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It’s easy to long for the skin of the popular supermodels and celebrities you see when you scroll through apps like Instagram and Pinterest. While many of the images you’ll see are photoshopped and put through filters, it’s still possible to achieve beautiful, glowing skin. It’s never too late to add or improve methods for your skincare routine. Consider the following ideas.
1. Administer Hot and Cold Treatments
Your hot and cold treatments don’t have to be dramatic and elaborate. You can infuse them into your daily routine. If you don’t have a facial steamer, just take a washcloth and run it under extremely hot water. Wring the washcloth, and place it over your face. The gentle steam and high heat will create a breeding ground for your skin to absorb the benefits of your moisturizers, serums and other products better.
When you first wake up in the morning, it’s not uncommon to experience puffiness or redness. Because you don’t want to walk around with a swollen face, a cold treatment can be incredibly effective as well. Face icing is a simple yet extremely effective cold treatment to try. Simply rub an ice cube all over your face for a few minutes each morning. In addition to decreasing swelling, this method is known to help minimize fine lines and acne. It also serves as a great makeup primer.
2. Use High-Quality Products
As you’re able to, it’s wise to invest in your skincare products. Granted, you don’t need to spend a lot of money every week. Investing in your products can sometimes involve creating your own products with items you’d find in the grocery store. Citrus fruits, extra virgin olive oil and avocados are just a few of the amazing items that contain many skincare benefits if you opt to apply them topically.
Add items like serums and facial pads in order to pinpoint certain problems. As you age, your skin loses collagen. Collagen helps to provide that youthful glow and elasticity. Collagen facial pads can help in slowing down the process.
Acids are increasing in popularity because of their ability to treat skincare concerns like hyperpigmentation, discoloration and more. The key is to make sure you don’t choose an acid that’s too strong for your skin type. Consult a dermatologist or an aesthetician before you start using acids on your skin. Some of the most popular options are glycolic acid and azelaic acid.
3. Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a mandatory part of any skincare routine. In fact, it’s so important that if you can find ways to reapply it throughout the day, the better off you’ll be. Even on the days when the sun isn’t shining, its free radicals cause damage to the skin. At the very least, wear SPF 30 on a daily basis. If you’ve applied makeup, carry a sunscreen spray that provides good coverage in the form of a mist.
4. Improve Diet
What you put in your body will reflect on the outside. Work on eliminating foods that are detrimental to your skin. Replace them with foods that support healthy skin because of their nutritional content. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and anchovies are great protein options. Add lots of color to your plate in the form of sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and avocadoes. Green, leafy vegetables will always support your goal for glowing, healthy skin. Be sure to drink lots of water. Gut health is directly connected to skin health as well. Knowing this, include foods that will improve gut health like almonds, kefir, and yogurt.
5. Handle with Care
It doesn’t matter which part of the routine you’re in, but you’ll want to be extremely delicate with it. Don’t tear it with abrasive sugar scrubs or face masks. If you are using a facial scrub, make sure the granules are small enough to be effective without tearing the skin. When you touch your skin to put on makeup, moisturizer or sunscreen, tap the product into the skin. Yes, it will take a bit longer. However, you’ll decrease your chances of inflicting permanent scarring and damage.
Your skin is actually the largest organ of your body. It can reflect the level of internal and external care you provide. By improving your methods, you’ll be able to create a better foundation for makeup, improve your appearance, and enhance your self-care routine.