Within 2 to 3 minutes of showering, moisturize skin with an oil-based lotion, cream, or gel. When massaged into damp skin they trap water, which helps hydrate skin.
2: USE COLD BLACK TEA
TO PREVENT AN OILY FACETo control oil and shine, splash your face with cool black tea — but do not rinse! Dermatologist Peter Kopelson says it works as a natural astringent.
3: BREAKING OUT?
IT MAY BE YOUR DIRTY CELL PHONE Clean it at least once a week with antibacterial wipes.
4: SLATHER ON SOUR CREAM FOR SMOOTH SKIN
Twice a week, apply a tablespoon of full-fat sour cream to sensitive skin for 20 minutes. It nourishes touchy complexions while the lactic acid helps make skin smooth.
5: USE TEA TO PREVENT FOOT ODOR
Soak smelly feet in a bowl of very dark black tea, like Lipton. Let the tea really steep so the tannins change the pH of your skin, which helps combat odor.
To reduce puffiness and rev up circulation, massage moisturizer into your face and neck for five minutes. A relaxed face makes for a smoother foundation for makeup.
7: HYDRATE SKIN WITH A HOMEMADE HUMIDIFIER
Hang a wet towel from the doorknob overnight (wring out the edges to prevent dripping). The wet towel will bring moisture into the air and, in turn, hydrate your skin. In the morning the towel will be dry, but your skin won’t be!
8: DRINKING COLD WATER HELPS PREVENT REDNESS
If your face tends to get splotchy, drink a glass of ice water when an outbreak occurs. The cold causes blood vessels to constrict and cools you from the inside, says dermatologist Ellen Marmur.
9: SOYMILK BRIGHTENS SKIN NATURALLY
Refresh your complexion by dipping a washcloth in soy milk and resting it on your face for 10 minutes once a week, suggests dermatologist Debra Luftman. Soy not only helps brighten skin, but also helps prevent wrinkles thanks to phytoestrogen, a plant-derived estrogen.
10: DON’T USE THE SAME TOWEL ON YOUR FACE AND HAIR
This prevents the oils from your scalp from rubbing off on your face and causing breakouts.
Keep cool overnight and apply to cleansed skin in the morning. The chilly temps work with the gel to reduce puffiness.
12: SLATHER HONEY ON YOUR FACE WHILE IN THE BATH
While sitting in a steamy bathtub, slather honey on a clean face. Honey has exfoliating natural enzymes and is loaded with humectants, which reduce the loss of moisture.
13: USE OATMEAL AS A GENTLE EXFOLIANT
Take a teaspoon of organic oatmeal, add it to your cleanser, and smooth on for about 10 minutes. The minerals in oatmeal are soothing and help cleanse and hydrate skin.
14: AVOID FACIALS RIGHT BEFORE A BIG NIGHT
Facials and peels can leave your face red and raw. Instead, book one at least three days—ideally a week—before the big event so any irritation has a chance to subside.
15: SOOTHE A SUNBURN WITH A SMOOTHIE
A fruit or vegetable smoothie gets damage-fighting antioxidants flowing to your skin after sunburn, advises dermatologist Ellen Marmur.
16: DANDRUFF SHAMPOO WORKS ON FACE FLAKES, TOO
If you have dry skin that is flaky, swap your face cleaner for dandruff shampoo once a month, suggests dermatologist Elissa Lunder. This reduces the yeast levels that cause scaly skin.
17: APPLY PRODUCT THIN TO THICK
Apply skin-care treatment products in order of thinnest to thickest formulations so that the thicker products don’t prevent lighter ones from penetrating and working their magic.
18: EASE SENSITIVE SKIN WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
Sensitive skin often can’t handle too many active ingredients. Use a fragrance-free cleanser, and moisturize with a serum that has anti-inflammatory antioxidants like green tea.
19: APPLY SUNSCREEN PRE-AIRPLANE
Slather it on before a trip, especially if you’re in a window seat, as the level of the sun’s UV rays increases with your altitude.