21 of the Best Skin-Care Tips of All Time
On any given day, you’re probably exposed to hundreds of articles detailing the latest and greatest skin-care tips and tricks. But with so many different opinions, it can be hard to what works. To help you sift through the skin-care clutter, we dug through the most popular tips on the web to deliver 21 of the best skin-care tips out there.
SKIN-CARE TIP #1: Wear Sunscreen, Rain or Shine
As a child, you likely reserved sunscreen for days spent playing outdoors and excursions to the beach. While it’s great that you layered up on those days, it’s equally important to wear broad-spectrum SPF on the not-so-sunny days — and every day in between. Despite the way the sky looks, you can still be affected by the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause premature skin aging and even some cancers. To reduce those risks, it’s vital to apply (and reapply) sunscreen as part of your daily skin-care routine. Try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen for Face & Body SPF 100.
SKIN-CARE TIP #2: Double-Cleanse
Do you wear a lot of makeup or live in a city filled with smog? What about sweat a lot? Whatever the case may be, a double-cleanse can be your skin’s best friend. When you wash your face in two steps, you’re able to remove makeup and impurities in a thorough way to ensure they don’t sit on the surface of your skin overnight. All you have to do is start with a gentle cleanser, like the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water and follow up with a cleanser formulated to address your skin concerns, like the SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser. We especially love this duo because the micellar water removes makeup and the SkinCeuticals cleanser picks up any residual makeup, dirt and grime, while simultaneously exfoliating your skin.
SKIN-CARE TIP #3: Apply Moisturizer After Cleansing
Cleansing your skin is a great start but without moisturizing it directly after, you’re missing a vital skin-care step. When you apply moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp post-cleanse, you’re able to seal in that moisture to help promote all-day hydration. We like the Lancôme Hydra Zen Gel Cream to combat environmental aggressors.
SKIN-CARE TIP #4: Massage Your Face While Cleansing and Moisturizing
Instead of a quick cleanse, rinse and slather, take your time while cleansing and moisturizing your face. When you take the time to gently massage your products into your face before rinsing, you’re able to boost circulation and create a fresher-looking complexion. If you would rather use a smart device, we like the Clarisonic Firming Massage Head to add a little DIY spa element into our routine.
SKIN-CARE TIP #5: Apply Products in the Proper Order
If you want your products to have the best chance at delivering their promised results, make sure you’re applying them in the right order. Most dermatologists recommend that you apply your skin-care products from lightest to heaviest. For example, you can start your day with a lightweight serum, followed by a thin moisturizer and lastly broad-spectrum sunscreen to lock it all in.
SKIN-CARE TIP #6: Cater to Your Skin’s Needs With Multi-Masking
When you multi-mask, you apply different face masks to different parts of your skin to cater the products to the area’s specific needs. We especially love pairing a detoxifying mask on the oily parts of our face with a hydrating formula on the dry areas. Try the combo of the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask and Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask.
SKIN-CARE TIP #7: Exfoliate Regularly (And Gently)
As you know, exfoliation is the key to glowing skin. When you buff away built-up dead skin cells, your complexion will look more radiant. However, keep in mind that if you feel like your skin is looking dull, the last thing you want to do is scrub hard. This can be damaging to your skin and won’t get you the results you’re looking for. Try the Eve Lom Rescue Peel Pads.
SKIN-CARE TIP #8: Never Wear Makeup to Bed
We’ve all been there — you get home from work and all you want to do is collapse into bed. However, when you fall asleep in your makeup it can lead to clogged pores and potential breakouts. For that reason, you should always wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities, dirt, bacteria and makeup before hopping into bed.
SKIN-CARE TIP #9: Use a Facial Mist
If you’ve seen someone spritzing their face midday and want to get in on the skin-care trend, know that misting is most beneficial when you use a specially-formulated facial spray. Many of these products are rich in skin-benefitting minerals, like the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water.
SKIN-CARE TIP #10: Carry Face Wipes or Micellar Water in Your Gym Bag
Without a quick rinse post-sweat, your workout can mess with your skin. When you don’t rinse off immediately, you risk clogging your pores with any dirt, sweat and makeup that’s sitting on your skin’s surface. We always recommend carrying facial wipes like the Garnier SkinActive Clean + Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes or a bottle of micellar water for when you need to cleanse on the go.
SKIN-CARE TIP #11: Customize Your Sheet Mask
When it comes to sheet masks, one size does not always fit all. You can make your sheet mask better fit your face with a pair of scissors by trimming the edges. For increased comfort, just making a few snips from the side of the nose fold to the eye holes will do the trick for a snugger fit to your face.
SKIN-CARE TIP #12: Sleep Well
Depriving your body of sleep can not only negatively affect your productivity, but it can also harm your skin. A study has shown that poor quality of sleep can actually increase signs of aging and diminish skin barrier functions. To keep your skin looking and feeling its best, try getting the recommended amount of sleep every night.
SKIN-CARE TIP #13: Treat Your Neck the Same as Your Face
Since the neck is one of the areas of skin we tend to neglect in our skin-care routine, visible signs of aging can become a real problem. To help combat this issue, extend the products from your facial routine down below your jaw. Make sure to moisturize your neck daily and never forget to apply sunscreen on it as well, prior to heading outdoors. For a cream specifically formulated for the skin on your neck, try Perricone MD Sub-D Neck.
SKIN-CARE TIP #14: Exfoliate Longer, Not Harder
If you’re trying to give your skin a deep exfoliation, try tacking on a few more seconds to your gentle scrubbing routine instead of vigorously exfoliating your face. Taking a longer and gentler approach with your skin can help remove pore-clogging impurities without causing irritation.
SKIN-CARE TIP #15: Relax and Unwind
Have a major event coming up that’s stressing you out? Try to relax, as best you can. A study has shown that psychological stress, mainly in teenagers, can actually increase the risk of acne. So, try some soothing, stress-relieving tactics to help calm your nerves. Curl up on the couch with a good book, soak in a bath, listen to soothing music, whatever it takes to help you unwind.
SKIN-CARE TIP #16: Don’t Lick Your Lips
If you have dry lips, it can be tempting to want to lick them in an effort to find some relief. This will only lead to increased dryness, so try grabbing a gentle lip scrub instead. An exfoliant or lip scrub can help gently remove any dry-skin particles. To add hydration back into your pout, follow with your favorite lip balm, like Kiehl's Lip Balm #1.
SKIN-CARE TIP #17: Create a Nighttime Regimen and Stick to It
You should be following a proper skin-care regimen at night to cleanse away all of the daily dirt and grime your skin comes in contact with. If you’re a minimalist, a simple four-step routine will do the trick: cleanse, tone and moisturize before you go to bed. To up the ante, incorporate an eye cream, serum or mask.
SKIN-CARE TIP #18: Be Mindful of Irritants
If you have sensitive skin, products that are formulated with fragrance, parabens, sulfates and other harsh ingredients may be harmful to your skin. To reduce the risk of irritation, opt instead for products that indicate on the packaging that they are either formulated specifically for sensitive skin or are suitable for use on sensitive skin types.
SKIN-CARE TIP #19: Use Products as Directed
Don’t use scrubs that are formulated for your body skin on your face. These scrubs are typically not as gentle and can cause irritation. When in doubt, follow the instructions as listed on the product’s packaging.
SKIN-CARE TIP #20: Change the Way You Sleep
While sleeping on your back may feel weird to adjust to, it can do your facial skin a lot of favors. Sleeping on your side or stomach can cause compression lines on your face and that repeated action can eventually cause creases and wrinkles to form. Try adjusting your sleeping position — your skin will thank you.
SKIN-CARE TIP #21: Drink Water
We can’t stress enough just how important it is to drink enough water. Studies have found that drinking enough water every day helps the superficial look of your skin so don’t miss out on hydrating from the inside out.
Photos: Genesis Rivas, Chaunte Vaughn