When we are young, we all have flawless, radiant and glowing skin. But as we age, things turn for the worse, and most of us end up with dull and boring skin. The culprits? Well, there are a lot—environmental stressors, pollution, dust, dirt, genes, harsh chemicals, sun exposure and many more.
We know all of you will agree when we say that we all want our radiant and glowing skin back. At times, this may seem impossible, but for your information, there are plenty of ways on how you can achieve great skin once again. All that you have to do is to discover the secrets of having great skin. Together, let us unlock these secrets below:
• Give your skin a break from makeup.
Makeup may help conceal the blemishes on our skin, but these products contain, chemicals that can make our skin dry and irritated. That is why it is a good idea to give your skin a makeup break for a while. It is recommended that you take at least two days a week to go makeup-free. This may make you feel insecure but rest assured; your skin will love you for it!
• Clear your pores with steam.
If you are prone to acne breakouts, then you should take the time and effort to clear your pores. Makeup residue, dirt, dust, and pollution can clog up your pores which may lead to breakouts. To avoid this, use steam to open up the pores for some deep cleaning.
You can simply do this steam treatment at home. Just get a bowl of hot water (add mint tea to it if you want). Put a towel over your head then lean over and place your face over the bowl.
• Never make your regimen just a quick fix.
Many of us would like to have a glowing skin, but not all of us are willing to put in the time and effort. Often, we just take care of our skin once it is already looking boring and dull or is breaking out. What we have to understand is that prevention is key and that we have to take the time to establish and perform our skin care regimen.
Models are known for their 8-step skin care regimens which may involve moisturizer, toner, exfoliant, serum, cream, cleanser, makeup remover, and eye gel. They also use masks at least twice to thrice a week. That is why it does not come as a surprise that they have radiant skin.
• If you are dealing with acne, exfoliate.
When you have breakouts, you are afraid to scrub your skin. This is understandable since it may hurt the blemishes. But exfoliation during breakouts is recommended since it can help get rid of dead skin cells and unclog the pores (which may be causing the breakout).
The exfoliators for acne are best chemical exfoliants as these do not need any abrasive agents to work. Plus, these products use gentle enzymes in loosening the bonds between the dead skin cells and the surface of the skin. Recommended chemical exfoliants for acne include salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid and other hydroxy acids.
• Hurry up when putting on moisturizer.
Many experts claim that the most common mistake of people is that they take too long before they put on their moisturizer. Experts claim that the best time to put on moisturizer is a few seconds after you get off the shower, while your skin is still damp. In this way, you can be able to seal more moisture in.
• Use retinol.
Sometimes, we pay attention to our skin when it is already too late—when wrinkles and signs of aging have already appeared. Well, celebs do it differently. As early as now, they try to find a way to prevent the formation of these signs, and one product that they claim can do the job is retinol.
Retinol is a topical vitamin A derivative which can boost cell turnover and promote skin cell renewal. This can also help rebuild the collagen and elastin fibers that break down as we age.
• Use a cleansing brush.
A beauty brush is one of the newest beauty tools in the market. If you wish to ensure that your skin is properly cleansed and exfoliated, using a face and body brush at least a few times a week is highly recommended. These brushes can help remove dirt, dust and makeup residue that is lodged deep within your pores.
• Go natural.
At this day and age, when the beauty industry is filled with products that are laden with harmful chemicals, going natural would be the best idea. Lucky for you, there are now plenty of beauty companies that are intent on delivering the best natural beauty products that they can offer.
Instead of going for commercial moisturizers, opt for essential oils like olive oil and shea butter. You can also make your own face mask or scrubs using fruits and other home remedy ingredients.
• Firm your skin with ice.
Dealing with wrinkles, or under eye bags? Well, you can instantly firm up your skin using a simple ingredient in your refrigerator—ice cubes! Just simply rub the ice cube gently against your skin at night. This simple act can help boost the circulation in your body, tightening the skin, reducing eye puffiness and the appearance of dark circles.
Believe us, even the models swear by this simple beauty hack!
• Wear sunscreen.
This is no secret, we know. But despite the well-known benefits of sun protection, many women are still not doing it. The sun is your worst enemy when it comes to trying to maintain a healthy skin so sunscreens up, ladies. And if possible, opt for a sunscreen that contains antioxidants like vitamins A and C that can protect your skin from further sun damage.
Achieving a flawless looking skin may seem too difficult, but it is achievable. With the proper knowledge (we have provided you that already) and the right products, your skin is surely destined for greatness!