Having great skin is more than just the luck of our DNA—in fact, most of us, no matter our age, can achieve healthy, radiant skin simply by sticking to a simple, daily skin care regimen. Just follow these five effortless steps and watch how quickly your skin can go from good to great to glowing.
The first step to a luminous complexion, especially as we age? Washing your face every morning and night to remove the dirt, makeup, and pollution particles that can clog pores and cause dullness and irritation, advises the American Academy of Dermatology. Make sure to look for a gentle, non-soap formula that will clean your skin without stripping essential, healthy oils.
Whether you use a physical exfoliator (such as a grainy-textured apricot kernel or sugar scrub that you massage manually) or a chemical one (like an alpha or beta hydroxy acid-based formula that acts as a dissolvent), the process is the same: exfoliation removes the skin’s outer layer of dead cells and any other surface debris that can leave your complexion looking dull to reveal fresh, smoother, dewier skin.
How do you get to healthy-looking skin? Hydration, hydration, hydration. And how do you achieve that? By applying a moisturizer every morning and night, which both adds and locks in moisture to the skin. An effective lightweight formula, like SeeMe Call Me Hydra-Cream, is best for day, while a heavier cream, like SeeMe Beauty Sweet Dreams Night Cream, is better for night when the skin naturally loses more water and needs extra moisturizing help.
Meet your new best friend: serums. These are highly concentrated formulations that sink into the skin quickly, delivering an intensive dose of active ingredients—such as hyaluronic acid, a powerful hydrator, avocado oil, which can help increase surface cell turnover, artichoke leaf extract, which can diminish the look of fine lines, or niacinamide, which can improve skin’s overall texture and feel. All of these powerful ingredients are found in SeeMe Beauty Smooth Out Recovery Serum.
We’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Everyone, no matter how old you are, should wear sunscreen every day to protect yourself from the sun’s potentially cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. Choose at least an SPF of 30 and make sure the label says “broad-spectrum”—that way you’ll know you’re being shielded from the effects of UVB rays, responsible for sunburns, as well as UVA, which penetrates deeper into the skin and can cause wrinkling and premature aging. And if that’s not enough to convince you, consider this: a 2016 study found that subjects who wore sunscreen every day for year saw their signs of photoaging (wrinkles, sun spots) reverse.