Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin (for Teens)

Sometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you wake up and find a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth. The good news is that there are ways to prevent and treat common skin problems. Here are some tips.

Acne

A pimple starts when the pores in the skin get clogged with a type of oil called sebum, which normally lubricates the skin and hair. Acne is common during puberty when hormones go into overdrive, causing the skin to make too much sebum. Because many oil-producing glands are on the forehead, nose, and chin, this area — the T-zone — is where a person is most prone to pimples.

Here are some tips to help prevent breakouts and clear them up as fast as possible:

Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild soap made for people with acne. Gently massage your face with circular motions. Don't scrub. Too much washing and scrubbing can make skin irritated. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying an over-the-counter (no prescription needed) lotion containing benzoyl peroxide after cleansing.

Don't pop pimples. It's tempting, but here's why you shouldn't: Popping pimples can push infected material further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness, and even scarring. If you notice a pimple coming before a big event, like the prom, a dermatologist can often treat it for you with less risk of scarring or infection.

Avoid touching your face with your fingers or leaning your face on objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone. Touching your face can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup.

If you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them often to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose.

If you get acne on your body, try not to wear tight clothes. They don't let skin breathe and may irritate it too. Scarves, headbands, and caps also can collect dirt and oil.

Take off your makeup before you go to sleep. When buying makeup, make sure you choose brands that say "noncomedogenic" or "nonacnegenic" on the label. Throw away old makeup that smells or looks different from when you first bought it.

Keep hair clean and out of your face to prevent dirt and oil from clogging your pores.

Protect your skin from the sun. It may seem like a tan hides acne, but it's only temporary. A tan may worsen your acne, not improve it. Tanning also causes damage to skin that will eventually lead to wrinkles and increase your risk of skin cancer.

If you're concerned about acne, talk to a dermatologist. Dermatologists offer a range of treatments that help to prevent and acne scars. A dermatologist can help you find the treatment method that's best for you and can also give you lots of useful tips for dealing with acne and caring for your skin type. Some salons and spas have trained skin specialists, called estheticians, who can offer advice and skin care treatments.

Sun and Skin

We all know we need to protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays. Of course, it's impossible to avoid the sun — who wants to hide indoors when it feels so great to get outside? And the sun's not all bad, anyway: Sunlight helps our bodies create vitamin D. So follow these tips when you're outdoors to help manage sun exposure:

Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, even if it's cloudy or you don't plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. If you sweat a lot or go swimming, reapply sunscreen every 1½ to 2 hours (even if the bottle says the sunscreen is waterproof).

Choose a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Look for the words "broad spectrum protection" or UVA protection in addition to the SPF of 15 or greater. Select a sunscreen that says "nonacnegenic" or "noncomedogenic" on the label to help keep pores clear. Lotion sunscreen works better than spray because you apply a thicker layer, which works better to protect skin.

The sun's rays are strongest between 10 and 4 so reapply sunscreen frequently and take breaks indoors if you can. If your shadow is longer than you are tall, then it's a safer time to be in the sun (you should still wear sunscreen, though).

Apply more sunscreen (with higher SPF) when you're around reflective surfaces like water, snow, or ice.

We all know that the sun can damage skin, but did you know it can contribute to eye problems, too? Protect your face and eyes with a hat and sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.

Some medicines, such as prescription acne medications, can increase your sensitivity to the sun (and to tanning beds). So if you're taking medication, increase your sun protection.

If you want the glow of a tan, try faking it with self-tanners. Avoid tanning beds. They contain some of the same harmful UV rays as the sun. Even using a tanning bed just one time increases the risk of skin cancer.

Cold Sores

Cold sores usually show up as tender blisters on the lips. They are caused by a type of herpes virus (HSV-1, which most often is not sexually transmitted) so they are contagious from person to person. Once you get this virus it stays in your body, meaning you'll probably get cold sores every now and then throughout your life.

Here are ways you can help prevent cold sores from making an appearance (or reappearance if you've had them in the past):

Avoid getting cold sores in the first place by not sharing stuff like lip balm, toothbrushes, or drinks with other people who might have cold sores. The virus that causes cold sores is transmitted through the nose (in mucus) and the mouth (in saliva).

People who have the virus know that cold sores can flare up from things like too much sun, stress, or being sick. Just one more reason to lather on that suntan lotion, eat well, exercise, and get plenty of sleep!

If you do have a cold sore, here are some tips for keeping yourself comfortable:

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen if the cold sores are painful.

Suck on ice pops or cubes to ease pain and keep cold sores cool.

Stay away from acidic foods (like oranges, tomatoes, and lemonade) and salty, spicy foods, which can cause irritation.

Don't pick at cold sores while you're waiting for them to go away. They may bleed or become infected with bacteria, or you could spread the virus.

Usually, cold sores go away on their own after a week or two. But if you get them often or they're a problem, talk to your doctor or dermatologist, who may be able to prescribe medicine to ease symptoms and shorten the time cold sores last.

Eczema

Eczema is a condition that causes skin to become red, itchy, and dry. If you have eczema, you might notice that you are prone to getting itchy rashes — especially in places like where your elbows and knees bend or on your neck and face. The symptoms of eczema can vary from person to person.

Though you can't cure eczema forever, you can take steps to prevent it from flaring:

Stay away from things like harsh detergents, perfumed soaps, and heavily fragranced lotions that tend to irritate the skin and trigger eczema.

Because hot water dries by quick evaporation and over-washing with soap may dry skin, take short, warm showers and baths. If you're going to have your hands in water for a long time (like when you're washing dishes or your car), try wearing gloves. Detergent can dry and irritate skin.

Soothe your skin with regular applications of a fragrance-free moisturizer to prevent itching and dryness. Creams generally moisturize a bit better and last longer than lotions for most people. Creams work best if applied when the skin is slightly wet, like just after bathing.

