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We all know the importance of taking care of our skin, both physically and for our own self-confidence. However, knowing that something has to be done and figuring out how to do it are two different things.
When it comes to the health of your skin, there isn’t a magic beauty product that can fix everything. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it has to be taken care of from the inside and the outside.
From what you eat to the products you use to clean it, everything plays a role in the health of your skin. If you want great looking skin, use these five tips to get started!
1. Stay Hydrated
Your body is mostly water, and this liquid makes up 64% of your skin. When your body doesn’t have consistent moisture, it shows up in the appearance of your skin quickly.
Without sufficient hydration, the cells in your skin start to lose their elasticity and plumpness. This is a quick downward slope to fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness.
Internally, water is always working to benefit your skin, too. It flushes out toxins before they can get into your skin cells and reduces acne-causing dirt and oil.
If you want better skin, make sure you drink more than enough water!
2. Get Restful Sleep
Chronic sleep deprivation is a problem that affects millions of people in the country. But sufficient sleep is essential to your physical and mental health.
Just like with dehydration, some of the first signs of poor sleep shows up in your skin. One night of tossing and turning or missed slumber can be seen in puffiness and dark circles around your eyes.
Making a lack of sleep a habit results in wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness of your skin, especially in your face.
Try to get an average of seven to eight hours per night of good, restful sleep. Your health, including your skin, will benefit!
3. Eat Lots of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the super-ingredients for your skin’s health. These molecules protect your skin by reducing the impact of the production of dangerous free radicals in your body.
Free radicals damage your cells, showing up visibly as wrinkles and discoloration of the skin. Walking outside can expose your skin to them, so it’s not possible to avoid them completely.
But antioxidants work almost magically to build a defense barrier between skin cells and free radicals. They can protect you from sun damage, help your skin repair itself, and even brighten your skin’s tone.
You can find antioxidants in most moisturizers To make sure you’re getting enough, add them to your diet in foods like:
- Red cabbage
The health of your skin starts inside your body with your water intake and food choices.
3. Choose Your Beauty Products Carefully
Your skin is sensitive. Some people tend to have skin that’s typically dry or oily. Others have combination skin. But the products you use can throw your pH off balance easily.
The products you use on your face should be different than what you use on the rest of your body. Facial cleansers and moisturizers need to be as natural and chemical-free as possible.
If you find yourself shaving frequently, your shaving cream might be causing damage to your skin, too. Services like electrolysis can prevent dryness and irritation from harsh products.
4. Kick Bad Habits
Breaking up with bad habits is never an easy thing, but if you want healthy skin, you need to evaluate your choices.
You might automatically think the term “bad habits” refers to smoking or excessive drinking, and it can! But there are other activities you could be guilty of doing that are damaging your skin without your knowledge, like:
- Over-washing your face, stripping your skin of its natural oils and irritating the cells
- Falling asleep without taking your makeup off
- Putting your phone to your face without cleaning it first
- Not cleaning your makeup brushes regularly
- Swapping out skin products frequently
These small habits can cause big damage to your sensitive skin cells.
5. Stay Moisturized
Drinking plenty of water helps keep you hydrated from the inside. The next step is to use a good moisturizer to work on the external cells.
After you shower, slather moisturizer on your skin to help seal the moisture inside your body. Use a product that is free from harmful chemicals as much as possible.
Before you go out for the day, apply a facial moisturizer that has an SPF protectant as an ingredient.
Watching your skin’s health is an important way to see what’s going on in your body. Whether it’s dry and in need of more hydration or breaking out and you need to eat better, your skin sends signals of what your body is missing.
These five tips will help improve the quality of your skin both inside and out, giving you a great appearance and better overall health!