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The Dos and Don’ts of Skin Health: How to Take Care of Your Skin

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Our skin is a pretty incredible organ. Not only is it the largest and most visible organ of our body, but it also juggles multiple roles in regard to our internal health and overall wellness. Skin protects us from the outside elements, helps regulate our temperature, prevents infection, and plays a key part in keeping us hydrated. Perhaps next time you’re wondering why is my skin so bad, try and practice gratitude and self-acceptance because our skin is awesome—even with pimples. 

Knowing how to take care of your skin to promote good skin health is one of the best things we can do for our body. After all, a proper skincare routine isn’t just about looking good, but it can keep us feeling great. Below we’re describing the key steps for maintaining healthy skin, including some of the top skincare dos and don’ts everyone should know.



Do: Wear Sunscreen Every Day

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen every single day. The American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) recommends wearing an SPF of 30+ daily no matter the weather and even if you’re hanging out inside all day long.1 We’ve got you covered: Every sunscreen at IT Cosmetics is at least SPF 40. 

“I always tell my patients that if you can see the sun, it can see you. So, [it’s] always important to wear sunscreen every day,” says Tiffany Libby, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and IT Cosmetics Advisory Board Member.

Not only does wearing sunscreen help prevent skin cancer, but it also protects against premature signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, laxity, and dark spots

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  • CC+ Nude Glow with SPF 40: A medium coverage foundation packed with skin-loving niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, green tea extract, and clear sunscreen.

  • CC+ Cream with SPF 50+: A full coverage foundation formulated with collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants and SPF 50 to protect from sun exposure.

If you’ve ever wanted to do something that can dramatically improve skin health, wearing SPF as part of your daily skincare routine is a key part of the answer. 

Don’t: Pick at Pimples

Trust us, we know it’s super tempting to pick at existing pimples, but doing so is a major skincare don’t. The AAD says that pimple popping and picking can cause pain and discomfort, lead to an infection, cause more noticeable breakouts, and even lead to permanent scarring.2 

Your best bet is to use a concealer that instantly covers your pimples. Bonus points if it contains ingredients that help visibly minimize breakouts and promote skin clarity. 

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  • Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer: This creamy formula instantly conceals pimples, plus it's formulated with oil-absorbing zinc oxide and kaolin clay and an AHA/BHA complex that targets breakouts. 

Do: Use ‘Makeup as Skincare’ Products

Want to learn how to take care of your skin without changing much about your routine? Opt for “skincare makeup” products that promote skin health over time. All IT Cosmetics makeup products are developed with dermatologists and skincare experts to help target specific skin concerns, so you can rest assured that every product you apply goes above and beyond for your skin.

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Don't: Forget to Hydrate Skin 

Facial moisturizers and hydrating serums (like ones with hyaluronic acid) are another non-negotiable when it comes to optimal skin health. But what does healthy skin look like? It’s hydrated, well-balanced, and radiant. In addition to using hydrating products as part of your daily skincare routine, try to avoid long, hot showers, which can cause dry skin. 

“[Hyaluronic acid] is a super-hydrator that helps plump the look of skin, visibly reducing fine lines and delivering lasting moisture,” says Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and IT Cosmetics Advisory Board Member.

Pro Tip: Adding a humidifier to your space can help with hydration and is a simple way to promote healthy living in your home. 

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Confidence in a Neck Cream Moisturizer

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Don’t: Forget To Protect Your Skin With Antioxidants 

Free radical damage can cause the appearance of unhealthy skin, including skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. One of your skin’s best defenses against free radicals is antioxidants. A top choice is vitamin C, which you can—and should!—apply every morning as part of your healthy skincare routine.

“As a dermatologist, I love vitamin C because it’s a potent antioxidant. That means it can help skin look brighter and help fight sun damage,” explains Dr. Mariwalla.

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  • Bye Bye Dullness Vitamin C Serum: This powerful facial serum defends against free radicals, improves the look of dull skin, and helps with hydration. We recommended layering this serum with Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum, a moisturizer, and sunscreen. 



Do: Wash Your Face Before Bed 

Another key step in promoting good skin health is washing your face every night. Doing so removes makeup, skincare products, dirt, excess oil, and other debris that’s gathered on your face throughout the day. And trust us—you’ll sleep better with a fresh face! Not to mention, daily cleansing helps target the look of clogged pores, soothe irritated skin, and promote a brighter, clearer-looking complexion. 

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  • Confidence in a Cleanser: Ultra gentle and suitable for all skin types, this facial cleanser gently sweeps the day away without stripping your skin of moisture.

  • Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm: Even the most stubborn makeup melts away with this oil-based cleansing balm.

Do: Learn More About Skin Health Basics

As they say, knowledge is power. To learn more about how to take care of your skin, check out our guide on Different Types of Acids for Skin, The Beginner's Guide to Retinol Cream.

Sources: 

1. “Sunscreen FAQs.” American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD).  https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/sun-protection/sunscreen-patients/sunscreen-faqs 

2. “Pimple popping: Why only a dermatologist should do it.” American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD). https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/skin-care/popping

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