Despite what other people may think, having beautifully soft and glowing skin is not solely an indication of vanity. It’s more of an indication that the person is making an effort to take care for her skin or giving skin health the priority.
People often overlook this, as it doesn’t seem to pose any serious danger to health. But since the skin is the biggest organ in the body, care and attention must be given to it. You don’t really need expensive medications or beauty products to do this. Proper skin care relies more on daily maintenance and keeping good habits that promote a healthy skin.
Here is some good habits which you should follow:
a.) Eat Right and Hydrate Well
This advice is real simple and familiar. With all types of health concerns, you always hear this from doctors and health buffs: eat right and drink lots of water. Why they keep saying this actually makes a lot of sense because the body does need nourishment for it to remain healthy. Do you know what foods are best to eat and avoid? Do you drink enough water? These are basic stuff to know; it matters to overall health, and yet few people really give it a thought.
High on the list of nutrients, which you must always have so that the skin is healthy, are foods rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Eating fish, nuts, green or leafy vegetables and fruits would be beneficial to your skin, as these foods contain the nutrients the body needs to rebuild skin cells damaged by free radicals and other toxins. These toxins can come from junk food, fast food, and foods rich in preservatives. Hence, these should be avoided, as these can cause breakouts and blemishes that leave scars and marks that are hard to deal with.
b.) Minimize Sun Damage
Dermatologists say that the greatest enemy of the skin is the sun, as it can cause wrinkles, dryness, acne breakouts and skin cancer. Overexposure to the sun can also result in blisters, patches, blotchiness and sunburn, and it can be painful or may make skin thin and sensitive.
But this doesn’t mean you’d have to live the rest of your life indoors and only come out when it’s dark. You could make the habit of applying sunscreen daily to protect your skin from all the harsh conditions and threats of the environment. After taking a bath, apply this on arms, legs, face and neck, before you leave the house. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
Cover yourself well if you have to be out in the sun by using bring hats or umbrellas. Also, make sure to at least stay in the shade even if you are outdoors.
c.) Get Plenty of Rest
The best time your body is able to recoup and re-energize is when it gets the right amount of sleep. And as you’re on your downtime, your body works double time to regenerate cells and tissues. If sleep is constantly interrupted, or you don’t get enough of it, your body will start to deteriorate and show signs of stress and fatigue in the form of pimples or rashes.
Develop a routine with sleeping. Be in bed by 10 or 11 in the evening and then wake up by 6 or 7 in the morning. Keep observing this schedule so that your body gets used to it. Not only will your skin become clearer as you get used to the habit. You may notice your body’s stamina increase as well because it has rested well enough.
d.) Have A Skin Care Routine
A simple ritual includes cleaning the face using a mild, unscented wash with water. This works fine for a lot of people. But with so many toxins in the environment, and the fact that age may be starting to get the best of what you have, you could add exfoliating, toning and moisturizing to your routine. This way, you can prevent wrinkles and dryness that make your skin look older and harassed or stressed.Have the discipline to do this daily and you will notice how much your skin will improve.
Choose the right skin care products for your skin, as the wrong one can lead to irritation and breakouts. Stay away from products that can be drying or contain harsh ingredients. Some of these also work the opposite because it’s the wrong one for your skin type. Consult a dermatologist to know about your skin type and to be properly guided on the types of products to use. As there are many skin care items sold in the market, the choice can be overwhelming.
e.) Give Up Vices Like Smoking
Smoking ages the skin faster because it depletes the body of oxygen necessary for proper blood flow. Thus, it also decreases the nutrients that are supposed to nourish the skin. Even second-hand smoking also affect the skin this way.
Smokers usually exhibit dry skin, leading to more wrinkles and breakouts. Quitting the habit takes time, effort and determination. You have to make the conscious choice. As for second-hand smoking, you have to avoid being confined in places where there are smokers, to protect yourself, your skin and your health.
f.) Minimize Stress in Your Life
Daily activities go hand in hand with stress, which is to say that stress is unavoidable and it’s a normal part of living. It’s possible to minimize this, though, as stress can be linked to acne breakouts. This is because your body has less resistance when stressed, affecting its ability to fend off bacteria and other irritants attacking the skin.
Planning and time management are some of the keys to reducing stress. Take control of how your day to day routines and activities go, and take time to relax and breathe as you accomplish each of these. If necessary, engage in relaxing hobbies like yoga or Tai Chi to manage stress.
Developing these healthy habits may sound overwhelming at first. But when you are used to it, then you will see just how easy it is to carry out and maintain regularly.