Wear Sunscreen 24/7
“Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach,” says Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. “But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily UV exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging.” What kind of sunscreen is best? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
Layer on enough sunscreen to maintain youthful skin, As advised by Garland, TX-based dermatologist Lisa Garner, MD, president of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, fills the hollow of your palm (about ½ teaspoon) with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to coat her face, neck, and ears.
“A little tint takes years off your face by evening out your skin tone,” which a recent study found is a key marker of youthfulness, says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist in Cambridge, MA. Her favorite for a natural look: Olay Complete Touch of Sun Daily UV Moisturizer + A Touch of Sunless Tanner ($15; drugstores), a lotion with a low level of self-tanner.
You can try out our Sunscreen SPF50+ ($15.50; Kolmar Korea)
Protection is Not Just Sunscreen
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. “Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact,” says Dr. Prystowsky.
Protect with Powder
Sunscreen stops working in less than 3 hours, so reapplication is key, says Washington, DC-based derm Elizabeth Tanzi, MD.
For easy touch-ups, she uses powder sunscreen. “It’s light, so skincare stays intact.” Her fave: Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Powder SPF 50 ($60; colorescience.com).
Condition your Body
You want to hydrate your skin quickly but don’t have the time to sit and let it sink in. Simple. Just go and apply your conditioner on your face and full body, wait for some time and then take a shower. The conditioner will work exactly like your moisturiser
Spray Away Dryness
To keep skin supple, LA-based derm Jessica Wu, MD, sprays it several times daily with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water ($8.50; drugstores). (She often spritzes her face when stuck in traffic!) Bonus: The water is packed with minerals like selenium that protect against UV damage.
For an infusion of Rose water with lasting hydration, we recommend Rose Hydration Mist ($20.30; Kolmar Korea)
Zen Your Skin
High levels of tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. “Controlling stress keeps your skin calm—but that’s easier said than done,” says Annie Chiu, MD, a derm in LA.
Taking a 10-minute time-out to apply a face mask and relax on her bed works for Chiu. Another trick: Ban the ‘Berry. “I turn off my cell phone after 8 at night. Every little bit helps!” she says.
Rest and Pamper
Sleep and water are the two special ingredients for radiant looking skin; they lead to detoxification and bar you from red and puffy eyes. Apply face masks available over the counters which have antioxidants in them to make your skin look glowing and rejuvenated
Besides getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. “The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles,”says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City.”Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage.” Better hair and skin while you sleep? Yes, please.
For a healthy looking skin, peel and slice an avocado and blend it with a tbsp of yogurt. Apply directly on face excluding the eye area. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water
To prevent skin from wrinkles, blend 2-3 cooked and mashed carrots along with 2 tbsp of honey. Apply it on your skin, do not massage, keep it for 10 minutes and then rinse off.
To freshen up oily or normal skin, beat egg white until fluffy, add cream and a tbsp of grapefruit juice, apply on face for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water
Strike the Blackheads
To prevent or get rid of existing blackheads, mix lemon juice and egg white in a bowl. Once it’s fluff, apply it all over face, especially near the nose and tip. Wait for 10-20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Unclog the Pores
To reduce pimples and acne on your face blend a tomato, a tbsp of lemon juice and a tbsp of instant oatmeal. Apply it on a cleansed face and leave it for 15 mins and then rinse off.
This mask helps to purify the pores, restore the balance of oil and moisture in oily skin and natural acids in tomato that help to give your skin a good cleaning while enhancing your skin’s natural rejuvenation process.
To firm and moisturise dry skin, in a mixer add 1 egg yolk, a tbsp of honey and a tbsp of cream. Once the mixture is runny, apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes, wash off and pat dry.
If you have run short of your face wash, fret not. Just take a 2 tbsp of milk and apply it evenly on your face. Massage the face using finger tips till the dirt starts to come out. Wash off. You’ll get soft and shiny skin in a minute!
“We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen,” says Dr. Gohara. To fight this, you should “choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates.” And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
In case, you think you need professional help for your lifeless skin, you can opt for a Micro-dermabrasion, a cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation. It gentlyremoves the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the skin surface with help of 3-4 30 min sessions.
To strip the oil from your face and to invigorate the makeup, mist your face with toner, and then pat with a tissue.
Less is More
Too much makeup spoils the natural beauty. It also results in flaking, wrinkles, and smudging. Apply minimal makeup just to accentuate the look and avoid going over the top
Using more than one or two facial products all at once is a big no-no, says Dr. Tzu. It can be harsh on the skin, resulting in more breakouts and clogged pores.
