10 Best At-Home Skin Care Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Moisturized
You want to keep your skin young-looking and healthy. But how do you sort the flash of passing trends from the guidance based on medical science? Here are our ten best — and soundest — at-home skin care tips.
1. Stick to a Simple Skin-Care Routine
Consistency and daily care are important to maintaining healthy skin. And it’s easier to stick to a simple skin-care routine than one that involves too many steps and too many products. Use the tips below to refine your routine to the essentials and follow it faithfully, day in and day out.
2. Start With Twice-Daily Cleansing
Every morning as you prepare for your day, and every night before you go to bed, start your skin-care routine with an effective cleanser. Choose a product that your skin responds well to, which will vary by your skin type. For dry skin, use a moisturizing cleanser. For oily skin, use a foaming wash. If your skin is prone to acne, try a salicylic gel or a benzoyl peroxide wash. Be gentle with your cleansing and pat your skin dry.
After you cleanse your skin and pat it dry while it is still slightly damp, apply moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer that meets the needs of your skin type: a cream for dry skin, a moisturizing lotion for normal skin, or a gel lotion for oily skin. If your skin is sensitive, find a fragrance- and additive-free product that soothes and causes no irritation.
4. Shield Your Skin from Sun Damage
Excessive exposure to sunlight can undo all of the care you put into your skin, drying and coarsening your complexion and speeding the formation of lines and wrinkles. Apply sunscreen religiously and shade your skin with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and tightly woven clothing. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and broad-spectrum protection.
5. Put Extra Effort into Your Nighttime Skin-Care Routine
At the end of every day, give your face a thorough cleansing to remove all makeup and impurities. Apply your moisturizer generously. At night, while you sleep, your skin needs to breathe and recover, so your bedtime skin-care routine is especially important. You might also try boosting the effect of your evening moisturizer by using a facial mask once a week if you have dry skin.
6. Exfoliate Carefully
Your skin is constantly renewing itself, leaving a thin layer of dead cells on the surface that can make your skin look dull. For a fresher look, consider using an exfoliant once or twice a week. Follow the product’s instructions carefully— and don’t overdo it.
7. Don’t Touch Your Face
We’ve heard this advice from experts as one way to protect ourselves from COVID-19, but it’s also basic skin-care guidance. The surface of your hands can bring dirt and bacteria to your face, contributing to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
8. Eat a Balanced Mix of Healthy Foods
Don’t just care for the surface; nourish your skin from within. A healthy mix of unprocessed foods gives your body the nutrients and moisture it needs to help your skin stay resilient and youthful. Make a habit of eating a variety of vegetables, fruit, nuts, fish, and whole grains. It’s good for both your skin and your overall health.
9. Manage Stress and Stay Physically Active
Stress increases oily secretions on your skin and accelerates the development of facial lines and wrinkles. Manage stress with mini-breaks throughout the day to relax and step back from your worries. Exercise is a great de-stressor, too, and brings other benefits to your skin. Sweating helps to clean pores, and increasing your heart rate boosts the circulation in your skin.
10. Sleep Well
Your body needs adequate sleep — at least 7 hours a night for most adults — and so does your skin. Healthy sleep gives your skin a chance to rest and restore itself. Cleanse your skin thoroughly and apply moisturizer before you go to bed. Also, take care to sleep on a clean pillowcase with a smooth, soothing surface.
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