Simple Tips For Clean Pores

A little bit of effort can go a long way, especially when it comes to those annoying pores on our beautiful faces. If you're anything like me, then you've found yourself two inches away from a bathroom mirror before bed examining and attempting to attack unwelcome spots (ugh). Face cleanse routines with exfoliation are a wonderful thing, but let me tell you, your pores will get dirty...again. Luckily for us, there are preventative ways to keep skin and pores cleaner, longer.

Keep Hands Off
Think of every single thing we touch on a daily basis: door handles, keyboards, sink knobs, phones, gas pump handles, money. Our hands are FULL of gross germs and dirt and oils.

Take Makeup Off
You should never go to bed with a face of makeup on, and honestly, as soon as you are done and home for the day you might as well wash any and all makeup off and let your face breathe. On the note of makeup, also ensure you are washing brushes and sponges FREQUENTLY and throwing out expired makeup.

Clean Sheets Weekly
Your bedding is full of pore-clogging bacteria - hate to break it to ya. It's good to wash bed sheets weekly and especially pillow sheets as those are in direct contact with your face for a good potion of the day. You don't want to spend those 8+ hours of sleeping collecting dirt on your face.

Drink Water
Drinking water is so important for the health of your entire body, but it also plays a huge role in keeping your skin clear. Adequate water helps to flush out toxins from your intestinal tract which can show up on your skin. Good hydration = good skin.

Caution New Makeup
I'm super cautious about using new makeup brands and products because I'm never quite sure how my skin will react. Different formulas work differently for everyone and I've come to realize my skin is picky about what's on it. Because of this, I rarely ever change my face cleanse routine + foundation.

Cell Phone
Make it a habit of wiping down your phone screen every so often as it comes in direct contact with your face frequently, and with all the dirt your hands carry, who knows what germs and bacteria are on your phone.

Healthy Eating
Let's not forget another huge key player in clear skin: healthy eating. Ever notice when you're binge eating junk, your skin suffers? Greasy and sugary foods are no bueno for healthy, glowing, and clear skin.

Social Media FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Technology and social media sure have their advantages, don't they? You can keep up with long distance relatives and long lost friends. You can digitally document happy moments in your lifetime. You can share your work and connect with other likewise people who share your passions. We have all of this right our finger tips and it's so great, isn't it? Maybe not always. Research is proving more and more that the overuse of it can have negative affects (which is kind of obvious in my opinion). We are such a digitally connected generation, and according to one report, we spend an average of up to 3.8 hours a day online in America. According to another study, the average smartphone user checks their phone up to 110 times a day, and for some people, their phone is unlocked up to 900 times a day. That number alone gives me a slight anxiety. Why are we checking it so often? What is just SO important that we feel the need to have a constant connection? It seems as though a lot of it has to do with being afraid of missing something big or important in our social media news feeds. And this is where FOMO comes in. Our feeds are constantly filled with photos from adventure-filled holidays, epic achievements, the latest and greatest gadgets one may have purchased, washboard abs from picture-perfect workouts, etc.  We don't want to miss out on these posts because we want to feel like we're in the loop - that we're up-to-date with what's going on. But we also feel like we're missing out on what our friends are experiencing. Then in comes the self-comparing and it's really just a downhill snowball effect from there. It's a full circle FOMO, and it leaves people very dependent to their smartphones, and a feeling of anxiety and disconnect sets in when we're without. If you're experiencing what I've just described, I think you should consider stepping back for awhile. Take a break. You're not actually missing out on much. You're just missing out on the life that you're living, while you spend hours scrolling on your phone.

Over the past few months, I've been making it a point to check my phone less and less. For business purposes, I try to post once a day on Instagram to keep my daily activity in check and grow The Ivory Fawn audience, but other than that, I've turned off all notifications to all apps, silenced my phone, and I've even changed a text message setting so I can't even see if I've received a message unless I actually open my phone. I've been making more of an effort to leave my phone out of reach while at home, and kept in my purse, untouched, while out an about - ESPECIALLY when I'm with someone. I'm not saying social media is horrible and should be avoided as much as possible...absolutely not. I just think we spend too much time, absorbed and saturated, checking to see what's going on. We're too connected in an unconnected way, if that makes sense. I hope this has inspired you, even if just a little bit, to disconnect more. It feels amazing.
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