5 Habits That Changed the Way I Take Care of My Skin

The older I get, the better I want to take care of my face! Over the past year or two, I've researched the best ways to have healthy skin and I've incorporated some new habits with great results. Check out the following ways you can take better care of your face and have soft, glowing skin.

Throw Out Old Makeup

Did you know that 89% of women admit to keeping old makeup "just in case?" (I used to be one of them!) Makeup contains ingredients that begin to expire as soon as you open them. If you've been using a certain power or liquid makeup for more than six months, it may be expired. Check the label or look online to see how long your makeup is good for.

Regardless of the expiration date, if you haven't used some of your makeup for three months or more, throw it out! Chances are that you won't use it again anyway, so clear out your makeup drawer and only keep what you regularly use on hand.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Your face is oily, and the makeup brushes you use on your face everyday pick up that oil, attracting bacteria. If you don't clean your makeup brushes, that bacteria will get reapplied to your face and irritate your skin. Depending on how often you use your brushes, make a habit of cleaning them every week or two. It's easy: squeeze some dish soap into your palm and swirl a wet makeup brush in the soap. Rinse and repeat until the water runs clear. Let your brushes dry overnight, and you'll have soft, clean brushes to use for another week.

Wash Your Face Every Night

For some reason, for years I ignored the common advice to wash makeup off every night, either because I was too tired or because I was using makeup that claimed to be "good" for my skin. Now, washing my face is a staple part of my bedtime routine, and my skin is better for it!

Using a gentle cleanser, remove the makeup from your face as well as the day's oil and dirt. While you sleep, your skin will continue to produce oil, so it's also a good idea to wash your face in the morning when you wake up or take a shower.

Use Products for Your Skin Type

Some people get great results from exfoliating beads, salicylic acid, essential oils, and other ingredients that treat various skin conditions. It took me years of experimenting to find that the best products for my face are gentle and hypoallergenic—extra chemicals make my skin break out with acne or get too dry and irritated.

Beauty products are available for all types of skin, from extra dry to extra oily. If you're unsure of your skin type, head to a department store beauty section. A staff member can give you a free consultation and recommend ideal products to take the best care of your face.

Take Your Vitamins

Vitamins A, C, and E as well as omega-3 fats are essential for your body to maintain healthy skin. It's best to get all the vitamins you need from foods, especially fruits and vegetables, but you may not be getting everything you need. Taking a multivitamin supplement with breakfast is an easy way to ensure your body has the materials it needs to keep your skin moisturized and nourished.

Your skin will naturally take a beating during the colder and drier weather of winter, so take good care of it by following these tips!