As the skin is the largest organ of the body, its appearance reflects what is going on inside it. The type of treatment you apply to your skin plays a vital role in both your physical and mental well-being. According to experts, maintaining healthy and radiant skin is a combination of daily practice, patience, and the use of the right products. And since getting the skin that permanently looks as though you have just come from vacation is every woman’s dream, in this article, we will explore the most basic habits you need to establish to achieve the desired complexion.
Keep Your Skin Clean and Hydrated
If you want a healthy and soft face and body skin, you need to keep it hydrated. Daily cleaning and moisturizing help your skin maintain its balance and preserve its youth. Achieving a severe boost in hydration to your skin is possible with the following simple tweaks in your daily skincare routine.
Upgrade your bathing rituals. Due to our busy life, quick showers are what most of us take. However, creating a habit of having milk baths regularly (let’s say 1-2 times a week), brings long term benefits not just to your skin, but also to your mind. Bath milk products provide your skin with intense hydration and natural exfoliation, leaving you with soft, bright, and smooth skin. What is maybe equally important is the fact that bathing with natural bath products can also be a transformative and relaxing experience at the end of a hard-working day. However, keep in mind that hot water and too long baths remove oils from your skin. For this reason, use warm (not hot) water and track your bath time.
When it comes to your face, having a regular skincare routine is an essential aspect of achieving the desired complexion. At a minimum, you should be cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your face twice a day. Never, we mean, never forget to remove your makeup before going to bed. This is the most important thing to do if you want to prevent breakouts and clogged pores but also get in the habit of performing a proper skincare routine. So, cleanse your skin morning and night. Wipe the face with cotton wool and tone it to improve blood circulation to the skin surface. Use a moisturizing cream or natural oil, like olive oil, if you have dry skin. If your skin is oily, use a water-based moisturizing lotion. Make sure you choose products which contain humectants, occlusives, and emollients. The key is diligence- you must give your skin proper attention regularly.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
One of the most fundamental ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Sun exposure causes wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems, not to mention that it increases the risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (at least 15) and apply it generously. If you find it more convenient, use moisturizing cream with SPF. Importantly, limit your sun exposure when the sun rays are strongest, or if you do go out, protect yourself.
Drink More Water
Drinking water nourishes the skin from the inside. It helps your skin maintain moisture, which increases your skin elasticity. That, in turn, means fewer wrinkles and fine lines. Beyond that, drinking enough water can help keep your skin plumper, which can slow the aging process and hide current signs of aging. Furthermore, the more water you drink, the better is the balance of oil and water on the surface of your skin, which can help reduce pore size, decrease acne breakouts, and reduce blemishes. Water can also help in tightening the skin around your jawline, stomach, arms, and legs by improving skin elasticity. Ultimately, keeping yourself hydrated can improve your overall complexion, particularly if you are struggling with skin issues, including acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Establish Healthy Eating Habits
What you eat definitely makes an impact on your skin’s appearance. Consuming a healthy diet filled with antioxidant-rich vegetables, fruits, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts, whole grains, and lean proteins can help you feel your best and make your skin look fresh and glowing. Avoid unhealthy fats, processed or refined carbohydrates, and tobacco.
Exercising increases your heart rate and blood flow to your muscles, helping you feel more energized, at the same time, releasing toxins through sweat. Through exercising your skin cells, get the nutrients they need to stay vital, which leads to having more transparent and firmer skin. Exercising can also help reduce stress and improve your mood, leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed. Additionally, it will also help you snooze faster and enhance the quality of your sleep. That, in turn, paves the way towards beautiful-looking skin. Below we’ll see in detail why.
Get More (Restful) Sleep
Getting good, restful sleep (between 7-9 hours a night) is essential for adequate skin cell and tissue rejuvenation. During sleep, critical processes happen in your body. Skin’s blood flow boosts, and the organ rebuilds its collagen supply and repairs the damages caused by UV exposure. The result- reducing wrinkles and age spots. Sleep is incredibly valuable for people with skin problems. According to experts, poor sleep can lead to increased stress hormones in the body that influences the increase of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis.
If you want to encourage and maintain healthy skin (and a healthy state of mind), do whatever it takes to manage your stress. According to experts, your mind and skin are connected on many levels, one being a lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin. Emotions (and stress) are played out neurologically, so they can be expressed through the skin, the same way they can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms. Stress can trigger skin problems, but also make existing ones worse. It can aggravate rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, cause hives, and other types of skin rashes and trigger flare-ups.
Keeping regular skincare routine and healthy lifestyle choices can help you delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. However, be aware that your freckles, dark circles under your eyes, birthmarks, and laugh lines are all part of who you are. Do not obsess too much about what you see as imperfections. Learn how to embrace these characteristics, take care of your skin to the best of your abilities, and love yourself.