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9 Little Ways To Have Healthy, Vibrant Skin At Any Age

Healthy habits like exercise, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy are all ways to have healthy, younger-looking skin.

Get Younger Looking Skin With These Healthy Habits

If you want younger looking skin, there isn’t just one magic change that will make it happen. Just like our heart and lungs, our skin is a major organ that we need to take care of. While some contributors to skin aging are out of our hands, that are plenty of external factors related to aging (like diet, lifestyle, and exposure to environmental stressors) that we can do something about.

We can’t change the ways we may have mistreated our skin in the past (as much as I’d like to chide my teenaged self for being out in the sun all the time!), but it’s never too late to start taking good care of your skin! “Younger looking skin” is often just healthy skin, so here are 9 simple healthy skin tips that can help you achieve both!

9 Simple And Practical Healthy Skin Tips

Protecting your skin from the sun with sunscreen is one way to have healthy, younger looking skin.

1. Prioritize Sun Protection

One of the most important aspects of taking care of your skin is protecting it from the sun. Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and other skin concerns, not to mention increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 (though 30 would be better!), and reapply it every two hours — more often if you’re swimming or sweating.
  • Avoid being out in the sun for too long between 10 am and 4 pm, which is when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Cover your skin with tightly-woven fabrics, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and wide-brimmed hats.

Related: 7 Sunscreen Mistakes That Are Way Too Common

2. Don’t Smoke

Smoking can lead to premature aging of your skin and contribute to lines and wrinkles around your lips. Furthermore, not only can cigarette smoke in the air dry out your skin, but the smoke in your lungs restricts blood circulation and deprives your skin of essential nutrients.

Of the 4,000+ chemicals in cigarette smoke, many are harmful to the collagen and elastin that give your skin its strength and elasticity. For that reason, smoking — and even exposure to secondhand smoke — often leads to sagging skin and deep wrinkles, so that’s one of many good reasons to avoid it!

Using the right skin care products has a big impact on how healthy and younger looking your skin is.

3. Use The Right Skincare Products

It’s never too late to reevaluate your skincare routine! It took me a long time to find the right combination of skincare products, because my skin is so sensitive that many of them did more harm than good. Luckily, I finally found a routine that not only made my skin look and feel great, but that also addressed all of my concerns regarding my aging skin.

I use all of the products in my Timeless by Jillee skincare system every day, and I couldn’t be more pleased with them. This system has everything you need to address dryness, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, all while being gentle enough for sensitive skin like mine!

Related: Over 50? This Simple Routine Has Exactly What You Need

Getting the right amount of quality sleep will help you have healthy younger looking skin.

4. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough good-quality sleep is a critical aspect of your overall health, including the health of your skin. If you aren’t sleeping enough (or are sleeping poorly), your body may be unable to repair daily wear and tear on your skin, so be sure to shoot for 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Maintaining a regular sleep pattern can help you feel more energized, as well as improve the appearance of your skin. As someone who has always struggled to get good sleep, I’ve found Slumber Essential Oil Blend, relaxing baths, and other sleep-promoting tools to be quite helpful!

Related: 16 Of The Best Tips For People Who Struggle With Sleep

Healthy, younger looking skin starts on the inside by eating a healthy diet.

5. Eat A Balanced Diet

Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy junk food and sugary sodas, too much of them can degrade collagen and elastin and cause skin to appear wrinkled and saggy. For your skin’s sake, cut down on simple carbohydrates and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C.

When you’re craving something sweet, a bit of dark chocolate can satisfy your sweet tooth and provide your skin with antioxidants that can fight visible signs of aging. Other foods that are high in antioxidants include:

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow/orange fruits and veggies
  • Spinach and other leafy greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas, and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish
  • Nuts

Related: 4 Easy Ways To Get More Fruits & Veggies In Your Diet

Keeping your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water is another way to have healthy, younger looking skin.

6. Stay Hydrated

Skin cells, like all of our cells, consist largely of water, which makes hydration a critical aspect of skin health. If you aren’t drinking enough water on a daily basis, dehydration can cause your skin to appear dry, tight, and flaky, and fine lines and wrinkles may be especially apparent. So keep a reusable water bottle with you and stay hydrated!

Related: 23 Tips For Drinking More Water Each Day!

Exercise increases blood flow to all of your organs, including your skin, which helps keep your skin healthy and younger looking.

