Skincare is the foundation of beauty. If your skin is dull, dry, or oily and acne-prone, it’s hard to look and feel your best. Applying makeup is more difficult, and it can feel like all anyone sees when they look at you are your skin problems.
Luckily, getting healthier skin is easier than you might think. Beauty companies try to sell you expensive products and convince you that you need pricey solutions for your skin. But the truth is, having beautiful and clear skin is simple—all you have to do it keep your skin healthy. These tips will help you get your skin healthier than ever and looking amazing.
Exfoliate often—but not too often.
Exfoliating is the first key to getting beautiful, healthy skin. Over the course of time, skin cells die and begin to look dull, dry, or flaky. Exfoliating gets rid of these old dead skin cells and reveals the fresh and beautiful skin underneath.
Be careful not to overdo it, though. Exfoliating too often can lead to raw and irritated skin that’s more prone to bacterial infections like acne. Using a harsh exfoliant can cause these problems, too. While you might opt for a rough exfoliating mitt or cloth for your body, don’t use these tools on your face.
You should also stay away from certain types of products, such as those that contain almond shells. While these are popular products that are marketed as facial exfoliants, they can scratch your skin, leading to uneven texture and bacterial infections.
Gentle chemical exfoliants are the best way to go. Products that contain AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) are ideal for exfoliating your skin without overdoing it. Use a product that contains AHA or BHA two to three times a week for the best results.
Moisturizing your skin every day is just as important as exfoliating regularly. Even if you feel like your skin is already oily, moisturizing helps to keep it in balance. In fact, moisturizing oily skin signals to your skin that it doesn’t need to keep producing excess oil and can lead to better-looking, less oily skin.
For those with dry skin, moisturizing is even more important. Moisturizers protect skin from drying out even more and help your dry skin to heal itself. Apply a lightweight moisturizer to your face in the morning before putting on any makeup. In the evening, apply a thicker moisturizer that will keep skin protected at night and you’ll wake up with softer skin.
Moisturizing daily from a young age will help to prevent wrinkles as you age, too. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkling and can make you look older than you really are.
Use sunscreen, even in the winter.
If you’re concerned about the health of your skin, you no doubt already use sunscreen in the summer or when you’re planning outdoor activities. But this only protects your skin for a fraction of the time you spend in the sun. Think about how much time you spend outdoors on an average day. Even if it’s only twenty minutes (and it’s probably more), that adds up over a lifetime.
Sun damage is one of the leading causes of premature aging in the skin. Exposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, freckles, leathery-looking dry skin, and of course, skin cancer.
Protect your skin by applying sunscreen to your face and other exposed areas every day. Start doing this early, and you can prevent all kinds of damage to your skin.
Our final tip for healthy glowing skin is easy—drink water! When you don’t drink enough water, your body starts to get dehydrated. This can not only make you feel yucky, it can suck the moisture out of your skin.
Experts can’t seem to agree on how much water you should be drinking, but sipping on water throughout the day will help you stay hydrated. Avoid sugary drinks like soda or excessive amounts of alcohol, as these can make dehydration worse. Replace these beverages with water and your skin will thank you.
Following these four basic tips will get you on the path to healthy and beautiful skin in no time. You don’t have to spend a fortune on beauty products, and your skin will look better than ever.