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It’s not just your skin type that determines the shape of your skin. Your lifestyle plays a huge role in how your skin looks and feels.
Whether you’re prone to breakouts, fine lines, or dark circles, all of these things can happen because of your lifestyle choices. Are you a fitness fanatic? A sun-worshipper? Someone who prioritizes partying over sleeping?
Let’s find out how to change your skincare routine according to your lifestyle habits so that you can enjoy a flawless complexion without giving up on what you know best.
If You’re Super Active…
You might have: acne.
This is the result of sweat clogging your pores, leading to breakouts.
Whether you like to jog, swim, dance, or play sports, working out causes you to sweat. Leaving that sweat on the skin could cause acne because “heat and moisture are a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungus (yeast),” says dermatologist Jessica Weiser.
She adds, “Perspiration can result in bacterial proliferation on the skin surface, which can cause staph infections, occlusion of pores leading to acne breakouts, and even superficial fungal infections, such as tinea versicolor.”
But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to kick your active lifestyle. We don’t advise that at all!
What to do: Start by always washing your face (and body!) post-sweat session. Rinse off the sweat with a gentle cleanser to remove all the gunk sitting atop your skin that could congest pores and trigger breakouts.
Also, if you’re dealing with body breakouts, make sure you get out of your sweaty clothes and hop in the shower asap. Remember, it’s not only your face that’s affected by sweat.
Product pick: Truly’s Anti-Blemish Matcha Skincare Bundle.
If You Love the Sun…
You might have: sunburns, fight lines, sunspots.
We love a sunny beach vacation as much as the next person, but spending too much time soaking in the sun can leave a lasting mark on your skin. The most common forms of sun damage are sunburns, dry skin, wrinkles, and sunspots. Even people who wear sunscreen daily can get sunspots.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to reverse sun damaged skin. And it involves upgrading your skincare routine to cater to your skin’s needs.
What to do: nourish your skin with antioxidants such as vitamin C and retinol.
“Vitamin C is perhaps the most potent topical antioxidant we have,” explains dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D. “It neutralizes free radical damage and protects the skin against UV light and other environmental aggressors, as well as blocking abnormal production of pigmentation to even skin tone and fade dark spots.”
Of course, you should also make a habit of wearing sunscreen every single day – even if you only plan on going outside for 10-15 minutes. Providing your skin with better protection will prevent further sun damage. Make sure you look for at least an SPF 15. Opt for SPF 50 or higher if you have fair skin.
In regards to sunburn, apply a soothing aloe vera formula to the affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times daily.
Product pick: Truly’s Vegan Collagen Bundle.
If You Sleep on Cotton Pillowcases…
You might have: fine lines, wrinkles, acne.
The kind of pillowcase you sleep on can have a huge effect on your complexion. According to the experts switching to silk or satin pillowcases can prevent the tugging that occurs when your face is in contact with cotton, resulting in fewer creases.
Sleeping on polyester is also not recommended if you have acne-prone skin.
“I personally recommend people don’t use polyester if they’re acne-prone because it causes you to sweat more, and the heat stimulates oil production,” says dermatologist Joyce Davis.
What to do: invest in a silk pillowcase. Whether you have acne or fine lines, sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase can help a lot. Besides reducing the friction between your skin and the pillowcase, thus preventing lines, silk can also keep your skincare products on throughout the night. Something that cotton doesn’t provide.
According to Patricia Wexler of Wexler Dermatology, “Cotton can draw in moisture away from the face, so if you think of someone putting nighttime moisturizer on the face, cotton will absorb that moisture and can dry the face out or be irritating to the skin.”
In other words, your products are likely to penetrate better throughout the night if you sleep on satin instead of cotton.
Product pick: Truly’s Anti-Wrinkle Satin Sleep Set.
If You’re a Party Girl…
You might have: dry skin, fine lines, puffy under-eyes
Love to stay up late and party with your gal pals? All that partying could be having some serious effects on your skin. This is the result of lack of sleep, drinking too much alcohol, and not getting enough h2o. But that necessarily mean quitting your late nights. It just means prioritizing a few new habits.
What to do: First of all, catch up on your beauty sleep. Lack of sleep is the leading cause of under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Prevent them from occurring by sleeping longer.
Also, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water instead of gulping down coffee or soda, which are dehydrating, causing your skin to dry out even more.
To help with your eyes, place cucumber slices over your eyes or invest in a good-quality eye cream that specifically targets dark circles and puffiness.
Product pick: Truly’s Flawless Skincare Bundle.
As you can see, what you do every day can affect how your skin looks. Whether you love to party, soak in the sun, workout, or sleep on cotton, you can drastically improve the fate of your complexion simply by adjusting your skincare routine. It doesn’t need to be anything complicated, just a few basic switches to help your skin handle the strain.
You shouldn’t have to give up what you love doing in your downtime. What you can do is adjust your skincare routine to fit your lifestyle choices.