6 easy ways to make your skin look amazing (almost instantly)

If you want to retain your skin's youthful glow, you'll have to take steps to keep it hydrated and healthy. Here are some ideas you can try today that will almost instantly improve the look and feel of your skin.

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  • The older you get, the more you realize how much you've taken young-looking skin for granted. Work, age, stress and sun exposure take a toll on your skin quality, slowly drying it out, enlarging your pores and adding fine lines. Luckily, there are some easy tips you can follow that will instantly improve the look and feel of your skin, helping you feel more at home in the body you live in. Which of these tricks do you plan on trying?

  • 1. Rub ice on your fine lines and wrinkles

  • Rubbing ice on your face might sound a little goosebump-inducing, but aesthetician and cosmetic chemist Mary Schook told Cosmopolitan it can work like a charm for closing and tightening your pores. It can also help reduce inflammation and puffiness, whether from acne, sun exposure, or lack of sleep.

  • 2. Get a Korean body scrub

  • Over-the-counter body scrubs you find at pharmacies and beauty stores will only exfoliate your skin so far. For a deep exfoliation that completely clears out your pores and rids you of dead, dry skin, visit a spa where beauticians can professionally dig deal to remove all that gunk that builds up on your skin. Try a Korean body scrub to find out just how bright your skin can glow.

  • 3. Soak in a sea salt bath

  • You've likely noticed how pruny your fingers and toes can get after you've had a long bath. But did you know taking a sea salt bath actually prevents moisture loss, meaning you'll get out of the tub sans pruny skin and feeling more hydrated than ever? It has healing properties as well. "Salt absorbs dirt, grime and toxins and cleanses your skin's pores deeply," Women's Health Magazine explains. "The magnesium in sea salt may also help reduce water retention in the body."

  • 4. Get a collagen anti-aging facial

  • The secret to young-looking skin is the quality of your collagen. It's what gives your skin its structure and strength while also aiding in the process of eliminating dead skin cells. A collagen anti-aging facial is designed to combat the aging process with an organic lemon enzyme exfoliation treatment that clarifies the skin, while a multivitamin ampoule application and a collagen firming mask promote elasticity. This treatment is usually offered at a spa where experienced aestheticians can assess your skin and determine which product will work best for you.

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  • 5. Get muddy

  • Mud or clay wraps are another treatment you can try for delivering nutrients to, reducing inflammation in, and drawing toxins out of your skin, according to Livestrong. Whether you apply it yourself or get it done at a spa, the treatment usually involves mixing a dry clay mixture with water, applying it to your skin, then wrapping your body with cloth or plastic sheets. The treatment has also been found effective in reducing joint pain and improving circulation.

  • 6. Treat yourself to a massage

  • Nothing puts more strain on your skin than stress (just think about those frown lines etching themselves into your forehead!). Forget about your troubles for a while and relax into a well-deserved deep tissue massage or, if you're feeling adventurous, try hot stone therapy. If your schedule is too tight to fit a trip to the spa in right away, you can give yourself a quick neck massage, where you'll likely find a lot of tension after a long day.

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Katie Nielsen received her bachelor's in English with an emphasis in technical writing. She has taught English and is a published writer.

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