In addition to being your body’s largest organ, the skin is an indicator of your overall health and well being, so it deserves some TLC. Follow these five steps to welcome glowing, flawless skin.
Skip the tea and soda and stick with water. Drinking water helps to balance pH levels, remove toxins from the body, and give a youthful look and feel to your complexion. Stay hydrated with at least eight glasses of water a day, and seek out fruits and vegetables with a high water content, like watermelon, cucumber and leafy greens.
Here’s a tip: Try drinking a big glass of water right before bed – you’ll be amazed at the difference in your skin when you wake up.
OUT WITH THE OLD (SKIN, THAT IS)
Commit to exfoliating your skin at least once a week. Try the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System which features an oscillating brush head to help dislodge impurities and gently exfoliate dead skin.
Removing dead skin from its surface will allow newer, softer and smoother skin to emerge, but be careful not to overdo it as there is a gentle balance between exfoliation and hydration. If your skin stings during exfoliation, apply a calming moisturizer.
START YOUR DAY THE RIGHT WAY
Think of antioxidants as your skin’s lifeline to good tone and texture. Apply an antioxidant-rich serum or lotion each morning to protect your skin against free radicals. Look for one with coffeeberry, Coenzyme Q10 or a mix of vitamins—C and E are favorites—like SkinMedica® Vitamin C+E Complex. This not only locks in hydration, but will also give your skin a healthy glow.
PUT YOUR GUARD UP
Defend your skin against the sun by applying a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 daily. Nothing ages you faster than the sun and its damaging rays, and a daily dose of SPF will prevent the UV damage that leads to dull skin and brown spots.
HAVE A GOOD NIGHT
Use a good night cream with retinol or vitamin A to turn back the clock while you sleep. Take advantage of your skin’s natural repair cycle—even as you sleep, your moisturizer will be working double-time to minimize the appearance of fine lines and existing sun damage. SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex™ features a sustained-release system that delivers vitamin A slowly to minimize irritation.