7 life-changing skin care tips you've never heard
If even Karlie Kloss needs the occasional micro-current facial, we know perfect skin takes work. But if you think you've tried everything to get smooth and glowing skin, think again. We've got seven secrets that you haven't heard. Let them serve as a summer guide to getting gorgeous skin with simple changes.
What You've Heard: Washing your hands with soap and water dries them out instantly. To replenish, moisturize hands continually throughout the day.
What You've Never Heard: A great way to hold onto moisture is to brush the hands with Fuller Brush's Hand & Nail Brush. Working as an exfoliator, it removes dead skin cells and opens up the pores for lotion.
Chocolate's Skin Benefits
What You've Heard: Consuming dark chocolate on a daily basis provides antioxidants that fight against free radicals. Plus, we can't argue that it boosts the mood.
What You've Never Heard: Applied to the skin, chocolate works as an exfoliator. Elizabeth's Secret Beauty Bar in Miami shares a quick DIY. "Place coconut oil in the microwave with honey for 5-6 seconds. Mix cocoa powder, coconut oil and honey and store until the mixture becomes creamy." Using a facial brush, apply the blend to your skin in circular motions and let it harden. Remove with a cool wash cloth in an upward motion.
Spray Tan Prep
What You've Heard: Always exfoliate before your spray tanning appointment to prevent a blotchy finish. Pay special attention to the elbows and knees.
What You've Never Heard: Always remove deodorant before. The aluminum in the product reacts with the spray, causing the color to turn bright green. If deodorant is essential, look for a natural formula that doesn't include aluminum.
Greek Yogurt DIY Tricks
What You've Heard: Yogurt has long been a scalp treatment to prevent dandruff and dryness. Massage yogurt into the scalp and let it sit 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.
What You've Never Heard: A mix of yogurt and ground walnuts works as a foot scrub to remove calluses. The nuts exfoliate and remove dry patches while the yogurt moisturizes.
The Beauty Benefits of Beer
What You've Heard: The natural proteins and vitamin B in brew strengthen the hair follicle, making it shiny and appear thicker.
What You've Never Heard: Beer also benefits the skin. The yeast balances the pH level and targets bacteria that causes breakouts. To do the brew at home, mix two egg whites and two tablespoons of beer. Let the mask dry for 20 minutes and remove with a wet warm towel.
Beauty Sleep Fix
What You've Heard: Stress and lack of sleep contributes to parched, blotchy and dull skin. Aim to achieve a full 8 hours of sleep nightly.
What You've Never Heard: To ensure a good night's sleep, even if you can't commit to 8 hours, add magnesium citrate powder to cold water before bed. This anti-stress mineral and sleep aid helps the mind and body unwind. Better z's, better skin.
What You've Heard: Toners are essential after cleansing to balance the skin's pH level.
What You've Never Heard: Most facial cleansers are pH-balanced, making the secondary step obsolete. Plus, many toners contain alcohol which strips moisture out of skin. Stick to a routine of cleanser and moisturizer for optimal results.
To keep skin moisturized, skip the toner and stock up on our favorite under $15 moisturizers in the gallery above.
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