Let’s chat about the five steps you can take today for more healthy and radiant skin! From increasing your water intake to knowing when to throw away your expired products, these steps will have your skin glowing in no time.
1. Drink water
While I personally love a laundry list of great skincare products to use, I have found the number one recommended thing you can do daily is drink plenty of water.
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
What’s the recommended daily intake of water? Drinking 8 glasses of water (or some say half your body weight in ounces) is important for overall good health. Drinking water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Water will help rid your body and skin of toxins and will give you a radiant, healthy, younger looking glow!
2. Moisturize right after a shower
Apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. At this moment, your skin is still porous allowing better absorption into the skin.
In need of a great moisturizer that also addresses the top 10 visible signs of aging? I am partial to Ever Skincare’s Hydralift, available in a creme or gel (for oily skin types) for my face and their cult favorite, Lavish Body Butter for all over moisture.
3. Use Hyaluronic Acid
Apply a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water which means it is attracting water to the skin and holding it there.
I’ve been using Ever Skincare’s Quench. This water based, oil-free booster is lightweight and fast absorbing making it absolutely perfect for layering with your favorite treatment serums and moisturizers to lock in essential hydration.
Quench boasts two different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid molecules; one to absorb deeper into the skin, plumping fine lines, and the other to hydrate the surface layers of the skin, relieving patchy or flaky skin and giving you that glow.
4. Keep your make-up brushes clean
Most dermatologists will tell you to deeply clean your brushes, especially foundation and concealer brushes, once a week (at minimum) – to prevent product and bacteria buildup. Because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner they are the better, says legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown. She’s a little more lenient with eye shadow and liner brushes, however. “Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month,” she says.
Pro tip: I love when a product can be used more than one way. This is why I have added my Micellar Water to a spray bottle and use it for a quick, daily brush clean. These small, glass bottles are perfect. (If you are interested in hearing all the benefits of Micellar Water, I did a product spotlight a couple weeks ago HERE.)
After using your make-up brush, give it a quick spray, then swirl the brush in a circular motion on a soft cloth. I like to use a reusable, 100% cotton cloth like these.
5. Clean out and organize your beauty drawer
Did you know that your skincare products have a shelf life and expiration date? Just like expired food in our refrigerators, it’s crucial to throw away old skin care and make-up.
If you’re like me, you probably have drawers full of pretty bottles because you don’t know if or when the products have gone bad.
Bacteria will thrive in products past their prime, especially in hot, humid environments like your bathroom. When old, contaminated products are applied to the skin, the bacteria could cause irritation, rashes, blemishes and even skin infections.
Even if your product isn’t contaminated, its active ingredients become ineffective over time. This is especially necessary with products designed to protect the skin, like broad spectrum sunscreens.
Maximum shelf-life is based on open products. Products that are sealed and unused have a bit longer shelf-life but I wouldn’t push it when it comes to products containing active ingredients like sunscreen and anti-aging serums and moisturizers.
I’d love to hear from you. What do you think about these 5 steps to more healthy and radiant looking skin? Is there anything you plan to try? Or anything you would add to the list? Let me know in a comment below.