Beauty

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!

  • Olivia Alesha

    I think adjusting my skincare products by season is such an important factor in my skincare routine and I like to exfoliate every now and then too. I loved reading this post so much!
    -Olivia Xxx

    http://oliviaxalesha.com/blog/

    • Amber

      Thanks so much, Olivia! I agree, I never thought to change up my routine based on the temperature outside. After I changed it up during summer and winter, my acne was pretty much dwindled to nothing! So simple 🙂

  • Love this! I was already aware of #1- #4 even though I don’t do #2 as much as I should do, but I don’t really exfoliate my face. Should probably start though as your skin looks amazing!

    Alice | Alice In Wonderlust

    • Amber

      Thank you so much! It’s taken a while, but I feel as if I really know my skin now. Staying hydrated has made a huge difference! It flushes out so many toxins that your body absorbs throughout the day, and leaves you glowing from the inside out. I tend to forget exfoliation as well, but it can be as easy as making a gentle sugar scrub or even using a sponge on your face once in a while. Cell turnover is what keeps skin looking fresh and young 🙂

  • Amazing tips! I will pin this post and follow this routine coz my skin is being really bad these days! thanks a lot for sharing! xx corinne

    • Amber

      Thank you Corinne! Glad I could help! I always feel so much more confident when I don’t need to cake on foundation to cover up blotchiness and overall dullness. Hope you can find a good routine for your unique skin chemistry! xx

  • Great post, I couldn’t agree more about always wearing an SPF .. the better we look after our skin now, the healthier it will be and the slower we will begin to show signs of ageing as we get older :).

    Ellie Xx | http://www.make-it-up.co.uk

    • Amber

      Preach it girl! It’s such a simple step but prevents so much aging and permanent damage!

  • Love this post! Thankfully, I already do a lot of these and I can honestly say I’ve only slept in my makeup maybe once in the past year 🙂 I just can’t stand sleeping without a shower and feeling clean, so I have to wash my face even if I’m falling over drunk ha! I don’t have a Clarisonic, but I have a Magnitone and I love it. I use it every 3 days cause I don’t like to exfoliate too much as I have acne/hormonal skin and it can irritate it even more.

    • Amber

      Damn girl, proud of you for always washing that makeup off! Yeah exfoliation is suuuper not great when going through breakouts, so smart move. 🙂

  • Jonia McGill

    Great post! I agree, it is important to wear SPF everyday no matter what the weather is. I like how most moisturizers have SPF in them.

    Jonia | joniamac.com

    • Amber

      Glad you agree! I always supplement moisturizers with SPF in them with my regular sunscreen; I find that the spf in moisturizers isn’t quite strong enough for my very fair skin 😛 thanks for stopping by!