Simple Tips for Glowing Skin
1. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
A study found that 72% of women never wash their brushes or sponges, even though they collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts. "You should wash loose powder brushes every two to three weeks and those used to apply foundation once a week. Mix a couple of drops of gentle facial cleanser or shampoo and lukewarm water in a cup, swish your brushes around, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay flat to air dry.
2. EXFOLIATE FOR SMALLER-LOOKING PORES
It's amazing how something so tiny can feel so huge, but enlarged pores are one of the most common beauty complaints. Pores appear larger when they're filled with dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and keratin, a protein that lives on the surface of skin. Remove those plugs, and they seem to shrink." To clear out the gunk, start exfoliating regularly with daily applications of salicylic and glycolic acid. Then add a cleansing system to soften and smooth skin and clear the dead surface cells. To keep pores from getting even bigger as you age, practice safe sun. Sun damage breaks down collagen, which can affect pore size as well.
3. HIT THE SACK EARLY
We know, you've heard it all before, but it's called beauty sleep for a reason. Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours. It's also the best time to rejuvenate your skin. Your body's cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a fine job.
4. STRIP OFF YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED
Leaving makeup and dirt on skin doesn't just clog pores; it can cause excessive dryness and even skin dandruff. Most makeup contains a sugar-type molecule that can grow yeast overnight. Don't forget to thoroughly remove eye makeup too. It can lead to bumpy rashes around the eyes or small white bumps called milia cysts. Try Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent, a gentle, oil-free cleanser that quickly melts away everything from waterproof liner to mascara.
5. STAY OUT OF HOT WATER
A steamy shower may feel great, but it's one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Not only does the heat strip essential oils, but it creates a mild burn. Blood vessels respond by dilating in an effort to cool the skin, causing flushing and ruddiness. When you're in your twenties, you can take a hot shower, be red & swollen and recover in an hour, but in your thirties, it may take 2 hours. By your forties, your skin just doesn't have the ability to shrink back to its original state so you stay ruddy all the time.
6. DON'T WAIT TO MOISTURIZE
Most creams and lotions have key ingredients that create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture, but because skin cools itself by evaporating water, you only have a few minutes before that hydration is gone forever. Slather on a moisturizer with natural silicone, while your face is still damp. It locks in moisture for up to 24 hours, plumping and improving the appearance of fine lines as skin drinks up the moisture (like the difference between a raisin and a grape).
7. EXFOLIATE… WITHOUT SCRUBBING
Over time, the natural enzymes in your skin work less effectively at removing dead skin cells, so they hang on and prevent your skin from reflecting light. The result? You look ashy and gray. Speed up your skin's cellular turnover and smooth its surface with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) like glycolic or lactic acid. But beware: Although lots of products include AHAs, the concentration is often too low to do much. Look at the label to see how much it contains and pick one that's around 8%. Anything more is too much. Expect some initial stinging at first; it should subside as your skin gets used to it.
8. BE PATIENT WITH YOUR PRODUCTS
We're all in a hurry to see results, but putting on the brakes can ensure that the results you get are positive. When you're starting a new product, use it every other day, and never try a few new buys at once. Even if you just got a new skincare system, introduce one product every three to four days at the least. You'll rarely experience dryness, irritation, and burning. And if you do, you'll know right away who the culprit is. Give any new potion at least 12 weeks (and up to 6 months) to see if it's really improving your skin before calling it quits.
9. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF YOUR FACE
Picking—even lightly—can permanently damage skin. I actually have patients whose skin cleared up with no medications, just because they stopped touching it. Every time you press against a pimple, it causes inflammation and distress to the skin. At the same time, bacteria is pushed deep inside the pore, and the oil glands burst, causing even more trauma. The result? More acne, plus discoloration and scarring. If you're really hooked on popping, leave it to the pros and schedule regular monthly extractions with an aesthetician who knows how to do them safely and gently.
10. MAKE YOUR SUNSCREEN WORK HARDER FOR YOU
Antioxidants like vitamin C offer an extra layer of protection again environmental damage and toxins, diverting them before they can damage your cells. That's why applying them as part of your morning routine boosts the efficacy of your sunscreen. It's important to know that sunscreens are chemicals that you are applying to your skin and they absorb into your body. So, use a lighter sunscreen daily such as SPF 15 along with vitamin C and a higher sunscreen (about 30) every two hours if you are outdoors for a long period of time.