Women with great skin. Is it all genetics? Are some women just born with a rare gene that guarantees flawless complexion? If so, can it be cloned? The truth is, while many women with great skin are blessed by nature, there’s usually a certain amount of nurture that accompanies it. So until there’s solid evidence for excellent-skin genetics, here are some steps you can add to your routine to get your friends wondering how you do it.
Use the Correct Cleanser
According to dermatologist Ava Shamban, “For oil or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide works great. For dry, mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic, or a milky cleanser. For skin with brown spots or melanoma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser.”
Drink the Right Liquids
While green juice may be one of the more suspicious looking beverages, it is also one of the most beneficial to your skin. Skincare facialist Joanna Vargas recommends drinking, “a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate and hydrate your skin.” She adds, “Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite.”
Where can you get this magic elixir? Chlorophyll supplements can be found in the aisles of pharmacies and health food stores.
Easier said than done? Perhaps, but even if you can’t get a full eight hours, silk pillowcases may make a difference. Jesleen Ahluwalia, MD, says, “The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles.”
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Sunscreen is not just for the beach! Dr. Debbie Palmer, New York dermatologist says, “We need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily UV exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging.” Experts recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, reapplied every couple of hours.
Moisturize Day and Night
Dr. Janet Pystowsky, MD says, “The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed.” She also recommends avoiding heavily fragranced and harsh products to avoid irritation.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Omega -3 fatty acids are known to boost hydration and protect the natural moisture barrier of your skin. Flax seeds and walnuts are rich in omega-3. Also, be sure to eat foods with a low glycemic index, avoiding simple and complex carbohydrates to maintain a healthy glow.
Dead skin cells can leave skin looking dull. Dr. Mona Gohara says, “We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around, leaving the skin looking sullen.” Gohara recommends that you use a pH neutral exfoliator to give dead cells that extra push. Also, remember that exfoliation does not stop with the face. The skin on your body needs exfoliation as well.
Are you a woman with good skin? What are your habits? We’re dying to know!