Irritated skin can pop up at the worst of times, and it may be hard to nail down exactly why your skin is suddenly looking and feeling less than perfect. The best way to stop your skin from having issues is to practice good skin care in the first place. Even if you already have your skin care process down, here are five tips to help you tweak your routine so you can have flawless skin all the time.
Tip #1: Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes can be sneaky harbors for germs and bacteria that can irritate the skin. Cleaning your brushes at least once per week, if not more often, makes your skin a lot more comfortable. Cleaning makeup brushes is easy. Simply hold the brushes upside down under warm running water, without getting the handle wet if you can. Put a small amount of mild hand soap into your palm, and massage the head of the brush by circling it into the soap. Then rinse again, and lay the makeup brushes on the edge of a counter, with the bristles hanging off the edge, to dry.
Tip #2: Clean Your Cell Phone
Just like makeup brushes, your cellphone can also be a place for bacteria and oils to hang out. When you press it against your face, or touch it with your hands, you get those things on your skin, which can lead to irritation. Keep it wiped clean and try to avoid holding it against your face when talking – use a headset or earbuds instead.
Tip #3: Keep Your Jewelry Clean and Dry
Do you get rashes when you wear bracelets, rings, or chokers? It could be that your jewelry is harboring bacteria. Give it a good clean with jewelry cleaner, and be sure to keep it dry. If you need to wash your hands, remove any rings, and replace them after drying. Be sure to wear high-quality jewelry that doesn’t contain nickel.
Tip #4: Use the Right Shaving Cream or Gel
If you often get red and irritated skin after shaving, try switching up the cream or gel you use. It could be that the product you are using is not suitable for your skin type. Look for a very natural, moisturizing product.
Tip #5: Don’t Hang Out in a Hot Shower
Long exposure to extremely hot water can strip your skin of its natural hydrating oils, and that causes dryness and irritation. Keep the water temperature a bit cooler, and keep it under 10 minutes. And, be sure to moisturize when you’re through!
These five tips will help you avoid irritated skin, no matter what skin type you have or what your skin care routine looks like. Give them a go today!