Most people are aware of the basics of skin care – such as wearing sunscreen – but did you know there are lots of simple ways you can protect and nourish your skin every day?
Here are seven surprising tricks to keep your skin healthy and glowing!
1. Change Your Sheets
Changing your pillowcases once a week is necessary for good skin hygiene. It won’t matter how well you treat your skin if you’re snuggling up to bacteria-ridden pillows! When you’re sick, change your pillow cases more frequently until symptoms subside.
Change your moisturizer like you change your clothing – based on the seasons! Thicker, more emollient moisture is needed in the winter to combat the lack of humidity in the air. After cleansing but before moisturizing, Dr. Toby Shawe recommends using a vitamin C serum for added hydration and absorption.
As we transition into spring and summer (yay!), switch to a lighter moisturizer: either a cream or lotion formula. Dr. Shawe recommends the Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion or Cream. She loves these moisturizers because their hydrating formulas produce visibly smoother, tighter skin.
Lastly, the best time to moisturize your body is after a shower when your body is still dewy, as moisturizing products will help lock in that hydration.
Exfoliating is important because it unclogs pores, can help the skin feel smoother, and removes dead skin cells. Dr. Shawe does not recommend exfoliating the skin more than once a month during the winter, however, because it will cause even the oiliest skin to become dehydrated and irritated (stinging and burning sensations). As we transition into warmer weather, once a week is sufficient for removing dead skin cells, oil, and residual makeup. There are some products you can use to exfoliate the skin naturally, like Bio Complete Serum by Sente, which has a mild form of retin-A that’s suitable for all skin types.
4. Avoid Sweets
To our bodies, sugar is like an inflammatory drug, increasing acne breakouts and redness for people with rosacea. It can also aggravate people who have conditions like eczema, psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases. Those sweets can be oh so tempting, but it’s best to stay away!
5. Reduce Stress
Calming your nervous system is key to reducing stress and cortisol levels, which wreak havoc on skin. Get sufficient sleep, practice self-care, and include meditation, yoga, or deep-breathing practices in your weekly routine. Epsom salt baths are also very calming and help your body absorb needed minerals.
6. Proper Pimple Care
If you notice a pimple just before you have a big meeting, date, or event… don’t panic! Squeezing it with your fingernails can leave scarring and pushes bacteria into the skin. Instead, apply a warm compress multiple times throughout the day to loosen the oil from the pore, then use two clean cotton swabs on either side of the pimple and gently apply inward pressure. If the pimple pops, pat it dry – if not, leave it alone! If a pimple is deep and very painful, come see your dermatologist, who can inject it with an anti-inflammatory agent. This should make the pimple disappear within 24 hours.
The top layer of your skin is under constant attack from the environment. Water quality, air quality, temperature and other factors can all wreak havoc on your skin! Drinking water is essential because it helps combat the skin dryness and damage that these external factors can inflict.
8. Talk to Your Dermatologist
** If you’re following the advice above but aren’t seeing results, seek the advice of a dermatologist. Many people have hormone irregularities that cause skin problems, but our practitioners can help get to the root of the problem and offer cutting-edge treatments and products to help aid in your skin’s repair. **