Isn’t amazing how some celebrities who are in their 40’s and 50’s look like they haven’t aged since they were 30! And wonder how they been able to maintain such beautiful skin and complexion?
Yes, sometimes they have had work done, but even celebrities, who have access to the most expensive products, swear by taking care of their skin and body as a whole.
They say that while those expensive products do help, what makes all the difference is what they do every day, such as getting enough sleep, eating well, and staying hydrated.
Truth be told, treating your complexion from the outside can only go so far. And for “I woke up like this” results, it requires caring for your skin from the inside out.
However, what you need to get the glowing complexion you see on the red carpet is much closer than you think.
Below you will find 15 things you can do to help your skin look healthy, many of which will cost you nothing and you can do at home.
#1 Drink More Water
Ask anyone… doctors, celebrities, your personal trainer, and they will say water is the key to our overall health. Remember, our bodies are 60% water.
Drinking water first thing in the morning helps restore moisture lost during sleep. Yes, we lose moisture through sweat. It is especially important to drink water if you drink coffee. Coffee is a diuretic. In other words, it makes you have to pee.
Ever get itchy skin? Dehydration causes the skin to itch, wrinkle, and contribute to worsening of skin conditions.
Staying hydrated is absolutely essential to healthy, glowing skin. Water helps to provide moisture for a radiant glow and to transport nutrients to your skin cells.
Keep a bottle of water with you all the time. You’ll be surprised how much more water you drink just because its nearby – Cheers!
#2 Cut Sugar, Dairy and Focus On Clean Foods
You have probably heard of people who cut out sugar and / or dairy and rave about how they felt more energized after a few short days. It’s not a hoax, you will often notice better looking skin too.
Did you know that your skin regenerates about every 30-60 days, depending on your age? During this regeneration process, your body uses the nutrients consumed to support skin cell creation. That means that the new layer of skin cells has used the nutrients in food you have been eating to generate the skin you see.
Clinical studies have linked the consumption of sugar and dairy with a higher likelihood of acne and eczema. Sugar is also a well-known inflammatory agent in the body, which can show up on the skin as acne, eczema or other skin conditions.
Watch your sugar and dairy intake, you probably eat more of it than you think. Consider reducing it and focus on eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and nuts. Eating clean, along with staying hydrated, will lead to not only fantastic swoon-worthy skin, but your waistline may also drop an inch or two.
#3 Take Supplements
Depending on your diet, supplements are a great way to ensure you are getting enough nutrients for your skin. Your body needs the correct vitamins and minerals to produce healthy glowing skin. In fact, a recent study concluded, that people with acne were frequently shown to also suffer from vitamin E, A, and zinc deficiencies.
If you are not already taking a daily skin, hair and nail supplement, it is probably time to consider one. For additional information on supplements for your skin, you should consult a doctor to make sure you are choosing the best ones for you!
#4 Get Your Beauty Sleep
It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing. You need to get enough sleep overnight for a variety of reasons… and it is essential for your skin health. Your body works during your sleep to repair and rejuvenate. And that includes your skin.
Have you ever noticed dark circles when you are sleep deprived? Your complexion can also suffer the consequences of lack of sleep.
Do yourself a favor and get some well-deserved beauty sleep to clear your skin and ease your mind. Most people need at least 6-8 hours, so turn off the TV, put away your phone and dream on.
#5 Wash Your Pillowcase
While on the topic of sleep, to maintain a clear complexion, it is essential to wash your sheets, especially your pillowcases regularly. Think about it… sweat, oils, and products from your hair and face will build-up on your pillow overnight.
Wash your sheets at least weekly, but it is best to change your pillowcase every 2-3 days, if possible.
#6 Wash Your Face Every Day
Wash your face every day, especially before bed. Washing your face removes the dirt and oil that your pores have produced throughout the day, along with make-up. It also removes all of the environmental toxins you came into contact with that day.
Think about the exhaust that you saw coming out of the truck when you were sitting in traffic. That, among other things, is in the air and came into contact with your skin (Ick!).
Clearing away the debris will enable your skin to breathe and to absorb serums and moisturizers better.
Even if one night you are too tired to wash your face, at least use 1-2 make-up cleansing wipes to clean it.
#7 Moisturize Your Skin
Your skin needs moisture to stay healthy and continue to turnover cells effectively to give you the dewy glow you desire. Remember the importance of hydration? Moisturizers are a key component in keeping your skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.
Using a moisturizer helps maintain the balance of your skin, whether it is dry or oily. For example, if your skin is too dry, then it will produce excess oils that you do not want.
There are many available moisture options on the market, which means there is a moisturizer for every budget. Look for moisturizing products that contain hyaluronic acid for optimal hydration. Also, make sure you use it every day, both morning and night!
