10 Things People with Great Skin Always—and Never—Do

We all know at least one person in our lives who somehow manages to have absolutely flawless skin. All. The. Time. And while we may hate her, juuuuust a little bit, we can also learn the secrets of her ways and apply them to our own, not-so-spotless faces.

To crack the code for perfect skin, we turned to the experts to get their insight on the things people with great skin always—and never—do. With these tips, you’re sure to end up with an envy-inducing complexion!

  1. They always apply sunblock.

According to Dr. Hadley King, MD, board certified dermatologist at NYC’s SKINNEY Medspa, this means always—even when it’s cold and cloudy outside. “Studies from Australia show us that this makes a significant difference in how the skin ages,” she says. “People who applied sunblock everyday, no matter the weather, aged better than people who only applied sunblock when it was sunny.”

  1. They never pick at their skin.

“Pimples will last much longer and the discoloration left afterwards will be much worse if you pick,” Hadley says. “As tempting as it can be, don’t do it—instead see your dermatologist for a cortisone injection and other treatments.”

  1. They exfoliate gently and regularly.

Exfoliation is one of the best steps you can take to to keep skin smooth, clear and balanced, says Dr. Roshini Raj, co-founder of TULA skin care line. “Gentle exfoliation once a week speeds up the shedding of dead skin cells to make way for new, healthy skin,” she explains. “Plus, regular exfoliation encourages better product penetration and absorption, thus increasing the efficacy of any skincare product you use.”

  1. They use topical retinoinds.

Other than sun protection, this is the single most effective topical anti-aging family of products, King says, because they increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen production.

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