Be careful which fabrics you wear. Cotton is good because it's breathable and soft. (But if you are exercising, some of the newer synthetic materials will keep you drier and are better for you than cotton.) Try to stay away from materials like wool or spandex that may cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Keep stress in check. Because stress can lead to eczema flares, try activities like yoga or walking after a long day to keep your stress levels low.

If you wear makeup, look for brands that are free of dyes and fragrances that can aggravate eczema.

If you're having trouble managing your eczema, talk to a dermatologist, who can suggest ways to better control it.

Other Skin Problems

Warts are tiny skin infections caused by viruses of the human papilloma virus (HPV) family. There's no way to prevent warts, other than avoiding contact with people who have them. But if you do get them, don't rub, pick, or scratch them because you can spread the virus and get new warts.

Some over-the-counter medicines containing special acids can help get rid of warts, but it's always a good idea to see your doctor before trying one. If you find warts in your genital area, you should see your doctor, who can recommend the best treatment for that sensitive area.

Another type of wart-like viral infection is molluscum contagiosum. (It's not as scary as its name sounds!) Like warts, it can spread through scratching and sexual contact.

Fine white or purplish lines on the skin called stretch marks are common in most teens. Stretch marks form when the tissue under your skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching, like during puberty. Stretch marks usually fade on their own over time. Talk to a dermatologist if you're concerned about them.

Healthy skin is about more than just good looks; it's essential to our survival. So keep your skin glowing with the right skin care techniques and by eating well and getting lots of exercise.

How To Get Glowing Skin: 22 Natural Remedies & Tips

Everyone can use remedies for glowing skin to fight off skin dryness and dullness. Common environmental and lifestyle factors like the ultraviolet rays, drinking alcohol, smoking addiction, dietary problems, sleep deprivation, and other work-related scenarios often make our skin dull, lifeless, or dry (1).

Sometimes, it is hard to get away from all the above factors, but we can incorporate homemade and natural remedies in our skin care routine to ensure that our skin looks flawless, healthy, young, and glowing.

But, let’s face it, no matter how gentle you think your carefully chosen makeup or skincare products are, they are no match to the original ingredients like aloe vera, lemon, turmeric, papaya, etc.

If you are wondering how to whip up the perfect concoction for your skin, we are here to help you with some useful tips. These solutions are a slow and sure process that may not produce immediate results but will work better to improve the health of your skin in the long run than other temporary skin care fixes. Read on to find out more!

Home Remedies For Glowing Skin

1. Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It eliminates the harmful free radicals that are damaging the skin. It also enhances collagen production and keeps your skin supple and glowing (2). Gram flour gently cleanses the skin to make it clean and bright.

You Will Need

1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric powder

4 tablespoons gram flour (also called chickpea flour)

Milk or water

What You Have To Do

Mix the turmeric powder with the gram flour. Add enough milk or water to this to form a paste. Apply this paste on your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times a week.

2. Coconut Oil

This remedy works best for dry and dull skin. Coconut oil locks the moisture in the skin and also nourishes it with essential fatty acids. It also protects your skin from UV radiation (though it cannot be a replacement for sunscreen) and enhances skin barrier function (3). All these factors can make your skin glow.

You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do

Warm up the oil slightly and apply it to the face and neck. Massage for a few minutes in gentle circular motions. Leave the oil on overnight. You can add some sugar to the oil and use it as a scrub to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.

How Often You Should Do This

Use coconut oil every night before going to bed.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel has nourishing and healing properties that rejuvenate the skin to give it a natural glow (4).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

A pinch of turmeric

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon milk

What You Have To Do

Mix all the ingredients. Apply the mixture to the face and neck evenly. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack 1-2 times a week.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda exfoliates dead skin cells and neutralizes the skin’s pH. It also has antibacterial properties that can help prevent infection (5).

You Will Need

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mixture on damp face and neck using circular motions. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Moisturize as usual.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack once a week.

Note: Baking soda may irritate your skin. Hence, do a patch test before proceeding with this remedy.

5. Lemon

Lemon contains vitamin C that bleaches and removes tan, making your skin appear brighter and radiant (6). The sugar granules provide an exfoliating effect to help to get rid of dead cells.

You Will Need

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons sugar

What You Have To Do

Mix the ingredients and apply the mixture on your face. Scrub in a circular motion and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water to reveal glowing skin.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a week.

Note: Lemon juice may make your skin photosensitive. Please apply sunscreen before stepping out.

6. Papaya

Ripe papaya contains papain, an enzyme that acts as a mild exfoliator (7). This gently removes some of the top layer dead cells on the face and makes your skin radiant and younger-looking. Fuller’s earth cleanses the pores of oils and grime, tones the skin, and improves the complexion (8). Honey is a natural moisturizer and hydrates the skin (9). It also reduces the blemishes on the skin. This pack acts as a skin firming and anti-aging face pack.

You Will Need

A few pieces of ripe papaya

1 teaspoon Fuller’s earth (Multani mitti)

1 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

Take a ripe papaya and cut it into small pieces. Add the Fuller’s earth and honey to it. Mix all of them to get a paste-like consistency. Apply it all over your face and neck. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every week.

7. Cucumber

Cucumber is cooling for the skin. It replenishes and rejuvenates dull skin with its antioxidants (10). It also improves complexion and reduces swelling.

You Will Need

1 small cucumber

2-3 tablespoons yogurt

What You Have To Do

Grate the cucumber and add the yogurt to it. Beat well. Apply it to your face and neck. Leave it on for five minutes until it dries and washes it off with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once in every 3 to 4 days.

8. Honey

Honey has soothing and humectant effects. It moisturizes your skin, retards wrinkle formation, and keeps it looking youthful (11).

You Will Need

Honey

What You Have To Do

Apply honey evenly on clean and damp skin. Massage it for a few minutes and leave it on for another five minutes. Wash the honey off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this every alternate day.

