Simple Skincare Hacks That Will Have You Glowing

Skincare is all the rage right now with people focusing on making sure their skin is healthy and happy, but it’s not as easy as one might think. It’s hard to figure out what products to use for your skin and how to properly apply them to get the most bang for your buck.

These simple skincare hacks are great (and affordable) ways to get your skin to its best condition.

Use Ice On Pimples

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Victoria Wendish

Got a zit forming on your face? Get an ice cube.

Put an ice cube in a plastic bag or paper towel and then rub it over breakouts after cleansing your face. Do this for 1–2 minutes in a continuous motion. Afterward, apply your go-to acne treatment cream—something that contains either benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or salicylic acid—to get the breakout to go away.

Use An Oil Cleanser To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Oil cleansing is a method of facial cleaning where you use oil to clean makeup and other pollutants from your skin.

The logic behind it is that the oil attracts other oils and pulls them out. This works especially well with blackheads, which are just excess oil that is clogging your pores. Use an oil cleanser before your regular face wash to get rid of those pesky black spots.

Switch Your Laundry Detergent To Prevent Mask-ne

woman wearing reusable mask
Photo Credit: Unsplash / Andre Ravazzi
Photo Credit: Unsplash / Andre Ravazzi

Wearing a reusable mask is all fun and games until you start getting acne breakouts in your mouth and cheek area, but switching your laundry detergent might solve the issue.

Most laundry detergents contain fragrance, which can be very irritating to our sensitive facial skin. Getting a fragrance-free, extra-sensitive laundry detergent specifically for washing your masks can help end the breakouts you get from wearing a mask.

Use A Chemical Exfoliator

Paula's choice BHA exfoliator
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Harsh exfoliators that contain walnut shells, microbeads, or any other physical element to “scrape off” dead skin can end up actually creating micro-tears on your face and making you susceptible to breakouts.

Chemical exfoliators, on the other hand, remove dead skin without causing any damage. You can choose an exfoliating acid-based specifically on your skin-type: salicylic acid for acne and oil control, azelaic acid for dark spots, glycolic acid for normal skin, and lactic acid for dry skin.

Use Ointment Instead Of Lip Balm

tub of aquaphor healing ointment
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Photo Credit: Amazon

Find yourself constantly needing to reapply lip balm? It might not just be that your lips are dry.

Many lip balms contain ingredients like camphor, menthol, and peppermint which can cause irritation to your lips, cause them to feel dry, and make you want to reapply all the time. Instead, use petroleum-based products like Aquaphor, CeraVe Healing Ointment, or Vaseline for lasting moisture.

Apply Toners And Serums To A Damp Face

Don’t completely dry your face after washing it! Instead, apply toners and moisturizing serums while your face is damp to optimize their function.

Moisturizers contain humectants, which are moisture-absorbing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and also occlusives, which help create a moisturizing barrier on the skin’s surface. Leaving a little water on your skin gives both of these ingredient types something to latch onto.

Layer On Hydrating Products For A Moisture Boost

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Park Street

Want to have that glowy, dewy look that you get after doing a sheet mask normally? One way to achieve the look is by simply layering on hydrating products.

Apply a toner or essence a few times over and over again, waiting a few seconds between each application. The end result is that your skin looks extra glowy and healthy.

Warm Your Hands To Help With Product Absorption

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / ian dooley

This hack is extremely simple, but pretty effective and all you need are your hands.

After applying your skincare products like toners, serums, and moisturizer, rub your hands together to make them a little extra warmth and then press them to your skin. The extra warmth and contact help your products absorb into your skin a little better, leading to better results.

Hydrocolloid Band-Aids Can Help Heal Acne Breakouts

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Hydrocolloid bandages, the gel-like bandages with a tight seal, have become increasingly popular as a way to help treat pimples.

Basically, you put the bandage on top of a zit. The tight seal helps dry out the zit and pull out the excess oil. As mentioned in the video, it’s not a replacement for using an actual acne treatment cream, but it definitely can help in the healing process.

Wear. Your. Sunscreen.

cerave sunscreen
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You have heard it hundreds of times, but we’re saying it once again: wear sunscreen. There is no product that’s more essential to making your skin look healthy and prevent signs of aging.

At the beginning of each day, you should apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to your skin after you apply your moisturizer to keep your skin looking youthful.