In the Know: 6 Beauty Secrets of Ladies with Flawless Skin

Posted Friday August 22, 2014 2:03 PM GMT

We’ve all met those women — you know, the ones that have annoyingly flawless skin?

Though they might not bother with foundation, concealer, or any products for that matter, they’re doing something right — and we want to know.

So we caught up with celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi to find out their secrets. Surprisingly, it doesn’t lie in what they use (or don’t) but in their daily habits. Read on for the six secrets that’ll help boost your routine.

They Get Their Beauty Sleep
There are several reasons why you don’t look your best when you lose Z’s. According to Dr. Tanzi, a lack of sleep increases stress hormones, which leads to inflammation and accelerated aging. Nighttime is the best time for your skin to repair and restore damages from the day before. It’s recommended that you get a full 8-9 hours of sleep to rest and refuel your cells for next day’s battle.

They Eat A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. “When you eat processed foods – carbohydrates, salts and sugars – it leads to inflammation,” says Dr. Tanzi. They cause high blood sugar levels and trigger a surge of insulin levels that can change collagen complex and results in accelerated aging. We suggest a diet that includes whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats like peanut butter, nuts, and avocados to provide nutrients for the hair, skin, nails, and basic metabolism.

They Wouldn’t Dare Walk Out of The House Without Sunscreen
Spray tan? Yes. Self-tanner? Yes. Tanning in the sun? No way! The sun’s ultra-violet rays are the number one culprit for damaging collagen. According to Dr. Tanzi, prolonged exposure immediately causes skin damage, some of which is irreversible and accelerates aging through the breakdown of collagen fibers and inflammation along with creating sunspots. UVA rays causes premature aging like wrinkling and age spots whereas UVB rays is what burns your skin. We suggest using a daily moisturizer containing broad-spectrum (for both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with a minimum of SPF 30. You should also apply it twice a day — once in the morning and once in the afternoon — whether the forecast calls for sun or clouds.

They Don’t Smoke
If you smoke, we have one word: Quit. Smoking reduces circulation by slowing oxygen flow to the skin, giving your appearance a sallow versus a rosy glow, says Dr. Tanzi. There are also toxins and free radicals in cigarettes that attack collagen and elastin tissues, making them thinner and weaker, more prone to wrinkling. And not only are you risking your health — think about those deep wrinkles your developing around your mouth!

Talking on Your Cell
Could you ever have imagined? These devices may be the reason for breakouts, premature wrinkles, and dark spots. Cell phones can pick up bacteria from any place it’s touched or put down, meaning gross news for the side of your face. Make sure you wipe down your gadget with gentle facial wipes to disinfect or leave it on speakerphone for calls.

They Don’t Use Products Too Harsh For Their Skin Type
Using skincare products that are wrong for your skin type is a common mistake. “Many people use or over-exfoliate with products that dry-out and strip the skin of its natural oils,” says Dr. Tanzi. “Over time, this leads to chronic inflammation that accelerates the breakdown of collagen and results in faster skin aging.” Here’s what you need to know:

Oily Skin: Choose a blemish-fighting cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, then use an oil-free or mattifying moisturizer to fight shine. You can also add an exfoliant with glycolic acid to your routine once a week to clean out sebaceous glands.

Dry Skin: Creamy cleansers that are non-soapy will help with hydration and won’t strip your skin of natural oils. Use a moisturizer with trehalose (sugar compound known for high water retention capabilities) to prevent tightness.

Sensitive Skin: Look for milky cleansers, fragrance-free moisturizers and creams with shea butter and hyaluronic acid. You'll want to watch out for products that say sensitive skin on packaging labels to use.

Combination Skin: Choose a foaming cleanser to help with oily parts of skin and hydrate with lightweight moisturizer. Use a heavier cream for drier spots if needed.

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