Award-winning actor, author, motivational speaker, celebrity & beauty care guru; those are only a few of Ricardo Chavez’s many talents.
His beauty line Divas Never Age® has women everywhere flocking to him for dermatological advice. Having been in the film industry for decades, Ricardo knows exactly what is needed for a glowing, flawless complexion. He has also recently written a fantastic book called Divas Never Age® – Divas Are Beautiful – Book I ,which you can consider a one stop guide for tackling all your skincare issues-advice from a beauty expert who knows exactly what Hollywood A-listers’ skincare secrets are! In this article, Ricardo dishes out 10 of those secrets which can give every woman the flawless and glowing complexion she dreams of!
1. Get Hands On
Touching your face during the day is a strict no-no; but Ricardo believes that women must also take the time to examine their face–especially after cleansing it. Of course, he recommends washing your hands thoroughly before doing so. Once you have cleansed your face with a gentle face wash, use your fingers to examine your skin for bumps, fine lines and acne marks. This will help you note changes, no matter how small they are. Such examination from time to time will help you determine your skin type and also prevent problems from escalating and spiraling out of control.
2. Know Also When To “Hands-Off”!
Popping a zit might seem very tempting. After all, no one likes those ugly pus-filled acne monsters. But, squeezing zits will only make the bacterial colonies move to other healthy parts of the skin. So avoid touching your skin, and use Divas Never Age® – Hyaluronic Acid Serum (infused with anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Vitamin B3 and other Potent Organic Antioxidants) daily to not just prevent potential acne breakouts but also to get rid of existing acne marks and blemishes.
3. Prep Your Skin for Summer
Summer is coming and most of us are more than ready to go to the beach. But Ricardo cautions against excessive sun exposure and the damage it can wreak on the skin. Sure we all want a gorgeous summer glow, but it should be done without “overdoing” things. Ricardo stresses using a good sun protection containing at least SPF 30+. You can read more of his best sun protection tips here.
4. Polish and Exfoliate Regularly
Ricardo dishes out a secret that many Hollywood beauties, including Kim Kardashian, use for flawless, glowing skin. You must exfoliate and polish your skin before you cleanse tone and moisturize it. Think of your skin’s epidermis as a kind of “tile flooring”. If this is the case, then exfoliation will help remove those older tiles so you can replace them with newer, shinier tiles. So exfoliating regularly will send a “message” to your skin’s dermis to boost its collagen production. Exfoliation and polishing the skin also helps your serums and moisturizers work better and go deeper into the dermal layers.
5. Use DIY Treatments
It is not just commercial products that work hard to give you a flawless complexion; many of grandma’s remedies straight from the kitchen can also dissolve dead skin cells. Ricardo recommends fruit facials, which can be done at home once a month. You can use fruits like papaya or pineapple for that purpose. Both are rich in alpha hydroxy acids. These acids give your skin a gentle, “chemical peel” to exfoliate its top dead layer and reveal younger, brighter skin. You can also make a face mask with colloidal oatmeal, honey and milk and apply it for 20 minutes before washing it off with tepid water. This mask is especially a beneficial skin treatment for women with dry skin.
6. Shake Things Up
Many times, the products we use are rendered ineffective over time thanks to factors such as stress, environmental pollution, seasonal changes and so on. So Ricardo recommends taking a look at your products and changing them from time to time. Being vigilant in this manner can help you avoid many unnecessary skin issues. For example, in the winter, your skin needs an extra barrier to protect it from the harsh cold while in the humid months; you might want to tone down your SPF usage to avoid acne. Note that SPF is necessary all year round, indoors and also on cloudy days. However, in case of women living in humid countries, or those with oily or acne prone skin, one needs to choose a product that is suitable under these circumstances.
7. Do Not Underestimate the Role of Humectants
Humectants are to the skin what humidifiers are to our bodies in winters: they help create a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss which leads to premature aging. Hyaluronic acid is an important humectant that is present in the Divas Never Age Serum®. It intensely hydrates ultra-dry skin and also soothes it. Ricardo recommends it for use all year round, day and night, to protect the skin and prevent premature signs of aging.
8. Refrigerate Your Skin Care Products
Summer heat can render your serums and moisturizers ineffective. Antioxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C must therefore be refrigerated so they last longer and also give you the benefits that you are expecting from them.
9. Embrace a Good Diet
Your skin, hair and nails all need a high protein diet to regenerate and grow. Two amino acids are vital here: L-lysine and L-proline. Both of these stimulate collagen and elastin production which are the key to young, flawless and healthy skin. So eat plenty of fish, eggs, beans, nuts and quinoa. Also cut back on salt and sugar because both of these trigger acne. Cutting back on these ingredients will clear up your skin. Cucumber is also a great food to eat in summers, its high water content is beneficial for skin and the silica in its peel can also boost collagen production.
10. Commit to Your Skin Care Routine
To see an improvement in your skin, commitment to a good skin care routine is a must. Without dedication to the Cleansing, Toning and “Seruming” routine, the dead skin cells you have removed through exfoliation and polishing will simply return and pile up again. This will slow down skin cell renewal considerably. When referring to the importance of this, Ricardo says “Your skin is alive, which is why it changes and improves and also the reason why you need to take care of it. Stop doing so and your skin will revert to its previous state.”
If you want to learn more about how to become the most beautiful version of yourself, please read Ricardo’s book Divas Never Age® – Divas Are Beautiful – Book I where you will discover the secrets that Divas around the world use to look and feel fantastic!