Taking care of your skin is an essential part of feeling confident and beautiful. With so many skincare products and tips available, it can be challenging to know what is essential for clear, glowing skin and what is extra. That’s why our beauty experts have compiled a list of eleven secrets to great skin that every elegant woman should know to get healthy, radiant skin.
How To Get Great Skin
Great skin isn’t something that is achieved overnight. It takes time, diligence, and a solid skincare routine. With the right products for your skin type and a little patience, you’ll have the skin you’ve been dreaming of soon enough.
The first step to great skin is to cleanse properly. We recommend using a gentle cleanser that’s free from harsh chemicals and sulfates. This will help to remove impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Properly cleansing also prepares your skin for the next steps in your skincare routine.
Farmacy Clean Bee Gentle Cleanser
Paula’s Choice RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
Use A Chemical Exfoliant
Exfoliation is an essential step that should not be skipped. It helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, allowing your skin to absorb your skincare products more effectively. We suggest exfoliating once or twice a week using a chemical exfoliant as physical exfoliation typically does more harm than good. Those little grains or exfoliating beads that are in physical exfoliants can cause very small abrasions or tears in your skin that can lead to irritation and inflammation. Chemical exfoliants with AHAs and BHAs are much more gentle. They also help to improve your skin’s texture and complexion as well as fight acne and aging signs, all while renewing your skin too.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator
Tatcha The Texture Tonic AHA Liquid Exfoliating Treatment
This is probably the most important secret to great skin. Sun damage is a leading cause of premature aging, so it’s crucial to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even on cloudy days and days you will be indoors is the bare minimum. You should also reapply SPF every two hours if you are being directly exposed to sunlight, no matter your complexion or skin tone.
Find The Right Active Ingredients
Choosing the best active ingredients for your skin is essential for achieving great skin because these ingredients have the power to address specific skin concerns and improve overall skin health. Active ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten the complexion, and hydrate the skin. By incorporating these ingredients into your skincare routine, you can target your skin’s specific needs and get the clear skin you desire. It’s important to note that not all active ingredients are suitable for every skin type, so it’s best to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional to determine which ingredients will work best for your specific skin concerns.
Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra SOS Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Dr. Dennis Gross Vitamin C Lactic 15% Firm & Bright Serum
Properly Care For Your Eye Area
The skin around your eyes is delicate and requires special care. Your daily moisturizer may be too heavy for this area and can cause it to become irritated. Use a gentle, hydrating eye cream to moisturize and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Eye creams also have formulations that help with puffiness, dark circles, and brightness.
ILIA Bright Start Retinol Alternative Brightening Eye Cream
Skinfix barrier+ Triple Lipid + Collagen Brightening Eye Treatment
Use Face Masks
Face masks are a great way to give your skin a boost of hydration and nutrients. Using a sheet mask once a week or a clay mask twice a week to deep-cleanse and soothe your skin. Plus, applying a face mask is like giving yourself a mini spa day.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C Lactic Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask
Caudalie Pore Minimizing Instant Detox Mask
Drink Water & Moisturize
Hydration is key to healthy, glowing skin, but that alone isn’t enough to give you great skin. Drinking plenty of water is important, but you also need to moisturize your skin and adhere to the other tips mentioned. For a moisturizer, we recommend using a lightweight moisturizer during the day and a richer one at night to lock in moisture while you sleep.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
alpyn beauty Melt Moisturizer with Bakuchiol and Squalane
Eat Your Vegetables
Eating your leafy green vegetables is just as important as drinking water. Glowing from within is highly correlated to eating your greens. You can have the perfect skincare routine, but if you eat lots of junk food or sugar you’ll always be prone to breakouts. You can not put garbage into your body and expect anything else to come out.
Dry Your Face With A Separate Towel
This is one of the most overlooked secrets to great skin! Whatever you do, please DO NOT use your bath towel on your face. I know that it is very easy to just wipe your whole body with one towel when you step out of the shower. However, all you are doing is transferring bacteria from your body to your very sensitive face. Get yourself a soft, plush towel dedicated to just your face and wash it regularly.
Change Your Pillow Cases Often
Speaking of washing things regularly, your sheets and pillows should be changed and washed weekly. Not only will this help your skin immensely by keeping bacteria off of your face, but slipping between clean sheets feels wonderful. Bonus points if you use a silk or bamboo pillowcase. Both of these materials are known to help fight bacteria and help your skin retain its moisture.
22 Momme Terse Envelope Silk Pillowcase
Lily Silk, $55
Organic Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set
Get Enough Beauty Rest
Last but not least, get your beauty sleep. Your body needs 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night to rest and recuperate. You may have a lot to accomplish each day but trust us. Getting enough sleep is an act of self-care and is integral to your longevity. Plus, puffy eyes and dark circles are mainly caused by lack of sleep if they have no genetic cause.
Get More Secrets To Great Skin
By following these tips, you can achieve healthy, glowing skin that looks and feels its best. Remember to be consistent with your skincare routine and give your skin the time and care it deserves. For even more skincare secrets, beauty tips, lifestyle inspiration, and ideas, sign up to receive our newsletter.