Guest article from ripped.me
If your skin is feeling a bit dull and tired from the elements and harsh winter winds, it’s time to boost your skincare routine. You don’t have to change your habits from the core, though! There are some simple tips that will improve the way you treat your skin and leave you with beautiful and long-lasting results. Here’s what to do to give your skin its youthful glow back.
Always use sunscreen
This is something you’ve probably heard from your mother or grandmother a thousand times, but sun protection is really that important. Extensive sun exposure tends to dry out your skin, leave it tender and flaky, but it can also cause irreparable wrinkles and other skin problems. And, we’re not even going to discuss skin cancer! So, make sure to always have some sun protection at hand when you’re going out. Start with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a good SPF (at least 15) and apply it every two hours. If you’re sweating a lot or swimming, you can reapply it more often and opt for a more generous coat.
Another thing you can do to keep your skin safe from harmful sun rays is to avoid the sun when it’s at its strongest—between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can also cover up with long-sleeved shirts and grab a hat to protect your face. Remember, the sunlight is very beneficial for your health, but 13 minutes of exposure several times a week is all you need to get your necessary Vitamin D fix. So, don’t completely avoid the sun, just make sure you’re properly protected and don’t overdo sunbathing.
Try sonic cleansing
If you don’t have the budget for regular spa treatments, getting a sonic device for cleansing is a great way to recreate the them at home. Apply your chosen cleansing product to the tool and use it on your critical areas. This way, your products will penetrate your skin much more efficiently, provide you with quick yet gentle exfoliation and remove all dead skin cells and oil build-up from your skin. The device also stimulates circulation, oxygen flow and skin cell turnover. Plus, the facial massage you’ll get is very relaxing and pleasant!
Exfoliate for the win
If you notice that your skin developed certain blemishes and unevenness in tone, you can benefit from a light exfoliation. As we age, the skin loses its vibrant tone and often develops blotchy pigmentation and ugly spots. But daily exfoliation can clean pores (ingredients like glycolic and alpha-hydroxy acids are especially beneficial), retexturize your skin and allow better product absorption. Apply your light exfoliant before bed and enjoy a soft tingle as the product penetrates your skin and works its magic.
If you notice any heavy hyperpigmentation that can’t be solved with exfoliation, look into skin lightening and see what special products can do for your complexion. Most dark marks, patches and age spots can be handled with a brightening regimen that will remove the blemishes and leave you with equally-colored, radiant and young-looking skin.
Grab a mask
Masks are taking over the world of beauty and skin care! In the last few years, they have become a real phenomenon and they are showing no signs of slowing down. And why should they, when sheet masks provide people with ample skin nourishment with special formulations that target various skin problems. They look super fun (pop one on for an excellent selfie opportunity) and they are a perfect way to pamper your skin while you binge-watch Netflix or have a girls’ night with cocktails!
Forget about zits with spot treatment
If you have problematic skin, don’t worry. Every skin problem can be handled with proper care and good products. Skin that’s prone to breakouts should breathe and be left without any heavy foundation that will clog pores and cause additional irritation. Instead, opt for a tinted, oil-free moisturizer to hide your blemishes without any unwanted side effects. There are products on the market that help minimize shine and redness, but also fight blemishes. Your best option is a product that clears breakouts but also prevents new blemishes from developing.
Combine these five skin care tips with a clean diet and plenty of hydration and you’ll have healthy, clear and plump skin ready for cameras. You’ll feel so much more confident and comfortable when you know you look your best!