I think that everyone has a few nifty tricks up their sleeves when it comes to taking care of their skin. Most of my tips and tricks are so simple that they seem like no-brainers, like the kinds of recipes that are so simple you almost don’t need a recipe to make them. I find that a few simple practices make my skin care routine go a lot smoother, and a lot faster which is always key. My “What’s on your face?!” mantra again comes into play: when it comes to my skin, I’d rather keep things as simple, minimal and natural as possible.
Mise en place
You know how you watch a cooking show on TV and they’ve got all of the little dishes set out with the ingredients all measured out and arranged nicely? Isa Chandra Moskowtiz talks about practicing this same idea, mise en place, (literally translated as “put in place”) at home in her latest cookbook. It is a routine that I’ve taken to heart lately both in and outside of the kitchen and is one that I apply to my skin care routine. Before beginning, I place all of my products and tools out on the edge of the sink where they are easily accessible. This makes it easier to apply product, and there’s no more rummaging around for that one bottle of whatever while you have something else smeared on your hands.
Washcloths are one of my absolute favorite skin care tools. They can do everything from cleanse and exfoliate your skin, to wiping excess product off of your fingers or skin. I always keep one next to me when applying anything from lotion to mascara.
Begin with a clean base
Whether you’re applying moisturizer or makeup, start with a clean base. This goes for hands, too! Wash your hands before touching your face or any other sensitive areas like dry patches or wounds. Clean, moisturized skin will go a long way to helping your largest organ feel great and healthy. I always make sure I’ve washed my face before applying makeup, and always make sure I remove it before bed.
Bathe your tools
Did you know that your tools also need some TLC just like your own skin? Wash your brushes and sponges with warm water and mild soap, and toss your washcloths in the laundry at least once per week to keep bacteria at bay. Be sure to regularly replace loofahs, razor blades, mascara, eyeshadow spongelettes, and any other frequently used item every 4-6 weeks.
What tips and tricks do you rely on to keep your skin happy and healthy?