The skin is the biggest organ of our body and one that takes the most wear and tear through the years, so it’s important to take care of it to keep it healthy and glowing. Here are some basics that dermatologists list as absolute essential steps in skincare.

1. Always use sunscreen. Even the mildest sunlight can cause skin damage, especially as you grow older. Prolonged exposure to the sun has also been linked with skin cancer, so don’t take any chances. It’s best to apply sunscreen about twenty minutes before you step outside, and replenish every few hours.

2. Use an eye cream at night. The skin on and around your eyelid is the thinnest, and the first to show signs of ageing. When you’re scanning cosmetic shelves, look for ingredients like peptides and antioxidants, but even plain petroleum jelly applied every night is better protection than none.

3. Get color into your diet. The more greens, reds and yellows you incorporate into your food, the healthier your skin tone will be. Fruit and vegetables are high in antioxidants and carotenoids, which will give you a healthy glow.

4. Keep your hands clean. We’re constantly touching our faces without even being aware of it, so the one thing you can do is try to keep your hands germ-free by washing them frequently.

5. Cut down on sugar. Nutritionists keep on urging people to reduce their sugar intake for keeping fit. Dermatologists are now weighing in on the argument by explaining the negative impact of sugar on your skin. Collagen, the protein in your diet that keeps your skin healthy, is stiffened by sugar molecules, reducing its absorption. If you want beautiful skin, stay away from the sweet stuff.