Great skin is an elusive goal for women everywhere. Yet, we all know that one woman who always seems to have perfectly glowing skin and a life free of pesky breakouts. While part of this could very likely be her genetics, it may also come down to her daily routines and the efforts she makes to keep her skin looking and feeling healthy. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important habits she sticks to and you’ll learn the not-so-secret secrets to great skin.
1. She uses the right cleanser for her skin type
The first step to any good skincare routine is using the correct cleanser. Your cleanser is the wash that’s going to give your skin the healthy base it needs. Just as an estimated 39.09 million Americans use tooth whiteners to make their teeth appear as beautiful as possible, you can utilize a cleanser to hydrate your skin and give it a great glow.
Not every cleanser is made for every skin type. If you use a cleanser that’s meant to treat a different skin type, you could compromise your skin’s natural balance. This can result in inflammation, breakouts, irritation, and even premature aging. Since you probably don’t want to look like you’ve reached the average retirement age of 63 when you’ve just turned 33, take the time to understand and know your skin type. The most common types are dry, sensitive, oily, acne-prone, and mature skin. Keep in mind that your skin can fall under more than one type and change over time. Listen to your skin and do some research to find the best cleanser for your skin type.
2. She applies her products in the right order
When it comes to proper skincare, there’s a lot more than just washing your face and calling it a day. For a comprehensive routine, many women use six or seven products. Applying all of these products in the right order is essential. If you don’t, your skin likely isn’t absorbing all of the good ingredients that the products provide and you won’t see the best results from your skincare regimen. This is the skincare product order that most dermatologists recommend for your morning routine:
- Antioxidant serum
- Eye cream
- Acne spot treatment
Before you snuggle into bed at night, you should also give your skin some TLC. Here’s the order that dermatologists recommend for your nighttime skincare regimen:
- Eye cream
- Treatments (Retinol, anti-aging serum, acne, clay mask, etc.)
- Hydrating mask or face oil
- Moisturizer or night cream
Many products will come with instructions that advise you to wait anywhere between five and 30 minutes before applying another product, but many of us don’t have that kind of time. Instead, pause for just a minute or so after each step to allow the product to react to your skin. Try keeping your moisturizer next to your bed at night and apply it just before drifting off to sleep to give any specialty treatments the time to sink into your skin.
3. She makes sure her bed is just right
If you’re getting the necessary amount of sleep for adults, you’re snoozing for about seven to nine hours every night. That’s a lot of time with your face in one position and plenty of opportunity for your skin to come into contact with all of the things you’re trying to keep off of it. If you’re a stomach or side sleeper, try switching to your back. This will keep your face off of your sheets and prevent compression lines that can cause wrinkles.
However, changing the position in which you drift off to dreamland is easier said than done. If you can’t fall asleep without laying on your stomach and side, be sure to keep up a routine of washing and replacing your pillowcases at least once a week. This will help prevent bacteria and oils from clogging your skin. You can also try using silk pillowcases. The material prevents wrinkles and can also help keep your hair from tangling and breaking during the night.
4. She never wears makeup to bed
After a long day of working or a night out with friends, it can be tempting to drop into bed straight away. However, falling asleep with a full face of makeup can cause clogged pores and potential breakouts. Even if you don’t have the energy to do your full skincare routine before you hit the hay, always take your makeup off.
For the best results and healthiest skin, try using cotton pads and micellar water rather than wipes. Many makeup removing wipes can dry out your skin, but micellar water is a helpful cleansing agent that pairs well with your regular cleanser. Remember to use it to remove your makeup before going to bed, even if you’re snuggling in with your significant other. After all, the average couple dates for five years before getting married, giving you two plenty of time to get acquainted with one another when you’re not all done up. Confidently showing them your fresh, makeup-free face will make them fall in love all the more.
5. She eats and drinks with her skin in mind
If your diet isn’t designed to help your skin look the best it can, it won’t matter whether or not you’re among the 52% of American consumers who use skincare products every day. For glowing skin, be sure that you’re supplying your body with the right vitamins and minerals. For instance, omega-3 fatty acid is essential in helping your skin maintain its natural barrier that retains moisture. Vitamin C is among the strongest antioxidants out there, helping protect your skin from environmental elements that can accelerate aging.
Staying hydrated is another key part of having healthy skin. Skin experts almost always emphasize the importance of drinking water, as it helps keep your skin supple and smooth. When you’re not drinking enough water, your skin looks dull and any fine lines in your skin become more noticeable. Drinking enough water is also important for your body’s overall health. Try to drink eight glasses, or two liters, of water every day for proper hydration.
The best skincare tips certainly aren’t a secret, but they aren’t always intuitive. By incorporating these habits into your daily routine, you may just start to see your skin glow a little bit more. Soon enough, you could be that woman with great skin who everyone looks at and wonders how she gets that envious glow.