Best skin ever! Think about that person in your life who always has the smoothest, the most amazing skin. Every time you see her, you probably die a little with jealousy inside, even though you know you’re better than that, and you wonder:
What is this sorcery? How does she do it?
Well, it’s actually easier than you think to get glowy, radiant skin—it’s all about taking care of yourself in the right ways.
Follow these eight expert tips to get the best skin of your life this year—skin so good, no makeup selfies may just become an everyday thing.
And some of the most effective ways to slow the aging process and turn back the clock are surprisingly simple and come down to lifestyle changes.
There are some lesser-known but equally effective tips, however, to clear up acne, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and make sure you have generally radiant skin.
Here are the 8 ways to get your best skin ever below:
1. Get shady every day
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate anywhere on the body, which means it shows sagging and wrinkles the fastest, too. Yes, you need to apply sun protection, but you should add an extra shield from damaging UV rays – wear a pair of chic, oversized sunglasses.
2. Tweak your diet so you’re eating more skin-healthy foods…
By now you know that omega-3 fatty acids are super healthy for you. But you may not know that they’re even good for your skin.
Omega-3 fatty acids—especially a type called DHA or docosahexaenoic acid—are a natural anti-inflammatory, and may also help decrease oil production and clogged pores.
Recommendation: Eat cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, or take an algae oil supplement if you don’t eat fish.
3. Feed your skin bacteria
Mix any plain yogurt that contains live active cultures with one teaspoon of honey. Apply a thick layer to clean skin and wait 20 minutes before rinsing off.
4. Establish a three-step skincare routine.
When you’re as busy as we all are these days, it’s far too easy to let skincare fall through the cracks.
Maybe you get home from a party late and forget to take off your makeup. Maybe you wake up so rushed in the morning that you forget to wash your face at all. And you just put your makeup on and go.
Fortunately, it’s also easier than you think to change your ways—you just need to develop a consistent routine.
One easy way to do it: Start using Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System, which pairs together the best soap, clarifying lotion, and moisturizer for your particular skin type. Add their Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush for gentle yet effective exfoliation, and you’re set.
5. Stop with the soap
Take it easy on your exterior and cut back on the soap-and-water cleansing. Remove your makeup with a moisturizing towelette. And when you do wash with water, moisturize while your skin is still damp to rebuild its protective layer.
Rub your skin the right way: A face massage can help relax the wrinkles on your face.
6. In fact, go makeup-free as often as you can.
Less is more. So whenever possible, avoid spackling your face with thick, heavy foundation and other makeup. This suffocates the skin and clogs the pores, leading to acne breakouts.
For minor blemishes, we recommend using a non-comedogenic, tinted moisturizing sunscreen, which can serve as both a mild cover-up and a sun-blocker. Besides, wearing less makeup means it takes less time to get ready!
7. Brew your caffeine buzz
Researchers found that people who drank two cups or more of black or green tea daily were 30 percent less likely to develop squamous cell carcinomas, a type of skin cancer, than those who didn’t.
8. Wash your face as soon as you get home.
Air pollution isn’t only bad for your lungs and heart, it can also age your skin prematurely. In a widely-cited study of 400 older women. Researchers discovered a connection between exposure to particulate matter (that’s basically particles in the air like dust and pollen), and the occurrence of sun spots and wrinkles.
Air pollution is believed to generate free radicals, which cause inflammation and damage collagen. It is the protein that helps skin stay firm and plump. So: Unless you want to live in a bubble, the best thing you can do is wash your face ASAP when you get home each day. It will help remove the pollutants, oil, and other buildup from the day.
To help you make washing your face when you get home a habit, try Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System. Keep all three components in plain view on your bathroom shelf. And that visual cue will make it even easier to remember to rinse off your day, every day.