Start wearing sunscreen yesterday
Believe it or not, there are some vital skincare practices you should be practicing from day one, literally, like almost from birth.While you can’t go back in time to slather your baby self in sunscreen, you can at least make the right sunscreen choices for your own child. “For children, I recommend a physical sunscreen—one with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, over a chemical sunscreen,” says Julie Russak, MD, of Russak Dermatology Clinic. Chemical sunscreens can cause irritation or allergic reactions, because a chemical sunscreen doesn’t sit on the top layer of skin, but rather, gets absorbed. Not only should everyone wear sunscreen starting as a baby, it’s also imperative you wear sunscreen even in the winter. To make it a default part of your daily routine, use a makeup primer, moisturizer, or foundation with built-in SPF. Some of our favorites are Coola Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30; Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte, a tinted moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 45; and L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup broad-spectrum SPF 17.
Exfoliate regularly before your first pimple
Did you begin exfoliating in your late 20s? If so, you actually started this key practice pretty late. “Exfoliants should be used beginning in the teen years to clean pores, protect against acne, and clear dead cells from the skin surface,” says Gerald Imber, MD. “Whether your skin is oily or dry, regular exfoliation is necessary from your middle teenage years on, to promote smooth skin surface and to minimize pores,” says S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, of the Miami Skin Institute. Studies show that an uneven buildup of dead skin layers may contribute to a dull complexion and possibly even non-melanoma skin cancers later in life, she adds. Here are some great DIY masks and exfoliants you can make with ingredients already in your home.