8 Skincare Tips for Healthier Skin
Transform your skin with these simple yet effective skincare tips.
Ok, let’s be honest: beautiful clear skin can be hard to achieve and maintain. There are so many countless factors that can compromise our complexion and the overall health of our skin… however, the key is paying attention and having a good skincare routine.
Bear in mind that even though these tips are great, they do not substitute professional care if you have a serious skin problem.
Let’s dive right in!
1. Healthy fats are good
Your diet is a huge part of your skin’s balance. Make sure to eat healthy fats, as your skin is your largest organ. If your diet is unhealthy, all the toxins will flourish through your skin leaving it vulnerable to premature wrinkles, breakouts and more.
To help combat these issues, eat healthy fats that contain omega-6 and fatty acids, which are the building blocks for your cell membranes. This means your skin will be more hydrated and glowing.
Coconut oil, avocado, fish, olives and nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews and peanuts are all great for your skin (and your overall health).
Whenever you feel your skin is dull and dry, pay attention to your diet and eat healthy fats.
2. Less is more
The fewer products you use on your skin, the better. Stick to simple products and go for quality over quantity, always!
Don’t get overexcited by new products, just keep it consistent and be loyal to what is already working for you. If you change products too often, you can cause a chemical imbalance and your skin will go haywire.
If you do change your products, let your skin take its time into getting used to the ingredients in that product. Rashes and irritations are obvious signs that your skin is reacting badly, but a few acne breakouts here and there are quite normal when you’re switching products.
The acne is just a sign of your skin detoxifying from the last product to receive the next one, so not all acne is bad. Try your best to find the best product for you skin and stick to it.
3. Wait it out
If you have a pimple or two, don’t pop it! Try to resist the urge of touching it, playing with it or putting makeup on it. As weird as it sounds, your pimples have to breath! If you let it be, soon it will go away by itself.
It might take a few days, but it is worth it in the long run. Better than a popping scar, spreading pus and bacteria all over and triggering other pimples around.
4. Wash your sheets!
Do it once a week, or every couple of weeks. The excess oil from your face and body that goes onto your pillow or sheets, along with bacteria and dirt (especially if you slept without cleaning your makeup or your face) will accumulate and rub all over your face every single night. This will build up fast and irritate your skin.
5. Something is missing
If you notice irritations on your skin, odds are that you have a vitamin deficiency or you’re not getting enough of some sort of nutrients in your diet. As stated prior, your diet is paramount for healthy skin.
You can easily discover by taking online vitamin quizzes, but if the problem persists, go see a doctor or a nutritionist.
Vitamin A deficiency leads to scaly, dry skin.
Lack of vitamin D makes your skin flaky and irritable.
Vitamin E helps to protect you from the sun. If you don’t ingest enough, you’re vulnerable to sun damage.
Rough, scaly skin? Get some oranges or orange juice for vitamin C. The best way to take care of your vitamins is with a little packet for shakes.
If you have a different diet, you’re vegan or on a plant-based diet, you might feel you as if you’re missing a few nutrients, so pay close attention, both for the sake of your skin and your overall health.
6. Do NOT use acne products
If you need to treat acne, look for professional guidance. Don’t go buying and using any product, as quite a few of these products contain harsh chemicals that will strip your skin of all its naturally produced oils.
That is not all, the chemicals will also seep into your pores and get into your bloodstream.
Go see a dermatologist! In the long run, it is cheaper (and healthier) than testing a lot of products by yourself, which could end up making the situation worse.
Those celebrity endorsed products about acne solutions, are most times a gimmick. Acne is a serious problem, and must be treated as such.
Even if you find something that works, your skin will get “addicted” to it and as soon as you stop using, it will come back with a vengeance.
7. Makeup detox
This is especially for women but a few men might relate. Makeup clogs your pores and may impair your skin if you overuse it with all the harsh chemicals in them.
Makeup is fun, but you need to give your skin a rest. Have a day off to detox. If you need to wear makeup everyday to work, do it on the weekends. There is no excuse, your health is more important than anything you can come up with.
You must allow your pores to breathe and produce their natural oils. You might get a few pimples, and that’s a sign that your body is detoxing. Don’t freak out and let your body do its thing and repair the balance.
8. OWN your skin!
You might be wondering how can anyone not own their own skin, right?
But it happens a lot. If you start nitpicking every little thing that is wrong with your skin, you’ll be focusing on that problem and you will lose control of your skin.
On the other hand, if you notice all the beautiful things on your face and focus on what you like about yourself, you’ll boost your confidence and let beauty flourish from inside out. This is very important! Your skin will reflect your mindset.
Don’t take it for granted, it’s not corny, it’s 100% true!