No matter what skin color you were born with, With these 10 tips, you’ll glow in a way you never knew was possible.
Get to know your skin type
Understanding and getting to know your skin type is the most important thing you can do for your skin. If you’re unaware or misinformed, you could compromise your skin’s natural balance and trigger irritation, inflammation, breakouts, and even premature aging by using the wrong products. The most common skin types are oily, acne-prone, dry, sensitive, and mature skin; it’s also important to note that you can be more than one type and it can change over time or through the seasons, so always listen to your skin.
Sunscreen is everything
If there’s one thing literally ALL derms tell us; it’s the importance of using sunscreen daily to help protect your skin from sun damage. 90% of how your skin ages is within your control and is directly linked to sun exposure. So even on cloudy, winter days, protect your skin by using a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above and a 5-star UVA rating. Just apply sunscreen every day, and your skin will thank you for it.
You should switch up your skincare regime throughout the year
The weather is another external factor that can wreak havoc on your skin. Just think about it: during the winter, the combination of low temperatures outside and increased indoor heating can seriously dry out your skin. Whereas in the summer, you’re dealing with humidity, sun exposure, and climbing temperatures; causing oily skin, dark spots, and even sun damage. That’s why it’s essential to combat the opposing temperatures with different formulas and ingredients throughout the year.
Eat and drink with your skin in mind
No matter how many miracle products you slather on your face, if your diet sucks, your skin just won’t be bringing its A-game. To get that glow, you need to be supplying your body with beauty-boosting vitamins and minerals, and the right nutrients to strengthen your gut. Similarly, there are some foods that you need to avoid if you’re munching with your skin in mind.
You also need to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day – it’s a skincare no brainer. If you ask any model what their top skincare secret is, it’s to always stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. If you’re not drinking enough water, it can make your skin look dull and emphasize fine lines (you should aim for at least 2 liters a day).
Cleanse with Care
Choose a gentle cleanser packed with anti-aging nutrients so you’re feedingyour complexion rather than depleting it of moisture (as some harshcleansers can do). To give your skin a clean slate, day or night, wash yourface withOlay Regenerist Cleansing Whip Facial Cleanser, which removes dirt, oil and daily buildup from your face and leaves skinfeeling light as air.
Exfoliation is key
Exfoliation is an essential step in any good skincare regime. There are two types of exfoliators; physical and chemical exfoliants. We’d recommend using a chemical exfoliant as physical exfoliators are slightly more abrasive and you have the tendency to push too hard, and therefore increase the risk of damage. Whereas, by using a chemical exfoliator like AHAs or BHAs or an enzyme-based formula, which penetrates your skin, dislodging and dissolving dead skin cells while promoting skin regeneration, leaving your skin clean and radiant. With that said, make sure you only use a chemical exfoliant two to three times a week to avoid over-exfoliation.
Moisture is everything
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – we’re not kidding! When it comes to your skin, hydration is everything. Even if you have oily skin, you need to keep your skin hydrated; otherwise, it’ll produce more oil in an attempt to compensate. Make sure you’re moisturizing twice a day and topping up with a nighttime serum and facial mist throughout the day. Look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, peptides, and ceramides.
Leave your pimples alone!
As tempting as it may be to pop a pimple, try to resist the urge as you’ll most likely spread the bacteria and you could even leave a scar. Also, while it may feel like you’ve sanitized the area and cleaned the pimple, there’s so much stuff happening within your skin that you can’t see, and it’s this bacteria that you’ll spread.
Remember, your hormones impact your skin
Our hormones don’t just impact our mood and our energy levels, they majorly impact our skin too. By understanding your monthly cycle, you can tweak and tailor your routine to ensure your skin’s living its best life, all year round. For instance, from days 1-7 as your female hormones are low, it’s important to load up on vitamin c and zinc to up your immune system and hydrate your skin.
Get Enough Rest
Making time for quality sleep – seven to nine hours each night – can dowonders for your skin. While you’re sleeping, your skin makes new collagen,which can help prevent sagging and wrinkles. With the right amount ofsleep, your eyes will also look less puffy, especially if you elevate yourhead with an extra pillow while you snooze