15 Habits Of Women With Great Skin
Last updated on : April 28 2019
We all want clear, glowing, blemish-free and wrinkle-free skin. We see women on Instagram and in magazines, who have no pores at all and wonder, how do they do that?
It’s easier than you think to adopt healthy habits for your skin, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy products.
Here are some of the practices of women who have flawless complexions.
1. Know your skin type
Before you can purchase products or start a new skin regime, you must know your skin type. This quiz from Ask the Scientists can help you figure it out.
You don’t want to make the mistake of buying products that are too harsh or ineffective for your skin - not only could it make your skin worse, but it’s just a waste of money.
The right products don’t have to be the expensive ones, non-branded drugstore skincare contains many of the same active ingredients as the pricey labels and works just as well.
2. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face every morning and night.
You don’t need to use a super strong or harsh cleanser for your everyday face wash. Use a mild soap formulated for your skin type when washing your face every morning and evening.
You’ll want to wash off the oils that accumulate in your sleep and get your circulation going in the morning, and take off all the dirt, sweat, and makeup from the day at night.
3. Use cold or lukewarm water, never hot.
Washing your face with scalding hot water can strip your skin of all its natural oils, leaving it very dry.
Treating your skin this way can cause it to overproduce oil to compensate. Leading to breakouts, and older looking skin.
Use lukewarm water to open up pores for cleansing or to absorb product, and then cold water to reduce inflammation and seal them shut again.
4. Moisturize twice a day.
Even if you have oily skin, you will want to return some moisture to your face after washing it. Again, make sure you are using a moisturizer formulated for your skin type.
This article from Good Housekeeping explores what happens to your face if you don’t moisturize (spoiler: it’s not okay). Every time you wash your face, you should apply moisturizer afterward.
Skin mists are also favorite skin moisturizers that you can spritz on throughout the day for a refreshing boost of hydration.
5. Use toner.
Toner helps to remove any dirt or oils that your cleanser missed and helps balance the pH level of your skin. If you haven’t used toner before, you will be shocked at how much stuff your cleanser is missing.
There are many different types of toners on the market that do different things. This article from Forbes recommends a toner for each skin type. Use a toner after cleansing and exfoliating but before moisturizing.
Cleansing and toning alone typically aren’t enough to slough off all the dead skin on your face. Regular exfoliation will help keep your pores from becoming clogged and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Exfoliating every day is not recommended because it can be too harsh on your skin. Exfoliate just once or twice a week after washing your face but before applying toner and moisturizer.
This article from Healthline explores why you should exfoliate, different types of exfoliators, and even includes some recipes for homemade exfoliators.
7. Use eye cream.
The delicate skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, which is part of the reason why it is one of the first areas to show signs of aging.
Use eye cream every day, either in the morning, night, or both, to prevent aging and reduce puffiness and dark circles.
This article from renowned fashion and beauty Bible Vogue highlights the importance of eye cream in your beauty regimen, and why it’s just as vital as a moisturizer.
8. Wear sunscreen every day
Wearing sunscreen may be the single most important tip when it comes to protecting your skin. You must wear sunscreen every single day, even if you don’t think you’ll be outside or the weather is overcast. There is still sunlight getting through the clouds, streaming through your windows, and aging your face.
Not only is sunscreen necessary for cosmetic reasons, but applying sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer dramatically. You can easily remember to apply sunscreen without adding another step to your beauty routine by choosing a daytime moisturizer with SPF.
Feel free to double up on products with SPF, like by using both a moisturizer and a foundation or powder that contains sunscreen.
Tip: apply sunscreen to your hands, as this area often goes neglected and shows signs of aging first.
9. Take your makeup off before bed.
We’ve all been there; we had a late night or an exhausting day that we collapse onto our pillows at night without removing our makeup. Not removing makeup is torture to your skin, as it needs to breathe stripped of the day’s impurities.
Even if you can’t bring yourself to do a full face wash, toning, and moisturizing routine, at the very least, remove your makeup with a few swipes of makeup remover wipes.
Keep them by your bed or sitting out on your bathroom sink to make sure you use them.
10. Wash your pillowcases often.
We spend about a third of our lives in bed, and our pillowcases have lots of opportunities to collect dead skin cells, dirt, and oils from our face and hair.
You don’t want to be pressing your face against a dirty, oily surface for hours every night. Wash your pillowcases frequently (twice a week is best).
Owning multiple sets of pillowcases makes this easier. Bonus points if you use satin pillowcases, which keeps your hair from frizzing and breaking.
11. Don’t touch your face.
It’s easy to forget this basic rule and rest our face in our hands, stroke it absentmindedly, or pick at blemishes or dry skin. But every time you touch your face you transfer dirt and oils from your hands.
Picking at a blemish is never going to make it better and instead can push oils down further or spread them.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before applying makeup or any other task that requires touching your face, and the rest of the time be sure to keep your hands off.
12. Drink lots of water.
Our bodies are composed mostly of water, and staying hydrated helps your skin renew itself, flush out toxins, and look youthful and radiant.
Drinking enough water also keeps your skin from getting dehydrated, so it won’t look flaky or overcompensate by producing extra oils that can cause acne. Plus it’s just healthy and will make you feel awesome.
This article from Cosmopolitan describes an experiment the author did on the effects of drinking water on her skin.
13. Eat a healthy diet.
True beauty comes from within, and eating a healthy diet full of healthy fats, protein, greens, fruits, and vegetables will help keep your skin looking fresh.
Fish, salads, spinach, and avocados are all amazing superfoods for the skin. You can even make your skin care products out of certain foods - be sure to use organic so you aren’t rubbing nasty chemical pesticides into your face.
Plus, like drinking enough water, eating healthy will not only make you look good, it will make you feel good. Remember the 8 x 8 rule: drink an 8-ounce glass of water eight times a day to meet your daily recommended water intake.
14. Don’t forget your neck and chest.
The skin on your neck and chest is just as sensitive as your face and will show signs of aging if you neglect it.
A neglected chest covered in sun damage, wrinkles, and acne can take away focus from a flawless face. Anything you do to your face you should also do to your neck and chest.
Be sure to cleanse, moisturize, tone, exfoliate, and apply sunscreen to these areas just as often as you do your face.
15. Get enough sleep
It’s not called beauty sleep for no reason! You need proper rest to look your best, and if you don’t get enough sleep, your skin will show it.
Dark circles, puffiness, redness, and dull skin are all signs of poor sleep.
Getting your recommended eight hours lets your skin breathe, restore and heal itself, and absorb night creams and moisturizers.
There you have it! Start using any or all of these 15 tips and tricks to get perfect, glowing, ageless skin.
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