We all have at least one friend with the perfect skin—glowing complexion, blemish-free, wrinkle-free and no dryness.
Every time you see them, you probably wonder what the secret is. The good news? You can also have flawless skin, with the right routine.
Here are our top skin care tips to pamper your skin and keep it looking healthy. Say goodbye to dry or oily skin, patchy skin and sensitive skin by trying these face care best practices.
Remove Your Makeup Every Night
We can’t stress the every night part enough. Your skin needs to breathe, so if you’re wearing makeup while you’re out and about during the day, be sure to clean it off before you hit the sheets. Makeup can clog your pores, causing blackheads and acne. If you’re worried about sensitive skin and makeup remover, try using olive oil or scentless lotion on your face. Rub it around in a circular motion to get makeup (and dirt) off.
Always Wear Sunscreen
While everyone loves a great summer tan, sun exposure causes wrinkles, spots and other more serious skin problems, including skin cancer. It’s not only important for your anti-aging efforts, but to protect your skin when you’re in the sunlight. Use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15, even when it looks cloudy outside, to avoid sun damage.
Get Enough Sleep
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Get at least eight hours per night, or you’ll be more prone to bags under your eyes and skin sagging in other places.
Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Fruits and vegetables with high water content can also boost your hydration. Watermelon, cucumber, berries and oranges all have a positive effect. Rosewater can prevent and reduce eye puffiness in the morning and, in addition to its hydrating quality, it helps maintain your pH balance.
Use the Right Kind of Facial Cleanser for Your Skin Type
If your skin is oily or prone to acne, wash your face with a cleanser that contains salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide. For those with dry skin, use moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. Wash your face daily with warm water. The warmth opens up your pores, allowing for the dirt and gunk to get out.
Moisturize Day and Night
Moisturizing your skin can help keep it glowing. The most ideal times are after you get out of the shower (or right after you wash your face) in the morning and before you go to bed. Lotions with heavy scents should be avoided. Find a moisturizer that’s right for your skin and doesn’t irritate it. But don’t just smear it into your skin — use gentle pressure to massage it into your skin in a circular motion. This will stimulate circulation, and the improved blood flow will make your skin healthier.
AHA and BHA are popular formulas that can be used both in the dermatologist’s office or at home. AHAs help remove stubborn dead skin cells that clog pores, while BHAs get into pores and combat acne before it gets to the surface of the skin. Just be sure you don’t overdo it. Twice per week should be plenty, no matter what your skin type, to avoid irritation.
There are many ways to keep your skin healthy. The key is not to use too many products to avoid irritation. The tips listed above are good for the face but can be used all over the body, particularly in troublesome places. Work to develop a skincare routine that works for you, and over time you’ll see a noticeable difference in oil production and the overall look and feel of your skin.
If you're struggling with skin issues, find a physician today who can you help you restore a healthy glow.