Share this Story

Learning to love your skin

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

How to love the skin you're in

Forget about tanning, bleaching and heavy makeup. Learn to love your natural skin tone and complexion. Follow these tips to love your skin and treat it right every day.

How to love the skin you're in

Stop tanning

Learn to love your skin -- no matter how light it may be. Even the palest skin can be beautiful. Forget about tanning. Tanning leads to premature aging, wrinkles and even skin cancer. Protect your skin with sunscreen every day. Also, don't buy into the media hype that you need to have bronze-colored skin every summer and that self-tanner is a must. You are beautiful just the way you are.

Don't lighten up

On the flip side, some women with dark complexions feel the need to try to lighten up their skin. Many celebrities have been suspected of bleaching their skin -- Lil' Kim, Janet Jackson, Vybez Kartel and Sammy Sosa. Some say even superstars like Beyonce and Rihanna lighten their skin. Beautiful skin comes in every shade. Embrace the skin color with which you were blessed.

Go natural

When it comes to makeup, don't aim to cover up your skin -- instead, just enhance it. The natural look is "in" right now, whether you have pale skin and freckles or deep mahogany skin. Natural makeup doesn't mean no makeup. Everyone can use a little help now and then to reduce the appearance of blemishes and other small imperfections. Use a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer that matches the natural tone of your skin. Apply makeup with a light hand -- a little goes a long way. Save the ultra-glam makeup for special occasions, and stick with the natural makeup look for everyday wear.

Read about how to get the natural makeup look >>

Treat your skin right

Love your skin and treat it right. In addition to sunscreen, use cleansers, moisturizers and other skin care products that are suited to your skin type. Never go to sleep with your makeup on. Drink plenty of water. Don't forget about a balanced, healthy diet -- eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and other vitamins. Read more about what to eat for healthy skin.

Find out how to get healthy-looking skin for every skin type >>

Get plenty of sleep

Lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your skin, causing blemishes, puffy eyes and premature signs of aging. Get at least seven hours of restful sleep a night. Your skin (and the rest of your body) needs the downtime while you are sleeping to rejuvenate itself.

Read our five bedroom tips for better sleep >>

More skin care tips

Get your best skin ever
How to treat and prevent hyperpigmentation
8 Secrets to smooth skin

Follow Us

SheKnows Media ‐ Beauty and Style

New in Beauty & Style

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!

b h e a r d !

Welcome to the new SheKnows Community,

where you can share your stories, ideas

and CONNECT with millions of women.

Get Started