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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.

What’s Your Skin Type?

We all know the best way to keep ourselves looking young is to take care of our skin and beginning a routine as soon as you can. But how do you know what kind of skin you have and how do you know what you need to keep it looking youthful? This simple quiz will help you find out what kind of skin you have, what you need to do to keep it looking great and allow you to live up to your best potential!

Your skin type will all be affected by a multitude of things, but keep these three in mind: how sensitive your skin is, how much water is in your skin (not how much you drink, but how much water is absorbed to help elasticity) and oil (which effects softness).

1. Normal:

Normal skin is in between dry and oily. This is the skin type we all strive to have.

  • Glowing complexion
  • Barely visible pores
  • Few or no imperfections or blemishes
  • Unsensitive

2. Combo:

Combination skin can be oily in some areas, like your T-zone, and then dry in others, like on your cheeks or neck. This is the most common skin type.  

  • Normal sized pores
  • Blackheads
  • Shine or oil

3. Dry:

Your skin is very dry and tight. It can crack, peel and itch. This skin type can also be confused for a sensitive skin type but doesn’t necessarily mean you have sensitive skin.

  • Red patches
  • Dull, tough complexion
  • Invisible pores
  • Wrinkles and fine lines more visible

*Keep in mind, dry skin can be caused by weather, UV rays, your genes, hormonal changes and even other skincare products you’re using, like your makeup.

4. Oily:

Oily skin can be prone to acne and blemishes, have major shine at the end of a day and have a hard time keeping makeup in place without proper primers.

  • Large pores
  • Shiny, thick complexion
  • Blemishes, blackheads, imperfections and even acne

*Keep in mind, oily skin can be caused by weather (extreme heat or humidity), puberty or hormonal changes and stress.

5. Sensitive:

Your skin is very red and rough. You have a hard time finding product that doesn’t cause irritation or allergic reactions.

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Dry
  • Burning sensation after product application

11 Suggestions To Contribute to Your Skin’s Health

Recuperate your skin complexion and consistency with these tips from our experts. Trading out some daily habits and being more mindful of lifestyle factors that could be affecting you will help you figure out how to get better skin. Follow these tips for better skin, all the way from acne treatments to anti-aging.

1. Water: Not only do we need to hydrate, but we also need to consider the water we’re using to wash our face. “Soft” water doesn’t remove soap well and leaves a film on our skin. “Hard” water doesn’t allow you to lather properly, so it will cause you to use more product and create dryness. Hard water is water that contains an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals (like calcium and magnesium) and soft water is treated water in which the only ion is sodium.

2. Green Tea: The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea helps collagen from being destroyed in our skin as well as sun damage. Drink green tea cold, because hot tea can irritate you skin and worsen redness. Anti-inflammatories and antioxidants are our skin’s best friend if we suffer from red or blotchy skin, so swap out your iced coffee for iced green tea, and watch your complexion improve.

3. Stress: We can’t escape stress, but we can manage it. Just like diet and exercise, stress is a huge contributing factor to our skin. Stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. Practice stress-relieving techniques like deep-breathing exercises and yoga to relieve stress and feel calmer.

4. Air Quality: Not only should we avoid smoke of any kind, particularly cigarette smoke, we should also control the air quality in our homes. Change your AC filter regularly. If you cook, use the stove fan, consider getting a humidifier if you live in a dryer climate. They also make affordable air purifiers if you’re unable to control your environment like in an office, so get one for your desk and turn it on when you’re working.

5. Plain Toothpaste: As much as we like a cinnamon flavor, it’s bad for our skin. Added flavors and tartar-control ingredients can lead to perioral dermatitis, which leaves the skin around our mouths looking red, scaly and can cause breakouts.

6. Sun Exposure: Everyone knows you need to wear sunscreen outside, but you also need to be mindful of your sun exposure indoors. UV rays can penetrate windows in your home and office, which can lead to sunspots and skin cancer. You can even get sunburn and sun damage while driving in a car. Studies show more people of wrinkles and sun damage on the left side of their face.

7. Dairy: If you struggle with acne, watch how much dairy you consume. Studies show dairy intake has a 30% increase in breakouts and blemishes. Even organic and skim milk can contribute, so make sure to limit your dairy intake as much as possible. If you consider a dairy free diet, be sure to get your calcium from other foods, like leafy greens or consider a supplement.

8. Cleanser: If you have dry skin, your cleanser is even more important than your moisturizer. Try using a non-soap cleanser to help replace the moisture barrier on your skin. Continue to moisturize after you wash but talk to a professional and make sure you’re using the proper cleanser for you skin type.

9. Water-Based Hair Products: Look for water-based formulas and avoid those containing mineral oil, beeswax, or microcrystalline wax. Conditioners and styling products can contain oils and waxes that clog your pores. Even though you’re not applying it on your face, you still shower, sweat it off, and rub product on your forehead, neck and back.

10. Medication: Talk to your doctor if you’re feeling like your skin is reacting more when using a drug. Antihistamines, diuretics, and some antidepressants can cause dry skin. Some oral contraceptives, antibiotics, fertility drugs, and anti-seizure medications can bring on breakouts. Certain antibiotics, diuretics, and diabetes treatments can make you vulnerable to sun damage.

11. Sleep: Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so you need to make sure you’re giving it enough time to do so. Be sure to sleep at least 8 hours each night. Being sleep-deprived puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.