For harried workaholics, a minimal skin-care regimen that still gives you maximal glow may seem like a pipe dreamâ€”but there are, in fact, a few basic changes that do reap major rewards.
â€œItâ€™s about making smart decisions over doing more things,â€ says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a New York dermatologist, who regularly fields questions on the topic from her multitasking clients. â€œPeople want to simplify their routines as much as possible and get the biggest bang for their buck.â€
Here, Bowe suggests five simple tweaks to transform your skin in a flash.
Invest in Sunglasses
â€œYouâ€™ll want to be wearing wraparound broad spectrum sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection for two reasons. Every time you squint into sunlight, youâ€™re creating wrinkles around the eyes, just by making the movement repeatedly. The other reason is because the skin around the eyes is very thin, very fragile, so itâ€™s especially prone to damage from UVA and UVB rays.â€
Take a Probiotic
â€œMake sure you have a probiotic at least once a day. Thereâ€™s new evidence that theyâ€™re amazing for the health of the skin: Calms down inflammation, slows down signs of aging, protects against sun damage and free radicals. It could be yogurt with live active cultures, a cup of miso soup, sauerkraut with your lunch, or kombuchaâ€”all sorts of sources. You want to get at least one dose a day, and any dietary change usually takes a month or two to appreciate the change in the skin.â€
Layer Your Skin Care
â€œThe two most important skin care steps are to invest in a quality serum with peptides or antioxidants and layer it under a hydrating night cream to seal the moisture in. Make sure to apply those powerful anti-aging ingredients at night because thatâ€™s when the skin starts to regenerate and repair itself. The layering is key: When you layer a serum underneath a cream, the serum actually penetrates deeper into the skin. For those with more time, indulge in an eye cream, a neck creamâ€”do the whole ritual. But realistically speaking for people who are exhausted, just wash off your makeup, put on serum and cream, and call it a day.â€
Try Green Tea
â€œItâ€™s better if you switch between coffee and green tea in the mornings. Coffee has been shown to protect against skin cancer, but green tea is actually better for anti-aging. If you can alternate every cup of coffee with a cup of tea, youâ€™re actually getting more powerful antioxidants that wayâ€”and the green tea slows down the degradation of collagen.â€
â€œCleansing at night is not just about unclogging pores. During the day, pollution particles attach themselves to our foundation, to creams. No matter how tired you are, if you donâ€™t wash it all off before you go to bed at night, youâ€™re fighting that extra free-radical damage all night long, and pollution, which has been shown to cause brown spots and sun spots.â€