Can you go natural and get a great looking glow? You can if you follow these sixteen simple tips for creating a beauty regimen for flawless skin.
1. Mist Moisturizer, Not Water
If you mist, then moisturize too—it’s two steps. When you just spritz, the water evaporates on the skin, creating dryness. Can’t do both steps? Look for a mister with an emollient like glycerin.
2. Sponge On SPF
If you don’t like the gooey feel of facial sunscreen, apply it with a sponge, which helps it penetrate.
3. Exfoliate Longer, Not Harder
When you want deep exfoliation, do it longer, not harder, as you cleanse your skin. Don’t think scrub when you’re using one since too much force is harmful.
4. Lay Off the Liquor
More than one drink a day can cause increased oil production and enlarged pores. Lack of sleep can have the same effect, so be sure to get your z’s—aim for at least seven hours a night.
Your Face Wear a lot of makeup? Wash your face in two steps for the best results. First, remove makeup and sunscreen with a oil based cleanser that’s designed to break down cosmetics. Next, use a formula with a water base. gently rub cleanser in with upward motions from neck to forehead.
6. Lay It On Thin, Then Thick
For optimum results—and maximum penetration—apply products in the right order. First use the lightest product (usually a serum), followed by heavier formulas. For instance, in the morning apply an antioxidant serum, then a moisturizer, and cap it off with sunscreen.
7. Prep for Sleep
When it comes to maintenance, proximity and convenience are key: Keep a little case with lip balm, cuticle oil, and hand and foot cream in your bedside table, and make a ritual of applying each one before going to sleep.
8. Try a Facial Scrub
Wrinkle creams with retinol or glycolic acid can leave skin scaly. I recommend reaching for a facial scrubber at least once a week to remove dead skin cells.
9. Baby Your Face
When washing skin, avoid abrasive puffs and just use your fingertips. If your routine includes a washcloth, get the gentler, low-loop terry ones made for newborns.
10. Stub Out The Cig
Smoking has been shown to make acne worse since it diminishes the delivery of oxygen to the skin and robs it of nutrients, thereby inhibiting scars from healing. Not enough reason to quit? Smoke depletes moisture, making skin lose its luster and look wrinkly.
11. Choose Good Oils
To give dry skin healthy, natural oil I recommends a weekly 15-minute mask of mashed avocado. Or once a week massage a tablespoon of olive oil into your face in lieu of your usual night cream but skip it if you’re acne-prone.
12. Anti-Age with Ice
For homemade skin care, all you need is an ice cube tray. Pour in some apple juice and freeze. The malic acid in the frozen juice is an anti-aging alpha-hydroxy acid. Pass the ice cube gently over the skin and feels like a mini-facelift!
13. Face Up When Sleeping
Yes, it’s relaxing to snooze on your tummy, but to avoid wrinkles, flip over. I can tell which side of their people sleep on. A vanity pillow cradles your head, preventing tossing and turning.
14. Eat Your Water
When you eat hydrating fruits and vegetables like grapefruit or cucumber, the water penetrates and plumps up cells better than drinking water. Aim for three daily servings of fruit and five of veggies.
15. Soak with Tea
If you suffer from foot odor, soak your feet in a bowl of very dark black tea, like Lipton. Let the tea really steep, the tannins change the pH of your skin and combat odor.
16. Heal Your Heels
After a season of flip-flops, get rid of calluses by applying wart remover overnight and just pumice away the dead skin in the morning.