#8 Use a Washcloth
Do you have a 10+ minute evening skincare routine that you have perfected with expensive products, but after you wash your face, you dry it off with the hand towel by your sink? That’s a no-no.
Have you considered how often you use that hand towel to dry your hands, wipe down the counter, clean off your toothbrush, etc.? You are spending the time to wash your face but then using a dirty towel to dry it.
Consider buying a pack of inexpensive washcloths and keeping a stack under your sink so that each day you can dry your face with a clean one. Throw them in your weekly laundry, and you are good to go!
#9 Get a Facial
While you should have a great daily skincare routine that meets your needs, you should add a facial every 4-6 weeks to that routine.
A facial with an esthetician will generally include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, extraction, steam, and mask application. Although it is possible to give yourself a facial, the tools and techniques that professionals have available are more effective than those available for home use.
Pamper yourself. Your esthetician can also infuse nutrients into your skin and can treat multiple skin concerns during treatment.
Hydrafacials are a great way to rejuvenate, moisturize, and infuse your skin with nutrients. The great thing about facials is you can customize it to meet your individual skin needs.
#10 Wear Sunscreen
You’ve heard this one many times. Wear sunscreen every single day – Always!
Even when it is cloudy, the UV rays still get through the clouds and damage your skin. Yes, your body needs sunlight to absorb vitamin D effectively, but the sun also causes your skin to age faster. It causes sun spots, wrinkles, and potentially permanent damage if you are using products such as retinal without SPF protection.
Many daytime moisturizers have sunscreen in them, but you should look for products that have at least SPF 25+. If you are spending a lot of time in the sun, then you should be sure to re-apply throughout the day. You can get sunscreen powders that you apply with a brush as a touchup throughout the day.
Make sure your face, neck, hands, and chest are covered. These areas are often seeing the most sunlight exposure and therefore tend to age quicker.
#11 Don’t Pick Your Face
This is a hard one. You see a blemish and immediately want to get rid of it, and picking at it seems like the only option. We have all been there, and you know it makes it worse.
Not only are you introducing new bacteria from your fingers and nails onto your skin, but you are pushing the dirt and oil below the surface deeper into your skin, causing further inflammation.
This means that you are also causing additional damage that your skin will have to repair, which will lengthen the amount of time to get rid of the problem entirely.
Buy yourself a good concealer and move on. Everyone gets pimples, how often do you notice one on someone else’s face anyway? No one notices yours either.
If you have painful acne, like cystic acne, consider calling your dermatologist for treatment to help ease the pain and clear it up fast.
Exercise offers a wealth of benefits for your body. It clears toxins, helps your heart and bones work effectively to stay healthy and even reduces stress. All of these are key to glowing skin. Stress can wreak havoc on your body and skin, as well as improperly functioning internal organs.
Take the time to take care of yourself. Exercise is as easy as a 20-30 minus brisk walk outside or some sort of aerobic exercise. The goal is to get your heart pumping and your skin sweating.
Sweating will boost your immunity, detoxify the body, releases feel good hormones and clears the skin.
#13 Look for Natural Ingredients
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ on your body? So it is essential to put products on your skin that will not irritate it. A lot of skincare and make-up products contain unnecessary fragrances and other chemicals that can cause redness and inflammation.
Try to avoid parabens, artificial fragrances, and phthalates. The good news is many skincare, and make-up brands are now avoiding these altogether! Check the label to be sure.
#14 Get a Water Filter
Not the kind you put under the sink though, but the kind for the entire home, including your shower. It doesn’t come cheap, but if you suffer from itchy skin or any skin condition, it’s possible the chlorine in the water may be making it worse.
Showering with filtered water is in a league of its own. Your skin will be so supple, you may not even need to lather lotion on afterwards.
#15 Medical Grade Skincare Products
Medical grade skincare lines offer clinically proven results for a variety of skin concerns. ZO Skin Health medical stregth products safely treat conditions such as rosacea or cystic acne.
Some skin concerns are simply hard to addressed with over the counter serums or creams. Such is the case with skin tone and, to a degree, skin texture.
Professional or medical grade solutions at a med spa, like lasers, radiofrequency, microneedling, and PRP – to name a few – have the ability to treat specific areas of concern that may be hard to address at home. For example, wrinkles under the eyes, age spots, acne scars and such.
Besides the use of more effective technologies, the greatest difference is that med spa treatments commonly stimulate collagen production deeper in the skin than at home treatments.
Get Glowing Today!
All of these easy to do skin care tips are the same ones the famous cosmetic doctors and dermatologists in New York City and Hollywood are telling their patients to do day-in and day-out.
These steps will ensure that you skin care routine is genuinely effective and so you are always red carpet ready too.
Now that you know these “Celebrity Secrets” are all within reach, it is time to add them to your self-care routine for glowing skin today!