7. Get Regular Exercise

Exercise benefits your skin in an number of ways, including by increasing blood flow. Proper blood circulation sends oxygen and nutrients to your skin, and helps carry away waste products and free radicals.

Exercise can also help relieve stress, and therefore lead to improvements in skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress, like acne and eczema. (See #9 below for more on that!) Regular exercise also helps maintain your skin’s elasticity, so find ways to fit it into your schedule — even it it’s just short walks during lunch or taking the stairs more often!

Related: This Is The One Workout Anyone Over 50 Needs To Be Doing

A multi vitamin can help you provide your skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy and younger looking.

8. Consider A Multivitamin

The best way to provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs (and to provide your skin with the nutrients it needs for a radiant, healthy complexion) is by eating a balanced diet. But if you aren’t getting everything you need in what you eat and drink, a daily multivitamin can help to fill in the gaps.

Stress takes a toll on your entire body, including your skin, so keeping stress under control contributes to healthy, younger looking skin.

9. Mind Your Stress Levels

Similar to the way stress can give you an upset stomach, stress can also be expressed through your skin through conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Stress hormones like cortisol can also damage the elastin that keeps your skin looking youthful and hamper your skin’s ability to repair itself.

Given my own experiences with anxiety and addiction, I know how difficult it can be to manage something as complex as stress. If you’re looking for a natural option for anxiety relief, I suggest trying Calm Mind — this oil blend really does help me feel calmer and more grounded, and without any unpleasant side effects.

What other healthy skin tips would you add to this list?

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  • I have found that my skin and body becomes immune to everything; deodorant, acne medication, antibiotics, etc. So my biggest tip is to change to a different brand or different type of medication after the bottle is empty. I have found that works best for me.

  • I’m 50 and people always comment how great my skin looks. Here is my tip:

    Take wide clear tape often used to pack parcels. Press on skin and gently peel off. You will see the oil and dead top skin on the tape. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you can do this a couple of times==but not too much as you can take off the protective upper coat and end up with raw, weeping skin!

    Now that the dead skin layer and rancid natural oils are minimized (exfoliated) you can apply a cream. I use to apply a light glycoric acid or retnoid cream. Since these creams need a savy understanding of your skin type to prevent rash from excess usage, you might want to apply a good quality moisturizer..

    During the summer always, always wear a hat with a wide brim when outside–like a baseball hat. This will offer enough shade to prevent excessive sun damage to the face.

  • Believe it or not, my favorite tip is to use a little EVOO (yep…olive oil…) during the winter. Just a little dab at bedtime helps this 55 year old face wake up a LOT softer :)

  • My best beauty tip is to use an under eye concealer because it really helps make your face look younger and brightens up your eyes.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • Over the years, the best advice that has helped me long term to to use the best moisturizer you can possibly afford – now that I’m older, I go for the best serum I can afford!

  • The greatest beauty tip I’ve learned is put on a moisturizing mask before putter on makeup. You skin will absorb the foundation much better. Of course, as you said, having a good night sleep helps a lot. This is a “quick fix”. :)

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  • I take a small drop of olive oil and rub it into my face lotion before applying. It leaves my face feeling silky smooth and moisturized without the oily feeling. :) Merry Christmas!

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  • My favorite beauty tip is to put a little white eyeliner along the inner corner of the eyes to make them appear bigger.

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • I’ve used Preparation H as an ‘eye cream’ since I was a teenager. I’m in my 50’s now and have had friends say, “are you EVER going to get a wrinkle?” It really helps eliminate that morning puffiness that I have such a tendency toward as well. Gravity is starting to show on my face and a few little crinkles when I smile, but no permanent wrinkles thanks to my Prep H. It’s cheap, too, just a tiny dab under each eye after your bedtime routine and a tube will last months and months.

    A healthy lifestyle that includes no smoking or drinking, lots of water (my skin shows it when I don’t drink enough water), and sunscreen daily are important. I remember going to the dermatologist for my acne when I was in high school and actually prescribed the SUN as a treatment! Yikes!

    If anyone has tips to minimize pores or help with areas of hyper pigmentation, I’d love to hear them!

