Hi friends! If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am always posting tutorials on cute and easy hairstyles and makeup how-tos. One other thing that is really important to me that I have spoken about is skin care. I think it is vital that women have a daily skin care routine, no matter what their age is. I think when we are younger we don’t always realize how much skin care plays an important role in our overall appearance. If you have not started to yet, get yourself into the habit now of dedicating a few extra minutes every morning and evening to take care of your skin. It is one of the best things you will do for yourself and gives you a few extra minutes of quiet! Check out some of my skin care tips below!
Develop A Skin Care Routine
Try to devote time every morning and evening to taking care of your skin. After you get out of the shower, grab your favorite moisturizer and put lotion on your entire body. This leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth, while keeping it hydrated. Next, move onto your face. Find a moisturizer that is designed for your face only and that works with your skin type. Sometimes it is a trial and error before you find one that you really love. Before bedtime, make sure you are designating another few minutes to your skin. Never sleep in makeup- make sure you wash everything off with soap and water or a makeup remover of your choice. Find another moisturizer along with any other serums you might find beneficial and put on before you lay down. This gives your skin the entire night to absorb all the nutrients from what you just put on it. Show your lips some love, too- don’t forget to throw on a good lip balm to sleep in.
Watch What You Drink
I recently wrote another blog on my most underrated beauty secret which was drinking lots of water (you can see the blog here). Water has a ton of health benefits, including helping to improve your skin and keep it hydrated. It is also helpful to avoid caffeine and alcohol whenever possible since both can dehydrate you and leave your skin looking pale and tired.
Limit Hot Water
I love a hot shower or bath as much as the next girl, especially when its cold outside. However, if the water you are putting onto your skin is too hot, it can remove oils from your skin that your body needs. This doesn’t mean you have to skip on the hot showers every time. When you can, try to set the water to warm instead or limit the number of minutes you are bathing.
Exfoliating is great for your skin, if you are not doing it every day. It removes the dry and dead skin cells that are on the surface and helps increase blood circulation. I would recommend trying to exfoliate twice a week. There are a ton of different products and tools that can help with this- I would research what you think will work best for your specific skin type.
Sunscreen plays a major role in having healthy skin. A lot of moisturizers and foundations now have built in sunscreen to add an extra layer of protection on your face. However, don’t forget about making sure the rest of your body is covered when heading outside for a day in the sun!
When I was younger, I loved having a beautiful tan glow to my skin. However, sunbathing or tanning in a salon has been proven to be really damaging to your skin. Not only can it cause major health issues, tanning can also leave your skin looking worn out and wrinkled. There are so many self-tanners that are on the market that get amazing reviews. If you are in the mood to rock a tan, I suggest checking one of them out instead!
Get Enough Sleep
I know this can be easier said than done. Most women wear multiple hats and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. However, making sure you get enough sleep is not only important for your overall health and wellbeing, but it can help your skin look better as well. When we are tired our skin tends to look more washed out, pale and those pesky dark shadows pop up under our eyes. Try to get into a routine where you can wind down as early as possible every night and get yourself some much deserved rest.
See A Dermatologist
If you can see a dermatologist once a year, it is a good habit to get into, especially the older we get. Check with your health benefits provider and see what your insurance will cover. Most dermatologists suggest getting a full body scan once a year to make sure everything on your skin looks healthy.