What words describe how you’d like your skin to look? Is it “glowing”? “Healthy”? “Clear”?
If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We know that not everybody is lucky enough to have naturally amazing looking skin.
If you’re one of many who need to invest a little more time and effort to make your skin look great (or you just want that extra push to go from great to perfect), then read on to find out how to make your skin look extra beautiful.
1. Daily sessions of SPF
Sunscreen, sunblock, or suntan lotion – call it what you want.
The important thing to remember is that SPF sunscreen is essential when it comes to healthy, beautiful skin.
According to New York-based dermatologist Doris Day, “ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure.”
All those new wrinkles in your face and skin could’ve been prevented (or at least delayed) if you just had worn SPF on a daily basis.
You’ll want a lotion that can protect against UVA rays (which cause premature aging) and UVB rays (which cause cancer).
Not only will you be doing your skin a service, but your health as well.
2. Reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that works to retain water in your body.
If you experience a lot of dry skin, one of the reasons is a lack of hyaluronic acid.
Not to worry – there are plenty of moisturizers and serums out there that are rich in hyaluronic acid.
It will make your skin glow by draw water into every layer of your skin and holding it there.
Make sure your skin lotions have this natural ingredient if you want amazing skin.
3. Hydration from within
You know how hyaluronic acid retains water in your tissues?
Well, it can’t retain water that’s not there. Your job is to give your body enough water for its needs – which is about eight glasses of water daily on average.
People living in warm climates or those who live active lifestyles need more if they want healthy, glowing skin.
“Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes,” explains clinical practitioner Dr. Isaac Eliaz. “It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature aging.”
4. Clean your phone
How would you like to hold a public bathroom toilet seat up to your face? Doesn’t sound very appealing, does it?
Well, according to a Stanford University study, that’s basically what you’re doing when using your phone.
Glass touchscreens on mobile phones are especially good at spreading germs and viruses.
Keep a pack of anti-bacterial wipes with you and wipe your phone clean often, unless you want those germs and bacteria to attach to your face and give you irritated and spotty skin.
5. Get that beauty sleep
Lack of sleep causes many issues – include bad skin.
“Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours,” says Amy Wechsler, a board-certified physician in both dermatology and psychiatry.
If you don’t want to look like a walking zombie, get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
Nighttime is also when your body’s cellular renewal team is working at its peak, so if you want to get the best out of your skincare lotions, this is the time to apply them on your skin.
Not everyone is naturally-blessed with healthy, glowing, clear skin – but if you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to fool some people into thinking that you are one of the lucky few.