  • My favorite cleansing tip is to use a small round pad that has terrycloth on one side and a netting material on the other. I found them at the Dollar Store…three to a package. The netting side is great to use with your exfoliating cream. Just apply a little on the netting side, then using a circular motion, rub your cream on your face and neck…don’t forget behind your ears. To remove exfoliating cream rinse the pad throughly, squeeze out water and wipe face clean with terrycloth side…rinsing pad frequently until face and neck are free of all exfoliating cream. Pat face dry and immediately apply moisturizer. My face always feels so smooth and soft since I started using this routine with these pads. If the Dollar Store doesn’t have them in your area, they are very easy to make.

  • I LOVE Mary Kay and have been using it since my 20’s! You’re never too young to start taking care of your skin. I use baby oil to shave my legs and I always apply it to my damp skin (but not your face) after getting out of the shower. It really does keep my skin soft!

    • Word. I started doing this after I read that sodium bicarbonate was one of the types of crystals that spas use in microdermabrasion. I said, hmmm…. that sounds familiar!

      I tried it at home, and I found that it works so much better for exfoliation that I have never bought anything pre-made in the store again. It’s at least 10x better than those apricot scrubs or washcloths or anything else I’ve tried.

      I even skip shower scrubbies and use the baking soda anywhere I need exfoliation on my body, too. Which is loads of places, on account of my keratosis pilaris.

  • My secret is rice flour masks~ They’re so great for your skin. If you take a few tablespoons of rice flour and mix it with a few tablespoons of water (enough so that the consistency is like thick pancake batter) then apply to your face and let sit till dry, when you wash it off, your skin just glows. It’s a great diy mask because it’s an easy, super customizable base. You can add honey or lemon juice or whatever suits your skin needs best.

  • I read about the OCM on your blog several weeks ago and had been doing it twice a day, but recently cut back to doing it at night only. I love the way it makes my skin feels and look. In the mornings I usually splash my face with cold water and apply a little coconut oil for a moisturizer. For exfoliating I use baking soda and water.

  • I’ve always cared for my skin but in the past 14 months I’ve lost 90 pounds. I east healthier than ever before and drink more water than ever. I now have self confidence in how much better I look, so I’m using better products on my skin. I’ve used sun screen my whole life…..and remember the apricot scrub!!

  • My best beauty tip: embrace your wrinkles!
    I get so tired of people worry about showing there age because they have wrinkles. So what?! I don’t want to look 25 when I’m 60…already been there and done that! I want people to look at my face and see that I laughed, I cried, I got upset but darn it if I didn’t enjoy myself while doing it! I think wrinkles are beautiful!!!

  • Even if I don’t put on a “full face” of make up I put on mascara, drink lots of water and of course I agree that a smile is the best make up of all. Beauty comes from with in but it doesn’t hurt to enhance it.

  • My best beauty tip is to wear as little make-up as possible. A little color on the lips and some mascara is all you need – let your natural beauty shine through!

  • AS I age, I really don’t know what to use as far as anything beyond a cleanser and moisturizer. Products such as eye creams or anti-aging or anti-wrinkle. Why are we not born with an ongoing maintenance manual?!

  • Smile! It is easier on your face and therefore your skin. Plus, it enhances your mood. A smile is the best beauty product and is available to everyone. And, it is free!

  • I have found that the most inexpensive things work the best sometimes. To turn to natural products is always a plus for me too! My favorite thing to use on my skin is aloe vera gel. It leaves your skin so pretty and smooth. My husband also lets me put it on his face because it dries non-greasy.

  • Avocados are great for skin. They soften and moisterize the skin. They also help heal sun damage and scars. You can make a face mask out of half an avocado and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Mash and mix it together and apply to face. Let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse off in warm water.

  • I’ve recently started using Apple Cider Vinegar in place of toner/astringent. I’ve only been doing it a couple weeks, but am very pleased with the results so far. It’s really cleared up my skin without over-drying.

  • Vitamins and water. You can do everything you want to your skin topically, but if you don’t take care of the inside, your new cells don’t stand a fighting chance against the environment.

  • Moisturizer,sunscream and put a mask weekly( egg whites is great,oatmeal ,lemon and honey is also good). I also enjoy a blend of oils,Morrocan oil ,cocount and almond oil is good to apply to face and neck even the hair 15 minutes before you’re shower.

