We interrogated our expert dermatologists to bring you the best tips to take care of your skin on the daily!
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We all could use a little more time in the morning, whether we’re rushing off to work or to brunch with friends. Mixing your usual moisturizer with a light SPF lotion is the perfect way to save more than a few minutes and not give up on your daily sun protection! Make sure your sunscreen has micronized zinc, which doesn’t leave the whitish/purple glow that we see people sporting at the beach.
These little nuts are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin E, magnesium and calcium! Eating a small bowl of them (about 30) as soon as you wake up is a great way to help your skin obtain the nutrients it needs. In addition to being a healthy and yummy snack, almonds have many uses. Applying almond oil to your skin reduces dark circles, delays signs of aging and removes dead cells, leaving your skin in a joyful state.
Ok, we know that banning stress in these modern times is no small feat, but having a stress management plan is a good idea for your overall health. Small changes like jotting down your daily plan or the small things that stress you out can help identify what’s causing you to have these negative feelings. Stress has so many outlets – from frowning more to compensating with food or alcohol – that learning to manage it is ultimately vital for your skin.
The key to deep exfoliation is not force, but movement and time spent. In order to get the most of this step in your beauty routine, apply your scrub in upward, circular motions for 5-10 minutes. Apart from removing dead cells and patchy skin, this movement works as a massage that gently reactivates your circulatory system, breaks down toxins and coaxes new skin cells to come out, so make sure to do it right!
Make Tea, Not War
This age-old medicinal infusion originated in China, where it was also a religious offering and at some point exclusive to royalty due to its value and scarcity. In addition to its calm-inducing aroma and comforting taste, some infusions – like white or green tea – have high doses of catechin, a powerful antioxidant 25-100 times more potent than Vitamin C or E. So really, when you sit down to relax with a hot cup of tea you are doing way more than relaxing – you are nurturing your skin in a big way.
A well-known muscle relaxant, Botox inhibits the release of certain neurotransmitters from the endings of motor nerves, softening lines and giving a more youthful look. Its wide range of uses goes from treating excessive sweating and banishing wrinkles to even treating headaches! When administered by an experienced dermatologist and paired with proper skin care, these surface-level injections present one of the best techniques for anti-aging, lasting up to six months.
A diet that mimics Mediterranean tradition with a diet full of fish, fruit, some dairy products, vegetables and olive oil replenishes skin with its BFFs: good omega fatty acids and antioxidants. These two, as we know, work diligently to maintain a healthy glow and reverse sun damage. A Mediterranean diet paired with cardiovascular exercise can do wonders for your body, not to mention the biggest organ you have, your skin!
Just Like Honey
Don’t forget about the skin on your lips! It needs care just like the rest of your body does. For a quick and yummy way to revitalize your pout, apply pure organic honey to your lips several times a day. Honey is a natural moisturizer with healing and antibacterial properties that help chapped lips bounce back to lush softness.
If you’re not already using a retinoid cream, what are you waiting for? Retinoid is a Vitamin A derivative that unclogs pores, boosts collagen; reduces fine lines and speeds cell turnover for a dewy, smooth glow. The components in retinoid are sensitive to sunlight, so set your potion next to your bed stand for nightly applications.
When we talk about beauty sleep, we are not kidding! When you’re sleep deprived, your body goes into survival mode and starts releasing cortisol, a stress-hormone. In excess amounts, cortisol breaks down collagen, the protein that keeps your skin elastic, full and smooth. Another important factor is that deep sleep fosters the release of the human growth hormone, which helps increase muscle mass and thicken skin as we age. So there you have it, appreciate your snooze bar!