With all the skincare products lining store shelves, you may be wondering what’s really important for maintaining the health of your skin. Cleansing, treating, protecting, and moisturizing all have their advantages — but you may be looking for the most essential steps to making the biggest difference. Particularly if you’re just getting started with a regular skincare routine.
The truth is, skincare goes beyond having the right products in your cabinet.
1. Drink Up
Getting adequate water is important for overall health – and that includes your skin. Keep yours looking supple and fresh by drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses daily.
2. Get More Shut-Eye
Lack of sleep leads to skin that looks dull and tired. Why? As you sleep, your body produces more collagen, which is essential for keeping lines and wrinkles away.
3. Cleanse Twice a Day
No matter how tired you are, do your face a favor by washing up before bed. Leaving on makeup can clog pores, irritate skin, and generate unwanted bacteria on your pillow.
4. Exfoliate Twice a Week
Remove dead skin-cell buildup, reduce the appearance of pores, and reveal fresh, new skin. When you exfoliate, your skin looks smoother and behaves better.
5. Moisturize – and Then Some
Dry air, heating and cooling, the sun’s rays, the winter winds – with every season, your skin is always losing moisture. Stay supple by hydrating year-round.
6. Slather on Sunscreen
Don’t let the sun’s rays give you extra fine lines and wrinkles. Protect your skin from UVB/UVA exposure by limiting exposure and wearing protective clothing and sunscreen every day.
7. Don’t Pick
Picking at blemishes can lead to permanent scarring. Leave blemishes be – they’ll heal better and you’ll have fewer unwanted marks later.
8. Manage Stress
When you’re stressed, your brain releases cortisol, which in turn increases oil production in the glands and leads to breakouts.
9. Eat Healthy
Antioxidants, good-for-you fats, and essential vitamins and minerals benefit your skin by protecting your cells, combating free radicals, and delaying aging.
10. Don’t Smoke
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke – and many trigger the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the very fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity.
Reveal radiant skin
Where are you on your skincare journey? Assess what your skin needs most, and learn how Artistry helps to address common concerns — from early aging to dehydration.
The Artistry Skincare Recommender uses your lifestyle and environmental factors to determine the best approach to making your skin healthier than ever. Answer a few simple questions, and discover what you can do next, to enhance your own natural beauty!