  • I sure won’t win a Mary Kay prize, but the best tip that I know (from this blog) is to wash your face with some olive oil. It feels so good and is so gentle. Also I like to get a dab of coconut oil and smear it around when my skin is feeling dry. Works great and makes me feel great!! I also use coconut oil as a lip moisturizer.

  • Put your moisturizer on immediately after washing your face or getting out of the shower…Seals the moisture in and your moisturizer will work better and last longer!

  • My biggest beauty tip is to Listen to your skin! If your current regiment isn’t working, there has to be a reason why. Even if you’re using the “expensive stuff” that is supposed to be the “best” it isn’t always what you need. Every person’s skins is different so what works for most people may not always do the trick for you.

    I spent a long time using the stuff I thought I was supposed to use, because it was the expensive stuff that is advertised everywhere, but I got tired of my skin getting irritated and dried out. I found a much cheaper brand of skin care items at a drug store, and they work much better for me. Don’t settle for a product that takes care of 3 out of 4 of your skin’s problems. Try different things and you will find something that works!

  • My best beauty tip is to keep your skin hydrated. Use a good lotion (with SPF) to moisturize on the outside, and drink lots of water to moisturize from the inside.

  • MaryKay is a total scam! The best beauty products come directly from nature, like honey, olive oil, salt, grape seed oil, etc. And, above all, LOVE your skin because it’s YOURS, not because it does or doesn’t look like some airbrushed model’s.

  • Don’t avoid the sun! We evolved to be in the sun as long as it was in the sky. However most of us are Vitamin D deficient due to the part of the world we live in; the lack of sunlight we get daily; and the use of sunscreens. OH!!! And clothing!!!!

    I have almost albino white skin and have tested out seriously low in vit D for several years. I got Rx Vit D 50000 units first once a month for a few months; went lower. Took it once every two weeks–lower. Every week–lower. Then twice a week. Finally after reading a LOT about this I went to a NON TIME RELEASE (the Rx is time release) Vit D from Puritans Pride and I now take 50000 Units EVERY DAY.

    Now I don’t wanna be all “Miracle drug” here but–I have noticed a HUGE difference in my very acne and cyst prone skin. I have lost at least 30 pounds in the past few months while taking this. My gastro problems have eased up and–the best thing for me–my blood glucose (blood sugar) has gone almost back to normal –as a diabetic on an insulin pump I could not achieve this for 4 years.

    Thru all of this time I have been out almost every day in summer and when ever it is nice—and I ride a motorcycle and do NOT do sunscreen. Not because of the sun issue so much as I hate the way it feels and I always end up with skin issues when I have tried it even the baby formulas. I don’t wear makeup. But—even with all of the very deliberate sun exposure I was STILL seriously low in Vit D. Not any more.

    As far as sunscreen for your face–apparently the Vit D absorbtion and conversion in your body is very LOW from your facial skin. It is the large areas of your skin that should get the sun and thus provide your body with the means to make Vit D.

    Now you might not want to commit to taking so much Vit D but you should get tested and see –most of us are very low. And the stuff is actually very cheap —the reason no one is trying to sell you this at huge prices in a fancy jar is because it costs pennies to produce and is available everywhere. But if you go for the high dose check Puritans Pride or other services–regular drug stores don’t have it in that concentration.

    Did you know–doctors are seeing RICKETS in kids again–straight out of Dickens!!!! Why? Because they NEVER see the sun !!!!! They are slathered in chemical sun blocks and clothing and indoors. And adding Vit D to milk is great but a lot of parents think milk etc is too high calorie for kids. Risking their kids health by being —careful so they are forcing skinny on them. Low fat milk doesn’t let the Vit D get absorbed. Or using soy or almond milk. Nothing wrong with these–IF you also make sure kids get all of the OTHER health providers. But the BEST thing for them–SUNLIGHT AND FRESH AIR!!!!!

  • Drink lots of water, never ever go to bed with your make-up on (your skin needs to breathe) and if you use an exfoliator, place your thumbs under your jawline and then use your other fingers to lightly massage your face; by placing your thumbs under jawline you cannot over scrub your skin which can actually damage it and cause capillary damage. ( advise given to me by a dermatologist years ago)

  • Drinking lots of water would be my recommendation for the most helpful and important tip. I also believe in quality skincare, which is why I would like to win the Mary Kay prize. ;-)

  • My best beauty tip is to take care of your teeth, whiten them, as they yellow when you age and SMILE. Talk to people by asking questions about them and don’t talk about yourself all the time!

