7 Simple and Easy To Do Steps To Improve Skin

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Woman washing her face wearing towel and using skin cleansing brush: 7 steps to improve skin

As an esthetician, I’m asked all the time how to improve skin. The first step in improving your skin is to take care of yourself. This includes eating right, getting enough rest, and exercising regularly. Depending on your goal and what that looks like for you my recommendations vary but almost always include these 7 steps to improve skin. They are easy to follow but make a huge difference in the appearance of the skin.

7 Steps To Improve Skin

  1. Drink lots of water – this seems to go without saying but makes a huge difference. Water works wonders on our whole body skin included. Drinking water helps keep your body hydrated, which will help with your skin’s appearance. It also helps flush out toxins and waste products. Try starting by drinking a cup of water before each meal.
  2. Eat a balanced diet – again this seems simple but I find it the hardest for people to follow including myself! Sugar or processed foods are going to wreak havoc on your skin and the older you get the worse it will be. If you want to see results, start by eating right. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. Try starting by swapping your snack each day with a cup of berries and raw almonds.
  3. Exercise regularly – a good sweat goes a long way. Hormone imbalance is tough on the skin. Exercise helps keep that in check. Try going for a 15-minute walk each day after your heaviest meal.
  4. Get enough sleep – Sleep is where our skin rebuilds and your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow.  Try going to bed each night 15-minutes earlier or starting a sleep time ritual.
  5. Don’t forget Vitamins – topical and internal. If your skin is a mess try fish oil supplements. Need a collagen boost Vitamin C serum in the AM and Vitamin A in the PM will solve that. Vitamin D plays a huge part in our skin health. Go for a 15-minute walk after your main meal every day to boost Vitamin D levels! Caroline Hirons talks more about that here.

6. Use sunscreen daily – SPF is the number one skincare must to prevent premature aging and sun damage. Period. DOT. This SPF is amazing for dry skin and this one for oily skin.
7. Add collagen-building peptides – Peptides help not only boost collagen but repair damaged cells. According to Jan Marini, president of Jan Marini Skin Research, peptides react to specific receptor sites so they can trigger and signal more effective skin functioning. “They’re able to ‘speak’ to cells, so they assist in correcting some of the cellular behavior that has occurred as a result of aging,” she explains. One can only wonder though: Do peptides work more effectively on younger skin with healthier collagen? “Many of the peptides that have a role in helping with collagen do it by fooling the skin into thinking it’s wounded,” says Marini. “So, if you think about how your skin repairs itself when you’re 70 versus 20, it takes longer to heal and the condition of your collagen probably isn’t as good. Theoretically, this means you might not have the same response to peptides at an older age, but they are helpful in skin care regardless.” Try JMSR Regen Peptide Booster or PCA ExLinea Peptide Serum

Medik8 Liquid Peptides ($62)

The perfect starter peptide serum to use morning and night. This is perfect for anyone who wants to introduce peptides to their skincare routine but doesn’t know where to start. Simple to use and super effective. It also elevates the skin’s natural stores of hyaluronic acid, leaving skin plump and smooth. Shop Now

Jan Marini Regeneration Booster ($220)

My first experience with peptides in the early days of my career and this one is still a personal and client favorite. “A patented blend of growth factors and eight types of peptides significantly improves the appearance of aging skin,” Marini says. This serum is GREAT for post-procedures and everyday use. Shop Now.

PCA ExLinea Pro peptide serum ($140)

Peptide-Pro Complex, this powerful blend contains four unique ingredients that work synergistically to help relax facial muscle contractions and reduce the appearance of visible expression lines. I notice brighter and a more even appearance on my skin with this serum. I call this the better skin serum. It is my current favorite. Shop Now

Exuviance Age Reverse Plus Rebuild-5 Cream ($88)

I prefer a serum for peptides but this cream has really wowed me. If your looking for a simpler skincare routine with fewer steps this is a great peptide-rich moisturizer. “This moisturizer helps visibly firm skin, especially on the cheekbones and jawline area,” says Dufort. Shop Now.

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