By: Nadine Jolie
Your skin is your largest organ, but it's all too easy to neglect — especially when you’re distracted by work deadlines, social obligations and life’s everyday stresses. Healthy skin is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. Here are five easy and simple ways to treat your skin and help it look its best.
1. Nourish at Night
While sunscreen plays a huge role in anti-aging, choosing the right night cream for your complexion will also yield benefits. If you have dry skin, try an emollient cream that protects your skin’s barrier and helps retain moisture. If your skin is on the oilier side, you’ll want a night product that provides anti-aging benefits without clogging pores, like a light serum.
2. Delicately Treat Your Eyes
Eyes are one of the very first places to show signs of aging. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate and prone to fine lines, dark circles and puffiness — sometimes all at once! (Mother Nature has a sense of humour like that.) Eye creams are specially designed to handle this sensitive area, and a little bit goes a long way. When you're applying eye cream, use your fourth finger (which is weakest and least likely to pull the skin and create new wrinkles).
3. Get Serious about Beauty Sleep
You've heard the importance of getting enough sleep, but did you know it's not just for your health? Your skin desperately needs proper amounts of sleep to regenerate and renew itself. Not getting enough sleep can result in dull, dry, patchy skin — hardly the glowing complexion we're all seeking! Make sleep a priority and you'll notice a difference in your complexion.
4. Exfoliate Regularly
Sure, in a perfect world, we'd all head to the aesthetician once a month so that our skin could be buffed, massaged, polished and pampered. In reality, most of us can't afford to dash off to the spa on the regular, so proper maintenance at home is key. Regular exfoliation will keep your skin smooth, clear and glowing. Choose between a manual exfoliant featuring granules or beads, or a chemical exfoliator with an acid-like glycolic acid or fruit enzymes.
5. Go Bare-Faced
When Hollywood celebrities are off-set and off-duty, there’s a reason they’re usually bare-faced: It’s good to let your skin breathe once in a while! If you never wear makeup, you’re in the clear. But if you’re devoted to foundations and tinted moisturizers, give your pores the occasional rest. Your complexion will thank you!
How else are you treating yourself this year?
Nadine is a former beauty editor, the author of two beauty books, a Los Angeles resident and has appeared as a beauty expert on the “Today” Show, “The Tyra Banks Show,” “CNN” and MSNBC, and teaches beauty classes. She has written for Lucky Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Jane and is a beauty contributor to VanityFair.com. You can find her at her website Nadine Jolie.