Skincare is a daunting subject that probably conjures images of dozens of containers and tubes of products in your mind, but it really isn’t nearly that complex. Skincare is a set of best practices that you can do every day without much effort or time investment to improve your skin and keep it looking youthful. Here are a few such habits that you should be doing.
Use Sunscreen and Use It Every Day
Sunscreen isn’t something you should use only when you’re planning on being out in the sun because the reality is, we’re exposed to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet light every day. Using a good quality sunscreen every day is a must to keep your skin in good condition. Zinc oxide or titanium oxide sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30 should be your go-to.
Include Plenty of Vitamins in Your Diet
All vitamins are important, and you should endeavor to eat as much of a balanced diet – including all the recommended daily vitamins – as you can. Two vitamins, however, play a particularly important role in skincare. Vitamin A is used by your skin for many different things and is very important for good skincare, while vitamin C is used in the production of collagen, your skin’s primary protein.
Eat foods rich in vitamins A and C daily.
Use Natural Skincare Products
Try to make good choices about the skincare products you use. This doesn’t mean use all-natural products, but including products that are natural or include natural products is important. Look for products made with essential oils and other extracts like aloe, rose water and similar ingredients.
Try to Keep Active
Exercise has countless benefits to the health of your entire body, but since we’re focusing on skin here, we’re after the increased blood flow you’ll get from exercise. The increase in blood flow means an increase in the delivery of all the good things your skin needs to stay healthy – oxygen, nutrients, and minerals.
Don’t Pick, Scratch or Excessively Rub Your Skin
This is always important, but particularly right after you’ve used a product or skin solution. Picking your skin, scratching and excessively rubbing your skin, no matter the reason, is likely going to lead to the reason you’re picking or scratching in the first place to increase. Just don’t do it. Leave pimples and itches alone or soothe with a moisturizer.
Give Up Smoking for Good
Once again, this is important for so many reasons, but it really is time you stopped smoking. It affects every area of the body in some way or another, and the skin is no exception. All the good oxygen flow we spoke about when we said you should stay active is undone by smoking, and that means less good stuff making its way to your skin.
Sleep Enough and Sleep Well
It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing! If you aren’t getting enough sleep, or your sleep is broken and of bad quality, it can mean your body isn’t getting enough rest time, leading to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Stop Abusing Your Skin with Hot Water
Keep your shower at a lukewarm temperature and do the same for your basin. Hot water damages skin by removing the body’s natural oils on the surface of the skin and leaving it exposed to the elements.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy throughout your life. Just a small investment of time every day can lead to great results if you’re struggling with your skin or if you just want to keep it young forever!