- Why should I boost my daily face cream?
- What can I add to my face cream to brighten my face?
- How can I make my skin glow naturally daily?
- What ingredients are the best ingredients for a daily facial cream?
Homemade and DIY skincare have been super trendy the last 10 years because it helps give you ultimate control over your skin! But what if you don’t have time to make a skincare cream from scratch? And have you tried making DIY masks and treatments with coconut oil? It can be a nightmare trying to keep it the right consistency.
We’re here to give you the best at home tips for boosting your daily face cream! This gives you the best of both worlds—you can customize your skincare to your specific needs, but not have to spend a bunch of time collecting the right ingredients and formulating your daily cream from scratch.
Why should I boost my daily face cream?
We LOVE the idea of boosting your daily face cream because it’s an easy way to give your skin a little TLC. Our skin is an organ so it’s needs are constantly changing based on the environment, your diet, how much sleep you’re getting (or not getting) and so many other things!
It’s always wise to stop and reassess what’s going on with your skin. A good at home skin test is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser, pat dry and then wait. Do not apply any other products. After 30 minutes, check your skin. How does it feel?
Tight and Itchy: You’re experience dry skin and need some additional moisturizing ingredients.
Greasy and Like it Needs Another Wash: You have oily skin and could benefit from sebum-balancing ingredients.
A Bit of Both: You guessed it, combo skin.
Itchy and Splotchy: You have sensitive skin. You need calming ingredients.
You might find that your skin can even change from one week to the next. Checking in is a great way to know how to adjust your skincare.
What can I add to my face cream to brighten my face?
If you suffer from melasma, hyperpigmentation or sun damage one of your top skincare concerns is probably brightening your skin! The best way to improve any discoloration and improve your skin’s brightness is to look for ingredients that either stop melanin production or treat sun damage. Below are some research-backed ingredients that can be added to your daily face cream to brighten your skin.
- Kojic Acid
- Azelaic Acid
The best part? These should play well with your other skincare ingredients, and they can be used AM and PM, so they’re great way to give your daily face cream a homemade boost.
How can I make my skin glow naturally daily?
Getting that natural, radiant glow daily comes from having healthy skin. Like with most things, a holistic approach will give you the best results! We’ve compiled our top four tips to keep your skin glowing naturally every day.
Studies have shown that prolonged sun exposure can cause premature aging, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and other damage to your skin. Overtime, this begins to show on your skin and seriously dampen your glow.
Be sure to wear at least SPF 15 if you have a darker complexion or SPF 30+ if you’re fairer skinned. You’ll want a broadband SPF which means that it protects from both types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. Apply this every morning to dry skin and reapply every 2 hours. There are amazing SPFs on the market that are great for reapplication—powders, sprays, mists, and sticks!
Proper Hydration & Nutrition
As you can imagine, your diet can affect all aspects of your wellness and your skin is no different. Your skin cells need water and proper vitamins and nutrients to function properly, regenerate and keep you glowing day after day!
Experts suggest that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces of water. In order to get a variety of micronutrients your skin needs to keep you radiant, try to eat as many different colors as possible of fruits and vegetables you can on a daily basis. You’ll want to aim for a minimum of 6 different fruits and vegetables a day. Some other great foods are salmon, nuts, olive oil, flaxseeds, and green tea.
A good skincare routine is key to rid your skin of harmful toxins and bacteria and nourish your skin from the outside in. Even a simple routine of cleanse, moisturize, SPF (AM), and Retinol (PM) can work wonders for your skin! The most important thing of course is consistency. Washing your face and doing your skincare needs to be as consistent as brushing your teeth. Twice a day, every day.
Another huge component of our overall health and wellness is being well rested. Deep sleep is required for your brain and body to function at its best! Getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night will help rid your skin of dark circles around your eyes and ensure your skin barrier is as it’s best.
A healthy skin barrier means fewer skin diseases, more hydration, and fewer wrinkles. AHA beautiful, naturally glowing skin every day!
What ingredients are the best ingredients for a daily facial cream?
We’ve done some research and found the five best ingredients to add to your daily face cream. These ingredients were chosen for their ability to work well with other ingredients, they’re gentle enough for daily use and they can be added in only on days when your skin needs them!
- Hyaluronic Acid—Hyaluronic Acid (HA)actually made in the human body, which is why the manmade version is such a cult favorite. HA is a humectant which means that it’s an incredible moisturizer.
One of its superpowers is that it can bind to 1,000 times its weight in water. Not only does it help retain water within your skin, but it can draw water from the environment making it one of the best ingredients you can add to your daily face cream with a DIY booster.
- Niacinamide—A member of the B-vitamin family,niacinamide is quickly becoming a fan favorite. But don’t worry if it didn’t make it into your daily cream’s ingredient line up, you can easily add it your day-to-day cream.
Niacinamide is another all-around great ingredient for any skin type because its skin cell communicating. That means that it reminds your skin cells how to function their best, so you have your healthiest skin. It’s been attributed to improved acne, rosacea, and eczema. It also helps brighten the skin and fade sunspots.
Another key benefit is that niacinamide can help increase your skins ceramide production. Ceramide helps keep your skin moisturized, plump, and healthy! It’s another one of our fave ingredients for any skin concern, and would make for a great diy face cream for dry skin.
- Gotu Kola aka Centella Asiatica and Tiger Grass—This extract is part ofcenturies-old aryuvedic medicine. It’s packed with antioxidants and is known for help with skin healing, soothing, hydrating and color correcting.
One of the key components of gotu kola “was shown to increase antioxidant levels on other mammals’ skin when applied at 0.2%.” Antioxidants are known to minimize free radicals and reverse damage caused by the sun.
- Vitamin E—Another gentle antioxidant that also moisturizes skin. It helps improve the skin’s immune system, optimize cell function, and overall skin health.
“There are lots of studies showing that Vit E has some nice photoprotection properties, meaning it can protect the skin from UV (and in case of Vit E it’s mainly UVB) rays.
If you put it on your skin, it lowers the production of sunburn cells, reduces the damage caused by UVB rays and inhibits photocarcinogenesis.”
- Linoleic Acid—Linoleic Acid is also a skin-identical ingredient that serves as a precursor for ceramides and acts like an emollient.
Inci Decoder shares “a double-blind study using a 2.5% LA gel for 4 weeks found a 25% reduction in the size of microcomedones, the tiny-blocked pores that can later lead to acne.”