Stop smoking and improve the look of your skin - learn the simple steps to start making a difference now!
The clock has struck 5, so it's time to treat your skin to some well-deserved TLC. The air in your home may be less than ideal, and you may have been skipping out on washing your face at night, but that's about to change with these 5-minute skincare hacks that will change how you look at yourself in the mirror forever! Here are five simple things you can do daily to keep your skin looking good until you see your dermatologist next month. You're welcome in advance!
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Make Sleep A Priority
Are you getting up late? You might want to rethink that. Not getting enough shut-eye could leave you looking tired, with bags under your eyes, and make you more prone to breakouts. When your body doesn't get enough sleep, stress hormones like cortisol are released, reducing your skin's ability to repair itself. Set a bedtime alarm (we promise it will be worth it!) and tell your friends and family that you have to get up early to continue sleeping as much as you need. Try turning off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime and adding relaxation techniques into your evening routine, like deep breathing or reading for a few minutes before lights out. Once these changes start, you may even sleep better than ever!
Drink All The Water
Dehydration and lack of hydration make your skin look dull, slow skin cell turnover, and prevent new, fresh cells from rising to the surface. Ensure you're drinking enough fluids (around eight glasses a day) so your body stays hydrated; otherwise, you can feel fatigued, and your face will show signs of it too! Boost your water intake by adding sliced cucumbers or fresh lemon slices. A bit of flavor can go a long way toward getting you to drink more water throughout your day.
Remove Makeup Correctly
Makeup residue causes your pores to clog and your skin to break out. So, removing every bit of makeup at night is essential, especially if you wear foundation or waterproof mascara daily. Washing your face with a mild cleanser will eliminate heavy products without over-drying. Always follow up with an oil-free moisturizer, so your skin doesn't dry out while you sleep.
Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps your skin retain moisture. It's common in skincare products because it can bind to water and retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water. (That's a lot of plumping power.) Moreover, you'll reap even more benefits if you use a hyaluronic acid-based product before applying any other moisturizer or serum. Hyaluronic acid holds onto moisture remarkably well and acts as a sponge to absorb those much-needed nourishing ingredients that are around your face but often aren't able to penetrate your skin, says Dr.
Switch Out One Foundation For A Creamier Alternative
Dry skin patches are unpleasant and unsightly, but more importantly, they can lead to skin issues like rosacea. Fortunately, there's a simple way to avoid these patches: Switch out your foundation for a creamier alternative. Using a thick moisturizer or even body lotion instead of foundation makes it less likely to settle into dry areas or clog pores. You'll get longer-lasting coverage that looks natural.
Not getting enough shut-eye could leave you looking tired, with bags under your eyes, and make you more prone to breakouts. Turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime and add relaxation techniques into your evening routine. Boost your water intake by adding sliced cucumbers or fresh lemon slices. Make sure you remove every last bit of makeup at night. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps your skin retain moisture. A simple way to avoid dry skin patches is by switching the foundation to a creamier alternative.