Everyone wants healthy-looking skin, and here’s the good news: Getting the glowing complexion you want doesn’t have to be a heavy lift. Here, Jillian Wright—a trained esthetician, indie beauty expert, and a member of the Well+Good Council—shares four simple ways to improve your skin ASAP.
This is the time of year when people often look to shake up their lifestyles in order to discover the best version of themselves in the new year. Here are four ways to instantly rehab your routine and make sure your year starts with glowing, healthy skin.
Step up your spot treatment
For years, dermatologists and aestheticians alike have been battling the myth that toothpaste works well for acne spot treatment. Not so. But calamine lotion—yep, the pink stuff—does wonders, all due to its anti-inflammatory zinc. Zinc also increases your body’s absorption of the vitamins A and E, which are important for healthy skin.
Get to know glutathione
Glutathione is an antioxidant that can prevent damage to important cellular components (like your skin) caused by free radicals, peroxides, and heavy metals. Consider getting an IV vitamin drip. I like Nutridrip at Clean Market in NYC, or simply make cabbage soup—the leafy stuff naturally offers glutathione and is a diuretic, too.
Stress can cause your skin to behave badly. CBD is being touted by consumers and doctors for its ability to de-stress and relax. Try using a tincture. Place a drop or two of Yuyo Botanics or Holistic Hemp Company under your tongue to help reduce stress and anxiety. Don’t have access to CBD brand you like? Make a cup of calming chamomile tea (but skip the dairy and sugar, which are skin stressors and can exacerbate issues).
Start (finally!) breaking your bad habits
These may seem obvious, but the majority of people are still still making these four major mistakes:
- Picking and touching your face. Picking or touching brings bacteria to the surface, which will spread and cause unnecessary acne—especially around your mouth.
- Sun exposure without protection. Not only does the sun cause hyperpigmentation (a.k.a. discoloration), fine lines, and wrinkles, it also causes your skin to lose its elasticity.
- Smoking and vaping. Aside from the fact that you are inhaling carcinogens that can cause cancer, the trail of primary and secondary smoke travels up your T-zone. That makes it more clogged, which in turn creates blackheads.
- Not exfoliating enough. You are constantly shedding dead skin cells that sit on the surface and dulling your complexion. Help the proliferation process by exfoliating twice a week, in order to keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful.
If you take the time to make these relatively small changes—and maintain a proper cleansing and moisturizing routine—your complexion will reward you in a big way.
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Jillian Wright is the co-founder of Indie Beauty Media Group, producer of Indie Beauty Expo, Beauty Independent, and BeautyX Summit. A trained esthetician, Jillian owned and operated Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa prior to founding IBMG in 2015. During her tenure there, she also launched her eponymous skin-care line. As a skin health expert, Jillian has performed more than 12,000 facials and consulted for many prominent skin care brands including Olay, Unilever, Nair, St. Ives, and others. Since launching IBMG, she has closed her spa and skin-care line and retired from facials to focus solely on IBMG. To date, Indie Beauty Expo is held in three U.S. cities and London.
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