9. Ubtan

Ubtan is basically a face pack recipe for healthy and glowing skin that has been passed down through generations (12). The coarseness of the lentils, rice, and oatmeal will remove dirt and dead cells from the skin. Turmeric can fade blemishes and give the skin a natural glow (2). Almonds also nourish the skin with essential oils to keep it hydrated.

You Will Need

1 cup split red lentils (masoor dal) or chickpea flour (besan)

1/4 cup raw rice

8-9 almonds

1/2 cup oatmeal

A pinch of turmeric

Water or rose water

What You Have To Do

Grind the lentils, rice, and almonds together. Add the oatmeal and turmeric powder to the powdered mixture. Mix well and add enough water or rose water to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste evenly on the face and neck. You can also apply this pack all over the body. Let the pack dry. Wash with normal water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this ubtan once in 7-10 days.

10. Olive Oil

Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer and imparts a natural shine to the skin. The flavonoids and polyphenols present in it protect the skin from free radicals and prevent damage. It repairs the skin and makes it healthy and glowing (13), (14).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon olive oil

A small, soft towel

Warm water

What You Have To Do

Take a few drops of olive oil on your fingertips and apply it all over the face and neck. Massage in upward circles for two to three minutes, especially on your cheeks, nose, and forehead. Dip the towel in warm water, wring out the excess water, and place it on the face for 30 to 40 seconds. Dip the towel again in the warm water and gently wipe away the oil with it. Pat your skin dry with a paper towel.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night before going to bed.

11. Green Tea

Green tea can help protect your skin from UV rays, reduce inflammation due to the catechin content, and prevent premature aging of the skin (15).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon green tea leaves

1 cup of water

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cream

What You Have To Do

Boil the green tea leaves in water. When they impart color, remove from the flame. Allow it to cool down and add two teaspoons of it to a bowl. Add the brown sugar and cream to this and mix well. Apply all over the face and scrub gently in circular motions. Rinse with cold water after 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this 1-2 times a week.

12. Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and D, EPA, and DHA. These nourish the skin, repair damaged cells, and give the face a radiant glow (16).

You Will Need

Cod liver oil capsules

What You Have To Do

Prick open the liver oil capsules and apply the oil present inside on the face and neck. Massage it for a minute or two. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse with water. You can also use a mild cleanser.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply cod liver oil once every day.

13. Rose Water

Rosewater is a commonly used skin toner. It cleanses and refreshes the skin. It brightens the skin tone by stimulating blood circulation. It also balances the pH of the skin (17).

You Will Need

Rosewater

Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

Keep the rose water in the fridge for half an hour. Dip the cotton ball in the rose water and apply it all over the face and neck.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every morning and evening.

14. Carrot Juice Recipe

The antioxidants present in carrots can help cleanse the body of free radicals, and this will start reflecting on your skin. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which can not only enhance the skin’s texture and health but also improve your eyesight (18).

You Will Need

4-6 carrots

A small piece of peeled ginger

Water

What You Have To Do

Cut the ginger and carrot into pieces and extract their juice. Add some water to dilute the juice to the required consistency. Drink this juice, preferably in the mornings.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink carrot juice every alternate day.

15. Bitter Gourd (Karela) Juice

Bitter gourd purifies the blood from within, which can help your skin glow (19).

You Will Need

2-3 bitter gourds (karela)

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

What You Have To Do

Peel the bitter gourds and remove the seeds. Wash it thoroughly under water. Cut into small pieces and blend it with the lemon juice. Add salt and black pepper and give it a last whirl. Drink this juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink karela or bitter gourd juice once every day or every alternate day.

16. Orange Juice

Orange juice detoxifies the body. Its vitamin C content clears your complexion, giving you glowing skin (6).

You Will Need

3-4 oranges

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

What You Have To Do

Juice the oranges and add salt and black pepper to taste before drinking it.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink a glass of orange juice every day.

17. Saffron

Saffron has been used since ancient times to maintain clear and naturally glowing skin (20). Its antioxidants keep the skin healthy, and it also protects the skin from sun damage (21).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon honey

A few strands of saffron

What You Have To Do

Soak the saffron strands in the honey for a couple of minutes. Apply this honey to the face and neck. Rinse after 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply saffron-infused honey 3 to 4 times in a week.

18. Milk

This is an age-old formula for healthy and radiant skin. Cleopatra’s beauty routine always incorporated honey and milk. Raw milk contains skin-friendly ingredients, such as saturated fat, protein, calcium, and vitamin C (22). Honey is also known for its moisturizing and antibacterial properties.

You Will Need

2 teaspoons milk

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon besan (gram flour)

What You Have To Do

Mix all the ingredients to form a homogenous paste. Apply all over the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Allow the pack to dry. Rinse off with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this 2 times a week.

19. Banana

Banana is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, and minerals like potassium nourish, hydrate, and improve the overall health of the skin. They make the skin soft and glowing and also lighten blemishes (23), (24). The peel contains even more nutrients, and you can rub it on the skin.

You Will Need

A ripe banana

2 teaspoons milk

An ice cube

What You Have To Do

Mash the banana in the milk and apply it on the face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. Rub an ice cube all over the area for a few seconds.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply banana on your face 1-2 times a week.

20. Orange Peel

Orange peel powder can inhibit the formation of melanin (25). This, in turn, can make your skin brighter and glowing.

You Will Need

A few pieces of orange peel

2 teaspoons rose water

What You Have To Do

Grind the orange peel with rose water to form a paste. Apply it all over the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every few days.

21. Vitamins For Healthy Skin

These vitamins can be ingested and applied topically to get the desired results.

Vitamin C : Vitamin C supports the synthesis of collagen and protects your skin against UV damage (6). It reduces the roughness of skin and minimizes wrinkles. It contains anti-pigmentary properties, which help reduce melanin, giving you a brighter and radiant skin tone.

