It's never too early to develop good skincare habits! No matter what age you are now, if you begin incorporating these 10 skincare tips into your daily routine today, in the years to come your skin will look healthier and more radiant!
1. Always wear sunscreen.
Repeated sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. Develop the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, and make sure it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Dr. Doris J. Day, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center, explains that a sunscreen containing zinc oxide is best because it blocks the sun but doesn't sink into skin--and therefore is hypoallergenic and won't irritate your skin. Skinceuticals Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 is one of my favorites. The zinc in it is transparent, so you get all the benefits of the mineral without the funny "white nose" look.
2. Wash your face before bed.
After a long day at work or school, it's so easy to skip the suds and just fall asleep on the couch. (Been there, done that!) However, before your head hits the pillow, always remove your makeup and scrub away all the bacteria and impurities that settled on your face during the day. Leaving your makeup on too long can cause clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts. Plus, a dirty face will get makeup on your pillow, which can harbor bacteria, too!
3. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Your body needs to shed layers of dead skin, or your skin will appear dry, flaky, and uneven. You don't need anything fancy--regular granulated sugar will do just fine! Try experimenting with one of our DIY Homemade Facial Scubs, and pay special attention to areas like your elbows and knees, or any place your skin seems extra dry or ashy. Exfoliating twice a week is fine, anything more may cause skin irritation.
4. Moisturize everything.
The best time to moisturize is after you've showered and exfoliated. If you get in the habit of applying moisturizer as soon as you jump out of the shower, your skin will benefit greatly from it! The moisturizer can trap some of the water droplets from the shower and use that as extra hydration for your skin. Be sure to lightly pat yourself dry prior to applying the moisturizer, or you'll just turn into a slippery mess!
5. Find a good dermatologist.
A dermatologist will check your skin regularly for skin cancer, provide advice for your particular skin type, and can prescribe helpful anti-aging products like retinoids. Retinoids are helpful for treating acne, and their continued long-term use can reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots. One commonly prescribed retinoid is Tretinoin, which is a form of Vitamin A that allows the skin to renew itself.
6. Avoid straws, frowning, and squinting.
Did you know repetitive facial movements can eventually cause wrinkles? Limit yourself to drinking through a straw only when you're drinking something that may stain your teeth, so the repetitive motion of pursing your lips together won't cause future wrinkles to form around your mouth. The same goes for frowning and squinting; put on a happy face to keep the frown lines at bay, and be sure to wear sunglasses to prevent lines around your eyes and forehead.
7. Don't smoke.
If something as simple as drinking from a straw can cause wrinkles around the mouth, can you imagine how bad cigarettes are for your skin? Not only are you constantly pursing your lips when you smoke, but you're also damaging the flow of oxygen to your skin. This article from the Mayo Clinic explains the long-term damage smoking can cause to your body. Just quit already, or--better yet--don't even start this terrible habit!
8. Wash makeup brushes regularly.
Every time you touch a makeup brush to your face, you're adding oil and bacteria from your skin to the bristles of the brush. Over time, that can make for a pretty icky makeup brush! A dirty brush may transfer bacteria back to your skin and even into makeup containers. The easy solution is to clean your brushes at least once per month, and weekly would be even better! Check out our cleaning guide here.
9. Use liquid Vitamin E.
Liquid Vitamin E is typically known for fading scars and stretch marks--although its effectiveness in that realm hasn't been proven, but I've used it for years to help prevent wrinkles around my eyes and on my neck. The liquid form is very thick and somewhat sticky, so it tends to work better at night as a sealant after applying moisturizer. Because it's so thick, it will really in hold the moisture and you'll wake up with unbelievably soft skin! A little goes a long way with this stuff; one bottle can last for more than two years! When applying it around the eye area, just dab it on lightly with your ring finger and don't rub it in.
10. Eat a healthy diet.
We all know a healthy diet is important, but a diet full of vitamins and minerals can greatly improve the appearance of your skin. Fruits and veggies contain vitamins to keep your skin looking its best, and a diet full of omega-3 fatty acids will beef up your cell strength and improve your skin's appearance. Stock up on superfoods like salmon, broccoli, and blueberries. Make sure you also get the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to stay hydrated!