Are there secrets to having a fabulously glowing complexion, or do people with perfect skin just have the luck of genetics on their side? While the genes you inherited from your parents naturally make up a chapter of your skin’s story, they certainly don’t tell the whole tale.

So what do people with great skin do every day? What lifestyle habits can you adopt now to achieve the luminous skin of your dreams? Fortunately, it may not be as challenging as you think. In fact, you are likely regularly doing some of these things already.

Wash off that makeup

Of course it is oh-so-tempting to hit the sheets as soon as you get home from a long evening out on the town, but taking that extra few minutes to clean off your makeup is imperative for beautiful skin. Makeup left overnight on your skin, particularly heavy oil-based foundations and primers, causes clogged pores which can easily lead to acne.

If the risk of unsightly acne isn’t enough to convince you, would the risk of premature wrinkles do the trick? As New York City dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger told the Huffington Post, “Free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.”

Schweiger advised being diligent about removing eye makeup as well. Eye makeup, when left on overnight, can lead to clogged hair follicles that harbor the bacteria that cause styes or other eye infections.

Use the right products

Utilizing skin care products for great skin is not about spending a fortune or piling on a ton of product at once. The key lies in knowing what your skin needs and buying the appropriate products to get the job done. If you aren’t sure how to determine your skin type, a visit to a dermatologist or aesthetician would be a smart move. Toronto dermatologist Dr. Julia Carroll told Elle Canada that a universal rule for skin care is to “abide by the following skin care commandments: cleanse, moisturize, protect, and treat.” Carroll advised to invest the real money in the treatment part of your plan, like a good topical vitamin C (one with at least 10 percent ascorbic acid) for day and a glycolic acid or retinol for night. According to Carroll, “seeing an improvement in acne, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles can take up to eight weeks,” so a little patience will also be an integral part of your routine.

Take the right supplements

Could beauty actually be found in a pill? While there certainly aren’t any magic potions out there to instantly erase all of your skin woes, there are a handful of supplements that are proven to boost the health of your body’s largest organ.

Chock full of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid, evening primrose oil provides a variety of benefits to the body, including beautiful skin. Says Dr. Andrew Weil, practitioner of integrative medicine, “Evening primrose oil nourishes the skin, hair, nails, even the joints. The GLA it contains helps strengthen the skin barrier and reduces moisture loss… I recommend it for arthritis, autoimmune disorders, premenstrual syndrome, and for healthy growth of skin, hair, and nails.” Weil suggests a dosage of 1,000 milligrams per day and advises waiting eight weeks to see results.

If you are already taking an omega-3 supplement, you are on the right track for gorgeous skin. Not only a great supplement for fighting off cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s, omega-3 is also shown to assist the skin in warding off UV-inflicted sun damage. Facialist Ildi Pekar told The Huffington Post, “Fish oil is great for your heart and health but especially your skin,” adding that omega-3 also fights acne and wrinkles.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is one of the vital building blocks of skin. Our bodies produce less and less collagen as we age, resulting in skin’s loss of firmness. While collagen can be found in a variety of foods we eat, it is not easily assimilated by our bodies. High quality collagen supplements, however, have been broken down into bio-available peptides, which studies now show can improve the signs of skin aging like wrinkles, loss of moisture, and reduced elasticity. Collagen peptides are taken in a powder form that easily blend into smoothies or soups.

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