5 Simple Habits of People with Beautiful Skin

The secrets to healthy skin don’t necessarily include luxury creams and facials. You can have glowing, beautiful skin by adopting just a few, simple habits!

SPF. Every day. No matter the weather.

The sun’s rays are powerful, even on cloudy days. Wear an SPF of at least 30 on your face and neck (and all over, really!) to prevent oxidants and UV rays from damaging your skin. You’ll aid in preventing skin cancer, wrinkles and fine lines, and age spots. As a redhead, I’m so thankful I followed this advice! I use Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby on my face to prevent breakouts. It doesn’t have any harsh ingredients, and I haven’t seen any acne on my sensitive skin after using this for two weeks.

Stay hydrated.

While moisturizing is important, it’s also important to keep your body hydrated. Your skin will be moisturized from the inside out. Plus, you’ll have so much more energy and all of the health benefits that come from retaining a healthy hydration level!

Adjust cleansing and moisturizing regimens by season.

You wouldn’t use a heavy moisturizer on a hot summer day, would you? And you probably wouldn’t use a light moisturizer when venturing out into the harsh winds of winter. Choosing facial cream densities based on the season helped me greatly in minimizing my acne and retaining proper moisture levels.

I’ve also opted for oil-based cleansers–a thicker one in winter, and thinner one in summer. Lush’s Ultrabland is a great option for colder months, and Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil is light and is meant to wash away completely–perfect for warmer months. These oil-based cleansers are formulated to be as close to your skin’s natural oils as possible, and do not get rid of those good oils that keep your skin supple and moisturized.

Wash your makeup off every day.

I am guilty of leaving my makeup on at night, and gosh how disgusting does it feel when you wake up in the morning with your foundation and mascara still on?! Your face needs a good cleansing at night to rid your skin of free radicals and oxidants that pollutants leave behind. Having a full night’s sleep with a protective moisturizer allows your skin to recover. Plus, your makeup will be far easier to apply in the morning with a clean slate!

Exfoliate, but not too much.

Exfoliation to remove dead skin cells is great in creating a space for cell turnover to happen, and it’s a lovely method in preventing aging. Exfoliating too much, however, can strip your skin of vital oils it needs to stay moisturized. Gentle exfoliation once a week should do the trick, and even less in winter months. I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to exfoliate and polish–it’s a bit of a splurge, but honestly one of the best investments I’ve made in my beauty regimen.

I went makeup-less today to show you how these simple tips maintain a healthy glow in my skin:

Are there any habits you follow to keep your skin looking bright and beautiful? Comment below!