When every label promises a clear, youthful, glowing face, it’s pretty hard to determine which skin-care products are the real deal. No one product is the holy grail of forever-young skin. We turned to several experts whose glowing skin is no mere coincidence. Through research and a lot of trial and error, they landed on these secrets that apply almost to everyone.
#1 Use An Old-School Toner.
When Igee Okafor was a teenager, his acne was so bad his dermatologist put him on medication. Now he’s a lifestyle blogger whose enviable skin has brands clamoring for his Instagram endorsement. Surprisingly, one of his go-to products is inexpensive and about as ancient as they come: witch hazel. The plant extract is high in antioxidants, and studies have shown it has anti-inflammatory effects, which might explain why it’s helped Okafor.
#2 Remember It’s What’s Inside That Counts.
You can apply all the products you want to the surface of your skin, but they won’t do much if you’re not paying attention to the rest of your body, says dermatologist Adarsh Vijay Mugdil. The skin is composed of cells, just like the rest of your body, so it’s really your overall general health and well-being that you see on your skin. Take a look at your routine—are you eating well? Drinking water? Exercising? Getting enough sleep?
Just as you get your day going with a cup of coffee or tea, you can wake up your skin too. Angela Kim, founder of organic, Korean-inspired beauty line Savor Beauty, soaks two cotton balls in green tea she brewed and refrigerated overnight and places them over her eyes for five to 10 minutes.
#4 Wear Sunscreen.
Always apply SPF protection to your entire face and neck area, and while you’re slathering it on, don’t skip the backs of your hands. Mineral-based with an SPF of 30 or more is essential for women of all ages and skin types.
#5 Milk It.
Dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Michele Green, M.D., applies room-temperature whole milk with a washcloth to rehydrate her skin. (While there aren’t many studies out there on milk baths, lactic acid has been shown to improve skin texture due to its exfoliating properties.)