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5 Secrets of healthy skin

Michelle Maffei is a freelance copywriter covering a variety of topics both online and in print, from parenting to beauty and more. Combining her two favorite loves, writing and motherhood, she has found joy in even the most challenging ...

Beautiful skin on the cheap & easy

Whether your skin is breaking out like a teenager's before prom or you are just looking for ways to make your skin look fresh and radiant without running to the spa for a facial, put your cash back into your designer bag: Healthy skin starts at home! Discover these five secrets of healthy skin from beauty industry experts that will have you raving to all of your friends on Facebook.

Woman with clear skin

1

Two-time your skin.

Washing both in the morning and before you drift off to dreamland is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Pump, lather and massage gently across your face and neck twice a day.

2

Snooze your way to healthy skin.

It's no accident that they call it beauty sleep! Not getting enough Zs will not only cause dark bagsunder your eyes and cause your skin to look dull and drawn, but can also accelerate premature aging. So grab a sleep mask and establish a good sleep routine.

3

It's what's on the inside that counts.

Great skin starts with what you put into your body. Loading up your plate with plenty of vitamins and antioxidants will help give your skin the fresh, healthy look you want.

4

Exfoliate to a brand new you.

Why just wash when you can gently expose the radiant skin underneath? "[Exfoliating] creates a more youthful, healthier look, minimizes brown spots, and increases collagen production," advises Rita Csizmadia, founder of Rita's Skin Institute in Santa Monica, California. "You can exfoliate using a washcloth or loofah, or a microdermabrasion cream."

5

Protect it.

Now that you have uncovered the silky, smooth skin that is waiting to be shown to the world, "use sunscreen or a foundation or tint loaded with SPF," shares Susie Galvez, who is an esthetician, makeup artist, day spa founder and author of eight books on beauty and lifestyle. The sun can do damage to your skin that cannot be reversed, so give your skin a dose of lightweight SPF and head outdoors.

These five secrets of healthy skin will have you looking like you have a personal esthetician on call. A girl still needs to be pampered once in a while, of course, but for now, take the spa off of your speed dial and start tuning in to healthy skin in your own bathroom!

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