Most people would love to have skin that appears naturally beautiful, no matter its shade.
There are steps you can take to achieve what The Skin Cancer Foundation describes as your own inner glow.
These with inner glow don’t always have perfect features, but they know what routines to follow to preserve skin’s natural beauty.
An easy first step is to stop tanning and let your skin return to its natural color. This also helps you determine whether you may have a genetic risk of skin cancer and allows you to note your body’s natural reaction to sun exposure.
Some other tips for maintaining a natural glow include:
- Use moisturizer or night cream with retinol and other vitamin A skin treatments. Because these may make your skin sensitive to the sun’s rays, it’s best to use these products only at night.
- Use an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen during the daytime, and reapply it every few hours if you are exposed to the sun for extended periods.
- Proper cleansing in the morning is key to achieving glowing skin. Cleansers do not have to lather or foam, many don’t, but still remove the effort out of face washing!
- If you use a Vitamin C serum, apply it after washing your skin in the morning.
- At night, if you exfoliate, do it post-cleansing.
- Makeup: If you prefer some color on your face, use blushes and bronzers, either creams or powders. If you are pale-skinned, go for light pink blush for the natural look. If you have darker skin, deeper color products work well.
- When putting on makeup, try using a large, heavily bristled brush with a fluffy head to add color your cheeks and other areas that are likely to tan: – chin, forehead, and the bridge of your nose.
- Go easy: You can always add more makeup. The goal is better definition, not to appear like you have lots of makeup on.
- When buying makeup, sample a little on your hand or jaw line to ensure it’s the shade you want. If you’re purchasing makeup where you cannot sample the product, make sure to note the return policy. Most stores will allow you to return products, but make sure you have your receipt!
- If you still want a tan, consider sunless tanners that do not cause skin damage. These products can be lotions that tan your skin over time. Before using self-tanner, exfoliate skin with a loofah and moisturize. This will help the tanner to be absorbed evenly. Do not use too much product on dry areas, such as knees and elbows. Wait a minimum of 12 hours after you shave to use self-tanning products. Do not use sunless tanner on skin areas with active eczema.
- Even when self-tanning products have sunscreen, use a separate SPF 15 or higher sunscreen each time you go out in the sun after the initial self-tanner application.
- Follow basic daily tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation, including seeking shade, choosing clothing that protects you from the sun and avoiding tanning and tanning booths.
Contact Dermatology Associates today to learn more about maintaining natural, glowing skin and how to better care for your skin.