: Vitamin C supports the synthesis of collagen and protects your skin against UV damage (6). It reduces the roughness of skin and minimizes wrinkles. It contains anti-pigmentary properties, which help reduce melanin, giving you a brighter and radiant skin tone. Vitamin E : Vitamin E contains tocopherols, which are packed with antioxidants that help improve your skin health. It helps rejuvenate depleted collagen and gives you younger and brighter skin (26).

: Vitamin E contains tocopherols, which are packed with antioxidants that help improve your skin health. It helps rejuvenate depleted collagen and gives you younger and brighter skin (26). Vitamin A: Vitamin A is packed with antioxidants and photoprotective properties that help maintain the radiance of your skin tone. It slows down the natural pigmentation of aging skin and evens out your skin (27).

22. Massage Regularly

Massaging the skin using oils or creams stimulates blood flow to the surface (28). This, in turn, helps in replenishing the skin cells. Also, the essential nutrients required by the skin are supplied to it by the blood. Regular massage in upward circular motions will ensure healthy and glowing skin in the long run.

The following are some tips that will help you maintain healthy skin.

Tips To Get Glowing Skin

1. Drink Plenty Of Water

It is very important that you drink 10-12 glasses of water daily as it helps to flush the toxins out of your system. The skin needs to receive enough water to be hydrated, soft, and supple. Without enough water, it becomes dull, dry, and might even start to tear (29).

2. Moisturize Your Skin Regularly

The skin on your face, ears, and neck are very sensitive to UV rays and other environmental hazards. These areas shed cells more often and rapidly than other parts of the body. Therefore, it needs more moisture to repair and rejuvenate itself. This allows the new skin cells to rise to the surface.

3. Wear Sunscreen Daily

Always use a good sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) whenever you step outdoors. Use sunscreen not only in summer but also in winter. A good sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

4. Avoid Smoking

If glowing skin is what you desire, keep your addictions away. Smoking tobacco, drugs, and drinking alcohol can lead to serious health as well as skin problems. They contribute to premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles (30), (31).

5. Exfoliate

This should happen right after the cleansing step. Use a mild scrubbing product for your face, depending on your skin type. Use a mild exfoliant if you have pimple-prone skin as scrubbing on a rash or a sensitive area can cause more breakouts. Exfoliate at least twice a week. Do not forget to follow it up with toning and moisturizing.

Skin that is not exfoliated gathers up to 10 times more weight with clogged pores and dead skin cells. A good scrub will remove the top layer of dead skin cells, encouraging the production of new, healthy cells. It also improves blood circulation and lightens the skin, making it soft, smooth, and youthful.

6. Cleanse Regularly

A proper cleansing routine helps to get rid of the dirt that gets settled on your skin during the day. Always use a cleanser/face wash suitable for your skin type instead of soap. The soap contains harsh chemicals like sodium carbonate, which makes your skin dry by stripping off the moisture.

7. Ban The Chemicals

Be a little skin conscious. Don’t get lured by the fancy advertisements you see. The next time you purchase a sunscreen or lotion, or any other skincare product, try reading the list of active ingredients. Select the ones containing natural oils like olive oils, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, etc. Stay away from the ones that contain chemicals like sulfates, parabens, etc.

8. Makeup Removal

Do not forget to remove any traces of makeup from your face before going to bed. Sleeping with makeup on will clog your pores and often dry out the skin, leading to pimples and breakouts. It will also make your skin look dull and lifeless. You should use an alcohol-free cleanser for makeup removal. Rosewater can also be used as it is a natural toner.

9. Pay Attention To Certain Special Areas

After the age of 30, it is necessary that you pay attention to certain special areas like the neck, eyes, and hands, which show early signs of aging. The skin around the neck and hands becomes loose gradually, and we can observe dark circles due to loss of facial fat and volume and puffiness under the eyes. These are the initial signs of skin aging.

10. Throw Away Expired Skin Products

Do not use cosmetics products, creams, tools, etc. that are very old. Always check the expiry date before buying and using the product. Try not to share your personal cosmetics with others as it contaminates it and makes it unsafe for personal use.

11. Get Enough Sleep

While we sleep, our body repairs the damaged cells and replenishes the old ones. Hence, our body requires at least eight hours of sleep daily. This will give healthy and glowing skin and refresh your mind as well.

12. Switch With Seasons

It is a good idea to modify your skincare routines with the change in season, namely, during summer or spring. Switch to oil control face packs and washes and light toners during summers. For monsoons, opt for antibacterial and deep cleansing face washes. During winters, switch to hydrating foot care lotions and moisturizing skin care products. Use deep nourishing toners and lip balms to help keep your skin nourished and smooth. Depending on your skin type, the type of products used during any time of year can vary.

A healthy diet is very important for your body and skin. Fresh fruits and vegetables are storehouses of vitamins and minerals that are important for our body (32). Try to include them in your daily diet for younger and glowing skin. Some foods that you can include are listed below:

Diet For Glowing Skin

A) Best Fruits For Glowing Skin

Papaya

Oranges

Banana

Guava

Mangoes

Kiwi

B) Best Vegetables For Glowing Skin

Carrots

Spinach and other green leafy vegetables

Broccoli

Tomatoes

Bell peppers

C) Dry Fruits

Almonds

Walnuts

D) Green Juice For Glowing Skin

This green juice contains a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals that will help maintain the health of your skin from the inside and make it glowing and soft.

You Will Need

1/2 green apple

1 cucumber

A handful of kale or spinach leaves

5-6 celery stalks

A handful of cilantro leaves

Juice of half a lemon

Water

What You Have To Do

Blend all the ingredients and drink this juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this healthy green smoothie a few times in a week.

