You can curl your entire head with an iron in under two minutes flat.
This is the one trick that will save you the most time when trying to get out of the door every morning. Splitting your hair into one-inch sections and then rolling over each with the curling iron takes about 30 minutes. We’re here to help cut your styling time to a mere two minutes with this hack: After blow-drying hair straight or letting it air-dry, throw it into a high ponytail atop your head and split into four even sections. Roll the wand around each, set with some texture spray, then shake out after hair is cool—like after your morning commute.
The best defense against oily skin is an offense of face oils.
Oily skin isn’t something you can fix—it’s just something you must manage. Rather than stripping oily skin entirely or using a super lightweight lotion, turns out the best way to moisturize oily skin is with face oil. The key is to find the oil that suits your own skin type or complexion issues. For example, grapeseed oil is lightweight and full of antioxidants, making it ideal for pre-sunscreen hydration. Other oils, like tea tree, can actually fight sebum buildup, bacteria, and inflammation.
SPF is the best anti-aging tool you can own.
We can’t stress enough about how important it is to slather on sunscreen before you step outside even on the cloudiest of days. By protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays, a broad-spectrum sunscreen protects skin from wrinkles and dark age spots (not to mention skin cancer). And if you’re worried about SPF breaking you out, just make sure to look for a face-specific SPF that has a “non-comedogenic” label on the tube, which means it won’t clog your pores.
Starbucks will save your shiny skin.
Yes, you read that right. If your skin is on the shiny side, stop by your local Starbucks, grab a handful of those brown napkins, and keep them in your purse. They work better than any blotting papers we’ve used and they’re free. Hey, if they’re charging four bucks for some java and steamed milk, they owe you a shine-free face.
Water will solve all your problems.
Dry skin? Water. Boated? Water. Cranky? Water. The best thing you can do for your appearance is to drink lots of water. Hydration helps your skin stay moisturized and glowing, boosts your metabolism, and keeps your energy levels up. Spritz water on your face too, especially in the summer, to keep it feeling and looking refreshed.
After age 35, never ever wear powder (except maybe a translucent powder to set your makeup). It settles into wrinkles around the eyes and mouth to instantly age skin. Instead, go for a tinted moisturizer and/or a killer concealer that deflects light to minimize lines. Use facial blotting tissues like those we mentioned above (Starbucks for the win) with tea tree oil to blot excess oil.
Use a glow-boosting Vitamin E.
Getting your daily vitamins is always important, and that’s true for your skin too. Vitamin E (a.k.a. tocopherol) is an antioxidant with major skincare benefits—in addition to nourishing dry skin, it also helps protect against sun damage. Because it’s fat-soluble, vitamin E is often seen in oil form, for both the face and body.
Fountain of youth.
Retinol is proven to take years off your appearance. In fact, after sunscreen, the skincare ingredient dermatologists most often recommend to keep signs of aging away is retinol. Retinol helps fight acne, reduces wrinkles, stimulates collagen, and promotes cellular turnover. It is basically a gold-standard ingredient in skin care because it changes the behavior of aged cells so they act in a more youthful manner. It smooths and refines skin’s texture, enhances skin radiance and treats aging.
Your daily skincare routine shouldn’t end at your chin.
We’re all familiar with the products and ingredients we need to firm the skin on our face. But what about our neck? Neck creams are often thicker than facial creams and have ingredients in them to help lift and tighten the neck skin that loses collagen and elastin over time. You should always be applying your facial creams on your neck if you don’t have a separate neck cream.
A good spritz of dry shampoo can work wonders to help you stretch out your last hair washing, but we’ve found a genius way to do more than your average emergency oil mop-up before heading to work. We’ve found it to be far more effective if you work in some dry shampoo and tie your hair up in a loose bun before you fall asleep. It really gives the dry shampoo time to work its magic—absorbing the oils in your scalp, giving it a bit of volume—and also avoids the dreaded powdered part that’s the dead giveaway you haven’t washed your hair in a while.