If I could only use one product for the rest of my life, it would be sunscreen. In my experience, sunscreen is the key to beautiful, youthful skin long term. Sunscreen ultimately prevents the wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer that is caused by the sun. This is especially important for the delicate skin on your face, neck, and chest.
We rarely realize the damaging effects of the sun on our skin until it’s too late. If you ask any woman over 40 years old about something they regret from their youth, it is most likely not wearing sunscreen. Using a daily sunscreen of at least 30 SPF and at least 50 SPF when you will be in the sun will make a huge difference in the long-term effects of sun damage. All to keep your skin healthy, youthful, and glowing in the long run.
Pro Tip: My mother taught me to always put sunscreen on my hands and décolletage (neck and chest). In fact, you should put all of your normal facial skincare products on your hands and décolletage. These areas are dead giveaways for age because not many people think about applying sunscreen to them, much less skincare products.
Eating For Your Skin
Often times we think of skincare as moisturizers, cleansers, and other things that we put on our skin – but in my experience, the most effective way to get glowing skin is from the inside out.
Drinking water every single day (coffee, soda, or alcohol doesn’t count!) is the most natural and cost-effective way to keep your skin hydrated, radiant, and full of that precious collagen. Water cleanses the body of toxins, reduces puffiness, and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by restoring hydration and elasticity.
If you ever get random breakouts or dark circles, it might be because you indulged in too much sugar, dairy, processed foods, or alcohol. Our skin reflects what we eat. Putting the right things into our bodies and staying away from the wrong things will do your skin well. Omega 3-fatty acids, which are in things like salmon, walnuts, and eggs, are key to skin health. Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants – as well as lutein which helps speed up collagen production.
Never Sleep or Sweat With Makeup On
There are two skincare rules that I swear by: Never sleep with makeup on. Never sweat with makeup on. First, because your body – including your skin – regenerates and resets when you sleep. If you have makeup on during this precious time, your skin will not regenerate properly. Secondly, when working out your pores are opened as you sweat and, if you have makeup on, it is absorbed deeper into your pores, potentially causing a breakout.