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8 ways to achieve better skin

Even if skin care is one of your priorities, you might be making skin care mistakes without even realizing. We’re singling out some things you might be doing that could be inadvertently harming your skin. With these lifestyle hacks combined with a sensible skin care routine, your skin will be glowing in no time. Here are 8 skin care commandments to help your skin look its best.

1. Avoid Squeezing Your Pimples

We know, we know, the number 1 thing you want to do is pop that zit. Unfortunately, skin care requires a little bit of self control around blemishes. Every time you squeeze or pick at your skin, you cause harm to the skin’s surface. The side effects last far longer than any pimple, so if you see a blemish, just let it be. If you’ve already squeezed, calm the area with a disinfecting lotion to prevent bacteria from infecting the area. The best way to avoid a pimple is by using the right products to cleanse and moisturize your skin properly every day. This will keep blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and acne at bay.

2. You Apply Too Little SPF

Not applying enough SPF is only slightly better than not applying SPF at all. You always need SPF no matter what the weather, and you should be applying a good amount of it - nearly the size of a quarter - just to your face. Use a broad spectrum SPF like Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer and if you’re spending time in the pool or playing a sport, re-apply often.

3. Exfoliate

Harsh treatments can be damaging to the skin in the long run, and many people think exfoliation may be hurting the skin. While there are indeed harsh exfoliators on the market today, exfoliating can do more good for your skin than harm – it removes old surface skin cells, which can often be the cause of blemishes or your skin looking dull. Avoid exfoliators that include crystals or sand and instead use a gentle exfoliating wash once a week that contains fruit or lactic acid that will revive your skin but won’t cause any imbalance. We recommend Garnier Clearly Brighter Argan Nut Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, which contains finely ground argan nuts to physically slough off dead skin cells but is gentle enough to use every day.

4. Wash Makeup Brushes

We agree it can be easy to forget to do this given your busy lifestyle. Unfortunately, makeup brushes applicators and sponges can harbor dirt, sweat and bacteria which can cause you to break out. Wash brushes weekly so that you won’t transfer bacteria to your skin resulting in breakouts. Micellar Cleansing Water can double as a facial cleanser and gentle rinse for your makeup brushes.

5. Moisturize Properly

There are two big mistakes that can be made when it comes to moisturizing. First, if you have oily or combination skin, you still need to moisturize. Second, dry skin types should not assume that the richest cream is automatically the best for your skin. Keep an eye out for active ingredients such as ceramides which can help replenish your skin. Try an antioxidant-fueled moisturizer to enrich your skin, like Garnier Moisture Bomb Antioxidant Super Moisturizer.

6. Remove Your Makeup Before You Exercise

We’re all about getting exercise. If you wear makeup when you exercise however this can be detrimental. When you sweat your makeup can seep into your pores, which makes it a breeding ground for blemishes. Always keep face wipes like Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes on hand before you work out so that your gym class only has you breaking out a sweat.

7. Change Your Pillowcase

Your face spends a lot of time on your pillow, so it makes sense that dirt, sweat, oil and bacteria can end up on your pillowcase. Wash or change your pillowcase at least once a week to ensure your shuteye isn’t giving you bad skin.

8. Drink Enough Water

Drinking water is important to keep your body hydrated. This is especially true if you are exercising and sweating. Ensure your skin looks hydrated and radiant by drinking enough water throughout the day.