Switch moisturizers every time the seasons change.</strong>
Your skin needs more moisture in the winter than in the summer. So the same day you bring those sweaters down from the attic for the winter,
buy a heavier moisturizer. When you trade in the sweaters for shorts,
switch to a lighter one.
Select a moisturizer that contains skin-repairing humectants. Is that a new word for you? Humectants attract water when applied to your skin and improve its hydration. Good ones include glycerin, propylene glycol, and urea. Also look for skin products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), compounds that help reduce wrinkles and improve dry skin, acne, and age spots. AHAs, which naturally occur in grapes, apples, citrus, and sour milk (think buttermilk or yogurt), work by speeding up the turnover of old skin cells, making skin look younger.
Here’s one for men: Recognize that skin-preserving products like cleansers and moisturizers aren’t just for women. Men need skin care just as much as their wives and sisters. To prevent wrinkles and skin cancer, use a moisturizer containing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 daily. Also use a gentle exfoliant weekly and a nighttime moisturizer that contains alpha-hydroxy acids to encourage skin regeneration. Learn more about what moisturizer ingredients really do.
Buy the right products
Use a single family of skin-care products.</strong>
If you buy and use lots of different skin-care products, there’s a good chance some contain the same ingredients, thus making them redundant,
says Cara DeCenso, an aesthetician at Ajune in Manhattan. And some brands just aren’t very compatible with others, though you’d have no way
of knowing that until you already paid for and opened them. You’re more likely to achieve glowing skin if you use products that are designed and formulated to work together, such as Clinique, Mary Kay, Albolene, or Neutrogena. You may have to shell out a little more cash, but experts agree you’ll get better results.
Keep your beauty products clean and simple, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Stay away from products with color, fragrance, or those that produce bubbles or have “antibacterial” on the label, says Dr. Cambio. These can all irritate skin. Steal more of dermatologists’ best skin-care tips.
Use these toner tricks
Add a teaspoon of grapeseed oil to your toner.</strong>
The oil acts as an anti-aging serum by helping your skin cells repair and rejuvenate themselves, suggests Gina Michele Bisignano, a model and beauty expert in Los Angeles.
Tone your skin with a sage, peppermint, and witch hazel combination.
Sage helps to control oil, peppermint creates a cool tingle, and witch hazel helps restore the skin’s protective layer. Combine 4 ounces of witch hazel with 1 teaspoon each of sage and peppermint leaves and steep for one to three days before applying to your skin. Add it to this morning routine that leave your skin glowing.
Shower the healthy way
Skip the long, steamy showers and opt for shorter, cooler sprays.</strong>
Long, hot showers strip skin of its moisture and wash away protective oils, says Andrea Lynn Cambio, MD, a New York City dermatologist. So limit showers to 10 minutes and keep the water cool.
Switch from a deodorant soap to one with added fat, like Dove, Oilatum, or Neutrogena. Deodorant soaps can be drying, whereas added-fat soaps leave an oily, yet beneficial, film on your skin.
Use a loofah daily to keep ingrown hairs and scaly skin under control.
While in the shower, gently scrub bumpy or scaly skin with a circular motion to remove dead cells. For extra-smooth skin, sprinkle a few drops of an alpha-hydroxy product on the loofah before scrubbing.