10 Ways to Improve Your Skin Right Now

Liz Alterman | Sep 17, 2014 Beauty & Style

I have a friend who likes to say, "It's all downhill once you hit 40!" Sadly, I feel like that's never more accurate than when it comes to your skin. When I look in the mirror, I can't help but wonder where all those lines came from! I must be frowning in my sleep, I think, as some wrinkles now seem so deep toddlers could bathe in them. 

While the days of being asked for identification when ordering a cocktail are long gone, I know there's still time to stop further damage. (Right? Please say yes!) 

So, without the help of a time machine, what can we do to get that gorgeous glow typically associated with younger skin? 

Here are 10 ways to improve your skin right now.

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  • Get More Sleep


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    They don't call it beauty rest for nothing! While you're sleeping, your body has a chance to re-balance hydration levels, according to a study published in the journal Clinics in Dermatology

    Getting some good shut eye, which means seven hours or more, helps prevent dark circles and puffiness as well as dryness and, of course, my arch-enemy: wrinkles!

  • Remove Your Makeup


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    Many nights moms are so tired by bedtime that they just don't have the energy to remove their makeup. I'm guilty of this! But cleaning your face and allowing your pores to breathe is important. Make the time to remove those cosmetics.

    Busy mom and aesthetician Mary Lord recommends taking off your makeup while your kids are brushing their teeth before bed. If you're in there anyway, might as well take care of yourself too!

  • Moisturize


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    Figure out what kind of skin you have: oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination of all of those. Then, find a moisturizer that suits your skin type. Moisturizing is so important, not only for your face but for your neck and the rest of your body as well. Keep your skin hydrated to avoid dryness and pre-mature aging. (When in doubt, think about raisins and you'll be motivated to slather that moisturizer right on!) 

  • Use Sunscreen


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    We all know about the harmful effects of the sun's rays. That's why dermatologists everywhere extol the virtues of sunscreen. And it isn't just for the beach; you need it every day.

    Choose a moisturizer with SPF that will still feel light on your face but will protect you at the same time. Everyone loves a multi-tasker! And if you're going to be outdoors, don't forget to re-apply. 

  • Indulge in a Facial


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    If you have the time and the means, treating yourself to a facial can do wonders for your skin. The last time I received one, my skin felt softer and had a healthy glow for days.

    If you haven't experienced this pore-restoring bliss, or feel guilty treating yourself, ask for a facial as a gift. You and your skin will be forever grateful!

  • Exfoliate


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    Removing dead cells keeps your skin smooth and glowing. When it comes to your face, be gentle and choose an exfoliant with small beads as opposed to large granules. In a DIY mood? Consider making your own facial scrub with items you already own. 

  • Eat Right & Drink Up


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    Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water will help you obtain that healthy glow. Ease up on alcohol, which can be dehydrating and lead to uneven skin tone.

  • Break a Sweat


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    Want to get a quick, natural glow? Break a sweat. Exercise increases not only your circulation and blood flow but your oxygen capacity as well. 

  • Find a Great Eye Cream


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    The skin around and under our eyes is paper-thin and super-delicate. Treat it with care. Find an eye cream you love and apply it each evening before bed to keep that area well-hydrated and crow's feet and fine lines at bay. 

  • Visit Your Dermatologist


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    See a dermatologist annually or more frequently if you have any condition that should be addressed by a professional. A skin care expert will be able to answer your questions and guide you to the right products if any are needed. This removes any guess work on your part and saves you time and money you'd otherwise spend sampling items that might not be right for your skin. 


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