1. Drink plenty of water.
It’s one of the best things you can do for your complexion; in fact, hydration is easily the foundation of good health and a beautiful skin. Water flushes toxins and waste in the body – which would have caused inflammation – and hydrates cells so skin looks plumper, firmer, more radiant.
2. Put a lemon in it.
Fresh lemon juice in hot water serves as an incredible detox for the body and skin. Drink it first thing every morning and you’ll see a noticeable difference in the texture and tone of your complexion.
3. Know your skin type.
…and tailor your skincare regimen to your needs. Always be gentle with your skin no matter what type you have (acne-erupted, dry and flaky, oily, sensitive, etc.) because being too harsh will only exacerbate whatever it is you have. The goal is to maintain balance in order to achieve a smoother and more perfect complexion.
4. Eat a balanced diet.
You are what you eat, after all. If your body isn’t getting the right nutrients, it shows in your skin. Remember to eat mindfully: think plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome foods for smooth skin.
[Read: Healthy Food for Healthy Skin]
5. Use sunscreen every day.
Broad spectrum SPF protection should be part of your skincare regimen no matter the season: UV rays can penetrate even on the cloudiest and rainiest of days. In fact, sun exposure is the number one reason behind all premature signs of aging like age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. Prevent damage by wearing sunscreen daily; avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when its rays are the strongest; reapplying sun protection as often as necessary; and avoiding sun bathing and indoor tanning beds.
6. Exfoliate regularly.
Bumpy skin can be refined over time with regular exfoliation one to three times a week. An Alpha Hydroxy Acid cleanser (such as our Glycolic Foaming Cleanser) gives a deep clean by penetrating pores and breaking down dulling buildup – thus encouraging cell turnover for a brighter and noticeably smoother complexion.
7. Moisturize, always.
Even oily skin types, too. Hydration is the cornerstone of a healthy, smooth complexion, so be sure to find the right moisturizer for both your face and body to help the epidermis retain proper hydration levels. Apply the product while your skin is still damp – right after cleansing or showering – for optimal results.