Spot Treatment with Salicylic Acid
For a product that you can use all over the face or as a toner I would recommend the Paul’s Choice 2% BHA Solution. This solution can also be used as a spot treatment and is really effective in making your pores look smaller.
For a specific spot treatment product I recommend Clinique- Acne Solutions Treatment Gel.
Both of these treatments incorporate salicylic acid.
Quick Tips For Your Skincare Routine:
Stay away from products with fragrance
Wear sunscreen every day
If you wear makeup double cleanse
Use products with Naicinamide
Don’t use products with drying properties such as alcohol
Always moisturize (even if you have oily skin)