Beat the ash and get gorgeous skin all year long with these easy tips:
6. Fall in Love with Water
But not why you think. We’re not talking about forcing down eight or nine glasses; in fact, dermatologists don’t believe drinking excess water will actually affect your skin in any way. Splashing water on your skin, however, does. After washing your face, slather on your favorite facial lotion to lock in moisture. Certain ingredients — like glycerin and ceramides — are known for their hydrating abilities. Avoid products with drying agents, such as mineral oil, alcohol, parabens, and artificial fragrances. These can clog your pores, cause breakouts, and make it hard for moisture to seep in.
5. Steam and Moisturize
Warm showers are vital in the moisturizing process; the heat opens up your pores all over your body and makes it easier for products to seep in. To retain moisture throughout the day, apply lotion to damp skin immediately after a shower.
4. But Don’t Over-Steam
Warm showers do the body a lot of good, but hot showers can have the opposite effect. Near-scorching water can actually dry out the skin and leave it feeling parched and itchy.
3. Look for Simple Products
The best products for you skin are those with short ingredient lists that are easy to understand. These are less likely to be diluted and contain damaging chemicals.
2. Don’t Skip the SPF
Forget the myths — Black skin can also be damaged by the sun (and yes, girl, it can crack). Always apply sunblock to protect your skin from the harsh rays, even in the winter. (We like to say, “If you can see the sun, put some sunblock on.”)
1. Exfoliate the Ash Away
No matter what your grandma says, no amount of cocoa butter will heal dry, flaky skin all by itself. Remember to use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells, and encourage healthy, new skin cells to grow.
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