This post has been sponsored by Commonwealth Plastic Surgery of Lexington, Kentucky.
Say goodbye to filters and photo editing apps. A little me time everyday can go a long way when it
comes to your skin—being busy doesn’t have to mean cutting corners on skincare. Try incorporating
these tips into your daily routine for more luminous, healthy-looking skin without having to throw your
daily agenda out the window.
1. Sleep! When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces more of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Elevated levels of cortisol can break down skin collagen, which is a protein that helps our skin
look smooth and healthy. Getting into a good nighttime routine has been a top priority of mine.
I try to keep my computer and other electronics out of my bedroom to help me focus on the
task at hand—hitting the hay.
2. Massage your skin. A massage is a great way to promote good circulation in your face.
Massaging the soft lines around the mouth, eyes, and brows can increase blood and oxygen
flow. This is a natural form of anti-aging skincare. More blood flow to an area increases collagen
production, which can give your skin a healthy glow. I recommend using your daily face cleanser
or moisturizer when massaging. This will allow these products to better absorb into the skin.
3. Wear sunscreen. This is a no-brainer. Harsh UV rays can cause wrinkles, sun spots, and worst of
all, skin cancer. Layer on some daily moisturizer with SPF every morning with your normal
skincare routine. I like to put my SPF lotion on not only my face, but also my neck, chest, and
hands. These are all places that are frequently exposed to the sun, but often forgotten about.
4. Get your blood pumping. Exercise promotes healthy circulation, which will help keep your skin
looking healthy and vibrant. Working out is also a great stress reducer. As I mentioned before,
the stress hormone cortisol causes skin to appear lackluster. Try to do at least 30 minutes of
physical activity a day. Even if you don’t have time to go all the way to the gym, walk around the
block a few times during your lunch break, or do a few nighttime yoga poses before you go to
bed. Exercise is of course important for other aspects of health as well.
5. Don’t forget to hydrate. We hear this all the time, but what does it actually do for our skin?
Water plays a big role in flushing out toxins, nutrient absorption, blood circulation, and
digestion. Because water is necessary for all bodily functions, dehydration can cause a number
of problems. One of the first places that is affected by dehydration is the skin. When your skin is
dry, it is less resilient, making it more prone to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Over time, this
can dramatically affect your appearance.
6. Exfoliate, carefully. The build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores,
which lead to acne, discoloration, and coarseness. I usually exfoliate with homemade facial
scrubs made from a mixture of coconut oil and sugar. I rub the combination on my face and
neck using gentle circular motions for about a minute. Then I rinse with warm water. However, I
only exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week. Otherwise, it makes my skin dry and irritated.
7. Try BOTOX® or facial fillers. Once volume loss and wrinkles become noticeable, it is hard to
reverse them with serums and moisturizers alone. BOTOX and dermal fillers are the top 2 non-
surgical cosmetic treatment in the U.S.—and for good reason. On his website, board-certified
plastic surgeon Dr. Jared Nimtz of Lexington, KY, explains that injectables are a low-risk way to
look refreshed and more youthful. They can provide natural-looking results, without the need
for surgery or recovery time. Treatments are quick, and many people even schedule their
appointments on their lunch breaks and return to work after.
8. Wear less makeup during the week. This can be a challenge for women who love makeup, like
me. However, cutting back has done wonders for my skin. Don’t get me wrong, I still do full glam
on the weekends and for special occasions, but during the week I try to only wear tinted
moisturizer, concealer, mascara, and tinted lip balm. This way, I can still cover up any dark
circles and blemishes without suffocating my skin.
9. Give your lips some love. Lip scrubs are great for both removing dry skin and hydrating the lips.
There are some expensive scrubs out there, but they don’t have to break the bank to be
effective. My favorite DIY lip scrub is made from shea butter to hydrate and sugar to exfoliate.
Once or twice a week I scrub my lips for about 30 seconds in small circular motions. Then I wash
it off with warm water and dab on coconut oil, Vaseline, or more shea butter for optimum
10. Remove your makeup—no excuses. Even on days that I only wear a little bit of makeup, I make
sure to take it off before I go to sleep. Regardless of how tired I am, I always squeeze in a few
minutes for nighttime skincare. First, I remove my makeup using a makeup wipe or coconut oil.
Next, I use a toner, under-eye cream, and thick night cream. Moisturizing is extremely important
at night, because our skin can get dehydrated while we sleep.
Having radiant skin is a major confidence booster. When my skin is glowing, I feel unstoppable, but
when it isn’t looking its best, I feel like hiding. Getting into a good routine will minimize those bad skin
days. Remember, good things take time, so if you don’t see results right away, keep trying!