Beauty hacks can often go one of two ways—either they’re going to burn your face off or it’s the greatest thing that has ever been discovered, no in between. Remember when putting toothpaste on our pimples was a skin care hack? My bleached pillowcases definitely remember. Sigh.
But today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite skin care hacks that actually work—no toothpaste, kitty litter (yes, this is a real thing), or sketchy ingredients required.
1. Wash Your Face For 60 Seconds
Aesthetician Nayamka Roberts-Smith, also known as @LAbeautyologist on Twitter, went viral last year with her 60-second face washing challenge to encourage people to commit to washing their face for a full minute. Why? Well, the active ingredients in our cleansers don’t really work when we’re just putting them on for five seconds and rinsing. If you really want the exfoliating effects of, say, AHA or BHA, or the brightening power of vitamin C, you’re gonna have to leave that cleanser on for at least 60 seconds. Plus, massaging your face at the end of the day is truly a delight. My skin has definitely improved from using this easy hack.
2. Remove Your Makeup and Sunscreen by Double Cleansing
If you have face wipes, I want you to get up, go to the bathroom, and then throw them in the trash. Face wipes are a SCAM, and I stand by this opinion wholeheartedly. If you want to get your face clean, you have to remove your makeup using an oil or balm cleanser first, and then proceed with your 60-second cleanse using a foaming or gel cleanser. An oil or balm cleanser will remove all of the oil-based grime you have on your face—your regular cleanser can’t do that.
3. Facial Massage Really Works!
Did you have a long night out (or in, in everyone’s case nowadays) and your face is looking a little puffy? Have no fear—your greatest tool (your hands!) are here! This video, by YouTuber Olgatoja, has been a godsend for me on those days I wake up looking a little worse for wear. Facial massage not only helps your face become less puffy, but it also helps relieve tension (hi, my fellow jaw clenchers), increases circulation, and helps your products penetrate the skin more efficiently. It’s one of the easiest things you can do with a huge amount of benefits.
4. Regularly Wash Your Pillowcases
As a human, we are constantly shedding debris all over the place, and our pillowcases are no exception. Even after washing your face twice a day, your pillowcase is still teeming with tons of tiny, microscopic pests that can wreak havoc on your skin. The longer you go without washing your pillowcases, the longer they have to multiply and really do some damage. So, if you have acne-prone skin, or you just want to maintain your dewy glow, aim to change or wash your pillowcases once a week. I also like to sleep on one side of my pillow for three days, switch to the other side for the next three, and then wash or change on the seventh day. It’s a super easy way to keep the bacteria off of your face!
5. Patch Test New Products to Avoid Breakouts
Remember when you were a kid on Christmas morning, and you’d tear through all of your gifts, and then proceed to try to play with them all at once? That’s how I am whenever I get a new skin care product to try. Except, don’t be like me. Patch test.
Patch testing is when you take a small amount of product and apply it somewhere inconspicuous like behind your ear or the bottom of your jawline to make sure you won’t have any adverse reactions to a product before you decide to slather it on your face. Breakouts and product reactions can take a long time to recover from, and not only that, you might get some unsightly PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) in the process. So, save yourself the heartache and patch test any new products you buy for at least a week. If you notice any breakouts, it’s time to take it back!
So, what are your favorite skin care hacks? Let me know in the comments!