Try any (or ALL!) of these tips and tricks to get the clear, radiant skin you’ve always wanted.
• Wash your face daily. Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night. For very dry skin or sensitive skin, stick to cleansing once daily in the evening.
• Drink enough water. A very obvious tip but hard for some of us to do. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins.
• Use a good humidifier. In the winter time when the air is colder and drier, skin can’t hold onto as much moisture as it can with warm air.
• Moisturize. First determine your skin type. You need to know this before you can choose the right moisturizer. Although, a lot of women are skipping the expensive moisturizers and opting for organic coconut oil instead!
• Exercise. Exercise keeps oxygen flowing to the skin and research has shown that it improves the skin’s composition, helping it return to a more youthful state.
• Wear Sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Be sure you reapply throughout the day. Especially after exercising or being in the water.
• Eat healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that can help you get rid of free radicals and decrease inflammation. In addition to eating healthy, make sure you take in Omega 3 fatty acids. They’re not only heart healthy, but also keep the outer layer of the skin intact and build collagen, which helps skin maintain elasticity and firmness. You might want to sip green tea, too, as it may help to protect against sun damage.
• Get a facial. Ideally, everyone could have a facial once a month. A good, professional facial is like a professional dental cleaning; it gets out dirt and oil that you just can’t get out by yourself. But if getting a regular facial doesn’t fit your budget and schedule, consider doing it at home. There are great recipes for homemade masks and scrubs online. Check out our Pinterest board for some great homemade mask recipes that can hydrate, brighten, and exfoliate your skin.
• Exfoliate. Sloughing off dead skin cells with an exfoliating scrub or lotion once or twice a week can help rev up the skin cell turnover that makes for a glowing complexion.
• Cover Up. Find yourself a great floppy hat when sitting at the beach. Putting a physical barrier between your skin and the elements is smart, whatever the season.
• Get enough sleep. Your cells repair while you’re sleeping. This is the time your body uses to heal itself. Ideally, you should be getting six to eight hours of sleep a night. Hormonal changes that happen as we age, along with other factors, can affect how well we sleep. If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, talk to your doctor about possible solutions.
• Have your skin checked. Everyone should have a yearly skin check and do a self-check once a month to look for anything unusual, like moles that bleed or have changed shape or color. If you see anything that concerns you, talk to your doctor. Also schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist once a year to check the pigment of your retinas, since they can also sustain sun damage.
• Boost your mood. Emotions do have powerful effects on the skin. Worry and stress have been shown to alter hormone levels, and are linked to skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Stress also speeds up the aging process.
Skin is our largest organ—adults carry roughly 8 pounds and 22 square feet of it.
Skin acts as a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. It also exudes antibacterial substances that prevent infection and manufactures vitamin D for converting calcium into healthy bones. Skin additionally is a huge sensor packed with nerves for keeping the brain in touch with the outside world. At the same time, skin allows us free movement, proving itself an amazingly versatile organ. So, it’s very important to take care of it. It’s never to late to start healthier choices!