Jillian Michaels is famous for her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is brand of fitness advice. And it turns out, she applies the same approach to her skin-care routine. So, how does she gets such glowing skin? As expected, she didn't hold back when answering. Here, her 5 essential tips:
1. Use Only Natural Products
Michaels is all about switching over to a clean, non-toxic beauty routine. She avoids products with phthalates, fragrance, and parabens like the plague. If you're interested in going a natural route yourself, experts say as a general rule, to avoid any ingredients ending in '-peg' or '-eth'. (Related: The Best Natural Beauty Products You Can Buy at Target)
2. Supplement Your Skin Care
Michaels supplements her skin care products with krill oil. Like other sources of omega-3s, krill oil may help reduce skin inflammation and help keep skin hydrated. She's also big into collagen supplements, which are having a major moment in the fitness industry right now but can also give your skin a boost. Collagen is what gives your skin it's firmness and makes you look more youthful—and derms say it's never too early to start protecting it before it's gone.
3. Get Enough Sleep
You know this one. Sleep is crucial for pretty much every area of your wellness routine—and your skin health is no exception. (P.S. Research even says that beauty sleep is legit.) Michaels credits sleep as a crucial part of her skin-care routine since it gives the entire body a chance to regenerate—especially when you're doing no-nonsense total-body workouts from Michaels herself.
4. Drink a Ton of Water
There is no hard and fast rule to how much water you should drink—it depends on the temps and how active you are—but if your pee looks more like apple juice than lemonade, it's time to drink up. (Related: What Your Urine Color Is Trying to Tell You) While the effects of internal hydration (aka drinking water) may not show up externally immediately, it's a good idea to prevent dehydration since that can translate to skin that looks sallow and shows more fine lines. (More on that here: 5 Ways to Fight a Skin Hangover)
5. Use Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect skin from free radicals (damaging molecules that come from light, pollution, cigarette smoke, and more). They can also reverse dark marks, accelerate healing, and keep your complexion acne free—which is why derms say you should apply antioxidant products daily. Vitamin C is one of the most popular ways to do so thanks to its ability to brighten and even skin tone, and increase collagen production (see number two!) Michaels shares she takes vitamin C orally, but you can also opt to apply the powerful antioxidant to your skin directly via a serum or by trying vitamin C powder.