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The 5 Beauty Rituals You Need To Get On ASAP



Ladies, I’m on to you. I know you’ve stumbled home once or twice and fallen face first into your welcome mat bed and promptly fallen asleep with your clothes and makeup from the night still very much on. I also know that some of you out there have never picked up an eye cream – or have one that you never use – because your 20-year-old skin is still smooth as a baby’s bottom. And I won’t even guess who many of you only wear sunscreen at the beach. If none of these thing apply to you, you get a great big star. But for the rest of you, a group I fear is the majority, I have a few nuggets of wisdom.

Cleanse your face daily: I like to wash during my morning shower and then again once I’m home for the night, which could be right before bed or right after work depending on the day. Some people wait until they’re just about ready to head to bed. I’m no expert but I’d guess that you just need to figure out what works for you. Some people only need to wash at the end of the day, some people cleanse up to three times daily. Washing your face after a workout is always a good idea – it helps prevent breakouts. Take it from someone who never used a cleanser in college, though – daily cleansing is essential and failing to do this will catch up with you.

…But not until you’ve removed your makeup: Most cleansers just won’t get all the grime off your face. Be sure to thoroughly remove everything first – I love using a cotton ball soaked in oil to do this since my skin is too sensitive for makeup removers.

Exfoliate: Whether you do it once a week or twice a week, regular exfoliation is key. It gives your face an instant glow and it helps you shed layers of dull, dead skin. I like to use a Clarisonic brush for a little daily exfoliation but I use a facial scrub weekly.

Use sunscreen EVERY day: Yes, even in the winter. Make it easy on yourself by getting a moisturizer that has some SPF in it. Seriously, it’s irresponsible to skip this step. You don’t want to end up with saggy, wrinkled skin later in life and you definitely don’t want skin cancer.

Give your hair a break: You can live without your straightener. Stop putting constant heat on your hair – it’s seriously damaging. Even if you’re using a heat protectant spray, you really should rock your natural texture from time to time. Also make sure you’re not making super tight ponytail or buns as these can cause you to lose hair. Same goes for extensions.

I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.