How to Achieve a Beautiful Look that Screams Effortless Cool

While makeup is a fun way of expressing yourself and enhancing your features, you don’t need to rely on it to define your beauty.

Even though makeup is a great cover for your skin imperfections, there are plenty of times that require to show your natural beauty - like that trip to the beach, hike or simply sharing a bed with someone else at night.

Keeping your skin healthy is the foundation of a beautiful natural look. Whether you don’t like makeup or you’re not very good at playing with eyeshadows, here are some useful tips to help you achieve a bare look that screams effortless cool.

Stick To Your Routine

Healthy skin is the foundation to a beautiful makeup-free look, so stay true to your skincare regime. Cleanse your skin regularly using products formulated with natural oils. These work best regardless of your skin type, because they are similar in structure to your skin’s lipid layer, and they are much gentler than detergents.

Use a serum and moisturizer to balance and hydrate your skin. The active ingredients in serums can help clear and heal your skin. Serums contain up to 10 times the amount of active ingredients found in a moisturizers. Apply your moisturizer over your serum to maximize their effectiveness. For a perfect pair, try Ao Skincare Restore - Serum along with Ao Skincare Repair - Night Moisturizer.

The key to healthy beautiful skin is not the amount of products you that you apply but rather how consistent you are with your routine. If you follow these basic steps every morning and night, you will notice a great improvement in your skin’s appearance.

Use a Powerful Sunscreen

A sun block product needs to do more than just stop UV rays. There are also risks that are not eliminated by blocking UV. For instance, the visible blue light component of sunshine can also damage skin, leading to photo aging and even cancer.

To get the best results, use a UV broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen everyday, even during winter. As a rule of thumb, use a full teaspoon on your face, and reapply it every 1 to 2 hours that you are in the sun.

Bust Stress

Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. When you’re stressed your body produces hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.

Stress and the stress hormone cortisol increase inflammation, which further increases free radical production. Antioxidants act as a buffer between our body and free radicals, helping reduce wrinkles and rosacea, and even preventing skin cancer. Along with many foods like fruit and vegetables, certain herbs, spices and essential oils derived from nutrient-dense plants are extremely high in healing antioxidant compounds.

While you can’t always avoid the cause of stress, you can find ways to manage it. Get regular exercise, take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have 10 minutes, and get enough sleep.

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