Taking care of your skin can feel intimidating. There’s an overwhelming amount of products and treatments out there, not to mention an endless stream of (sometimes conflicting) advice.
You’ll be happy to know that the basics of skin care are pretty simple. And if you’re a health-conscious person, chances are you’re already checking most of the boxes below.
So even though 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 a few simple, science-backed principles that can help you more than owning a bunch of products.
Keep reading for what science and a dermatologist say you should really care about when it comes to your skin.
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1. 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 nonnegotiable.
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 SPF 30-plus 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.
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2. Keep your skin moisturized
Apply a moisturizer soon after washing your skin to help seal in moisture.