woman with smooth skin looking in mirror

woman with smooth skin looking in mirror

You don’t have to have weekly visits to a spa, spend money on luxurious products, or change everything about your skincare routine to have a healthy complexion. And when you’ve had a long day at work, followed by an even longer evening of taking care of your family, or your pets, or your partner, or even just trying to take a little care of yourself, skincare can be the last thing on your mind.

And it’s completely understandable to not want to time cleaning off your makeup and would rather just jump into bed and go the sleep. But it’s very important to the health of your skin to wash your face. Also, the act of cleaning your skin and washing away the day can be soothing too. 

We all have that one friend seemingly perfect, flawless skin and we can’t help to wonder… how? Do they have some magical, everyday habits that somehow improve and perfect skin? Or did they hit the genetics lottery? Turns out, while you can have good genes, there are certain daily habits you can do to make a huge difference with your skin health.

You definitely don’t have to invest in super expensive skincare lines or even get frequent facials. Instead, all you really need to do is pay attention to the condition of your skin and make sure that you’re keeping it well-cleansed and full of nutrients made to repair and soothe the skin.

Here are a few habits you should adopt if you want to maintain a healthy complexion and wake up flawless:

  • Use broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 30-50 daily and reapply it throughout the day. The sun causes collagen to breakdown, which leads to fine lines and DNA damage. This can lead to skin cancer and brown spots.
  • Antioxidants help undo sun-induced DNA damage. While there are plenty of antioxidant products out there, you can get your intake of antioxidants by eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Implementing retinol into your skincare routine is key because it helps stimulate collagen production, which will improve fine lines and skin tone. Retinol also helps fight acne and psoriasis.
  • Did you know exercise can help your skin appear younger and more vibrant? Studies have found that exercising regularly can help reverse aging in the skin, and with all that movement and blood flow to the face, it can have your skin glowing in no time.
  • Although it does make your face feel good, moisturizing is more important than having smooth skin. “Moisturizing maintains a protective barrier on the surface of the skin and helps improve complexion. Make sure to moisturize morning and night.
  • We’ve heard it time and time again but leaving your makeup on at night can wreak havoc on your skin. Sleeping without removing makeup can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Try using a make remover or oil-based balm and be gentle around your eyes.
  • Although we all enjoy a good cupcake here and there, eating sugar too often can cause inflammation in the skin, leading to breakouts, sagging skin, and wrinkles.
  • Eating food that specifically affects your skin is also key. Foods like tomatoes, dark chocolate, salmon, carrots, blueberries, walnuts, and avocados.
  • There is no way we can talk about having good skin without adding how important it is to drink plenty of water. Water, coconut water, and green and herbal tea will keep you and your skin hydrated.
  • Try doing a facial massage at least once a week. Facial massages help release tension and increase circulation. It can also help encourage lymph drainage, which helps detox skin.
  • You need to use your heaviest products last. Try applying facial oil on your face after your cleanser, serums, and moisturizer at night. The oil on top of everything helps create a moisture barrier and seals in the moisturizer. You’ll notice a difference when you wake up in the morning.
  • Make sure to change your pillowcase cover every few days because when you sleep on a dirty pillowcase, it leads to bacterial growth and eventually acne. Additionally, the hair products we are most likely running off onto our bedding as we sleep, so that is even more residue accumulating.
  • People tend to over scrub their skin, which can cause microtears that lead to irritation.” Instead, Grossman prefers chemical exfoliators, such as retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids. They trigger cell turnover, which helps the skin slough off more efficiently, she says, “and they’re also collagen stimulators, so you’re getting two-for-one.”

When it comes to having a radiant complexion, some women were just born with it, right? While there’s no denying that good genes play a role, smart skin-care routines undeniably make a huge difference. 

But when you take the time to understand what your skin needs, you’ll be able to see the clear, glowy skin of dreams! If you are interested in learning new ways you can take care of your skin, give Skinlastiq in Burlingame a call at (650) 542-7055.