These inexpensive remedies can work wonders as compared to expensive cosmetics that have several side effects. You can now have glowing skin without worrying about some other skin troubles cropping up.

Best Exercise For Glowing Skin

Yoga is a natural way to keep your body and mind healthy. Practice some inverted poses, such as the Downward Dog Pose and the Lion Face. It is believed that they help control aging and maintain a healthy glow by stimulating circulation and relaxing your muscles. However, be very careful while doing these poses, especially if you are new to yoga. Make sure you learn them from a certified instructor.

You can also indulge in regular brisk exercises like walking, jogging, dancing, yoga, cycling, and boxing. Mild to moderate exercise makes your body fit and healthy and adds a glow to your face. It also improves blood circulation and digestion and gives you a healthy glow.

However, keep in mind that rigorous exercise may actually result in negative effects to the skin, as very high levels of oxygen create free radicals, which lead to premature aging and dull skin (33).

Stress, irregular and unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits, sun exposure, and environmental pollutants can take a toll on the skin and make it dry, lifeless, and dull. Natural ingredients used correctly can revive and nourish your skin back to its radiant glory. Turmeric, cucumber, papaya, lemon, baking soda, aloe vera, olive oil, green tea, and rose water are excellent ingredients to include in your arsenal to use in home remedies for glowing skin. You can also take certain actions like staying hydrated, moisturizing your skin, regularly exfoliating, and applying sunscreen to keep your skin healthy and protected. As diet plays an essential role in skin health, try to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your meals and keep an exercise routine to help flush out excess toxins.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a glow on my face in 2-3 days?

Repairing and rejuvenating the skin to bring a natural glow takes time, but plenty of rest, a good diet, staying hydrated and following the CTM routine can help improve your skin’s radiance in 2 days.

How can I get glowing skin overnight?

Cleanse and moisturize your skin before bedtime and apply rose water instead of toner before using a moisturizer. You may also use a glow mask.

Which facial is the best for glowing skin?

There are a number of great facials with ingredients that promote glowing skin. The best one for you will be the one that suits your skin type, concerns, and condition of your skin.

What can I mix with shea butter for glowing skin?

You can mix carrier oils like argan, olive, and rosehip to improve the texture of shea butter or add essential oils like lavender for added benefits.

How to use glycerin for glowing skin?

You can use glycerine as a mist for your skin by mixing it with rose water and lemon juice. Alternatively, you can use it as a moisturizer, mild sunscreen to remove blemishes for a glowing complexion.

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It’s a universal truth that a covetable luminous glow is only God-given for very few people. Jenifer Lopez and Maya Jama, we're looking at you.

But ask any bona fide beauty pro and they’ll tell that achieving a complexion that permanently looks as though you're fresh off your holibobs, is entirely possible, you just need to invest a bit of time, love and patience.

Ahead, WH has teamed up with a mix of make-up artists, aestheticians and dermatologists who have agreed to share their ultimate tips on how to get glowing skin.

How can I make my skin clear and glowing?

Know that, for most of us, there is no single magic bullet for glowing skin. A combination of lifestyle – think, eating plenty of fresh, whole foods and getting enough sleep, as well as a targeted skincare routine involving actives such as Vitamin C, exfoliating acids and retinol, all help.

How can my face glow, naturally?

Again, 'naturally' might be a bit of a stretch. But follow a strong skincare routine and all-round healthy habits, and you'll be well on your way.

So, if you want advice that actually leads to results, both in the long-term and short, no matter your time constraints or level of skill, make a cuppa, sit down and read on.

How to get glowing skin: your 36 step manual

1. Make sure you apply SPF daily

We know, we know – you've heard it a million times, but wearing SPF is the best way to prolong healthy, glowing skin, even in the midst of winter. When it comes to how to get flawless skin, know that: 'Ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure,' says New York-based dermatologist Doris Day. 'It's so much easier to prevent the damage than it is to fix it afterwards.'

That means no slacking during the colder months either. Furthermore, don't forget to apply when you're working from home by a window, as cell-damaging UVA rays can penetrate glass, too. Look for a formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UVA rays (the ones that cause premature ageing) and UVB rays (one of the main causes of skin cancer).

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2. Use hyaluronic acid

Skin looking and feeling thirsty? Applying a moisturiser or serum that is rich in hyaluronic acid will help to dial up your glow. This heavy-hitting hydrator can hold up to 100x its own weight in water, meaning it’ll draw water into every layer of the skin and hold it there. The best serum for glowing skin is likely to contain this punchy ingredient.

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3. Up your veggie intake

Not every skin-boosting ingredient sounds like something from an A-level textbook, natural ingredients like mushrooms, are great for your skin too. If you favour a more natural beauty routine, look for face products that contain plant-derived antioxidants, which fight off damaging free radicals.

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4. Cut back on the booze

If you’re already partaking in dry Jan then give yourself an extra pat on the back because it's doing your skin the world of good.

You see drinking causes your glow to fade into oblivion. How? Well, you know how vitamin A revs up skin cell turnover so that new and light-reflecting skin cells are pushed to the surface? ‘Alcohol deprives the skin of vitamin A by preventing its absorption and speeding up its breakdown as well as reducing its storage in the skin’ reveals Dr David Jack, leading aesthetic doctor.

Yet, alcohol’s biggest skin sin is dehydration. ‘In the kidneys, alcohol increases water loss by suppressing the hormone vasopressin which helps you to reabsorb water’ adds Dr Jack. The knock-on effect is that skin cells effectively dry out leading to sallowness, inflammation and more prominent lines.

5. Go hard on your Vitamin D levels

Only be allowed out once a day means your body isn’t exposed to the UVB rays it needs to naturally produce vitamin D. This is bad news for your skin as this ‘sunshine vitamin’ has an anti-inflammatory effect on healthy skin, helping to protect against free radicals and even help prevent acne.

