Prep for Pretty: 6 Things to Do Today for Better Skin Tomorrow
Posted Monday August 26, 2013 1:10 PM GMT
Hindsight is most certainly 20/20. If we knew in our teen years what we know now about skincare, we’d have flawless skin (or so we like to think).
While we can’t turn back the clock on baking in a tanning bed or being outside sans sunscreen, we can take certain actions today that will lead to better skin tomorrow … and the next day … and the one after that.
Drink lots of water. We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first. Drinking H20 helps to flush your skin of toxins, which in turn eliminates dirt and grime that can clog your pores. Because water naturally fills cells with liquid as well, it causes your skin to appear visibly firmer.
Drink green tea: Instead of reaching for a soda or any other sugary drink, change up your hydration routine by consuming green tea. The drink contains some major anti-inflammatory properties that help to rid the skin of redness and blotchiness. It also contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which helps to prevent collagen damage — meaning less wrinkles for you!
Watch your stress levels. We know what you’re thinking, “Easier said than done.” Between relationships, careers and finances, some of us can’t help but stress. However, it’s important to keep those levels in check, or else your skin will reap the consequences (breakouts, dullness, etc…). Get up early every morning to do yoga. The deep breathing can help to calm your body and reduce anxiety. Baths before bed are also known to soothe and relieve the problem.
Don’t forget your SPF. Your skin needs to be shielded from the sun everywhere. Most people are good about lathering on sunscreen before spending the day poolside, but not everyone is so vigilant when it comes to their day-to-day grind — driving, exercising outdoors, etc… To make things easier on yourself, use makeup that has SPF in its formula. Tinted moisturizers, foundations and powders (to name a few) are products that are packed with protection these days.
Start using a vitamin C serum: According to Celeste Hilling, the CEO and Founder of Skin Authority, “Vitamin C has three jobs: At the right levels, [it] can be a co-factor in the production of collagen, which is firming up that skin texture. Also, vitamin C can help enhance the skin's ability to fight off some of the damage from that UV radiation that we get from the sun. And last but not least, it gives your skin a great tightening and glowing.”
Exfoliate. Rid your complexion of dead skin cells that can cause your outer layer to look majorly lackluster. We suggest you use an exfoliating product once a week to ensure your skin stays looking young, healthy and vibrant!
By Jessica Bruno