The Do’s and Don’ts of Skincare

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Acne, hyperpigmentation, blackheads–depending on the state of it, our skin can very well be one of our biggest insecurities. Though it is important to understand that our skin doesn’t define us, if improving the problem areas helps you gain back that confidence, these are some tips to always keep in mind!

DO: Wash your face twice a day.

This is an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at how many people claim to wash their face only after they wake up! Think about it–you’ve gone through the usual motions of your day, went to the store, class, and hopped on a couple of trains. You’ve been touching your face countless times (don’t deny it; it’s a habit that a lot of people do without thinking). The air and your hands are laden with germs and bacteria that you’ve picked up throughout the day needs to be washed off before you lay down for your beauty sleep.

DON’T: Keep the same pillowcase every week.

Not many people are aware how unsanitary it is to sleep on the same pillowcase night after night after night. Oils from your face and hair and bacteria in the rub onto your pillowcase throughout the night. Rotate the sides of the pillow you sleep on and put a new pillowcase on every week or so to ensure your face stays as clean as possible.

DO: Wear sunscreen.

We all know how important it is to wear sunscreen because it protects us from dangerous UV rays that can not only burn our skin but potentially give us skin cancer. But wearing sunscreen is also essential for those with hyperpigmentation to prevent dark spots from getting any darker. Make sure you always put sunscreen on (even under your makeup) if you plan on being out in the sun for more than 15 minutes during the day.

DON’T: Compare your skin to anyone else’s.

It’s really easy to fall into the trap of feeling down about the bad things that may be going on with your skin and envy the people with clearer skin than you.  Don’t let that bother you! Always remember that just because someone may have “flawless” skin doesn’t mean that they’re better than you! Everyone has different skin and everyone is in a different place when caring for their skin so don’t look at nice skin on someone else as a failure for you. As the cliché saying goes: what’s on the outside isn’t important; it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

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Shannon Mondesir is a Creative Writing major at Brooklyn College. She loves books, horror movies, big dogs, and apple pie. She is also an advocate for social justice and cultural relations. She aspires to be an author and a college professor.

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