Adding an oral vitamin D supplement to your beauty arsenal can make all the difference. If it contains trace minerals then even better as these help to boost skin’s protection levels. Vital to forming the body’s natural antioxidants, they protect the mechanisms of healthy, radiant skin.

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6. Invest in a skincare mist

Keep a mist handy so that your skin’s hydration levels don’t plummet during the hot weather. As well as launching the lauded T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, Drunk Elephant have also released this skin-soothing face mist. Brimming with the good stuff, it’s loaded with ceramides to beef up your skin’s barrier while kombucha keeps skin cells healthy. Mist regularly to keep skin happy and healthy.

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7. Add acid into your routine

It's amazing how something so tiny can feel so huge, but enlarged pores are one of the most common beauty complaints.'Pores appear larger when they're filled with dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and keratin, a protein that lives on the surface of skin,' explains Amiry.

Remove those plugs, and they seem to shrink. To clear out the gunk, two-to-three times a week reach for a cleanser or exfoliator, that contains a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). This skin-friendly acid works to chemically exfoliate dead skin cells and dissolve dirt lurking deep within pores. Hello, glowing skin.

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8. Exercise

‘Outdoor exercise will get your blood circulating and give your skin a healthy glow. It’ll keep you drinking lots of water too,’ says sk:n Consultant Dermatologist, Mary Sommerlad. ‘The physical activities we undertake impact every aspect of our life from sleep to posture, and even mental wellbeing, all of which affect how we look.

Exercise is a fantastic way to enhance the appearance of your skin because it helps all of the other bodily functions and systems run at their best. It's also a fantastic stress-buster. I would highly recommend making the most of your daily outdoor exercise this lockdown,’ adds Dr. Olivier Amar, CMO of Uvence.

9. Reach for retinol

If fine lines and dullness are your bugbear then one ingredient you may want to add to your arsenal is retinol.

Retinol and Retinoic Acid are both derivatives of Vitamin A, and when used on your skin correctly, they can speed up skin cell turnover, boost collagen production, and unblock pores. 'Retinol has great anti-inflammatory power, which is why it's as effective at treating wrinkles and other signs of ageing,' adds Amiry.

However, it is worth adding that retinol has to be used with caution, as it can easily cause your skin to become dry. If misused, or overused, retinol can also cause the skin to become red and create pigmentation issues.

This is because retinol temporarily weakens the skin's barrier, so it should only be applied at night time, and it is essential that you apply a high protection SPF the morning after. We suggest starting with a serum that has a low percentage of retinol, around 0.3, that way your skin can build up a tolerance to it.

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10. Invest in skincare with Vitamin C

There’s a shed load of research to back up the benefits of vitamin C when applied topically. For starters, it helps your skin to fight free radical damage. Unfamiliar with free radicals? Let’s break it down. A type of short-lived molecule known as a photon, they’re generated by UV light and pollution and have lost an electron, which makes them unstable and able to damage DNA, proteins and lipids in your skin leading to premature skin ageing.

Vitamin C has the unique ability to donate an electron to a free radical thus stabilising it so that it’s unable to cause harm. It also aids collagen production because its acidity triggers the skin into healing itself. The main protein found in skin, collagen is the good guy responsible for maintaining support, suppleness and elasticity of the skin.

Finally, it also helps brighten skin by blocking an enzyme known as tyrosinase, which is responsible for speeding up melanin production that leads to those dark spots. Clever.

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11. Use a muslin cloth when cleansing

Your morning skincare routine can make a big difference to your skin throughout the day with the right ingredients. Bobbi Brown Global Artist in Residence, and celebrity make-up artist Romy Soleimani advocates rubbing Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil onto dry skin in circular motions.

‘Make sure to use outward and upward motions. Then, take a muslin cloth that’s been wet with warm water and wipe the face clean. This gives a gentle exfoliation and leaves the skin soft and silky - an absolute staple in my kit and always found next to my sink’ she says.

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12. Hydrate skin from the inside out

Probably the easiest one on the list. Drinking more water. 'Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes,' explains says clinical practitioner, Dr Isaac Eliaz. 'It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature ageing,’ he adds.

It can even make skin appear fuller since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water for a wrinkle-plumping effect. Eliaz recommends two litres of water each day for healthy, glowing skin. To add a little flavour, try a skin-soothing tea like chamomile or mint.

13. Eat berries

A powerful anti-ageing potion is lurking right in your fridge. Raspberries are loaded with ellagic acid, an antioxidant that research shows can prevent wrinkles when applied to the skin.'It protects the collagen that keeps skin plump and beautiful from being worn down by the sun,' says Jessica Wu, an LA-based dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face.

Add in honey, a natural humectant that holds water against the skin for maximum moisture, and you've got a recipe for gorgeous, dewy, glowing skin. Mash up a handful of raspberries with a spoonful of honey and apply the mask to clean skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

14. Always cleanse before bed

Granted, you may be wearing less make-up these days, but that doesn’t mean you can forgo cleansing on the occasions where you do bother to wear it. Why? Leaving make-up and dirt on skin doesn't just clog pores; it can cause excessive dryness and even breakouts.

'Most make-up contains a sugar-type molecule that can grow yeast overnight,' says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. Don't forget to thoroughly remove eye make-up too. 'It can lead to bumpy rashes around the eyes or small white bumps called milia cysts,' says Wu.

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15. Nix maskne

If pimples have appeared along your jawline or around your nose, then chances are that 'maskne' is the culprit.

Of course, sporting a face covering when you're in public places is a vital part of the team effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but you can lessen the potential impact on your skin by harnessing this Overnight Detox Serum. Packed with organic tea-tree, activated charcoal and vitamin E, it's armed with antimicrobial properties that effectively fight breakouts.

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Reach for acne patches if you feel a spot brewing. Laced with salicylic acid they work a treat at dialing down acne.

