Work a couple (or all!) of these into your routine, stick with them, and you will see/feel a difference!
1) Drink MORE water/tea: Replace your afternoon soda with a sparkling mineral water or replace your 2nd cup of coffee with green tea (I ❤ MightyLeaf). Buy a portable, yet cute water bottle (CamelBak Groove Bottle; $19 on Amazon.com). Keeping this full and on hand will make it easier to sip throughout the day. Keeping yourself hydrated will flush your system and you will notice it in your skin.
2) Use a Humidifier in your Bedroom: This appliance increases the moisture in the air…which helps alleviate symptoms of dry skin, eyes etc. Especially during winter months when heat can really parch the skin.
- Crane Cool Mist Humidifier; $44 at Wal-Mart
3) Wash ya face every night: Washing off the day’s dirt each night will definitely pay off in your complexion. Get yourself into a nightly routine where you cleanse, tone, and moisturize before bed:
- Cleanser: good for combination skin; Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash; $20 Sephora, Macy’s, etc.
- Toner: good for combination/sensitive skin; Phytomer Rose Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion; $30 Dermstore.com & certain spas
- Moisturizer: good for dehydrated skin/pre-mature aging; RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Suprême Ultra Retexturizing Hydrator; $195 Saks, Nordstrom, Barney’s, etc.
4) Use a Silk Pillowcase: Even if your cotton sheets have a high thread count, silk is still easier on the skin because it is woven closer together. Buy a silk pillowcase to snooze on (you don’t have to buy the whole sheet set!) – it will feel luxurious and be gentler on your delicate facial skin
- Cuddledown Silk Pillowcase $24-$50
5) Routine Facials: Schedule a facial every 6-8 weeks. An aesthetician will know how to properly cleanse and treat your skin. By going regularly they can address skin problems/concerns over time.
- Spaweek.com offers spa gift cards that can be used at thousands of different spas throughout the US
6) Sweat (often): Beyond helping reduce stress – get in a good sweat at least a few times a week. Your body is your temple, treating it well will be felt inside and radiate outward.
- Sweat for less by dialing up works-outs On-Demand through your cable box. From yoga to basic aerobics, On-Demand offers a variety of work-outs you can do at home.
7) Keep Moisturized: Properly moisturized skin looks healthier and more even.
Try for day:
- Good for sensitive, stressed city skin; Ren Hyrda-Calm Global Protection Day Cream; $55 Sephora, Barneys
Try for night:
- Pure coconut oil; I recommend the 365 Everyday Value Whole Food’s brand $11; Excellent, all-natural moisturizer; Coconut Oil won’t clog pores!
8) Get enough ZZzzzz’s: Stress and lack of sleep shows in your face… strive to get at least 6 hours a night. 2 ways to make it easier to fall & stay asleep:
- TV sleep timer: although TV can lull some people to sleep it can often disrupt sleep during the night. Use your trusty TV sleep timer and set it for 30 minutes after you get into bed so it shuts off once you’re asleep
- Noise Machine: be it breaking waves or whale cries, these repetitive sounds can help lull you to sleep
9) Get a fo-glow: The real deal is not a healthy avenue. If you need to fake a little color to brighten up your complexion:
- Specially designed for Face & Neck: Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Decollete; $34 at most dept stores and Sephora
- Great for the entire body: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mouse; $40 for 8 oz. at Sephora
- Reusable/washable mit for application: St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mit $6 at Sephora
10) Eat (and drink) more Greens: Cut back on processed sugar and eat more fruits and vegetables. This will improve not only your general health but also your skin. Read this piece by Shape Magazine’s on juices for healthier skin