Want great skin? We all want it, but to get glowing, no-foundation-needed skin, you’ve got to put in the work. Your skin is going to be a reflection of your internal and external environment, so always keep in mind that all of your choices will show up on your skin.
- Eat Right
Your skin’s structures require protein in order to build up healthy looking skin. Lean proteins like fish or chicken are great, as are nuts and limited dairy like Greek yogurt. Fish is a great source of protein because it also has those omega-3 fatty acids that your skin loves.
Fruits and vegetables are also crucial for great skin, in particular those high in antioxidants as well as vitamins A, C and E. A balanced diet of mostly unprocessed foods and should keep you on the right track.
Hydration is necessary for all parts of your body, not just your skin. When you’re not properly hydrated, your body is unable to perform all of its tasks like detoxification. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink up- sip on water throughout the day so your body has a steady supply, and so that you are drinking enough water. The right amount will vary by person, so find the right balance for you by drinking water anytime your body doesn’t feel like it’s working properly and increasing the amount you drink when the weather is warm or dry.
3. Sun Protection
The best protection from the sun is avoiding it altogether, particularly during peak hours 10am to 4pm. If you are in a situation where you can’t avoid the sun, be sure to slather on sunscreen with SPF 30+, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and seek shade whenever possible. The sun will greatly increase the rate of aging for your skin, and lead to sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
4. Protect Your Skin
None of us can fully avoid pollution in the air getting to our skin, but there are steps we can take to reduce its effect on the skin. First, cleansing the skin every morning and night using a professional cleanser recommended by your esthetician is a necessary part of your skincare routine. This helps wash off any pollution you’ve accumulated and prep you to create a barrier for the day. In the morning, you should use an antioxidant serum to help battle pollution throughout the day as well as a protective barrier. At night, use a nourishing moisturizer to repair any damage done during the day.
5. Get a Full Night’s Sleep
Your skin does all its best work while you snooze. It repairs, rebuilds, turns over new cells. If you skimp on sleep, you’re cheating your skin out of valuable recovery time. Look in the mirror in the morning after a late night, you’ll already see signs of this – puffy eyes, dry skin, the works. A few nights of full sleep will show the opposite- bright, glowing skin. Stay on a sleep schedule that allows you to be fully rested in order to keep your skin looking its best.
6. Reduce Stress
Feelings of stress release the hormone cortisol, which is destructive to skin. Your skin will lose elasticity, appear saggy and dull, and lose moisture. We can’t avoid stress but it is important to find a routine that helps you manage your stress, like meditation, a cup of tea, watching a comedic show, etc.
Physical movement is crucial for skin health. Increasing your blood flow will drive more nutrients and oxygen to your skin, in turn making it healthier. Some studies have even suggested that exercise can slow, if not reverse, signs of aging.
All of these habits will lead not just to great skin but overall health! That’s because your skin is just part of the larger system of your body, and it will reflect the state that your body is in based on the choices you make. Be sure to make the best choices for yourself and your body, and your skin will develop a healthy glow.