As skin-care enthusiasts, one of our personal life goals is to achieve healthy, dewy and radiant-looking skin. But between seasonal transitions, daily stress and environmental aggressors, our skin can often appear dull and lackluster. To help reverse some of these unwanted side effects, try following some of these key skin-care tips.
TIP 1: Protect Against UV Rays
UV rays can cause everything from sunburns to fine lines and dark spots, so wearing SPF year-round is necessary to avoid sun damage and maintain your skin’s glow. Be sure to apply broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher every single day and reapply as suggested. We love moisturizers and day creams that are infused with SPF like the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30.
TIP 2: Take Lukewarm Showers
Don’t get us wrong, we love hot showers — especially as the weather gets colder. But did you know that frequent exposure to hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause a dull-looking and dry complexion? The American Skin Association suggests turning down the heat and using lukewarm water in order to avoid the drying effects. As soon as you get out of the shower, gently pat yourself dry and apply a moisturizer while skin is still damp to help keep it hydrated.
TIP 3: Maintain a Healthy Diet
Believe it or not, it’s as important to focus on what you’re putting in your body as what you’re layering on it. A well-rounded diet, rich in antioxidants, omega-3s and other healthy fats — like those found in avocados and nuts — will not only help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, but can also have a positive effect on the appearance of your skin. Also, make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and plump from the inside out.
TIP 4: Exfoliate Your Skin
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, removing the top layer of dead skin cells can make your skin look brighter and more radiant. Depending on your preference and skin type, you can choose between exfoliating scrubs to manually remove dead skin, like the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser, or chemically dissolve the build up with products that use skin-care acids, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum.