24 of the Best Skin Care Tips of All Time
On any given day, women are exposed to hundreds of articles of what’s supposed to be the latest and greatest in skin care tips and tricks. But with so many different opinions, it can be hard to stay up to date. To help you sift through the skin care clutter, we dug through all the most popular tips on the web to deliver you 24 of the best. Ready for a fresh look at your skin care routine? Follow along for the best skin care tips of all time!
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 for that matter. Despite the way the sky looks, the sun is up there beating down harmful UV rays, which can cause premature skin aging and even some cancers. To reduce those risks, it’s vital to apply (and reapply) Broad Spectrum sunscreen each and every day as part of your skin care routine.
Editor’s note: There’s currently no sunscreen out there that can fully protect your skin from harm. As such, be sure to pair your applications with additional sun protection measures such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours.
Wear a lot of makeup? Live in a city filled with smog? Sweat a lot? Whatever the case may be, a double-cleanse can be your skin’s very 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 have the opportunity to wreak havoc on your complexion. Plus, it’s super easy! All you have to do is start with a gentle cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for All Skin Types, and follow it up with a soothing cleanser, like the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. We especially love this duo because where the micellar water removes makeup, the CeraVe cleanser picks up any residual makeup, dirt and grime while simultaneously hydrating and restoring your skin’s natural protective barrier.
3. APPLY MOISTURIZER AFTER CLEANSING
Cleansing your skin is a great start, but without moisturizing it directly after, you’re missing a super simple, vital 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. So, cleanse then moisturize. Just think of it as a non-negotiable two-step process.
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.
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. For more info on the right way to layer your skin care products, read this!
6. CATER TO YOUR SKIN’S NEEDS WITH MULTI-MASKING
Ever take the time to wear a clay mask or sheet mask only to be let down by the results? Before blaming masking as a whole, consider taking a different approach. When you multi-mask, you apply different masks to different parts of your face to cater to all of your skin’s needs. We especially love pairing the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask. Together these masks can target everything from stressed and dull skin, to dry and oily skin. Trust us, your skin will thank you.
7. EXFOLIATE REGULARLY (AND GENTLY)
As you know, exfoliation is the key to gorgeous-looking, glowing skin. When you buff away built-up dead skin cells, your complexion can better catch the light. If you feel like your skin is looking dull, the last thing you want to do is scrub extra hard in hopes of turning the lights back on your complexion. Be gentle!
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. Problem is, when you fall asleep in your makeup, while it might feel great to catch some Zzz’s straight away, those extra minutes won’t be worth it when clogged pores and a potential breakout ensues. For that reason, you should always wash your face with a gentle cleanser to kick impurities, dirt, bacteria, and more to the curb before hopping into bed.
9. USE A FACIAL MIST
So, you’ve seen girls left and right spritzing their faces mid-day and you want to get in on the trend. Before you go spraying your face with water and hoping for a miracle to happen, understand that misting is most beneficial when you use a specially-formulated facial spray that’s rich in skin-benefitting minerals, like the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
10. CARRY FACE WIPES OR MICELLAR IN YOUR GYM BAG
Without a quick rinse post-sweat, your workout can be pretty damaging—at least for your skin. When you don’t rinse off immediately, you risk clogging your pores with any dirt, sweat and makeup that’s made it way on to your skin. That’s why we always recommend carrying on-the-go facial wipes, like the Garnier SkinActive Clean + Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes or a bottle of micellar water. With just a swipe you’ll be able to reduce the risk of a sweat-induced breakout.
11. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SHEET MASK
By this, we don’t mean actually creating your own face mask (though if you’d like to try, here’s a sheet mask you can DIY at home!). Rather, you can make your sheet mask fit better on your face with a pair of scissors, trimming the edges for increased comfort. And, you don’t have to go all-out with the scissors, just a few simple snips from the side of the nose fold to the eye holes will do the trick for a snugger fit to your complexion.
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 in every night.
13. TREAT YOUR NECK THE SAME AS YOUR FACE
Believe it or not, “tech neck” is a real thing. What exactly is it? It’s premature skin folds and wrinkles that form on your neck due to constantly looking down at your cell phone screen and tech gadgets. And since the neck is one of the areas of skin we tend to neglect in a skin care routine, visible signs of aging can become a real problem. To help, extend the products of 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. Also, try holding your phone up higher to avoid repeated movements looking downwards.
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 time instead of vigorously exfoliating your face. Taking a longer and gentler approach with your skin can help remove pore-clogging impurities without causing irritation.
15. WATCH YOUR DIET
Your diet not only affects your waistline, but it might impact your skin as well. The American Academy of Dermatology has noted that some popular foods could possibly be linked to heightened acne, though more research is certainly needed. Still, sticking to a colorful diet of fruits and vegetables doesn’t hurt.
16. RELAX & UNWIND
Have a major event coming up that’s stressing you out? Try to relax! 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, draw up a bath, listen to soothing music…whatever it takes to help you unwind.
17. DON’T LICK YOUR LIPS
If you have dry lips, it can be tempting to want to lick them in an attempt to find some relief. But 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. Follow with your favorite lip conditioner.
18. CREATE A NIGHTTIME REGIMEN
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 over the course of the day. If you’re a minimalist, a simple 3-step routine will do just the trick: cleanse, tone, and moisturize before you go to bed. To up the ante, incorporate eye cream, serum, masks, and more.
19. BE MINDFUL OF IRRITANTS
If you have sensitive skin, products that are formulated with fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and other harsh ingredients may be bad news for 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.
20. 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.
21. MIX SOME BRONZER WITH YOUR FACIAL SUNSCREEN
Is your sunscreen making your skin look ashy or pale? If you don’t have a tinted sunscreen on-hand, simply DIY one with some liquid bronzer. Just a few small drops will do the trick.
22. STOP SMOKING
While there are many reasons why you should stop smoking, there is one in particular you should be aware of: it can impact your skin. A study has shown that tobacco smoke can cause premature skin aging, so stomp out the cigarette!
23. 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 face can cause compression lines. That repeated movement can eventually cause creases and wrinkles to form, so try adjusting your sleeping position.
24. WATER, WATER, WATER
We couldn’t tell you enough just how important it is to drink enough water. This study has shown that drinking enough water per day helps the superficial look of your skin. So, make sure you’re drinking the recommended number of glasses a day for hydration from the inside out!