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.
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.
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.
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.