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Healthy Skin Habits To Start Now

As the largest organ of the human body, your skin is the first line of defense in protection against free radicals and environmental damage. But, it can’t do it all on its own. In order to ensure your skin works at its most optimum levels, you need to take proper care of it.

One of the main protective components is the skin barrier. It helps to retain essential moisture and nutrients and repel damaging environmental aggressors like pollution and UV radiation. Over time, bad habits like not removing your makeup before going to bed, forgetting to moisturize, and staying out in the sun too long can take a toll.

The good news is that it’s never too late to establish healthy skin habits, and we’re here to help you get started. Follow these easy tips to jumpstart healthy skin habits for visibly healthier, more radiant-looking skin.

Tip #1: Make Sure Your Skin Is Really Clean

Not only is it important to cleanse your face twice daily, but it is also essential to cleanse properly. Our skincare experts advise looking for gentle, pH-neutral, non-soap cleansers that are formulated to strengthen the skin barrier and won’t strip skin of natural oils. Cleansing helps reduce oiliness and pores from clogging, which can lead to acne and blemish breakouts. Reach for a mild foaming cleanser that gently but thoroughly cleanses skin without stripping skin of its natural oils.

Tip #2: Use A Daily Moisturizer

Using an effective hydrating facial moisturizer twice a day, regardless of your skin type, is an essential part of any healthy skincare routine. Moisturizers can help strengthen your skin barrier, lock in moisture, and improve skin texture, leaving skin soft and healthy-looking.

Help dry skin with formulas that replenish moisture on the skin’s barrier. For oily skin, a moisturizer that helps maintain skin’s moisture balance is key. Care for sensitive skin with formulas that help protect and comfort irritated complexions.

From lightweight moisturizers to targeted anti-aging facial creams, find the best moisturizer for your skin type.

Tip #3: Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells

Exfoliating helps refine skin’s texture and improve skin’s dull appearance by sloughing away dead surface skin cells that contribute to clogged pores. Shortly after exfoliating, skin is left looking and feeling smoother, softer, and more refreshed. Over time, exfoliation can reveal younger-looking skin. It also helps improve the effectiveness of your moisturizer, allowing it to penetrate deeper into skin’s surface once dead skin cells on the surface are removed. We recommend exfoliating your skin one to three times a week, depending on your skin type.

Tip #4: Protect Skin With Sunscreen

UV rays from the sun cause 90% of skin’s aging so it is important to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to help protect it and combat the damaging effects. Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) light than can accelerate the skin’s aging process, which can lead to the appearance of more fine lines and wrinkles over time. Help protect skin from the early signs of aging with a daily facial sunscreen with SPF 50+ and pollution protection. The daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen helps shield the skin from both UVA and UVB rays and is the key to a healthy-looking glow.

Tip #5: Remove Makeup Before Bed

Makeup, even if it’s non-comedogenic, can mix with dirt and oil that has built on the surface of your skin and clog pores throughout the day which can lead to breakouts. Before bed, we recommend removing makeup with a cleansing oil to effectively melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities on skin’s surface without over-drying it.

Tip #6: Indulge In A Mask

Face masks are targeted treatments formulated for a variety of skin concerns that help promote healthy-looking skin. Whether you want to firm, brighten, or replenish lost moisture, we recommend using an efficacious face mask at least three times a week. Energize and brighten the appearance of dull skin with a rinse-off mask, treat your skin to intense hydration and nourishment with a hydrating mask, or replenish skin’s moisture with an overnight mask. Our face masks are formulated to address multiple skin concerns to help improve the appearance of your complexion.

Discover the best face mask for your skin type!

Tip #7: Remember Your Neck, Chest, And Hands

Signs of skin damage and aging aren’t limited to your face — they can appear on your neck, chest, and hands too! As you apply an anti-aging facial cream or anti-aging facial oil, extend the application to your neck and chest area. When outdoors protect your exposed neck and chest with a daily application of facial sunscreen with SPF 50+ or greater in addition to taking other sun protection measures. Nourish dry hands with a rich, moisturizing hand salve that leaves hands feeling soft, conditioned and cared for. A healthy skin routine includes caring for your face—and more!

Tip #8: Schedule A Healthy Skin Consultation

Our unique heritage represents a blend of herbal and medicinal knowledge developed and advanced through the decades. If you aren’t fully in tune with your correct skin type, have noticed that your skin has changed, or have yet to achieve your skin goals, a skincare consultation could help. Our experts will help you personalize a skin profile, make recommendations, and provide solutions for your unique skincare needs. Plus, enjoy free samples of your personalized routine. Stop by your neighborhood Kiehl’s store to receive a complimentary skincare consultation and experience what a personalized elevated skincare service is all about!

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