Think about that person in your life who always has the smoothest, most amazing skin. Every time you see her, you probably a) die a little with jealousy inside even though you know you're better than that, and b) wonder: What is this sorcery? How does she do it? Well, it's actually easier than you think to get glowy, radiant skin—it's all about taking care of yourself in the right ways. Follow these nine expert tips to get the best skin of your life this year—skin so good, #nomakeupselfies may just become an everyday thing.
1. Drink lots of water, all day long.
You've heard it a million times, but that's because we just can't emphasize it enough: Water is so, so good for you. “Staying hydrated will keep your skin plump and keep your digestion regular, which will help keep your skin clear of acne,” Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu, M.D., author of Feed Your Face, tells SELF. Constipation is associated with acne, possibly because it leads to gut inflammation, which leads to skin inflammation. So filling up with H2O can help keep your gut and your skin happy—total win-win. Wu's recommendation: Drink at least half an ounce of water per pound of body weight.
2. Establish a three-step skincare routine.
When you're as busy as we all are these days, it's far too easy to let skincare fall through the cracks. Maybe you get home from a party late and forget to take off your makeup; maybe you wake up so rushed in the morning that you forget to wash your face at all, and you just put your makeup on and go. Fortunately, it's also easier than you think to change your ways—you just need to develop a consistent routine. One easy way to do it: Start using Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System, which pairs together the best soap, clarifying lotion, and moisturizer for your particular skin type. Add their Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush for gentle yet effective exfoliation, and you're set.
3. Make all your workouts makeup-free.
We know it's hard to squeeze in time to wash your face if you hit the gym at lunch or after work. But it can save your skin. “When you exercise, you are increasing secretions of sweat and oils through your skin's pores,” Julia Tzu, M.D., founder and medical director of New York City's Wall Street Dermatology, tells SELF. “When these secretions get trapped under makeup, it can clog your pores and therefore lead to acne.” Makeup-removing wipes are quick and easy to use. Or try Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System, mentioned above, which could make it easier to develop a skincare routine you can stick with.