Who wouldn’t want a skin that glows without a highlighter? Or looks healthy and beautiful without any makeup?
If you don’t have time for intensive skin care, you can still pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems.
Whether you take a minimal approach when it comes to a beauty routine, or devour any kind of skincare and makeup advice you can get your hands on, one thing remains universal: We all want to know the very best practices for achieving healthy, radiant skin.
Many people turn to chemical-filled skin treatments to achieve blemish-free skin. Products that contain chemicals cause other issues, though, like skin irritation, flaking, and dryness. Luckily, you can use all-natural products to improve the appearance and health of your skin instead.
To guide you through the beauty-jargon on your quest for happy, healthy skin, here are 21 skincare tips that cover ALL the bases.
20 Skin Care Secrets For Healthier-Looking Skin
If you intend to follow just half of these skincare tips, you’ll start to see a huge difference already. So, start step by step. Don’t worry! You’ll get there. These general skin care tips can benefit just about everyone.
1. Drink more water.
Hydration is the key! And the first most important thing to do if you are aiming for clear skin. You need to keep yourself hydrated 24*7 else all the below tips would just not work on you.
A lack of water means less radiance and more sag. You need to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day – it’s a skincare no brainer. If you ask any model what their top skincare secret is, it’s to always stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. If you’re not drinking enough water, it can make your skin look dull and emphasize fine lines (you should aim for at least 2 liters a day).
2. Wash your face twice a day.
Cleansing is another very important step for better skin. If you do nothing else to your face, make sure that you at least wash it.
You should wash your face once in the morning before leaving for work and then in the evening after you have come home from work/college and not planning to leave home.
Use your favorite cleanser to wash away makeup, dirt, sweat, and debris from your skin. If you leave all of that on your skin overnight, your pores will quickly clog and cause blemishes.
3. Do it gently.
Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. Using hot water on your skin can remove oils from the skin and make it drier.
Use warm water rather than hot water. Avoid strong soaps or cleansers that can strip oil and moisture from your skin. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin. Dry your towel so that some moisture stays on your skin.
4. Moisturize both day and night.
Moisturizers help our skin barrier by providing lipids, protecting from external chemicals, and providing water to our sometimes parched skin.
For oily skin types, look for water/gel-based moisturizer. You can totally skip the moisturizer in the morning if you think it feels quite heavy all day. And for people with normal to dry skin, it’s better to go for a heavy but non-greasy moisturizer.
Look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, peptides, and ceramides.
5. Protect your skin from sun.
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Exposure to sun can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems like skin cancer.
It is always recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen and reapply the sunscreen as and when required. You can wear a hat to restrict harmful rays from reaching your skin.
6. Avoid direct heat exposure.
Don’t just watch out for the sun – getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. Try to stay at least ten feet away. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
7. Don’t touch your face.
You should try to avoid touching your face. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts – it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
8. Use skin care products that match your skin’s needs.
What’s your skin type – oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition? Using products formulated for your skin’s needs will help your skin look and feel its best.
9. Don’t use too many products.
Layering on multiple skincare products all at once is a big no-no.. It can be harsh on the skin, resulting in more breakouts and clogged pores.
10. Clean your makeup brushes regularly.
Have you ever seen those videos where they see makeup and makeup brushes and sponges under a microscope? That’s really disgusting. There are tons of bacteria which stay on our unclean makeup brushes and sponges.
To fight infection and clogged pores, it is recommended to wash concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes – twice per month, and for any other brushes – once a month is fine.
Here’s how: Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
11. Don’t use expired products.
Hanging onto products past their expiry dates is a big no-no: It’s bad for you. Sadly, your beloved beauty products harbor bacteria (especially if you use them frequently), and these can lead to infections and irritations, not to mention, they don’t perform as well – we’re talking to you, gunky mascara!
After a while, products can produce harmful toxins that can be dangerous to your health as well as your skin. As a general rule, if you can’t remember when you bought your face cream, SPF, foundation, mascara or eyeliner – get rid of it!
If you didn’t know, this little jar with a floating lid signals how long you can use your product for once you’ve opened it. So, if it reads 12M that means you’ve got a whole year to enjoy your product – usually lipsticks, blushes, eyeshadows, and foundation will be anywhere in this expiration region, or perhaps even up to 24M.
Skincare products with active ingredients could be anywhere from 3M to 6M – so now you know, it’s really worth checking. Especially with skincare containing active ingredients or SPF, as they lose their efficacy and might not give you the protection you need.
12. Aim for a restful night’s sleep.
Getting enough sleep seems simple, but it is the best thing to do for your skin. While you sleep, your skin is in repair mode.
With plenty of rest, your skin and heal and renew, and skin cells can grow more quickly. Make a healthy sleep schedule a priority to improve the appearance of your skin.
13. Eat well.
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Including fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid. Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture.
14. Balance your alcohol consumption.
If you don’t drink, hop to the next tip, if you do, listen.
If you are a regular drinker, skin wise, you might be in huge trouble and if not currently, you might get into one. Because alcohols play with your metabolism. And if you are not good at this metabolism thing, you are sure shot to face health or skin issues.
What is the best to do is to either work on reducing your consumption or balancing your bad with the good. Compensate for the loss. Eat more healthy at times you are not drinking. Drink more of detox waters and juices. Make health and skin your priority!
And if you by any chance are an occasional drinker, then just go for a fresh glass of juice or coconut water or detox water the next morning and a lot of salads and healthy stuff to balance bad with the good. And you’ll be all okay! (with skin issues at least).
15. Manage stress.
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
16. Don’t smoke.
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin – the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. Furthermore, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking – such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
In addition, smoking increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
17. Gently exfoliate.
Exfoliating twice weekly is a secret weapon to perfect skin. We all tend to either skip it or overdo it. Twice a week with a physical scrub that has a chemical element like lactic acid is a perfect combo to great skin. It keeps the pores minimized, keeps the fine lines at bay, and resurfaces the skin perfectly.
18. Don’t forget about your neck.
Neglecting the neck area is one of the most common skincare mistakes, which is kinda crazy as it’s one the of biggest giveaways of someone’s age. So always make sure you continue your entire skincare routine down your neck; this means double cleansing your neck as well as toning and moisturizing. Also, be gentle and massage in upward motions so that you’re not pulling the skin downward, which is precisely where you don’t want your skin to go!
19. Put baking soda on blemishes.
This simple skincare tip neutralizes the pH of your skin while also removing dead skin cells. When this happens, the appearance of the blemish fades until eventually disappearing. Baking soda also has antibacterial properties, which can prevent infection and reduce swelling.
Use one teaspoon of baking soda and enough water or olive oil to make a paste. You usually only need a few drops of the liquid to get a good consistency. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing it with water.
20. Use aloe vera.
Aloe vera heals and rejuvenates your skin, giving it a natural glow. All that you have to do is cut open an aloe vera leaf and squeeze out the gel. Massage the gel into your skin and leave it for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
You can leave the gel on your skin overnight, but it can be sticky, so you might not want to. Aloe vera gel can be used on your skin up to twice a week.
Achieving glowing and healthy skin is easier than you might think. You don’t have to use chemical-filled products, either. Plenty of all-natural skin care tips can help you achieve the skin you want to have.
These simple home skin care tips can help you reduce the appearance of blemishes while preventing future breaks outs. Having glowing and healthy skin will give you confidence and help you feel better about yourself. Find the skin care tips that work for you and see how they improve your skin.