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16. Clean your make up brushes

A British study found that 72% of women never wash their brushes or sponges, even though they collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts – not what you want when you're trying to get better skin. 'You should wash loose powder brushes every two to three weeks, and those used to apply foundation once a week,' says Wu.

Mix a couple of drops of gentle facial cleanser or shampoo and lukewarm water in a cup, swish your brushes around, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay flat to air dry.

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17. Snack on mixed nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, which can increase skin elasticity. Throw in walnuts—which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids—to lower inflammation and put the brakes on breakouts, says Molly Morgan, Board Certified Sports Specialist Dietitian. Finally, add some macadamias for glowing skin. ‘They're full of high-quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation’ says Eliaz.

18. Try a face peel

Rejuvenating skin peels are one of my key secrets to maintaining beautifully glowing and clear skin all year round,' explains Dr. Amiee Vyas, aesthetic doctor and director of Doctor Amiee Facial Aesthetics & Skin .'Gone are the days of the Sex And The City style peel where you will leave the clinic looking like your face has fallen off! We can now have rejuvenating peel treatments at regular intervals to achieve lasting results with minimal downtime.'

Vyas recommends superficial skin peels which use active compounds like alpha and polyhydroxy acids.'These peels exfoliate and smooth the skin’s surface and also stimulate collagen and skin matrix formation to create a strong and healthy skin structure,' she says.

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19. Apply a detox mask

While we all probably associate masking with a pampering treat, the best face masks actually do so much more than help us unwind after a long week and can help you to get the glowing skin you're after.

However, not all formulas are created equal, so it pays to choose wisely. Congested skin? Try a clay-based mask, as kaolin and its earthy sisters have been shown to absorb excess oil and impurities from within the pores, leaving you with a super-clean complexion that doesn’t feel tight or stripped.

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20. Use a serum to fight skin stress

Serums are more concentrated than creams, so you tend to only need a small amount daily to see results,' says Fran Cook-Bolden, Director of New York's Skin Specialty Dermatology. They are also lighter and have the capability to absorb deeper into your skin. Look for serums that contain antioxidants, the skin's major defence against free radicals and stress.

21. Apply your skincare in the right order

The sequence in which you apply your products could be even more important than the products themselves. Reach for your serums first, as they will contain the most active ingredients.

'These are the most powerful, so you want them to come into direct contact with your skin,' says Syed Amiry, a dermatologist practicing in Reston, Virginia. If you're using more than one active product (like an antioxidant serum and Retin-A), start with the thinner one. 'Anything that's water soluble should go first, followed by the product that's thicker and creamier.

If you do it in reverse, the heavier cream will block the ingredients of the lighter one from penetrating the skin, so they won't have any impact.' If you need moisturiser, it's next up in line, followed up by SPF.

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22. Keep your phone clean

According to a Stanford University study, that iPhone you can't keep your hands off, can get more germ-infested than a toilet in a public bathroom. In fact, the glass touchscreens on mobile devices are so good at spreading viruses that sharing them may be almost as bad as sneezing in someone's face.

Here's a scary thought: All those germs land right on your cheek and jawline every time you chat away, causing spots and irritation. To keep your phone (and face) bacteria-free, keep a handy pack of anti-bac wipes next to your charger to remind you to give it a clean.

23. Go to bed early

We know, you've heard it all before, but it's called beauty sleep for a reason. ‘Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours," says Amy Wechsler, one of only two U.S. physicians board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry.

It's also the best time to rejuvenate your skin. 'Your body's cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a fine job,' she says.At least seven hours a night should do, if you've been questioning how to get glowing skin. To make the most of your beauty sleep and get glowing skin, check out these seven beauty buys that work while you sleep.

Mervyn Patterson, a cosmetic doctor at Woodford Medical, told Business Insider that it is also important for your skin to be in the right condition when applying actives like retinol. 'Choose products that use lipid formulations to "adjust" the surface ratio of skin lipids back to normal.

'The ideal product would also contain a wide array of proven anti-inflammatories to dampen all pathways of inflammation,' he said, adding: 'Only then should one get creative with topical vitamins.'

24. Don't neglect your neck

Most of us are guilty of stopping our skincare routine as soon as we hit our chin, which may not seem like an issue if you're in your 20s, 30s and 40s. However, as you age, signs will begin to appear on your neck and chest, and you will wish you paid those areas the same attention as you do your face. You can apply the same products to your neck that you use on your face but start lightly (every other day) when applying active ingredients like retinols or acids, since they may cause some initial irritation.

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25. Stop touching your face

You should (hopefully) be used to not touching your face by now thanks to the messaging that's been hammered home by coronavirus experts. Aside from the hygiene reasons, it also helps keep your complexion clear.

And remember what we said about phones? The same applies to dirty fingers that touch computer keyboards. So, if you're a face toucher and seem to be getting spots in areas like your jaw, this could be the reason.

26. Don’t have long, hot showers

A steamy shower may feel great when it’s cold and dreary, but it's one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Not only does the heat strip the skin's beneficial natural oils, but it creates a mild burn. Blood vessels respond by dilating in an effort to cool the skin, causing flushing and ruddiness.

'When you're in your twenties, you can take a hot shower, be red and swollen and recover in an hour, but in your thirties, it may take two,' says Dr Alexiades-Armenakas. 'By your forties, your skin just doesn't have the ability to shrink back to its original state, so make sure you turn down that dial.'

27. Protect your skin from pollution

Urban pollution – think car emissions and city smog – means that your face is bathing in free-radicals every day which, when left to linger on the skin, can damage our healthy cells and speed up the visible signs of ageing.

Healthy skin = glowing skin, so it’s vital to keep these pesky pollutants at bay. Look for a serum with high anti-oxidant content.

