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.