1. Exfoliate

I honestly used to not even own an exfoliant. My god-daughter got me one for mother’s day and I love it. It’s an all natural one made with coffee. I love this not just for the amazing aroma but because caffeine can actually help tighten skin. After I exfoliate my skin feels SO clean. It goes deeper than just regular cleansing- don’t over do it because this can be too harsh. I usually exfoliate once a week or after any heavy make-up jobs.

2. Moisturize

Hydration for the skin is like life. I think of a plant soaking up water. Dehydration of the skin can lead to wrinkles. I moisturize morning and night (before putting my makeup on and at the end of the day after washing my face). I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin since starting to stick to this routine.

3. Wash your make up brushes

Ok, fine, I will admit it – I freaking suck when it comes to washing my makeup brushes. But this is so bad, when I’ve waited too long to clean my brushes I can see it affecting my skin, the makeup doesn’t go on quite the same, and I even get more oily and can get blemishes starting. Use an all natural soap to wash your brushes on a regular basis and let them air dry.

4. Drink water

Drinking water helps us to stay hydrated and hydration from the inside will manifest on your skin.

5. Avoid your food sensitivities

Food sensitivities are sneaky little buggers. They are things we eat that cause inflammation in the body and this can totally show up on our skin, including our faces! Avoiding your food sensitivities is one of the best things you can do to decrease inflammation in the body and benefit your skin!

Skin care is really an inside-out job. Yes, what we do on the surface of the skin matters but our internal health can definitely manifest via the skin. That is why it is so important to mind both parts of this process- the topical/surface protocol in addition to the internal health of your body, in which case the benefits will go even further than just aesthetics!

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