Can’t go trick-or-treating for Halloween this year? Try adding these tricks and treats to your skin care routine (at home)…all year round!
TRICKS – to maintain healthy skin
- Hydrate inside AND outside. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day, not only flushes out toxins and keeps you hydrated but translates to how your skin appears. Hydrated skin appears full, radiant, and clean!
- Moisturize BEFORE bed, too. Yes, not just in the morning – but also at night. Our bodies get dehydrated while we sleep – which leads to dry skin – which can lead to irritation and breakouts,
- Exfoliate. For most, at least twice a week!
- Avoid direct heat exposure. Yes, the holidays are around the corner – everyone is looking forward to cuddling up next to the fireplace. However, getting too close irritates your skin and can break down collagen (the important protein in your skin that keeps you looking young). Eeeek! That’s scary.
- Consider silk pillow cases. These are said to “glide easily and prevent creasing and wrinkles,”says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City.”
TREATS – treat your skin with these tips
- Shorter, cooler showers! Taking long, hot showers is not always beneficial for your skin. It can remove your natural oils and cause irritation. Treat your skin to warm, not hot bath times!
- Be gentle! After you wash your face, don’t scrub as hard as possible with your towel in attempt to dry faster. Simply, pat the towel on your face to avoid irritation – and potentially leave a little moisture – this is a good thing!
- Relax. Yes, that’s right! On a daily basis, try to find peace throughout your day. Your body reacts in many different ways to stress, anxiety, lack of sleep – it shows on your face, literally.
- Quit SMOKING. If you are a smoker, you’ve probably heard this enough…but, seriously. The amount of damage smoking causes to your skin, and body in general, is intense. Unfortunately, not all damage is reversible.
- Wear Sunscreen. Another point I repeat often, and #1 on The Mayo Clinics Skincare List. When I see people with a bad sunburn, I imagine their skin cells screaming out in pain..a little graphic, but hey! TREAT your skin to some protection! SPF 30 (at the very least).