  • I am embarrassed to say that I am not knowledgeable at all about skin care. I even still have some of that scrub. This Mary Kay product sounds like it is made for me.

  • I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for washing my face. I use a 50/50 mixture of castor and olive oil. Rub it in, use a washcloth to steam my face, then wash it off. My skin has been fabulous. Don’t be afraid of putting oil on your skin! I do have dry skin, but I hear it works well with all types, even oily. Read up on it, and give it a try!

  • Don’t forget the skin on your neck! Treat it like the skin on your face (especially moisturizing it) so that one day it won’t be wrinkly and saggy while your face still looks youthful.

  • I have to agree with use a tinted moisturizer with SPF instead of foundation. Once I hit my late 40s foundation started emphasizing my wrinkles but now everyone is always complimenting me on my skin. I also decided I needed to start using aging formula creams for wrinkles, I’ve tried 2 brands so far and they have really helped.

  • I already use Mary Kay products. I love the moisturizer with sun screen. I use it every morning. If I forget to use sunscreen I know that at least I have my face protected.

  • My best advice to keep skin looking young and healthy…wash your makeup off EVERYDAY!! Sleeping in your makeup for only one night ages for skin approximately 2 weeks.

  • If your skin is prone to blackheads, DO NOT USE SOAP! The tallow creates blackheads. I just use a damp washcloth in the morning and those facial cleansing wipes at nite to get off my makeup. I stopped using soap about 20 years ago and almost immediately noticed a dramatic difference in my skin!

  • I use some of Mary Kay’s products for moisturizing but I think the thing with the most dramatic effect for my skin is regular cleaning with an exfoliating cleanser.

  • My tip is to lean your face over a bowl of really really hot water and drape a towel over your head, creating a tent over the bowl. The steam from the water open your pores and allows deep impurities to come out. I like to follow with a really really gentle wash to wash off anything that has surfaced. Be careful not to use anything rough on your skin after this since your pores are sensitive after the steam.

  • I reeeeally want a Clarisonic, but at about a quarter of the price, the Olay Pro-X was more in my budget! I actually bought two: one to keep at the sink and one to use in the shower. In the shower, I use it on my neck, shoulders, and the backs of my arms (I have pesky keratosis pilaris). I’ve been using them for a little over a year and they REALLY make a difference in the amount of blackheads I’ve noticed. I drink about 10 glasses of water a day and use a tinted SPF moisturizer daily as my foundation. I’m 30, but most people guess I’m right out of college — so I won’t be changing up my routine anytime soon!
    Love your site, Jillee!

  • For me, drinking water and exercise plus to be honest, having good genes helps!! Drinking enough water seems to help with everything, from complexion to weight, seems to stabilize my whole body system function.

  • I am 31 and have started seeing lines starting around my eyes so in the middle of the day when I start to look “worn” I put a dab of my oil of Olay night cream around my eyes and my skin soaks it up. Also, a big thing for me is keeping it clean so in the shower at night after cleansing my skin I leave on my neutrogena deep cleanser as a mask a couple of times a week. I am also pregnant so am experiencing some breakouts (thankfully not the “zombie” acne like when I was in my teens! :) ) and I will put on a baking soda and water paste over it and let it dry and that seems better than using any harsh chemicals. I would love to win the Mary Kay as paying for a baby is so expensive that it can make it hard to be able to pay for things as basic as facial care. Thank you Jillee!

  • Use rubber gloves anytime you are working with even mild chemicals. Not just for nice hands but to keep chemicals from being absorbed through the hands and carried throughout the body.
    Follow Jillee’s detox bath instructions. I notice a difference– my skin is much softer.

  • I am so glad you posted this! I dont really have any “tips” but love reading (and play to use) some of the ones posted! I have started (in the past few weeks) to notice lines forming on my face… either from smiling (I LOVE to smile) or from being in the sun with the kids in the summer. I could definitely use some good products and GREAT tips to “fix” this!

