We’ve all seen some people with great skin and, sure, we’d all love to chew their ear off about what they do every day to maintain it, but we can’t just corner them and subject them to interrogation. At least, it is not recommended. However, we can do some research and try to find out for ourselves. Here are seven habits of people with flawless skin.
They Use Sun Protection
Of course, people with great skin use sunscreen religiously, but they also realize how important it is to reapply and reinforce. Dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, Md and founder of Capital Laser and Skin care should know. She says, “I found that although sunscreen is good, I was still getting a tan while wearing it. I’ve had three skin cancers, so I’m fanatical about wearing hats and sun protective clothing.” Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD., even had a UV blocking film added to her car windows.
They Use Chemical Exfoliators Instead of Physical Scrubs
Grossman says, “I’m not a big believer in scrubs. People tend to over scrub their skin, which can cause micro tears that lead to irritation. She favors chemical exfoliators like alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids which trigger turnover in cells and are, “also collagen stimulators.”
They Remove Makeup Before Bed
Sleeping with makeup on is a sure way to clog pores and lead to inflammation and breakouts. It’s best to wash with a gentle cleanser, but Grossman advises leaving make up removing pads on the bedside table, in case you are too exhausted to get a proper wash in.
They Wash with Lukewarm Water
People with great skin know that hot water strips skin of its natural moisturizing oils. Tanzi says, “I don’t go in hot tubs or steam rooms, and I’ll take a warm shower and wash my face with tepid water.”
They Keep Stress Levels Down
A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found evidence that stress can affect the way the outer layers of your skin operate and can cause irritation, redness, and wrinkles. Courtney Dunlop, beauty editor notes, “When I get anxious, I furrow my eyebrows, and I can see faint lines – the dreaded ’11s’- starting to form there, so I make it a point to relax my face as much as possible throughout the day. I also find that regular exercise and deep breathing helps lower stress.”
They Leave Pimples Alone
People with great skin don’t always get pimples, but, when they do, they don’t pop them. Grossman says, “Inflammation is the problem, so I’ll dab a 1% hydrocortisone cream on the spot several times a day to decrease inflammation,” but she says that, “if the pimple is very white, you can squeeze it once. If one push doesn’t do the trick, you need to leave it alone.”
Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas tells us that, if there’s one thing about people with great skin, is that they aren’t afraid to break a sweat. “Exercise is important because it helps keep circulation going and stimulates the lymphatic system, which brings nutrients to and carries away waste from the skin.” Need more incentive? A study conducted at McMaster University in Canada found that individuals over 40 who get regular exercise have skin closer in composition to that of a 20 or 30 year old than those who’d don’t.
Now, we can’t guarantee that people with great skin don’t have a little something extra up their sleeves, but you can pretty much bet these habits apply. Got good skin habits we haven’t mentioned? Let us know!