We all know that regular face care plays a big role in how we look and feel. By the time we reach adulthood, we’ve usually nailed down a basic skin care regimen using products and practices that work well for us. However, it pays to experiment with new skin care treatments and approaches from time to time. Skin is constantly changing, so it may need something today that it didn’t need yesterday. Here are seven speedy skin care tips to try out when you’re in the mood to change things up.
1. Exfoliate regularly
If you’ve never exfoliated the skin on your face, you’re in for a treat. Exfoliation removes dead cells on the skin’s surface to reveal the fresh, glowing, younger-looking skin underneath. Exfoliation can be performed using a facial scrub, an exfoliating facial sponge, or both.
2. Apply a facial mask every week
Applying a clay or peel off mask once or twice a week can keep your pores clean and shrink them too.
3. Use a sunscreen every day
It’s hard to believe, but many of us still aren’t wearing sunscreen under our makeup. If you want to keep your skin as young and healthy as possible, make a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 an essential part of your daily skincare routine.
4. Wash your face
Wash your face every night with a facial cleanser specially formulated for your skin type. Sleeping in makeup is asking for trouble. It can clog your pores, especially if you perspire while you sleep. Pores secrete sebum, a natural moisturizer that protects the skin and removes irritants and dead skin cells from within the pores. Clogged pores can lead to a buildup of sebum under the skin’s surface that can cause pimples, acne and other blemishes. Remove all eye makeup as well to guard against the possibility of eye irritations and eye infections.
5. Add retinoic acid to your skin care routine
If you’re serious about looking healthy and youthful, a topical retinoic acid night cream can keep your complexion fresh, young, firm, bright and smooth. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives, and retinoic acid is an active form of vitamin A. Retinoic acid stimulates collagen production, speeds up skin cell turnover, reduces oiliness, unclogs pores and treats acne. Depending on the strength of the retinoic acid preparation you choose, you can expect to see plumper, smoother skin, smaller pore size, reduced skin pigmentation and a tighter, firmer complexion in six to eight weeks. Although you can buy retinoic acid skin care products over the counter, the most effective preparations require a doctor’s prescription. Some retinoic acid prescriptions are even covered by insurance.
6. Sleep on your back
Over time, sleeping on your stomach or your side can create sleep lines and creases that eventually turn into wrinkles.
7. Treat your complexion to a glycolic acid peel
Glycolic acid is derived from cane sugar and is part of a group of active compounds called alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Glycolic acid breaks down the surface layer of skin and dissolves accumulated sebum and dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull and oily. After shedding the outermost layer of skin, a fresh, new layer of skin emerges that’s smoother, clearer, brighter and younger looking. Because it penetrates deeply into the skin, glycolic acid can also smooth out fine lines, shrink pores, remove blackheads and treat acne.
It’s never too early (or too late) to start taking good care of your skin. By adding these practices to your regular skin care routine, you’ll be well on your way to a fresher, younger and more radiant complexion.