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Dermatologists Swear by These Skincare Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Aside from your basic skincare needs- washing your face, taking off your makeup before you go to bed, and moisturizing- there are a few simple things you can do to achieve that healthy glowing skin you’ve always wanted. You don’t need an Instagram filter or the ever-so-flattering “golden hour” to achieve model worthy skin. Follow these 5 simple tips from leading dermatologists to do so.

Please wear sunscreen! Be sure to wear a sunscreen every single day. You want to find one that has an SPF or higher. Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from sunspots, wrinkles and most importantly, skin cancer. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all areas of your body exposed to the sun. You can even get sun damage while driving in the car, so be sure to apply it everywhere. Find a mineral sunscreen that relies on titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Also, take whatever measure you can to avoid the sun. Wear a shady hat, sunglasses, cover-ups that aren’t see-through and staying in the shade whenever possible.

Exfoliate according to what works best for you skin Exfoliating is a major step in your skincare routine that you need to add if you haven’t already. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells making way for newer, fresher skin. For normal to oily skin, use products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). If you have sensitive skin, look for an exfoliator that doesn’t have any harsh beads or pits, but does have polyhydroxy acids (PHAs). Exfoliating a few times a week will help with cell turnover and help you achieve a healthy glow.

Add an antioxidant cream to add to your skincare regimen. We all know antioxidants protect your skin against free radicals. If you use an antioxidant cream, as well as eat antioxidant rich foods, you’re helping your skin fight off damage. A Vitamin serum or cream is your best bet. This powerful ingredient will help protect you skin against cell damage and sun exposure. You can also try finding a moisturizer that contains Vitamin E. It will help keep your skin hydrated and give you the dewy finish you want.

Another antioxidant cream, and probably the most important one, is a Vitamin A cream. Vitamin A products (retinoids) brighten your skin. Retinol is another form of Vitamin A and commonly found in anti-aging products. It works by ramping up the normal skin cell turnover process, which can help with concerns like fine lines and dark spots, as well as acne. Use your Vitamin A cream at night though, because you might have some irritation or reaction to it.

Above all, you need to make sure you know your skin type and know what works for you. If you have sensitive or dry skin, you might have to stop exfoliating so often and instead invest in a really good moisturizer. If you are on the oilier side, exfoliate more often and possibly opt for a matte finish foundation. If you’re unsure on what you should start with or what kind of skin you have, talk to a professional skincare specialist or a dermatologist to get started.

5 Imperative Skincare Musts to Start ASAP

Aging seems to have a negative connation in the skincare community these days. We’re constantly told we need to find a skincare routine that helps us look younger longer and makes us feel bad about what comes naturally to us as we get older; our skin tends to age. While we all want to look our best, we shouldn’t feel bad about aging or the changes our skin goes through as we get older and approach our mid-30s. Our skin is not going to look like we’re 18 anymore, and at this point in our lives, we don’t want it to. These 5 skincare tips are the best ways you can pamper yourself and treat your skin to some self-love. Take pride in knowing you’re making these changes not only for your skin but also for yourself and remember that some extra TLC can not only prevent signs of aging (if that’s our concern) but also help us appreciate ourselves in ways we never thought we would.

1. Increase Hydration

Not only do you need to be sure you moisturize properly every day and night, you also need to make sure you’re drinking enough water. H2O will keep your skin hydrated, yes, but it will also help overall production of collagen, cell turnover, and most importantly, your body to stay and feel healthy. You can also consider taking a daily supplement that will ensure you get other essentials in your daily diet, like Resveratrol, Vitamin E and more Collagen. Keep in mind, even if you don’t consider your skin dry according to your skin type, once you’re in your 30s, your skin will need a moisture boost to help ward off other skincare concerns. Even if you have oily skin, it’s still possible your skin is dehydrated. Your collagen and elastin levels tend to fall, so your skin needs more help retaining moisture. To keep your skin hydrated, try incorporating a hyaluronic acid serum or antioxidant oil into your daily skincare routine.

2. Marry Your Acids

A Vitamin C serum at this point in your life is completely necessary. Consider splurging and investing in one that is of high quality. This ensures the formulations are stable and the ingredients are high quality. Ascorbic and L-ascorbic acids are best to wear during the daytime, after sunscreen and before makeup, because they act as free-radical fighting antioxidants. They won’t build up under your make and will be a second barrier to fight off UV damage. Glycolic and Lactic Acid are both Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which are best when incorporated into your nighttime routine, because they act as an exfoliator. They work best when your skin is going through its repair cycle and regenerating cells while you sleep.

3. Rekindle Your Dermatologist Relationship

At this point in your skin’s life, it’s time to make an appointment with your Dermatologist to get a new outlook on what your skin needs. At this age, your skin is going through a lot of changes and you might need some professional advice to see what you can do to ensure your skin’s best care. Your skin’s elastin and collagen levels are slowing down, so your skin could break out and develop acne. You will see inflammation and dryness in areas you might not have even seen before and your skin’s moisture barrier is thinning. While most over the counter skincare products work for us when we were in our 20s, our 30s need more concentrated, active ingredients. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you with products that will give you a steady, youthful glow and help your collagen productions level out. In addition, if you’ve never had a skin cancer screening, now is the time to do so!

4. Find an Esthetician

Finding an Esthetician that you have a good relationship with is going to be really important for your new skincare journey. If you’ve never heard of or been to one before, an Esthetician is someone who specializes in the beautification of skin. As you use new products and try new routines to keep your skin healthy, a monthly appointment with an esthetician will help you see if what you’re doing is working. A licensed skincare specialist will be able to tell you if what you’re using is working for you skin, will give you someone to talk to and consult with any questions or concerns about ingredients and technique, and most likely be the most beneficial thing you can do for you skin. Your skin regenerates itself every month, exactly 27 days, so seeing one every month or so will really do some good.

5. Worship Your SPF

It isn’t easy to reapply your SPF as needed throughout the day when you’re at work and wearing makeup. But sunscreen at this point in your skin’s like is more important than ever. However, cosmetic companies have finally jumped on the SPF bandwagon and are now making makeup with SPF. Be sure to choose a foundation, concealer and loose powder that has an SPF. They more than likely will have an SPF value of 30 or higher, so in addition to your am SPF application, these products will help ensure you escape sun damage as long as they have SPF in them. Also, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, hats if you’re going to be in direct sunlight for a long period of time, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen on every part of your body that’s going to be exposed to the elements.