3 Things You’re Doing That Could Ruin Your Skincare Game

Have you adopted a skincare routine but still aren’t seeing results? You could be doing one of these three things wrong:

1.) Exfoliating too much

Exfoliators are best used two to three times a week at most, not every day. The goal of exfoliators is to remove dead skin cells, but if you use them too much, you’re stripping your healthy skin underneath! This can lead to dry skin, extra oil production, and breakouts!

2.) Not changing your sheets regularly

Because you sleep on your pillowcase, you get oil and other gross stuff on there! A buildup of oil and makeup on your pillow can cause clogged pores, leading to breakouts! Ideally, you should be changing your pillowcase at least once a week.

3.) Using too much product

Overloading your skin with moisturizer, for example, can overwhelm your skin and cause clogged pores. A coin-sized amount of product is ideal.  Using toner is also important because it allows your skin to absorb products better.

Toner and Why It’s Important

You’ve probably seen toner in skincare kits like Proactive. Maybe you’ve skipped using them, or you use them but don’t see the point of toner. Toner may seem like an unnecessary step, but it’s actually very important. Let us explain why!

What is toner?

Toner is a fast-penetrating liquid that delivers skin a quick hit of hydration and helps remove some dead cells off the surface of the skin. The result: plump, glowy skin! After washing your face, toner also helps restore your skin’s pH. Skin with out of balance pH will lead to either breakouts or dryness.

How do I know what kind of toner is right for me?

You probably remember using toners like Seabreeze when you were a teenager that made your skin sting. Good news is that toners have gotten an upgrade since your teenage years!

So, what kind of toner should you use? Depends on your skin!

If you have dry or sensitive skin, try a hydrating toner like Origin’s Balancing Tonic or Clarin’s Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion.

If you have oily skin, try Laneige’s Essential Balancing Emulsion for Oily Skin or Dickinson’s Original Pore Perfecting Toner.

You can also try making your own toner!

5 Benefits of Adding Tea to Your Beauty Routine

Teas have been used to improve the overall health and appearance of skin and hair for centuries. Rich in antioxidants and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, tea is one of the most powerful grocery store staples that can be used topically.

1.) Use chamomile tea to treat a sunburn 

Chamomile tea is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and therefore, is great to treat inflamed skin that results from a sunburn. Brew the tea and wait for it to cool. Once it cools, soak tea in something like gauze (make sure it’s clean) and apply to skin.

2.) Get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles

PLace cold black tea bags over your eyes to get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area.

3.) Smelly feet? Soak ’em in tea! 

The tannic acid in tea is both antibacterial and antifungal, so it stops feet from sweating and smelling funky.

4.) Stop itchy bug bites and poison ivy

As mentioned earlier, chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties. To take down the sting and bumps associated with bites and poison ivy, apply a used cold chamomile tea bag directly to the area.

5.) Soothe razor burn 

If your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool black tea bag onto your limbs. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns.