Looking for skin-care advice? We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it's not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that's going to work best for you.
You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tons of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
1. Use the correct cleanser for your skin type
For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great. For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown spots or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser.
2. Don’t use too many products
Layering on multiple skincare products all at once is a big no-no. It can be harsh on the skin, resulting in more breakouts and clogged pores.
3. Moisturise both day and night
The best times to moisturise are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturiser gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
4. Don’t touch your face
Figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn't just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
5. Hydrate inside and out
A lack of water means less radiance and more sag. We suggest choosing products (cleansing, moisturising, and anti-aging) that have hydrating formulas. And, of course, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
6. Avoid direct heat exposure
Don't just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. We recommend staying at least ten feet away. So next time you're roasting chestnuts or toasting marshmallows over an open fire, take a step back.
7. Exfoliate a couple times per week
We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen. To fight this, you should choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn't dry as it exfoliates. And don't just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
8. Vitamins should go on your skin, too
A balanced diet is important, but there's more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin (think vitamin C serum!). These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage. Not sure how to use them? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
9. Get your greens
Though it's tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it's also good for cellulite.
If you're not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. We also advise you to drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them - it will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it's de-puffing, too.
10. Maintain a healthy diet
Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid. Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin's ability to hold onto moisture. And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index (simple and complex carbohydrates).
11. Clean your makeup brushes regularly
To fight infection and clogged pores we recommend washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here's how: Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
12. Wear sunscreen 365 days a year — rain or shine, indoors or out
Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach. But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we're driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It's the daily UV exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. What kind of sunscreen is best? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied throughout the day.
13. Sun protection doesn't stop at sunscreen
We're talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact.
14. Simplify your skincare routine
Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well but usually they're off the shelves just as quickly as they're on them. Find a cleanser and moisturiser that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
15. Sleep smarter
It's not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles. Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. Better hair and skin while you sleep? Yes, please.
16. Period skin is real
Everyone's skin suffers from periods when nothing is working. But masks balance skin quickly: clays reduce oil, and gels calm redness.
You don't have to use one product on your entire face. Try glycolic acid on the T-zone to minimize breakouts and thick creams elsewhere.
18. Take your time when applying products
When layering, let each product absorb for two or three minutes so it's not counteracted or diluted by the next one you put on
19. Consider a chemical peel
Weekly chemical peels help healthy bacteria grow. Gritty scrubs have the opposite effect, triggering collagen-destroying enzymes. New to chemical peels? Try glycolic acid for normal skin, salicylic acid for oily or combination skin, and gentle lactic acid for dry or sensitive skin.
20. Self-care with a sheet mask
Sheet masks push hydrating ingredients into the skin. Put one on over your moisturizer for 10 minutes at night, and your skin will be dewy the next day.
21. Be patient when using retinol
Using retinol is a marathon, not a sprint. It stimulates collagen but can irritate. Start using it once per week, over a moisturizer.
22. Acne products come in many formulas
Benzoyl peroxide kills P. acnes bacteria; use it all over to prevent breakouts. A 2.5 or 5.5 percent formula works without flaky side effects. —William James
23. Blackheads hate salicylic acid
Salicylic acid is really only ideal for blackheads and whiteheads. If it dries you out, look for it in a face wash and let it sit on your skin for 30 seconds.
24. Integrate fatty acids into your routine
Your skin uses omega fatty acids to produce lipids (moisturising oils) and studies show that omega-3 supplements improve skin's lipid levels and hydration.
25. Pack an extra pillow for puffy eyes
If you wake up to puffy eyes, add an extra pillow under your head while you sleep — gravity drains enough fluid to help with next-day puffiness.
26. Don't towel off
If your skin is ashy, make one easy change: Don't dry it completely before moisturizing. Creams seal in hydration and work best with a little water.
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