Our skin is one of our biggest protectors and it deserves proper care every single day. Most of us are sensitive to how it looks and we try to stay youthful for as long as possible. Our skin is the first to let us know when something is wrong but it’s also radiant and glowing when we lead the right lifestyle and maintain proper skin care.
Contrary to what you may think, maintaining healthy skin doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated – there are natural ways that will get you there.
First things first – let’s start from the inside. Your skin reacts primarily to what you eat. So, the surest way t having healthy, radiant skin free of acne and eczema is to eat foods that will keep your gut healthy.
Each one of us has a unique gut flora, and it takes time to learn how to nourish your own and to see what food doesn’t sit well on you. However, there is a general rule you should follow – whatever is bad for your gut, such as processed food, sugar, and fat, is not good for your skin, either.
Again, your skin is primarily nurtured from the inside, so you must keep it hydrated – no amount of hydration creme will make up for the lack of water your body experiences. Otherwise, your skin will look dull and dry and could even get itchy. You could even notice that the areas around your eyes and nose are darker.
Drink plenty of water (juices don’t count), as well as fruits and vegetables. Avoid coffee and alcohol, as they dehydrate your body. Identify how much water you need every day according to your height and weight and make sure you drink it all.
3. Eat healthy fats and anti-oxidants
Some types of food are better for your skin than others, so incorporate them into your diet daily.
Healthy fats will keep your skin flexible and plump, preventing wrinkles and dull areas. S, focus on foods such as nuts, avocados, flaxseed, olive oil, salmon, and chia seeds.
Also, fruit and vegetables are excellent anti-oxidants that prevent your skin from wrinkling and aging too fast. Stick to this rule – the more colors, the better. Kale, spinach, and blueberries have the strongest anti-oxidant effect of all but you shouldn’t neglect any fruits or vegetables that sit well with you.
The first thing you should do when you get up is to wash your face to remove the dirt from the pillow and excessive oils your skin excretes. This is also the last thing you should do before you go to bed after removing makeup and also if you’re sweating.
When choosing a face wash, always stick to natural skin care products because they don’t contain any harmful ingredients. The same goes for a cleanser you’ll apply after washing. In most cases, it’s enough to cleanse your skin once a day (twice if you have specific skin issues). Don’t ever allow to experience the squeaky-clean feeling – that means you removed natural oils from your skin.
5.The right time for skin products application
As moisture is highly important for the skin, to have a quality skincare routine, it’s good to have proper timing for applying the products. That way, you will contribute to moisture retention.
So, the moment you get out of the shower or a bath is the time to apply your skincare products. This works well for both your face and body, and it will reduce the chances of your skin going dry or inflamed.
Again, moisture is highly important for healthy skin, so finding a proper moisturizer is crucial. Every skin type has an appropriate moisturizes that prevents wrinkles from forming and skin from drying out and flaking.
Bear in mind that non-comedogenic, lightweight moisturizers based on gel don’t clog your pores and are the best option.
Facial massage is relaxing but that’s not its only benefit – it improves circulation and releases tension in the muscles on your face. In that way, facial massage helps the lymphatic drainage, which keeps the skin cells healthy.
You can use a simple jade roller and spent just a few minutes a day massaging your face to get that glow and radiance.
8. Sunscreen is obligatory
The sun causes our skin to age prematurely, and especially these days when the UV radiation is very high and gives way to damaging free radicals.
So, every time you are about to head outdoors, apply sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF. You need it if you’ll be under direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes. In case you have darker skin, you need even more sun protection because it will be much harder to correct hyperpigmentation on darker skin.
9.Sufficient quality sleep
Sleep is very important for many things, including your skin. Insufficient sleep can contribute to increased signs of aging, causing your skin to look dull and lifeless. Your skin barrier function will also be compromised.
So, a simple natural way to maintain your skin radiance is to get your 8 hours of quality sleep. You will get up refreshed, which will show on your skin.
It’s almost impossible to live a stress-free life but you can try and minimize it. Chronic stress can seriously damage your skin (not to mention what it does to your overall health) and cause eczema or psoriasis.
Learn effective ways to cope with stress and exercise mental stability and strength. Consequently, better stress management will reflect on your skin.
Healthy, radiant skin is a direct consequence of our lifestyle and everyday choices. When you make healthy choices every single day regarding the food you eat, your sleep, and the skincare products you use, your glowing skin will be the first one to let you know you are doing the right thing. Natural ways don’t cost a lot but the effects could be amazing.
Lena Hemsworth is a lifestyle blogger, foodie, and lover of a good book. She’s an everlasting enthusiast who believes that there is nothing better than starting your day with a hot cup of coffee.