There are so many different skin products on the market it isn’t easy to choose the right one. So, with all the new ingredients and trendy combinations hitting shelves, how do you know which one to buy? It’s tough, but don’t worry. We’ve compiled the top five tips that your dermatologist knows and wishes you did, too.

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1.Sunscreen

It’s the biggest favor you can do for your skin. Slather yourself in sunscreen before you start your makeup application (or choose a foundation that offers SPF protection). It’s the most effective way to protect your skin from the elements and prevent premature aging. Do not underestimate the effectiveness of SPF. By the way, sunscreen isn’t just for summer – it’s something you should be using all year round. So, make sure you have a higher SPF for summer months and choose a lower number to carry you through winter.

2.Exfoliation

It’s a must, but there is such a thing as too much exfoliation. The magic number is twice a week for most skin types. You can create your very own scrub using sugar and olive oil. If you go for one off the shelves be sure it contains lactic acid, it’s the perfect ingredient for exfoliating.

3.Sleep

Yes, getting a good night’s sleep eliminates bags under your eyes, prevents dry skin, and is just overall the tonic that your skin so desperately needs. Remember, a lack of sleep fuels stress levels which can also have a detrimental effect on your skin. So, start following a bedtime routine and ensure you get seven hours of sleep a night. Start by eliminating caffeine after 2 pm and go to bed (and get up) at the same time seven days a week.

4.Diet

It shouldn’t surprise you to know that what you eat has an effect on your skin (hair and nails, too). So, what type of foods are you putting in your body? It might be time to make some changes, particularly if you’re a major fan of trans fats and sugary, processed goods. Watch your dairy, too, it is guilty of boosting oil production which can lead to acne problems.

5.Moisturize

We went and saved the best for last. There are plenty of options on the market and there are lots of price ranges on offer, too. When it comes to making monetary savings your moisturizer is not where you should be doing it. Invest in a quality product that really works. In fact, one of the best moisturizers to use is virgin coconut oil. Moisturizer is about moisturizing, but it’s all about protection. It provides you with a layer of protection from the elements, which is why coconut oil is such a great choice.

 

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