You might not think of the skin as a defensive organ, but it is. Our skin provides a layer of protection from head to toe against all the pollutants and toxins that the environment throws at us every day.
Maintaining a strong skin barrier is the first step in helping to prevent damage, stress, dehydration, or anything else that can compromise the skin.
An essential part of this step includes a healthy microbiome, the invisible ecosystem of good bacteria that live on your skin to help it fight back. When this microbiome is in a balanced and harmonious state, it's a winning combo to keep the good things going and the bad going out.
But when the health of the skin is bad, the guard goes down. Keep skin in a healthy place with these five happy skin habits.
1. Be gentle on the skin
Harsh cleansers can upset the healthy balance of good and bad bacteria and rob the skin of its ability to protect itself. Redness of the skin, a dull complexion, or very dry or oily spots are all telltale signs that your microbiome is turned off.
Keep your defenses in place with a revitalizing, pH-balancing skin cleanser that effectively removes pore-clogging dirt and facial makeup (Hint: look for sulfate-free surfactants on the label). We recommend Artistry ™ Advanced Creamy Cleansing Foam or Artistry Signature Select ™ Purifying Body Wash.
After washing, gently pat the skin dry with a towel so you don't lose all that useful hydration. And always follow up with a moisturizer, like Artistry Youth Xtend ™ Enriching Cream for the face or Artistry Signature Select ™ Hydrating Body Gel, that quenches thirsty, dry skin with deep hydration for up to 48 hours.
2. Wrap the skin with protection
The skin is our largest organ and must be protected for optimal skin condition. Start each day with a skincare routine that includes anti-free radical antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30+. We recommend Artistry Ideal Radiance ™ UV Protect SPF 50+.
And when it comes to the sun, be sure to take breaks in the shade and wear protective clothing, like a hat or long sleeves. Are you not going out? Sunscreen always counts. It protects your skin from blue light on your many devices and screens.
3. Repair the skin while you rest
Night is a great time to revitalize the skin so that it is ready for whatever the next day has in store. Adopt a nighttime skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing and a deep moisturizer to help repair the moisture barrier.
We recommend the Artistry Youth Xtend ™ skin care products that match your skin type. Pay special attention to the skin which is often exposed to the environment or to frequent washing, such as your hands. Use a gentle exfoliant, followed by Artistry Signature Select ™ Hydrating Mask and G&H Nourish + ™ Hand Cream while you rehearse.
4. Focus on the inside for visibly healthy skin
Skin health is not just about treating the outside. Eating healthy indoors makes a big difference in the condition of your skin. Foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein help the body function at its best - and look great too.
Consider adding a multivitamin like, Nutrilite ™ Double X ™ or Nutrilite ™ Daily to make sure your body (and your skin!) is getting all the nutrients it needs. And always drink plenty of water to keep the skin well hydrated.
5. Less stress for the good of your skin
Lifestyle also plays an important role in the health of the skin. Stress can trigger skin sensitivity, irritation, acne, and other skin problems that cause imbalance.
And if the skin problems persist, we recommend Artistry Studio ™ Zen Daze Ahead Facial Oil + 300 mg CBD to help soothe and calm him down. Start developing healthy skin habits now to keep your skin's defense on guard.
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tonalités of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown ateliers or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin spécialiste we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, oui, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for capitons graisseux. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
tera fight épidémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily ultraviolet exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.