To compile a list of top skincare tips, we spoke to dermatologists and top experts in the field. These easy tips, along with top-tested products from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab, will help you achieve glowing skin quickly.
1.Make sure you use the right cleanser for your skin type.
Dr. Ava Shamban from Santa Monica, a dermatologist, says that a salicylic gel and benzoyl peroxide shampoo are great for oily skin. “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 multiple skincare products at once is not a good idea, according to Dr. Julia Tzu, an NYC-based dermatologist. This can lead to more breakouts and clogged pores.
3. Moisturize throughout the day and at night.
Dr. Janet Prystowsky, an NYC-based dermatologist, stated that the best times to moisturize is right after you get out from the shower and before you go to sleep. Avoid heavy fragrances and find a moisturizer that is gentle enough to be used every day with no irritation.
4. Do not touch your face.
Dr. Tzu says 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 both inside and outside.
All of the skin experts we spoke with stressed the importance of hydration. According to Dr. Mona Gohara of Connecticut, “Lacking water can lead to less radiance and more wrinkles.” She suggests choosing products (cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging) that have hydrating formulas. You should also drink eight glasses of water per day.
6. Avoid direct heat exposure
You don’t have to be concerned about the sun. Heaters and fireplaces can also cause skin damage. It can cause inflammation and collagen loss. Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist, recommends staying at least 10 feet away. Next time you roast chestnuts or make s’mores on an open fire, think about taking a step back.
7. Exfoliate a couple of times per week.
Dr. Gohara says that we lose 50 million skin cells per day and without some extra encouragement, they can hang around, leaving our skin looking dull. You can fight this by choosing a pH-neutral product so that it doesn’t dry out as it exfoliates. And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
8. You should also apply vitamins to your skin.
While a balanced diet is essential, there are many ways to provide vitamins for your skin. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin (think vitamin C serum! ).
Dr. Palmer says that these can help repair sun-damaged skin. Are you unsure how to use them? For added protection, you can layer them under your sunscreen.
9. Get your greens.
Joanna Vargas is a NYC skincare facialist who says that even though it can be tempting to grab a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up, choosing the right beverage can make a big difference. Drink a cup of chlorophyll each morning to brighten, oxygenate and hydrate your skin. Chlorophyll is also known to reduce puffiness and stimulate the lymphatic system. It’s good for cellulite.
Chlorophyll supplements are available at many pharmacies and health food shops if you don’t want to take a shot. Green juices with lots and green vegetables are also recommended by her: “It will transform you skin in a matter days — it helps oxygenate your skin and stimulates lymphatic drain, so it is de-puffing.”
10. Maintain a healthy diet.
Joanna says that your skin has a natural barrier to retain water. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential. Flax seeds or walnuts on your salad will instantly boost your omega-3 and increase your skin’s ability hold onto moisture. Make sure you eat low-glycemic foods (simple and complicated carbohydrates).
11. Regularly clean your makeup brushes.
To fight infection and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. She recommends washing brushes around the eyes twice per month. For all other brushes, it is okay to wash them once a month.
Here’s how it works: Take a small amount of mild shampoo and place it in the palm of your hands. Use lukewarm water to wet the bristles. To distribute shampoo, rub the bristles in your palm. The bristles can be damaged if the brush is too wet. Use a towel to dry the shampoo. To dry the brushes, place them on their sides with the bristles at the edge of your counter.
12. Sunscreen should be worn all year, rain or shine.
Dr. Palmer says that many people believe they need to protect their skin only on sunny days or at the beach. Dr. Palmer says, “But the truth of the matter is that our skin needs to be protected no matter what we do, whether we are driving, flying, or just running errands.” The visible signs of aging are caused by daily UV exposure. What kind of sunscreen is best? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.