Our Top 20 Tips for Finding Your Best Skin
1. Drink water. Water has numerous benefits. It is one of the healthiest and most accessible fluids available, and in addition to treating your skin, drinking water will also benefit your hair, since a hydrated scalp helps to eliminate dandruff and other dry skin irritants. Just keep in mind that the more water you gift your body, the faster your skin and hair cells will stay hydrated and replenish, leaving you with glowing skin, a youthful complexion, and healthy hair.
2. Exfoliate! Exfoliation is a natural process in which dead cells are removed from the surface of your skin. Your epidermis is made up of several layers; the older layers are on the top of your skin, exposed to the elements, while the younger ones are underneath. If your face appears to be dry and flaky, then the dead skin cells need to be scrubbed off—or exfoliated—so you can reveal your healthiest skin.
If done regularly, exfoliation can do wonders to improve the texture of your complexion, and can even stimulate the production of new cells and collagen, as well as prevent clogged pores and acne. For those with oily skin, it is important to exfoliate often, perhaps even daily! The more often you scrub off the dead skin, the healthier your complexion will be.
3. Use a konjac sponge. A konjac sponge is a dry, hard sponge that softens when you soak it. Its rough surface does a great job at buffing away dry skin and impurities, so it's a natural exfoliator and will really get to all the excess oils and grime on your face. After you use it, squeeze out all excess water and leave it to dry. The sponge will get hard again and stay hygienic!
4. Consider using a facial oil. Some claim that once they made the switch over from creams to oils, their complexions improved drastically. While it seems counter-productive to apply extra oil onto your face, beauty fans claim that oils actually provide a lighter layer of hydration than sticky, thick creams do.
5. Use a scrub. A scrub is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of exfoliating your skin. Body Lush’s Face and Body Scrub is made of coffee beans, oils, sea salt, and sugar, so once you’ve removed the dead skin, your body will feel moisturized and soft.
The best way to apply the scrub is with some water: rub the wet scrub around your body and face for a couple of minutes, leave it on for a minute, and then rinse it all off. While some scrubs should be followed by a moisturizer, Body Lush’s coffee scrub contains its own moisturizing properties, so it’s truly a multifaceted product! You won’t need anything else.
6. Use an electric cleansing brush. There are several electric brushes available on the market, but the most well-known is undoubtedly the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic is a chargeable face brush that “uses patented sonic cleansing technology for a deep, radiant clean. With an oscillation range from 200 to 350 movements per second, each brush helps transform skin’s texture with a cleanse that’s 6x more effective than hands alone.”
7. Use a muslin cloth. Muslin cloths—made of 100% cotton—are made to complement your cleanser and lift away dirt, makeup, and impurities from the face. After you’ve applied your cleanser, use the cloth to massage the product into your face. Afterwards, soak it, squeeze out the excess water, and use the cloth to remove the product.
8. Try to avoid the sun’s direct rays if possible. If you will be spending time outside, however, cover up your scars as best as you can, stay in the shade, and apply SPF. If scars are hit by the sun’s rays, they can permanently change colour, and the darker they become, the more likely that you will not be able to reduce their appearance. Just remember that scars should never be exposed to the sun!
9. Apply a hydrocolloid bandage to your blemishes, which is a medical-grade adhesive that provides your scars with a moist environment. By keeping your scars moist, they will kept from drying out and developing scabs, which clog the wound. As the bandage completely attaches itself to your skin—around the scar—it is sterile and prevents any other bacteria from getting inside.
10. Don’t touch your scars or blemishes. It’s unhygienic.
11. One product you can use for immediate smoothing results is a tanning lotion, which, when applied, creates the appearance of an even skin tone and produces a slimming effect on your arms, legs, and stomach areas. Self-tanning lotions are not permanent; they often wash off in the shower. Therefore, they’re a great alternative to more expensive cellulite treatments. Make sure you apply your tanning lotion with a special mitt or glove; this way, the product will distribute evenly on your freshly-cleansed skin.
12. Dry brushing is the process of manually exfoliating your skin with a specially-designed brush that is crafted to boost your circulation, remove dead skin cells, stimulate your lymph nodes, normalize your lymph flow, and improve your digestion, among other dermatological miracles. You need to brush your skin while it’s dry, though you can add a nice body oil to the brush to compliment the skin’s surface. It’s a great tool for a spa routine or an overall detox. Dry brushing for three to five minutes, a couple times a week, may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
13. Sometimes, when you try a new product, your skin breaks out. It could also be because of old makeup or sunscreen, or a new product that just doesn’t work well with your skin. Make sure you introduce new products to your skincare routine one at a time, so that you can easily determine whether or not it’s the cause of your sudden breakouts.
14. Make sure you’re cleansing properly every night, especially if you wear makeup!
15. Even if you cleanse before bed, your pillowcase can still build up a layer of dirt, grime, and bacteria. Try to change your pillowcase at least once a week, and frequently clean your cell phone and/or makeup brushes.
16. Ask yourself: do I clean my face each time I sweat? If not, this may be the cause of your breakouts. Take a cleanser or cleansing wipes with you to the gym, and swipe all the sweat off your face after a workout.
17. Use a facial mask every couple of days mask. Refer to our guide on different types of masks.
18. Treat your skin every night. It is important to cleanse, treat, and moisturize your face each night before bed. During the day, your skin faces temperature changes, pollution, different fabrics and fragrances, and stale air. Each night, it is recommended to remove all traces of dirt, replenish the skin's pH balance, add active anti-aging ingredients, and moisturize before you head to sleep! In this article, we'll outline the necessary products you'll need for the ideal routine that'll result in healthy, glowing skin.
19. Apply a sleeping mask. A sleeping mask (also called a sleeping facial or sleeping pack), is designed to be applied to your face before bed and rinsed off in the morning. Its main purpose is to moisturize your skin while you are sleeping. Since your skin can lose a lot of water during the night, a sleeping mask will help to restore its moisture.
You should apply a sleeping mask after you apply your regular moisturizer. It is not meant to replace it, but rather, it “locks” it in, so that your face will absorb its moisturizer and serum better, giving you optimum results! Since the formula is lighter, it won’t leave a huge mess all over your pillowcase!
20. Double cleanse. Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like. You clean your face twice. We don’t recommend that you use two identical cleansing methods, however. Instead, we suggest that you select two different products that are targeted specifically for the first and second steps in your cleansing routine. As the two steps actually have different purposes for your skin, it is best to use products that will maximize that step to its cleansing potential.