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    Witch Hazel.
    Witch Hazel is beneficial for soo many reasons! First, pore size: It will reduce pore size. Second, inflammation of the skin: Reduces inflammation and redness of the skin, as well as, puffiness (including under-eye puffiness), Third, Disinfect: Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that will disinfect the skin without harm or irritation (great for acne-prone skin), Four, Cure for oily skin: It rejuvenates the skin in a healthy way, etcetera, etcetera!
    I filled a tiny misting spray bottle with Witch Hazel. I spray it on my face every day after the shower (when my pores are open), before applying moisturizer and/or make-up to my face, as well as, before bed, after washing my face. Healthier skin. :^)

  • Thanks for a motivating post. I need to do so much more than I do for my skin. At 61 I’d love to have the boost that these Mary Kay products would provide.

  • I have a few little tricks I use. Baby wipes are amazing for removing waterproof make-up and since I have a toddler still in diapers there are always some on hand. Wet ones work fairly well for this too.

    I add a small dash of baking soda to my hand when I am washing my face for a gentle and daily exfoliant. =)

    When I start to break out (the kind I get like the super deep pimples that don’t really like to come to a head for a very long time) I dab some toothpaste onto the offending site and let it sit for 30 minutes and when I wash it off I put a dab of tea tree oil on. It generally goes away before ever surfacing. Haven’t found a black head cure yet but working on it. ;)

  • I’ve been washing my face with CeraVe for the last few months and my skin looks amazing. I also use Witch Hazel as an astringent. But I would love to try the Mary Key as I’m embarrassed to say I still occasionally use the Apricot scrub from my youth.

  • I am always burning the candle at both ends, and could use a good eye cream. I liked MK when I sold it, just couldn’t sell all my stuff before new stuff came out, and I put myself in debt.

    I have recently started using witch hazel as a little eye compress for bags, and it WORKS. I was using it in the morning as a toner all over my face and found it a little drying. I love coconut oil for a face wash. My face felt a little rough and dry last night when going to bed, so I put the coconut oil on, then used brown sugar for a scrub. Took away the dryness, and the little breakout I had went away too.

    • Forgot to mention my night cream (works as good eye cream too, I see fewer wrinkles, but want even less); I squint a lot because I hate wearing my contacts all day.

      I also found the best lip scrub, equal parts honey and brown sugar.

  • I’d love to win this because it seems that since I turned 40 (4 weeks ago!!) my skin is rebelling. Acne and wrinkles at the same time is just wrong!! My best tip is to keep your hands off your face and always take your makeup off every night and ALWAYS use eye cream morning and night.

  • Always wash off all ake=up at night and apply a moisturizer or night cream, this is when your skin renews itself. Don’t be lazy and just flop into bed!

  • My most important skincare tip is DON’T NEGLECT YOUR NECK! Moisturize your neck as carefully as you do your face. A great, young-looking face does not look good if your neck is dry and wrinkled.

  • I tend to break out and not just any kind of acne. I get the deep under the skin, sore and swollen cyst type. I’ve found using some aloe gel before appling moisturizer helps to reduce the time it takes for those things to come to a head and heal. I also helps to calm the redness that usually comes along with acne of any sort and speeds healing time.

  • You mentioned the “key exfoliating ingredients which are used by dermatologists” but did not mention what they are…
    The 1 thing I do twice a day is to rub coconut oil all over my face and then place a wet, heated (not too hot) wash cloth over my face to steam the oil in.when it is cool I take it off and gently wipe the oil off my skin. I do this in the morning before my shower and at night after removing my makeup with Ponds cold cream (my grandma has used cold cream her entire life and at age 81 she had hardly any wrinkles, just some sagging around the jaw line). I would LOVE to try micro derm at home since I have yet to find a good exfoliator and used the horrid apricot scrub that upset my skin :)

  • I use a rough glove (made for the face, and found in drug stores) to exfoliate my face each morning in the shower, and then apply moisturizer faithfully.

  • From my own experience , chemicals are in cosmetic company skin care products that you DO NOT want to put onto your skin, I had a stroke when I was using a compound estrogen and progestrone cream from a compound pharmacist to ease my hot flashes with my doctors ok .NEVER replace the natural process of nature . Products absorb into your skin , why would you want to put any of those products into your skin , when you are trying to not put chemicals into your body. Believe me , it works both ways . Never use mineral oil or petroleum products as well . Stick to making your own skin care products with organic oils . I had a close call , warning experience, to watch what I put on my skin , my stroke was not too severe , this time !!!

  • I think most women are in a beauty rut. If you haven’t tried a new product in a while, go out and buy something new. I switched tooth pastes and my teeth are so much whiter just from a new and improved tooth paste.

