From the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin, your face is one of the most important features you own. When asked what features they notice first in a member of the opposite sex, facial features such as eyes, smile and skin dominated survey participants’ list of answers. So, if you’re looking to not only impress potential suitors, but also learn to love the skin you’re in, then you’re in the right place! These five tips will help you clear your skin for a gorgeous complexion.
First thing’s first: healthy skin, like any other aspect of your wellbeing, starts from the inside out. Keeping your skin well-hydrated amps up its elasticity, cell turnover rate and healthy glow – and it’s just as great for the rest of your body too! Start with eight glasses a day or, if you’re feeling ambitious, try drinking your weight in ounces. You’ll start to feel and notice the difference in no time.
….sun protection, that is! No matter what the weather is outside or what the season, your skin still absorbs the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. Even if you’re not spending lots of time outside, the sunshine can still take its toll – so, be sure to slather on SPF 30 or higher every morning after putting on your daily moisturizer. Bonus: Neutrogena makes a great non-comedogenic formula that won’t clog your pores!
Put Oil On Your Face
No, really: if you haven’t hopped on the double-cleansing bandwagon yet, now’s the perfect time to start. The theory behind double-cleansing is that oil-based cleansers bond to the oils in your skin and pull them out of your dirty pores. To practice this method, start by using an oil-based cleanser like this one from Burt’s Bees, then follow up with your usual water-based cleanser. Trust me when I say that double-cleansing will leave your skin squeakier than any other skincare routine you’ve tried.
And speaking of oils on your face, let’s stress the importance of keeping your hands off your skin. That means no resting your chin in your hands, no rubbing your nose bump, if it really bothers you consider getting it fixed. Oh and especially no picking at pimples or other blemishes! If you want to pop a pimple, here’s the right way to do it: sterilize a sewing needle in a flame (think: lighter or candle) and gently pierce the surface of the whitehead. Then, use Q-tips soaked in hot water to gently empty the pimple’s contents.
The skin on your face isn’t the only skin that matters: in fact, your skin is your body’s largest organ! To take care of your body skin just as well as your face, try dry-brushing to stimulate cell turnover and exfoliation. Here’s exactly how to do it: first, buy a dry-brush – you can get them for less than $5 on Amazon. Then, before your next shower or bath, gently brush your skin in sweeping motions toward your heart. Follow up with a body oil for skin that’s baby soft.
And there you have it – the five tips that will give you the most flawless skin you could ever imagine. With these tips, it’s guaranteed that your next encounter with a handsome stranger will be more successful than ever.