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Things I Wish I Knew About Skincare When I Was a Teenager

Not going to lie, I have a lot of regrets when it comes to my skincare routine during my teenage years.

As with most kids, puberty hit me like a ton of bricks. I would wake up every morning with more oil and breakouts on my face than I could have ever imagined. My confidence was shattered.

In an attempt to "cure" my skin, I tried out a lot of different methods that I would eventually find out were damaging to my skin and I wasn't really taking any steps that could actually help my skin in any way.

So now, because we simply don't have the technology to go back in time and scream at my former self, I'm going to share a few pieces of skincare advice that I wish I knew when I was a teenager.

Wash Off ALL Your Makeup (And Makeup Brushes)

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There are two things you need to remember when it comes to cleansing. First thing is before you go to sleep, make sure you thoroughly wash off all your makeup before applying moisturizer. Second, make sure that you clean your makeup brushes. If you leave any makeup on your skin before going to bed, you risk waking up to clogged pores. Similarly, if you don't wash your makeup brushes frequently, dirt and bacteria will collect on your brushes, meaning you get all of that on your face every time you apply.

Don't Over-Exfoliate Your Skin

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No matter how smooth you want your face, you're not doing yourself any favors if you over-exfoliate your face. If you frequently use harsh products, you might risk destroying your moisture barrier, which will likely lead to more breakouts. Try to limit exfoliation to 1-2 times a week.

Be Like a Fish and Drink TONS of Water

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Water is key to a healthier body, which will eventually turn into healthy skin. While water does not necessarily get rid of acne on its own, it will flush out a few unwanted toxins that promote your overall health. Plus, your skin will be more moisturized and balanced.

STOP Touching Your Face and Popping Pimples

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Whatever you do, stop picking at your face. We understand the urge to touch your face and pop an uncomfortable pimple. However, by doing so, you would only be making things worse for you. Not only do the oils and bacteria on your hands transfer to the skin on your face, but popping a pimple may rupture a pimple beneath the surface of your skin, which creates scarring and dark spots. And trust us, those spots take a lot longer to clear up.

Always Apply Sunblock During the Day

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One great way of protecting your skin from signs of aging and cancer is to apply sunblock. A rule of thumb is to add sunscreen to your skincare routine. That way, when you step out that door, your skin is protected from those nasty UVA/UVB rays.

Everyone's Skin Is Different

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Now that all is said and done, everyone's skin is different. You can't judge your own skincare needs and goals by the looks of your best friend. For example, your best friend could clear up their acne before yours. You might have different skin types. You'll have to treat it differently and get results that differ and that's totally okay. Just focus on what your skin needs to stay healthy.

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