#1 Tame Your Tresses
It may come as a surprise, but healthy skin actually begins with good hair hygiene! Sweat, dirt, grime and bacteria collect on your hair and bangs daily, so it makes sense to wash them out before hitting the sack.
However, even if you have the good habit of showering daily before bed, your tresses could still be sabotaging your skincare regime. Leave-in hair products are chockfull of chemicals, oils and fragrances, many of which are not formulated for prolonged contact with your skin. They can irritate your skin, clog pores and contribute to inflammation and zits. So keep your hair out of your face at night in a loose ponytail.
#2 Order Please
Rethink your shower regime. Hair masks and conditioners contain many rich conditioning agents that work their magic to resuscitate fried strands and even revive dull hair colour. These are not meant to come into contact with your delicate skin. So always wash your face after your wash your hair to cleanse away these hair products – not the other way round.
#3 Clean Your Dirty Laundry
We get it – laundry is not our favourite activity too, but it’s a necessary evil. Your wet towels are breeding grounds for bacteria. So are your pillowcases, which you press your hair and face to all night. Be sure to wash them once a week to prevent this bacteria from transferring to your face and causing ghastly breakouts.
#4 Phone Etiquette
If you’re like the rest of us, your mobile phone is practically an extension of your face. You wash your face twice a day or more, so why would you think you’d get away with cleaning your mobile phones less than once a year?
Makeup, sweat and sebum transfer from your face to your phone whenever you use it; and bacteria, grime, dirt and food greases accumulate on it whenever you touch it with your hands. In fact, many experts suggest that your mobile phones may be dirtier than even the toilet seat. So clean it weekly with an alcohol wipe. And do the same for your glasses, sunglasses and anything else you might be pressing to your face.
#5 Clean Makeup Brushes
This is as important as fresh towels! Don’t leave your brushes contaminated with traces of one-month-old makeup, bacteria and dust – this is a sure-fire way to give yourself a bad case of acne. Use a brush cleanser – or a gentle facial cleanser if you don’t want to invest in a brush cleanser. Dry your brushes with their bristles facing up in a container, not facing down so as not to distort their natural shape.