Contrary to what this featured image displays, give yourself makeup days off, baby girl.

It’s been a little while since I wrote something for you guys, and I have an excuse believe me. But the voice of reason has managed to convince me that ‘I was trying to finish all the seasons of scandal’ is not a very good excuse.

Today, I’m going to be giving you some tips to keep your face flawless. Not only does this help by subsequently reducing the amount of make up you have to use, but you can finally take selfies and use the ‘i woke up like this’ caption with total confidence. So here goes;

Moisturize:

Moisturizing your face morning and night is very important, especially for people with dry skin because it keeps your face from looking scaly. I would recommend pure shea butter or a shea butter based moisturizer. But if you have an oily skin, moisturizing once is enough or you can get an oil free moisturizer and use away.

Clean:

You will need to clean your face before you moisturize or else, the moisturizer will just end up trapping dirt in your pores and this can cause breakouts. Facial wipes will do the trick but I recommend using water and soap before or after facial wipes to ensure at least 90% dirt removal.

Minimise make-up use:

Make-up can really do a lot when it comes to enhancing one’s beauty, but it can also cause adverse effects when not used in moderation. Most of the products we use contain chemicals that are not so healthy so it will help to not use make up all the time. However, if you can not do without make up entirely, you can use a tinted moisturizer like this one: Complexion rescue tinted hydrating gel cream . It reduces the visibility of blemishes while keeping your skin moisturized and healthy.

Lips:

I can not overemphasize the importance of lip balm when it comes to lip health. Apart from the fact that it keeps your lips from chapping, a good lip balm will also hydrate your lips, leaving them looking soft, smooth and supple. They can be used throughout the day alone, or as a base before lipstick application and also at night before bed. I recommend eos lip balms because they are made from natural ingredients.

Don’t be a product whore:

I’m all for trying new things. But when you’ve found a product that works, stop searching. Sometimes changing products can cause counteraction and lead to breakouts.

Research:

It is important to know what is in your skin care/make-up products before you buy them. You don’t have to turn into a mad scientist trying to figure out each and every chemical they contain, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a few minutes to read the description and ingredients on the bottle before you buy. And if there are some things you are not quite sure about, ask questions.

Sunscreen:

Everybody needs sunscreen. Yes, even my dark skinned brodas and sistas. Summer is fast approaching and the sun can be a bearer of harmful radiation, so protect yourself by investing in a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher for people with dark skin, or SPF 30 or higher for people with fair skin.

Stop touching your face:

The average hand harbors millions of bacteria from about 150 species. This is not very surprising considering the fact that our hands come in contact with a lot of dirt. From touching your phone, to giving a handshake, or picking something off the ground, or having dirt stuck in your fingernails. So when you touch or ‘pick’ your face, you are depositing bacteria on your face that may eventually cause irritations, rashes or breakouts.

Leave the zits alone:

If you’re a zit popper, its time to drop the unhealthy habit because believe it or not, it does more harm than good. The pimple contains dirt, oil and bacteria. When you pop it, this mixture splatters, gets into more pores, and causes more zits to show up in a few days while leaving a harder to eliminate problem called a dark spot. Picking zits can also cause you to introduce more bacteria from your fingernails into the skin, or push the bacteria deeper into the pore thereby lengthening the healing process.

Rest:

If you’re going to achieve a flawless face,you’re going to need to de-stress when  necessary. Get a good night’s sleep or take a nap when you can to avoid eye bags and relax as much as possible. This leaves your skin looking radiant and beautiful.

Never sleep with make-up on:

Sleeping with make up on can really mess things up for you if you are trying to get a healthy looking face. Having all that make up on your face overnight can cause them to clog your pores, making it difficult for you to clean your face in the morning and preventing the moisturizer from penetrating the pores. To make sure you get rid of all the make-up, wash your face with a mild soap or a gel wash like the nivea refreshing facial wash gel, then use wipes as well to get rid of the leftover residues or mascara.

So there you go. Eleven helpful tips that can leave you glowing with or without make up this summer. Kindly subscribe if you like this post.