Do you envy the natural glow that some wear so effortlessly? Actually, that look takes more effort than you think—but not too much. If your skin looks dull, you may need to change up your daily self-care routine. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your skin and have that dewy radiance that everyone yearns for.

Slap on some sunscreen.

We all know that sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer, and with skin cancer being the most common form of cancer in the nation, you should wear sunscreen every day. But did you know that sunscreen also has anti-aging properties? Sunscreen helps block the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which cause wrinkling, aging spots, and a loss of elasticity. So if you want to have glowing (and cancer-free) skin when you are age 55 and beyond, sunscreen is a MUST. Lather, lather, lather!

Get your daily dose of H20.

Because your skin is an organ, it relies on water to function properly. Without the proper amount of water, your skin turns flaky, dry, and tight, forcing it to work overtime. These results speed up the aging process.

The best thing you can do for your skin is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! That means drinking enough water and applying lotion when necessary. Carry a large jug of water around, download a water tracking phone on your app, or set a reminder every two hours to drink up if you have to! And don’t forget to rub in some lotion every morning and night.

Eat the right foods.

Have you heard the saying “You are what you eat”? Well, when it comes to your skin, that’s true! “Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, an NYU clinical nutritionist. “The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.” 

If you want glowing skin, focus on eating fatty fish, avocados, cooked tomatoes, chia seeds, walnuts, artichokes, oatmeal, and eggs, just for starters. Foods with refined sugar and a high glycemic index can cause inflammation, making your skin go from glistening to dull in no time. 

Healthy skin requires healthy habits. Improve your skin’s natural glow by wearing sunscreen, hydrating, and eating nutritional foods. Your reflection will thank you for years to come!