With so many skin care products and treatments on the market, it can be hard to figure out the best ways to keep your skin healthy and achieve that natural glow. While there is no miracle cream to give you the perfect skin, there are a few simple ways to help your skin looking its best. Best of all, not all of these require buying expensive skin care products and countless bottles of creams and lotions to apply throughout the day.
Before going into what you can add to your routine to help give your skin that natural glow, the first step in understanding how to best care for your skin is to learn about what you might be doing in your day to day life that might be making things worse.
What Not To Do
While there’s nothing we can do about how the passing of time affects our skin as we age, there are a lot of bad habits people form as a result of their lifestyle or other circumstances. While it might sound like an overused mannerism, not getting your beauty sleep can have a negative impact on your skin. Your body does most of its maintenance, healing and repair during deep sleep, so robbing your body of that time will give your skin less time to heal and rejuvenate itself after a long day. Stress can also be a major factor in determining skin health. Stress can lead to powerful adrenal responses, which kicks your sweat glands into high gear as part of the fight or flight response. The sweat released during the adrenaline response is different from the kind of sweat released for temperature control, as it contains more fatty acids and is associated with different types of glands. These fatty acids can lead to clogged pores and as a result more oily skin. Stress also reduces the body’s ability to heal and repair itself, which also has a negative effect on skin health. While it seems like there’s a lot working against you in terms of having healthy skin, there are a few key ways to combat this, and get that nice shiny glow you’re after.
Eating the right foods can go a long way when it comes to skin health, or even overall body health for that matter. There are certain foods that you’ll want to avoid, as they either trigger a mild inflammatory response or increase oil production leading to oilier skin. These kinds of foods include:
- Greasy or deep fried foods
- Dairy products
- Excess sodium from too much salt
- Saturated and trans fats
- Refined carbohydrates found in white breads, white rice, white pasta, and cereals
While avoiding these foods, there are a lot of foods you’ll want to add to your diet if possible to help promote skin health. These include foods with essential vitamins and minerals which help maintain the thin layer of oil on your skin, preventing your skin from drying out but at the same time keeping it from becoming too oily. The balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 is essential for this, as a deficit in one could result in drying out your skin while a deficit in the other results in your skin being too oily. If you are looking to avoid pimples on your face and other areas, taking in more Omega-3’s naturally found in fish, spinach, kale, and walnuts or almonds can help with this. Earl Hailey from Patch MD says that vitamin A is excellent for your skin, and can be found in foods such as salmon, dairy, and eggs. Eating proper proteins can also help with your skin health, as the amino acids from broken down proteins can help with removing dead skin, as well as sometimes help guard against the effects of UV radiation. Vitamin C is also extremely important for skin help, as it aids in the production of collagen, helping with skin durability, preventing bruising, as well as an overall healthier complexion.
Exfoliation Is Important
With all of these skin creams and lotions, many people forget just how important exfoliating your skin can be. Your outermost layer of skin is essentially made up of dead cells which have been pushed to the surface as new skin cells are produced in the deep tissues of your skin. When an excess buildup of these dead cells dries out and builds up on the surface, this can lead to things like dry peeling skin and an almost scaly texture if left for too long. Exfoliating helps remove and dried out dead skin from the surface, leaving a more reflective and radiant glow shining from the skin below. Exfoliating can also help prevent pores from being blocked by dead skin and a buildup of sweat or other skin excretions from building up and forming blockages. When exfoliating, you want to give your skin a thorough scrub but at the same time don’t apply so much pressure that your skin is raw by the end of it.
Moisturizing and Hydration
Keeping your skin hydrated is also important, as not enough hydration can lead to dry skin. When choosing a moisturizer or hydrating product for your skin care regimen, you want to try to mostly use lotions and emulsifiers. Emulsifiers use a combination of oil and water to make a bilayer that naturally compliments the oily bilayer naturally on the skin, hydrating skin while at the same time strengthening natural oily layer on the skin’s surface to help it retain the hydration. Oils can help give your skin a shiny look by strengthening the oily surface layer but at the same time they don’t help as much with hydration.
Combining these three strategies should help drastically improve your skin’s health and complexion. Most importantly, try to get a solid 8 hours of sleep whenever possible to allow your skin to replenish itself and do the bulk of your skin care routine in the morning. This will ensure your skin looks healthy and smooth throughout the day. You can also combine these skincare tricks with your everyday routine as well as other cleansers to help improve the effectiveness of your overall skin care regimen.