  • I love getting One Good Thing by Jillee everyday in my mailbox… I am in dire need of facial updates. I’ve tried so many products, from the department store very spendy brands to grapeseed oil and everything in between. I’ve never tried Mary Kay but if they have a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied I’ll give them a try!
    Thanks for all the interesting tips and ideas Jillee!

  • I use baby wipes to remove makeup, even mascara. Then I moisturize with organic coconut oil. I use the coconut oil as a makeup primer. Let it soak in first so you won’t be greasy all day. I have acne prone skin, even at 53 and have tried every product out there — even Proactiv. Baby wipes and coconut oil have cleared up my skin. I would like to try the Mary Kay eye cream, however.

  • I too must cast my vote for coconut oil! I only use it at night but it leaves a nice soft feel and absorbs well, much better than I expected it to! I have never tried Mary Kay products, but would love to!

  • Unfortunately unless you get a special type of sunscreen, the “store bought” kind can cause cancer and don’t help prevent wrinkles. That is a huge fallacy. Some commenters mention coconut oil. That has a natural SPF of 4 in it. And it has such huge antioxidant properties, so that is my go-to moisturizer for my face. I add essential oils. I also make my own homemade body butter.

    It seems that Mary Kay sponspored this blog post, but I would not put anything by MAry Kay on my face or skin, EVER. Because I want to avoid toxins. If you really want to have young looking skin, read the book “No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the ultimate guide to safe and clean cosmetics” by Siobhan O’Connor. You will throw away most of the items in your beauty kit.

    I am nearing 40 years old. People cannot believe I am that old because my skin is so young looking. It is because I don’t put toxins on it. I also take a ton of minerals, especially silica and a whole food supplement (any vitamin supplement that is not whole foods is not assimilated in your body so it is just a waste of money).

    So many fallacies going on, people don’t know what to believe. But study after study have proven that sunlight is GOOD for you, and that the rate of skin cancer is INCREASED in those who wear sunscreen. I don’t want those nanoparticles in my body. No thanks.

    • I couldn’t agree more with your reply. I think many of these suggestions are FABULOUS, but the products that are encouraged are not what I would use.
      I use botanically based products ONLY, and not just on my face…but on my entire body. Botanical and “Natural” are NOT the same. Poop is “natural”. I don’t want that on my body..
      As someone who is “in the biz” so to speak, here is my take on this post:
      1)Sunscreen – yep, it’s great. yep, it’s been known to contain ingredients that cause cancer. I would seek out a sunscreen that is not mass produced at every drug store in town. There ARE sunscreens out there that do not have cancer-donating properties.
      2)Don’t Smoke – can’t argue with that!
      3)Wash & Moisturize – Very Important, BUT – turn your product over and read the ingredients. Does it contain mineral oil? Mineral oil is a derivative of crude oil. NOT GOOD! Does it contain petroleum? Again, another derivative of crude oil. Also, the molecular structure of petroleum does not allow it to penetrate into your skin. Any product that contains petroleum sits on top on your skin instead of soaking in.
      4)Sleep – just do it. The laundry will wait and it REALLY helps your skin if you get enough sleep.
      5) Diet – WHOLE FOODS! If you can grow it, eat it. If you can afford organic, buy it. Not FDA organic – that’s not even really organic. Find a local farmer’s market and get to know your vendors.
      6)Drink WATER – Gatorade is not a supplement for WATER. DRINK WATER!
      7)Exercise – Just Do It – no endorsement from Nike here! :)
      8)Vitamins – It is important for your body to have vitamins and minerals. If you are eating a healthy diet and you do not have a genetic deficiency, you should not NEED a supplement. However, if it will make you feel better, do your research. An over the counter vitamin is a WASTE OF MONEY. Over the counter vitamins are mandated by the FDA to have a 3 year shelf life. Go into your cabinet and get your vitamins. Put them in a glass of room temperature water for 20 minutes. Whatever dissolves in those 20 minutes is what your body actually absorbs. Anything left over is JUNK and preservatives. Find yourself a good quality vitamin. Again, I only use botanical.
      9)Stop stressing – Life is short.

  • My best beauty tip is to use a clean white washcloth every day – never reuse! I have a huge stack of white washcloths used only for facial washing; I wash them in hot water with bleach – that way there are no bacteria left from the previous use.

