Your skin is your biggest organ, and as such, it’s constantly exposed to external conditions like weather, bacteria, environmental toxins, and harmful sunrays.
Winter can be especially harsh on the skin because of the cold air, pollution, indoor heating, and wind. This is why it’s important to use the right skin products, stay hydrated, and nourish your skin on the inside by eating healthy foods.
Going for skincare treatments once a month is another great way to maintain the elasticity and youthfulness of your skin. Whether you go for salon facials or make your own home spa treatments, face masks are great food for your skin.
Keep reading to learn the best tips on how to keep skin healthy, radiant, and youthful, no matter your age.
1. Develop a Skincare Routine
Having a skincare routine can help your skin recover, rejuvenate, and restore its youthful glow. You don’t need expensive skincare products to make your skin beautiful, but you do need to know your skin type to choose the best ones for its needs. If you have very sensitive skin prone to breakouts, consult a dermatologist who will tell you how to best take care of your skin.
These are a few essential steps to a daily skincare routine:
Step 1: Cleanser + Gentle Exfoliation
Step 2: Toner
Step 3: Serum + Essence
Step 4: Eye Cream
Step 5: Moisturizer (+ SPF)
Step 6: Foundation or BB/CC Cream (if you use makeup)
You can also do your own research to find the best products for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, try natural beauty products or homemade face masks to nourish it.
2. Stay Hydrated
Your body is made of 60% water and your hydration levels directly affect the look of your skin. The key to keeping skin bright and beautiful year-round is drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. You can consume liquids in the form of coffee, tea, juices, coconut water, soups, fruit-infused water, and milk. As long as you stay well-hydrated, your skin will look radiant and healthy.
If your skin is dry and tight, try some skin-boosting shots made of superfoods like ginger, blueberries, kiwi, citrus fruits, and red grapes. Throw in some kale to boost the antioxidant content, and add a teaspoon of honey to give your skin a splash of rich hydration.
3. Keep Stress at Bay
Prolonged periods of stress can make your skin lose its elasticity, making it dull and dry. This is because stress hormones stimulate the production of free radicals which are directly responsible for premature aging.
The chemicals your body releases when you’re stressed can also trigger dormant skin problems. These include rashes, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, and cold sores.
The key to keeping skin young is in reducing your stress levels and finding ways to relax, wind down, and surround yourself with positivity. You can try meditation, yoga, spending time in nature, aromatherapy, or any activities that help you destress and forget about your worries.
4. Have Regular Facials and Body Treatments
Going for regular facials and body treatments can help your skin recover from dryness/oiliness and dehydration. Professional beauty salons use high-quality creams and treatments, and the beauticians will help you learn to take care of your skin the right way.
Body treatments like wrapping, lymphatic drainage, massages, exfoliations, and saunas will help stimulate the blood flow and bring more oxygen and nutrients to the skin. For instance, some of the best skincare benefits of saunas include improved skin elasticity, collagen production, reduced stress levels, and better function of the skin’s sebaceous glands.
5. Improve Your Diet
Making your skin beautiful is an inside-out job and it all starts in the kitchen. You can use the most expensive face creams in the world, but if you don’t eat healthy foods, your skin will still look bad. If your diet consists of sodas, refined sugars, fast food, and snacks, it’ll reflect on your face. Reducing the amount of artificial and processed ingredients and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables will rejuvenate your skin in no time.
Some of the best foods for glowing skin include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Dark chocolate
- Oily fish
- Bell peppers
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Leafy greens
The fresher and less processed the food, the better it is for your skin. Also, try to avoid red wine, alcohol, and tobacco as much as possible. Once your skin is free from all the toxins, it’ll restore its natural elasticity and glow, and you’ll notice a visible difference.
Try to prepare healthy meals at home that you can take to work. This way, you won’t be tempted to eat fast food, and your skin will thank you for all the nutrients.
Bonus Tip: Keep Your Hands off Your Face
The worst thing you can do to your skin is to touch it with your hands. The hands have so many bacteria on them you’ve collected throughout the day. Even after washing, there are still bacteria that can transfer on your face and cause breakouts and other skin problems.
When you need to touch your face while doing your skincare routine or makeup, make sure your hands are clean and disinfected. Also, clean your beauty sponges, blenders, and brushes after each use as makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria.
Carry a hand sanitizer with you at all times to make sure you kill most of the bacteria on your hands. Also, try to notice when you touch your skin the most. Is it when you’re focused on work or studying or when you’re relaxing or watching TV? Once you become aware, it’ll be easier to control yourself and not touch your face as much.
Now You Know How to Keep Skin Healthy and Beautiful All Year Round!
Now that you know how to keep skin healthy and radiant, you should find the right skincare routine for you. Do some research on the best products, consult a dermatologist, and give your skin the makeover it deserves.
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