Every morning, think of your face as a blank canvas full of inherent beauty you wish to reveal to the world. Just as an artist must prepare her canvas before she creates her masterpiece, so should you maintain your skin health. Take care of your gorgeous face. Keep your flawless canvas ready for quick makeup application.

The following are easy skincare tips that I have gathered from professional makeup artists working on my makeup before a show or interview. The conversation usually begins when they ask me how I keep my skin so smooth!

AVOID EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL INTAKE. Drinking too much alcohol causes dehydration, fine wrinkles, lackluster skin and breakouts.

WEAR SUNBLOCK everyday, in all of your skincare products, even your foundation. Protect your face from the elements, especially from the sun to avoid long-term sun damage and skin cancer.

USE COOL TO COLD WATER to wash your face. Hot water tends to dry out most skin complexions.

WASH YOUR FACE WITH GENTLE CIRCULAR MOTIONS. Don’t scrub too hard. The idea is to cleanse your skin without causing harm or irritations.

BE AS CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU USE ON YOUR FACE as what you digest. What you put into your body will most assuredly affect your skin’s health as much as what you put onto it.

TAKE VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS to promote healthy skin. Vitamin C enhances collagen production and is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and vitamin D contributes to skin cell growth and repair.

LOOK FOR THE BEST NATURAL AND ORGANIC FACIAL PRODUCTS. Read product labels, so you know what you’ll be absorbing into your body.

GET PLENTY OF SLEEP EACH NIGHT. Lack of sleep speeds the aging process. When you are sleep-deprived, your body manufactures increased cortisol stress hormone. Your skin, as well as your body, needs rest to regenerate and heal on a daily basis.

WEAR SUNGLASSES to avoid sporting severe crow’s feet. If you wear sunglasses all the time, you’ll stop squinting too much.

EXERCISE YOUR FACE. An exercise regime is designed to tone your muscles so why not tone the 50 muscles in your beautiful face. Try face yoga to firm up muscles, reduce wrinkles, and release neck and facial tension.

The skin prep suggestions listed here will help you achieve glowing healthy skin. Your canvas will thank you!

By Carmen Milagro