Pair Your Potions
“A ‘cross-training’ regimen is the key to rapid rejuvenation. Some ingredients—like sunscreen and antioxidants in the morning and retinoids and peptides at night—work better as a team,” says New Orleans derm Mary Lupo, MD.
Moisturize Every Day and Night
“The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed,” explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky MD, an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and be make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Stick to your Skincare Routine
“Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well,” says Dr. Prystowsky, “but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them.” Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
Never Touch Your Face Unnecessarily
Dr. Julia Tzu, an NYC-based dermatologist, says this is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu.
Clean your Makeup Brushes Regularly
To fight infection and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how: Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry
Develop a Bedside Manner
“Its often difficult to stick to anti-aging regimen at bedtime,”. To avoid missing her evening routine, store these products in a pretty skincare case on your bedside. So if you’ve forgotten—or was just too tired to apply products at the sink—do it easily while in bed
Wear Your Veggies
Frozen peas help soothe itchy, irritated eyes according to Jeanine Downie, MD, a derm in Montclair, NJ.Put a bag of frozen peas on the lids for about 5 minutes. The cold helps reduce swelling and pigmentation, a side effect of repeated irritation from her eczema. Unlike inflexible ice packs, a bag of peas easily conforms to the shape of the eyes for a faster effect.
Sauce packs from fastfood chain outlets may also do the trick. Just leave some in the fridge to use as eye packs when needed.
You got an annoying pimple on your face, don’t prick it or scratch it. No fret! Just dab toothpaste over it. Toothpaste will help it dry quickly.
High-impact cardio exercises like running can weaken collagen and lead to sagging,” says Oakland, CA, dermatologist Katie Rodan, MD. “So until a ‘face bra’ is invented, I’ll stick to cycling and the elliptical machine.”
Avoids Direct Heat Exposure
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. “It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away,” explains Dr. Palmer. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
Strike a Pose
Most derms will bend over back-ward for great skin. Hema Sundaram, MD, a Washington, DC-area dermatologist, bends forward. Yoga moves “like Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations improve circulation—the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow.” Another reason to take to the mat: New research finds regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin aging.
Use the Correct Cleanser
“For oily or acne prone skin, a salycylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great,” says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. “For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. Mild cleansers are one of my best secrets,” says Chicago derm Jonith Breadon, MD. She’s partial to CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($11; drugstores), which contains ceramides—fatty materials that help retain moisture.
I personally recommend Eco Mild Bubble Cleanser that prevents excessive dryness of the skin—slightly acid foams balances Ph, helps Moist Veil formation
For skin with brown spots or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser.”
Eating and exercising right for your skin: Include lots of juices, fruits & dry fruits in your diet and drink at least 8 glasses of water.
“Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid,” Joanna Vargas advises. “Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture.”
Eat a Skin-Saving Breakfast
The first meal of the day for New York City derm Doris Day, MD, includes almonds. “They contain essential fatty acids, which help put the brakes on inflammation that accelerates fine lines, sagging, and blotchiness
Salmon, tuna, and halibut are good lunch/dinner sources.
And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index (simple and complex carbohydrates).
Cut Back on the Sweet Stuff
The breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm. To prevent this natural process from careening out of control, Naila Malik, MD, a derm in Southlake, TX, sticks to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains; they’re naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen.
Don’t Just Take Vitamins
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There’s also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin. “These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage and they also have natural sunscreen properties,” says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Hydrates in Every Possible Ways
“A lack of water means less radiance and more sag,” says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. Besides drinking enough water, she suggests choosing products (cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging) that have hydrating formulas.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. “Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite.”
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. Soft drinks is a no no; Soda or Cola contains up to 50mg sodium per can. You may not realized that all the sodium in them actually made eyes and jawline puffy. Switch to a healthier alternative that doesn’t punish your skin.
She advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them: “It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too.”
Pump Iron to Plump Skin
“I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older,” says Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist in Metairie, LA. The payoff: firmer skin from the neck down, the result of having better, more supportive muscle tone. “It’s like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body,” says Farris.
Drinking three to five cups of green and black tea can safeguard your skin. Research suggests that both types of tea contain protective compounds—like EGCG and theaflavins—that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.
Green Tea Scrub
Green tea scrub is best suited for dry, normal and combination skin types and leaves behind radiant looking skin. All you need to do is mix 3 tbsp of green tea, 2 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tbsp of a nourishing cream of your choice. Apply this paste and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off and feel the difference