Try these 10 skincare tips to help alleviate your dry or oily skin likewise prevent acne and other skin conditions to include breakouts and uneven skin tones. These tips are not magic tricks to guarantee results overnight but consistency will bring the results you seek. Consider giving these tips are try today.
1. Get enough sleep
It is no secret that sleeping has a lot of benefits for our mind and body. For adults, it is ideal to get 6-8 hours of sleep daily. A well-rested body means a well-rested skin. The lack of sleep opens up pores that cause the oil gland to produce more oil on the skin’s surface and attract impurities that clog the pores and cause acne.
2. Eat smart
Every skincare product promises to be loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin. That is good. But what better way to treat your skin with its much needed vitamins and minerals than to eat vitamin-rich food. Vitamin C is needed by the skin to detoxify and make the skin radiant. Citrus fruits like orange, lemon, grapefruit and pomelo and green leafy vegetables like kale, moringa and spinach are packed with Vitamin C and will give you that radiant glow from within. Vitamin E-rich foods like avocado, almonds, broccoli, and sunflower seeds will help cell regeneration making your skin look young and vibrant.
3. Follow a skincare routine
Consistency is key. Following a specific routine in taking care of your skin day and night relives you from one less thing to worry. Here’s a cheat sheet on how you should start you Day and Night skincare habit:
Cleanser is best done during shower, to save time and water. Tone after you dry your skin with a towel and moisturise immediately to restore the lost moisture. If you can get a moisturiser with sunscreen, then it makes the steps easier to remember and it will surely cost you less.
We experience harsh conditions during daytime and the night-time regimen is equally important to let the skin recover. Although it follows the same “Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize” routine, you may also incorporate serums that target specific skin problems like age spots, acne scars, large pores and uneven skin tone. It would also be nice to add sleeping masks with relaxing scents like lavender and chamomile to prepare you to a good night’s sleep.
4. Know what you put on your face
Skincare products are similar to the vitamins and medicines we take inside our body and
reading the label is an SOP. Knowing what products and chemicals are beneficial and harmful can save you from skin troubles caused by irritation and adverse reactions. There are skincare products that are suitable for normal skin, dry skin, oily skin and combination skin types, knowing what skin type you have will help you decide better as well. When in doubt, always consult your dermatologist or avail of free product trials offered by skin care companies in their stores. If you have sensitive skin, do a skin test by applying a small amount for the product on the skin right under your chin or behind your ear and observe after 12 to 24 hours.
5. Massage your face and do you own facial
Your skin deserves pampering at least once a week. Most people have incorporated
EXFOLIATE in the routine, making it “Cleanse-Exfoliate-Tone-Moisturize”. But it is not for
everyone especially for those with dry and sensitive skin. So the rule of thumb is exfoliate as you deem need it. If you feel like your skin has become flaky and rough, then it is time to complement your usual routine with this extra step. Exfoliation can be done using facial scrubs or skin cleanser with beads or facial brushes. It will help strip off dead skin cells that cause roughness and clog the pores. When you exfoliate, do not forget to moisturise as your skin’s natural oils may have been stripped off. This is the relaxing part. Take time to massage your face using your favourite moisturiser. Apply it in circular motions with mild pressure to let blood circulate on your face. Do it once a week and you will sure look forward to it.
6. Wear sunscreen
This step is often neglected especially if the moisturizer contains SPF or Sun Protection Factor. FDA requires a minimum of SPF 15 on sunscreens to protect against skin cancer and sunburn. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 or higher. Aside from sun protection, sunscreen prevents skin damage and early skin aging caused by sun exposure.
Exercising does not only make you fit it also makes your skin glow. Sweating is a way to release toxins out of the body through your skin and exercising is a way to promote good blood circulation all over the body. Exercising also releases endorphins or happy hormones that reduce stress. A good form of exercise and meditation is yoga. For more reasons why you should exercise, consider reading the Top 13 health benefits of exercising
8. Get Hydrated
Humans are like plants, we experience drought when we are not properly hydrated. Drinking the right amount of water or 8 glasses of water daily can make your skin look and feel better, drink more during hot days. You can encourage yourself to drink more by trying out infusions like lemon water, cucumber water or mint water. These add-ons make water drinking more bearable and refreshing.
9. Shower properly
Taking a shower must be done at least once daily but there things that we must remember to make sure that it is healthy for our skin. Shower cleanses and refreshes the body, it also helps us relax but staying too long under the shower can strip off the natural moisture of the skin. A really hot or really cold shower dries the skin too so a lukewarm shower will be best for the skin. Make sure to use gentle cleanser, shampoo and conditioner without strong chemicals that may clog the pores. Remember that acne does not only affect the face but the whole body as well.
10. Less is make-up means more
There is nothing wrong with appreciating your natural glow. If you ensure that all these tips are followed, you’ll never need to use make-up again. Less to no make-up ensures better
breathability of the skin and saves you from acquiring make-up induced acne cause by pore-clogging make-up or ill-maintained make-up tools.
Always remember that taking care of your skin is not just skin deep. It is a combination of
consistent and conscious effort to take care of yourself from within and it will surely manifest
Author: Usman Raza is a freelance writer, marketing specialist at Keeva Organics and co-founder of Usman Digital Media. When not working, he’s probably spending time with his family. Follow him on Facebook @usmanraza40 and Twitter @usmanintrotech .