28. Be patient with your products

We're all in a hurry to see instant results, but it can take time for products to create an effect. When you're starting a new product that contains active ingredients, use it every other day, and never try a few new buys at once.'Even if you just got a new skincare system, introduce one product every three to four days at the most,' says Cook-Bolden. 'You'll rarely experience dryness, irritation, and burning. And if you do, you'll know right away who the culprit is.'

Give any new potion at least 12 weeks (and up to 6 months) to see if it's really improving your skin before calling it quits. If your skin is breaking out and looking dull, try switching to natural beauty products for a while and let your pH balance level out again.

29. Wear your sunnies to stop under-eye wrinkles

As if you need another reason to buy a new pair of sunglasses, turns out they provide more protection against under-eye wrinkling and ageing than you'd think.'While your eyes are equipped to handle sunlight, the area around them is comprised of the thinnest skin, where most of the signs of ageing are,' says Amiry.'Every time you squint from bright light, you're creating lines from that repeat movement.'

To keep the wrinkles away, choose a pair of polarised glasses that are wide enough to fully cover the eye area.

30. Fade dark spots

Pigmentation can be a real pain. The good news is that new formulations are hitting the market that have been proven to fade the appearance of those pesky patches.

Vitamin C and liquorice extract should be on your hit list, and you’ll find both - along with a revolutionary NeoGlucosamine sugar acid extract which is in Neostrata's Illuminating serum.

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31. Use a jade roller to chill out eye bags

'Fluid fills up under our eyes each night because we're lying down,' says dermatological surgeon Anne Chapas. When we wake, this fluid leads to those dreaded puffy eye bags. The best way to reduce them? Reach for a jade roller, they’ve has been revered for centuries due to its powerful skin-awakening benefits. Gently massage the roller over the contours of your face to kick your lymph flow into gear and drain any fluid build-up from under your eyes and along your jaw.

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Don’t have one? Make-up artist Caroline Barnes uses two cold spoons instead.

32. Get caffeinated to look wide awake

Your best bet when it comes to dialling down dark circles? Try a shot of caffeine – and we don’t mean the one in your morning latte. ' When applied topically caffeine constricts the vessels beneath the eye, which are responsible for causing the darker appearance' explains Chapas.

Look for an eye cream with caffeine near the top of the ingredient list – that way, you know it plays a starring role in the formula.

33. Give Gua Sha a go

Before your head hits the pillow give Gua Sha a go. Hailing from traditional Chinese medicine, it harnesses a flat smooth crystal that you scrape across the skin. Small-scale studies have shown it increases blood circulation and blood volume, which in turn speeds up collagen production. This enables your skin to hold onto its bounce and cushion.

Gua sha also manipulates the fascia, muscles, and layers underneath the dermis, which contributes to a sculpted look over time. ‘Angle the tool at 45 degrees, making sure it’s hugging your jawline and scrape away from the neck. Use the rounded edge to press-stroke the forehead, the cheekbones, then the lips. Do eight sweeps in each direction,’ says Katie Brindle, Chinese medicine practitioner and creator of Hayo’u Beauty Restorer Gua Sha.

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34. Don’t pick your spots

'Picking – even lightly – can permanently damage skin,' says Amiry. 'I actually have patients whose skin cleared up with no medications, just because they stopped touching it.

'Every time you press against a pimple, it causes inflammation and distress to the skin. At the same time, bacteria is pushed deep inside the pore, and the oil glands burst, causing even more trauma. The result? More acne, plus discolouration and scarring. If you're really hooked on popping, leave it to the pros and schedule regular monthly extractions with an aesthetician who knows how to do them safely and gently.

35. Try ampoules

'My secret to great, flawless and glowing skin is ampoules [airtight individual shots of highly concentrated skincare. T says celebrity facialist Lisa Harris. ‘They contain concentrated levels of peptides, ceramides and vitamins and deliver the most effective results in whatever you want to achieve within hours’.

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36. Look after your microbiome

It's no secret that 18 months of lockdown has wreaked havoc on our complexions. Enter rewilding: not just for your garden but also for your face. It’s the latest thinking behind how you can protect the skin’s microbiota, which make up the microbiome – essentially, anecosystem living on your skin that works to help keep it healthy.

Trevor Steyn, biochemist and founder of Esse Skincare, explains that sitting at home or in your office will only expose you to a fraction of the potentially beneficial microbes that you’d be exposed to in a forest.‘Moreover, stress can affect your immune system’s response to new microbes, which can lead to inflammation and a spike in the rate at which the skin ages,’ adds Steyn.

Cue skincare laced with probiotics that can form colonies on the skin’s surface, which helps to balance the microbiome. This improves cell-to-cell communication and lowers inflammation, which improves the rate at which skin ages.

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37. Avoid TEWL

Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is science speak for when your skin barrier doesn’t haveenough fat – aka lipids. These form over 50% of your skin’s make-up and when you don’t have enough, the moisture that keeps your face plump can evaporate, leaving your skin thirstier than a marathon runner.

Aside from making dry skin conditions worse, TEWL can make fine lines more pronounced. ‘Generally speaking, TEWL is a process that’s naturally regulated, so you’re supposed to lose water in this way,’ says Cosmetic Doctor Dr Rabia Malik, adding that some factors can knock it off kilter, such as irritation caused by harsh acids or retinols, infection or injury. ‘Ingredients like ceramides and fatty acids can help to maintain the skin barrierand ensure skin stays hydrated and fine lines look less apparent,’ she adds.

This cream is packed with ceramide repair complex, so it helps to restore the barrier and improve skin texture.

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38. Reach for vitamin E

Dr Libby recommends reaching for an antioxidant powerhouse, vitamin E. ‘Like vitamin C vitamin E is also effective at minimising the damaging effects of free radicals by donating a hydrogen atom,which ultimately renders the free radical harmless.’

Pair the two for best results and opt for a formula that already combines the two, like cult favourite SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. Simply layer it on in the morning before applying your SPF.

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