Adopt the best beauty habits of people with beautiful skin and no wrinkles and have a healthier, more radiant face! Find out what a dermatologist has to say to make your skin look its best.
People with beautiful skin have made a habit of washing their face with a gentle cleanser
“I recommend using a gentle facial cleanser in the morning to remove oils that have built up overnight and to cleanse your skin of any products you may have put on overnight,” says Christine Choi Kim, a cosmetic physician and dermatologist in California. Start the day with a clean face.
Another beauty habit for beautiful skin: protect your skin from the environment
Apply an antioxidant to delay cellular damage caused by both environmental pollutants and ultraviolet rays, suggests Dr. Kim. Antioxidants commonly found in skin care products include vitamin C and E, phloretin, feluric acid, and plant-derived substances such as resveratrol, green tea and coffee beans.
Sunscreen with SPF over 30
Wait a few minutes for the antioxidant to penetrate your skin, then apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Dr. Kim recommends SPF 30 or higher because when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) measures the effectiveness of SPF, it does so with 28 grams (1 ounce) of lotion, but most people don’t use that much. So if you apply SPF 30 like most people do, you’re probably getting the same protection as SPF 15. If your blemish balm (BB Cream) or base contains sunscreen lotion, choose it with an SPF of at least 30. Or apply your makeup as usual a few minutes after coating your skin with a separate sunscreen lotion.
Cover your hands, neck and chest
Don’t forget to apply an antioxidant and sunscreen lotion to your neck, upper chest and the backs of your hands, which are exposed to the ravages of UV rays when you drive. There are areas that people often forget to protect,” adds Dr. Kim, “even though they’re just as exposed to the elements as your face – and they’ll show signs of aging from the sun even if your face is sunless.
For beautiful skin, avoid touching your pimples
If you find an ugly red pimple when you wake up in the morning, don’t try to pop it – you’ll only inflame it and make it swell more, warns Dr. Kim. Better to put an ice cube on the intruder to reduce inflammation, then apply an over-the-counter acne medication that contains salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur to dry it out. Some products even contain a concealer, so you can treat and conceal at the same time.
A healthy glow from whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals
What your skin needs most to glow is a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially berries and leafy greens. Whether you’re eating oatmeal, cereal, yogurt or a smoothie, add berries – plus a vitamin C cocktail – to make your skin glow.
Your skin will also look better if you cut back on alcohol, sugar and processed foods, Dr. Kim advises. If you’re gluten-sensitive or lactose-intolerant and eliminate these products from your diet, your skin will look healthier and you may experience fewer breakouts.
For beautiful skin, make a habit of moisturizing
When you’re dehydrated, your skin can look dry and dull and make you look tired. Skin loves moisture, which is why drinking is so important to prevent dryness. Drink a glass of water before your morning coffee, and plan on having one or two more 250 ml (1 cup) glasses with your lunch.
7 Bad Habits That Harm Your Skin!
Our face is precious and fragile. To avoid seeing spots, wrinkles appearing too quickly or imperfections… It is better to take care of it. Here are 7 mistakes to banish from your beauty routine. Read the guide!
Mistake 1: not removing your makeup before bed
After a long day at work, or a drunken night out, all you can think about is…. Take refuge under the comforter. So much for the makeup removal step, mistake!
In fact, it’s very important to take time to remove your makeup. Otherwise, the pores of the epidermis are clogged, which actually accelerates skin aging. Before going to bed, it is therefore essential to use a milk, micellar water or gel to remove traces of makeup, pollution residue and excess sebum. Are you really lazy? Use a makeup remover wipe. That’s it!
Mistake 2: Overusing scrubbing products
Mechanical scrubs (with exfoliating grains) are often very abrasive. While they are very effective in removing dead skin from the surface of the epidermis, they should not be used too frequently, especially by sensitive skin. As for chemical scrubs, their formula can be very active, especially when they are not designed for daily use.
The right thing to do: as a general rule, limit the use of mechanical scrubs, which are too abrasive for the face. Instead, opt for a chemical exfoliant whose use you can adjust according to your skin and the formula (daily or not).
Mistake 3: Putting your phone against your cheek
Packed with all kinds of bacteria, the screen of your smartphone will transfer them to your skin, whose functioning could be disrupted, creating inflammations (pimples, blackheads, mouth ulcers…).
The right thing to do: use a hands-free kit or the speakerphone of your phone as often as possible. In the same spirit, avoid touching your face without washing your hands first. At night, rid your skin of the bacteria and impurities that have settled on it during the day. To do this, use a good cleanser, capable of capturing the dirt, then clean up once rinsed, such as micellar water or a cleansing milk… Also good, the ritual of the double-cleansing, associating the stages of the oil make-up remover and the foaming cleanser.
Mistake 4: Changing your face care too often
Unless you notice an undesirable skin reaction immediately after applying a new cream, there is no reason to change your skin care product before a reasonable time. In fact, by changing too often, not only will you surely not see any effect on your skin, but you also risk making the skin care products less effective, as skin renewal can no longer take place in an optimal manner. Finally, if you use too many different products on your skin in a short period of time, you run the risk of sensitizing it and, as it can no longer tolerate anything, it may develop an allergy.
The right thing to do: test your face care products for at least 3 to 4 weeks, i.e. the time it takes for a cell renewal cycle, or the equivalent of using a medium-sized jar of cream.
Mistake 5: Applying too much material to the skin at once
When too much cream is applied to the skin at once, the skin has trouble absorbing it all and enjoying the benefits of each treatment because of the masking effect of the previously applied layers.
The right thing to do: adopt a minimalist routine and for each treatment, take a reasonable amount of material (some well thought-out packaging delivers the right amount in one click). Applying twice as much, just because you missed an evening, won’t change anything. If your skincare product is fluffy when applied, it is often a sign that there are too many materials on the skin or that the products applied are incompatible.
Mistake 6: Using the same face and body care products
Except in SOS version, where they can help, body care products should not be used on the face. The needs are not the same and the characteristics of the skin are different. So forget the soap or shower gel to clean your face and the 2-in-1 body cream to moisturize your body and face. Especially since multi-purpose products promise several actions but in the end do nothing properly.
The right thing to do: opt for simple skin care products, at a low price if your budget is tight, but which are really dedicated to the area you want to take care of. The golden rule: one treatment = one action. A basic cleanser, a serum and a moisturizing cream and clay as a weekly mask can do the trick.
Mistake 7: Using dirty beauty accessories
You wouldn’t think of eating off the same plate night after night without washing it? So why would you think it makes sense to take care of your skin or apply makeup with dirty hands or accessories that are not regularly cleaned and on which layers of impurities, bacteria and cream accumulate?
The right thing to do: gloves, disposable cotton pads, make-up sponges, brushes, tweezers… Clean your beauty accessories as regularly as possible. If ideally, you should wash your tools after each use as the pros do, our daily life does not always allow it. Let’s stay soft: a good cleaning once a week will already be great.