I don't have many rules in life and, actually, don't really like them in general. But, there are a few things related to beauty and skincare that I think important enough to consider rules. Most of them are pretty obvious, but it's always good to remind yourself!
Always remove your makeup.
You're never too busy or too tired to take off your makeup. I've been a college student, I've had late nights so I get the feeling but, without fail, I always force myself to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin before passing out in my bed. Go all the way with this one, double cleanse with a makeup remover and cleanser no matter the situation. This should be as required as brushing your teeth.
Moisturize twice daily.
Again, you're never too busy to moisturize. In fact, I think I'll write a short book called The Importance of Moisturizing. Not only will moisturizing make you look good in the short term, but hydration is the key to properly functioning skin. Remember, your skin is your body's largest organ and we should be treating it as such.
Wear SPF every day.
Whether it's sunny and hot or cloudy and cold, wear SPF on your body and face at all times. Even if you're just in your car or inside your home, wear SPF. The only time you don't need it is at night.
Wash your pillowcases frequently.
Ideally, we'd all wash our pillowcases every 2-3 days but I know that that's not entirely feasible for everyone's schedule so a good rule of thumb is to clean your pillowcases and sheets once a week. I like to do mine every Sunday. Even better, invest in a skin-friendly pillowcase like the ones from Slip or Skin Laundry.
Love yourself and have gratitude.
This may be the most often overlooked rule of beauty. Everyone has moments when they don't feel their best, wished they looked different, or feels uncomfortable in their skin. The most important thing to do is love yourself in these moments and the easiest way to do it is by expressing gratitude. Be grateful that your body can carry you through a challenging workout or even just up the stairs. Be grateful that you have working eyes, a mouth that can speak, and for the face that you were given because it's one-of-a-kind. It's cheesy, but true! As Audrey said...