Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. It covers our entire body so it is exposed to a lot of factors around us. Looking after our skin is important in order to prevent it or our internals, from getting damaged. We have to remember that our skin is doing a lot to protect our body and regulate our temperature so it is right that we do what we can to keep it healthy.
Wash The Dirt Away
Every single day your skin is exposed to smoke, pollution, dirt, different products such as makeup, and more. At the start and the end of each day, make it a point to clean your skin with a mild cleanser. Use a toner to clear away the remaining dirt that was not removed from cleansing and moisturize thereafter.
Gently exfoliate your skin twice a week in order to get rid of the dead skin cells. This will greatly help your skincare routine and keep your skin soft and smooth. For maximum exfoliate results, try using a microdermabrasion machine. Have a read of our Microderm MD reviews here.
Watch What You Eat
Processed foods and junk food do not have the nutritional value that your skin and body needs. The same can be said about foods that have artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors. Best that you consume food that are high in Vitamin C or those that are rich in oxidants and other nutrients. In short, change your diet and eat real foods such as fruit and veg. You should be eating plenty of fruit and veg everyday.
Limit Sun Exposure
Sunlight helps our body in producing Vitamin D, an essential vitamin that boosts our immune system. An adequate amount of sun exposure is just what we all need. Do not stay under the sun long enough for your skin to burn. Too much exposure can promote premature aging and it can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, consider wearing a wide brim hat and long sleeves to protect your skin and help your skincare routine.
If you don’t smoke, great. Just don’t try and start smoking if you want to keep your nice looking skin. Don’t have nice looking skin? Well, the chances are that it will get worse if you start smoking. Smoking is not just bad for your health but it is also bad for your skin. It causes collagen to break down therefore affecting your skin’s elasticity.
Avoid Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Alcohol can cause dehydration because it is diuretic. It can make your body lose water, which in turn could cause your skin to dry up. If you must drink, make sure that you have at least 1 glass of water with each alcoholic beverage. Drinking enough water is essential for any good skincare routine.
SkinCare During Pregnancy
The appearance of stretchmarks during pregnancy is common. This is mostly because of the weight gain and the change in body size, which is inevitable. Make sure to drink lots of water and use moisturizers with all natural ingredients on your skin which are safe for pregnancy. You always need to be a little more careful with your skincare routine during pregnancy.
Because of the hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy, you may be prone to having acne. In order to combat acne you have to ensure that your face is washed properly and to try using an oil-free or a water-based moisturizer. Again, making sure that these products use natural ingredients.
SkinCare During The Winter
Winter always poses a challenge for anyone’s skin. It is during that season that your skin would dry up and crack. With that said, you can prepared for it by upgrading your moisturizer to a stronger one – preferably an oil-based moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Unfortunately this is also the time when you have to say no to long hot baths as these suck up the moisture in your skin leaving it dry and susceptible to cracking.
SkinCare For Aging Skin
Changes in our skin occur as we get older. Our skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles will start to develop. Keep up with exfoliating your skin twice a week, use natural moisturizes, and avoid exposure to chemicals.
Get Enough Sleep
Dull skin and puffy eyes is the result from a lack of sleep. Getting a good night rest is not just good for your skin but also great for your body. It is when we sleep that our cells (including skin cells) rebuild and repair themselves. Regardless of if we use amazing skincare products, the effects from these products will be negated if we haven’t been getting quality sleep.
Engage In A Physical Activity
Yoga, running, Pilates, swimming or biking – the choice is yours. Pick an activity you enjoy the most and do it regularly. Exercise improves blood circulation which is essential in the distribution of the nutrients all over your body. It helps maintain your weight so you have one less chance of getting stretch marks. It helps you flush out the toxins out of your body and because you are sweating, this could actually unclog your pores.
Take The Time To De-Stress
Stress is not only bad for ourselves, it is bad for our skin. It can cause our skin to breakout and can also worsen your existing skin condition (like eczema or dermatitis). Too much stress can also tighten the capillaries, causing the flow of nutrients to your skin to be restricted. Take the time to stop and unwind. Get a good massage, spend a day at a spa or curl up on the couch with a good book and an aromatherapy candle lit up. Or try meditating. Check out some great meditating clips on YouTube to get started. What matters is that you are taking some time off and have some relaxing time.
Looking after your skin could benefit your overall health. It is in a way interrelated. If you haven’t yet, it would be good to do something new – to try and change one aspect of your lifestyle. You’ve got nothing to lose but everything to gain.