ABCs of Great SkinPosted by Sandra Arachie

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Skincare can seem quite daunting thanks to the overwhelming amount of products, treatments, lasers, and facials available on the market. But you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars and invest tons of time to get better skin this year.


The basics of skin care are pretty simple and highly underrated. And if you're a health-conscious person, chances are you're already adhering to many of the rules.





Even though many beauty bloggers and influencers may make you feel like you need all the things (like fancy lasers and light devices) to get better skin, there are quite a few science-backed principles that can help you more than a stash of questionable products. 


Please keep reading to discover science-backed facts, as well as a dermatologist's opinion on what you should really care about when it comes to your skin.




Use sunscreen every single day


"Your skin is your largest organ and should be taken care of," dermatologist Dr. Amie Sessa told CNET. Her top tip for taking care of your skin? Sunscreen is non-negotiable.



If you spend most of your time indoors or don't live in a sunny place, it's easy to neglect sunscreen, especially in the winter. But you still need sunscreen since your skin is exposed through the car or while walking on your commute, and you can still get sun damage in overcast weather. "Apply a daily moisturizer with SPF30+ to your face, neck, and your chest every single day -- make it a habit so you don't have to think about it every day," Sessa said.



Apply a moisturizer


It is important to keep your skin moisturized to maintain healthy-looking skin. Having ashy-looking skin has never been an attractive aesthetic. Even if you have oily skin or are acne-prone, your skin still needs moisture.



Most people should apply a moisturizer immediately after bathing to seal the moisture in. My favorite over-the-counter moisturizers are Cerave cream, and Eucerin Advanced repair," Sessa said.






Equally important as moisturizing is making sure you are cleansing your skin and removing makeup, especially before bed. It is important to make sure one gets enough sleep as it is essential for good health.


One study found that sleep deprivation clearly affects skin appearance and increases the look of wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles among other not-so-appealing signs.



"General good health tips apply to the skin too -- your skin will show if you are getting poor sleep or not enough of it," Sessa said. Aiming for seven to eight hours minimum of uninterrupted sleep will pay off for your complexion. It is important at that time for your skin to be clean.


Eat healthily


Just like getting enough sleep is important for your health so is cleaning up your diet and avoiding sugar and processed foods. Eating lots of sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed and fried foods not only takes a toll on your overall health, but your skin can suffer too.




Many experts agree that what you eat has a strong effect on your skin health, and research has shown that diet is important when it comes to certain skin conditions like acne, skin cancer, and aging skin.


Stay hydrated


Dehydration can cause a ton of unpleasant symptoms like fatigue and digestive issues, just to mention a few. And since drinking more water can make you healthier, it's also great for your skin. Like Sessa mentioned before, overall healthy habits pay off for your skin too.