  • I have used this system in the past and it is marvelous!! Limited income doesn’t allow me to indulge so I would love to win. I think the most important thing is to MAKE time for yourself and get all the dirt
    and grime of the day off and moisturize so the skin can breathe.

  • When outside exercising or just enjoying the day, be sure to wear sunglasses that completely cover the eye area. This not only protects your eyes but keeps your from squinting!

  • Well alot of my tips include what you already mentioned in this post. However, I would recommend Coconut Oil, I use it at nights as a moisturizer both on my face and all over my body. It leaves your skin beautiful and soft, I love it! Oh, another tip would be to exfoliate ever so often, I try to do it at least once for the week.

  • I LOVE Mary Kay skin care and have used it mostly for 25 years. People usually can’t believe that I’m old enough to have a 22 year old son. However, I can’t afford to buy much more than the basics. I have tried to keep my face out of the sun and know it is important to drink water. Im terrible about washing my face at night. I can’t think of a good tip that hasnt been mentioned already but I love the reminders and tips that you have given!

  • I like the witch hazel for cleansing, it doesn’t dry out my skin but, I am adding the extra moisturizer to my neck and upper chest (as well as my face) now that I’m in my 40’s. I love the MK Timewise Age-Defying moisturizer and will only use the MK Eye Make-Up Remover.

  • I am fortunate that genetics play a large part in the fact that at 53 my skin looks 20 years younger. Thank you mom and Grandma. But I would also like to think that having them drum into my head at a early age to wash my face twice everyday and to use a moistuizer may have played a part in it. I have used Basis non-soap face wash for over 25 years and a good moisturizer (with spf now), every day. Seems to work!

  • I don’t have any ideas that would not duplicate the comments made earlier. I need all the help I can get with looking young, so I would love to try the MK products!

  • Jillee, you may want to share this tip with your daughter. You have talked about her having some skin issues in the past. I have had a problem with breakouts over the last year and I have started mixing in 1 drop of lavender oil with my night cream. The oil has been keeping me from having ANY breakouts, plus my skin feels wonderful in the morning. The scent of the lavender also helps me sleep better, too!

  • My best beauty tip is to take the vitamin biotin. It helps give your skin a healthy glow all year, and it also nourishes your hair and nails! I take it everyday to keep my skin looking great!

    Thanks for the great tips as well!
    -Hannah

  • BH
    At the end of each day when I want to just pass out before my nighttime routine (which includes washing my face of course) I try to remind myself that if someone offered me $1000 to stay awake for 5-10 more minutes, I would find the willpower! However, when I am too tired to motivate myself and that thought doesn’t get me to wash my face before bed, at least I have a pack of facial cleansing wipes on my night stand. I recommended them to everyone!

  • Wash your face morning and evening. Moisturize your neck as well as your face. I am a big fan of Mary Kay and have used the products ever since I started wearing make up -age 14 or so (my mom used Mary Kay)

  • Sunscreen and smiles. Sunscreen to help prevent sun damage. Smiles to enjoy life. When the wrinkles appear, it’s much nicer to have joyous crinkles than frown lines. Both show the life you’ve lived. I would rather show how much I’ve laughed and smiled.

  • I really like the OCM method for facial cleansing… I learned it from you, Jillee! I would love to try the Mary Kay products, also. Merry Christmas from Texas!

  • My skin is really dry esp in the winter. I add oil to my night time moisturizer, currently rose hip oil. My skin feels softer in the morning but I need a good eye cream, the MK sounds excellent. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • I know you hear alot of this; but I have never used anything on my face but soap and water. My skin is starting too show signs of aging, I don’t like it, I want too stay young has long as possible so I would love to win this great gift package. Thank you

  • Keep your skin moist with a light product during the day and something richer at night and during winter….
    Don’t forget to care for your neck!

  • Thank you for posting this! I just turned 40 and I am concerned that I may need to add something extra to my skincare regime. I am interested in using an exfoliator – thought about buying an electric microdermabrasion kit but I think I would like to try the Mary Kay brand first. I remember that hideous apricot scrub… Thank you!

  • My beauty tip. Keep it clean. If the skin is clean and healthy, the need for makeup is lessened. I’m a huge Mary Kay fan. I have been wearing the products since age 19.

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