20 TIPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE BEAUTIFUL SKIN
Drink lots of water for flawless looking skin, Water flushes out toxins and we are made of 60-75% water.
2. Kick dryness in the butt at night.
If you wake up with dry skin, change your bedtime routine, not the morning one. It’s easier to head off dryness at night than to reverse it the next day.
3. Cleansing cloths shouldn't be your first line of defense.
Face wipes may be more convenient than old-school cleansers, but don't rely on wipes to detox skin if you live in a city where pollution is high.
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.
5. 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.
6. The sun is responsible for fine lines.
Ninety percent of fine lines are caused by sun exposure, which makes sunscreen the ultimate ingredient for younger-looking skin. Use an SPF 30 or higher daily.
7. Consider a chemical peel.
Weekly chemical peels help healthy bacteria grow. Gritty scrubs have the opposite effect, triggering collagen-destroying enzymes. . Glycolic acid works, too.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.
8. Vitamin C is your friend.
Use brighteners (we like vitamin C) within six months of seeing a dark spot. Melanin goes deeper into skin over time, so it's harder to reach.
9. Sweep up oil with a foaming face wash.
If you're breaking out along your hairline, it could be from the oil in your hair products. A foaming face wash cuts through the oil without being harsh.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Acne products come in many formulas.
Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria; use it all over to prevent breakouts. A 2.5 or 5.5 percent formula works without flaky side effects.
13. 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.
14. Integrate fatty acids into your routine.
Your skin uses omega fatty acids to produce lipids (moisturizing oils) and studies show that omega-3 supplements improve skin's lipid levels and hydration.
15. Apply sunscreen, everywhere.
Don't forget sunscreen on your ears, hairline, neck, hands, and chest. Dermatologists can look at your décolleté to see how old you are.
16. 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.
17. Peel pads are almost too easy not to use.
Glycolic acid treats lines and dark spots. It's most effective in individually wrapped peel pads.
18. 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.
19. Fight hyperpigmentation during the day.
Treat dark spots using antioxidants during the day. At night, apply topical retinoids to enhance cell turnover to shed pigment.
20. Splurge on a facial.
Find a highly qualified skin care professional and get a professional facial. If you have clogged pores no amount of product will give you that radiant skin you crave even if you do buy pricey products. Until you clean out the dirt and debris that lies under the skin you're just wasting your money.