You may have gotten your skincare routine down pat, but a few practical additions may just spell the difference between good skin and your best, healthiest, most glowing complexion.
These five tips may seem like no-brainers, but read through them and you’ll realize that they can often be overlooked. Consider these great add-ons to your beauty know-how.
Proper exfoliation is the key to visibly correcting past damages on the skin, while also boosting the appearance of a healthy glow. This step effectively sloughs away dead skin cells, evens out skin tone, unclogs pores, and gets rid of blackheads. Some of the most common exfoliants contain a combination of glycolic and salicylic acids, but it is always best to consult with your dermatologist on which products to use for your skin type and concerns, and how often to use these products.
Sunscreen is the closest thing you’ve got to an anti-ageing vaccine. It efficiently protects skin from darkening, discoloration, dark spots, premature ageing, and wrinkles. So don’t forget to put sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 on your face daily—even when it’s cloudy outside. And while you’re at it, slather on some product to your neck and hands, too—they’re the most neglected parts of your body where signs of ageing start to visibly appear.
Newsflash: Your hair care products may actually be the culprits behind those breakouts on your forehead, chest, or back. Steer clear of shampoos and conditioners containing silicone and plasticizers—these can clog your pores especially when your hair comes in constant contact with your skin. Use natural, paraben-free products, instead to sidestep those zits.
Salmon, in particular, is rich in omega-3, which does a great job at fighting off skin inflammation that usually appears as red, itchy patches. Including oily fish in your meals also ensures that your body gets its dose of biotin, a B vitamin that produces fatty acids and metabolizes amino acids. Warning: Scrimp on biotin and you’ll get scaly skin!
Make the most out of your beauty sleep by making sure your skin stays clean and healthy. Remember that bacteria and dead skin cells accumulate on your pillowcase and bed sheet, so changing them regularly is a must! Plus, if you have sensitive skin, switch to a fragrance-free detergent to avoid flare-ups and skin irritation.