If there’s one thing I can stress with everyone (outside of fashion), it’s the importance of creating habits that promote healthy skin. We want to create a good body from the outside in and inside out, so that we can always have a feel good attitude about life and ourselves.

The reason that this topic came up this week is because I have been having some major breakouts on my face. Forehead, nose, chin… I’ve been slightly annoyed at the fact because I’ve been having some great luck with clear skin for the past month.

So what happened?

The past several weeks have been stressful at work because of how busy it has been. While stress is definitely a factor that helps breakouts occur, it also didn’t help that I had stopped taking the time to focus on taking care of my body and skin. It’s a lesson to us all: if you don’t keep at it, you won’t be able to maintain the results that you want to have.

And we all want clear skin, so it’s important that we stick to the routines and habits and overall good life choices that help us get there.

So, in an effort to take a step back and look at how I want to change my skincare routine moving forward, I’ve done a little research and wanted to share some great habits that can help both you and me in saying “buh-bye” to those pimples and zits that want to attack us at times.

Take a look at your diet to make sure you are eating the right foods. Girls, this means you’ll have to kiss goodbye to all those delicious foods high in sugar. I know, it’s painful. Instead, try adding things to your diet that are rich in omega-3s (hello, chia seeds!), vitamin C, biotin, and other fantastic foods that promote healthy skin.

Just like Sleeping Beauty, make sure to get at least 7 hours of a good sleep. Make sure you are getting plenty of zzz’s because your sleep truly does affect the health of your skin! Definitely check to see that your sleeping conditions are allowing you the best type of sleep that you can get – comfortable mattress, the right pillow, and clean sheets all make a difference. Try to switch out your pillowcases at least once a week. Get rid of all the grime that is trying to work it’s way back into your life (and into your skin).

Clean off your face before heading to bed. This is a BIG no no. From eye infections to wrinkles to major breakouts, there is nothing good about sleeping in your makeup. Sure, we’ve all done it before. I’m guilty of it myself – and more than a few times. But no more! It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to clean off your face and your skin will appreciate you taking the time to take care of it. Just a deep cleansing at night is enough, with a quick and gentle cleansing in the morning to prepare you for the day.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Did I say that enough times? Find the right product for your skin type and make sure to moisturize daily. Not doing so can lead to dry skin, a dull complexion, and those breakouts we’re working so hard to avoid. Adding your moisturizer to damp skin can help your skin retain the moisture more.

Face masks are bae. Seriously. While it doesn’t replace any part of your skin routine, face masks are a great addition to your routine that can really show benefits. Charcoal masks, for example, are really good at getting deep into your pores to extract all the dirt that’s hidden down in them. I like to do spots applications with my charcoal mask and focus just on the problem areas on my face. Sheet masks have also taken a dramatic rise in popularity (thank you, Korea) and can really help with hydration and glowing skin. Plus, it’s a good reason to just lay down in bed for fifteen minutes or so to do nothing except relax and enjoy life.

Get your body moving with a regular exercise routine. And I’m not just saying this because of the May Fitness Challenge that Meagan and I participated in. I am saying it because I did notice a difference in my skin when I was exercising. It was clearer and brighter and I’m honestly upset that I dropped the habit as soon as the challenge was over. It’s been hard getting back into it, but I want to dive headfirst back into fitness to help with both skin and my overall health.

These are really just a few basic habits that you should add into your routine. Make sure you are staying hydrated, avoiding picking at your pimples and zits, and being gentle with your skin when cleansing and applying products (make sure you are putting the right things on).

What are some habits that you have to promote healthy skin? Any interesting skin care routines that you know about? Share and comment below to let us know!

Love,

Brittany