No matter how much the beauty industry has changed over time, the one thing that has and always will remain the same is the client’s desire for healthy looking skin. Most often, when life gets in the way and we become stressed, our skin is the number one thing that suffers in the process. With that being said, achieving flawless skin is not impossible if you take the necessary steps to get there. Here are six suggestions to add into your everyday routine to ensure healthier skin.
Take Cold Showers
Of course everyone loves the feeling of stepping into a hot shower, but did you know that turning down the temperature while bathing actually does wonders for your skin? Taking really hot showers, especially in the summer, can often dry out skin and strip it of its essential nutrients. A cooler shower is calming, will help with hydration and even heal breakouts due to sweat. Do this two to three times a week and you will surely see a huge improvement in your skin.
Drink Plenty of Water
There are countless benefits that drinking water has on the body. Along with aiding in digestion and circulation, the right consumption of water daily can keep your skin looking healthier than ever. It is recommended that the average person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (better known as the 8×8 rule). By hydrating your body from the inside out, you can achieve a clearer and brighter glow to your skin. So if you simply replace those summer cocktails with water, you’ll be amazed with the outcome.
Cleanse Before Bed
Everyone has those nights where they’re too exhausted to take off their makeup, and to most people, it’s no big deal. Of course, waking up with yesterday’s foundation on is something that we have all fallen victim to once or twice, but making a habit of it can really damage your skin. While your mind takes a rest, your body is working hard to replenish the skin’s imperfections. If your makeup gets in the way of this process, it can lead to clogged pores, breakouts and dull skin.
Try using a makeup remover wipe like Neutrogena’s Cleansing Towelettes to remove all traces of dirt, oil and makeup. Then, follow up with a facial cleanser of your choice to really clear out those pores. By cleansing before bed, your skin will be able to breathe and you will wake up each morning to the reflection of a healthy, glowing complexion.
Help your body get rid of dead skin cells for smoother and softer skin by exfoliating two to three times a week. Most people skip this step in their skin care regimen simply because they don’t find it essential or they aren’t aware of the benefits. When your pores get clogged up, the dead cells and oils from your skin often get trapped beneath the surface. Developing a routine for exfoliating will improve your skins texture, help prevent breakouts and even out your skin tone. Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads are great to use as a gentle exfoliate. So, as they say, exfoliating every other day will keep the pimples away.
This important step in keeping your skin healthy involves applying a daily moisturizer. It is crucial to moisturize, multiple times everyday, your face and body for softer, more elastic, younger-looking skin. Try moisturizing the body with a calming lotion after a shower to lock in nutrients and keep skin from feeling dry. Face moisturizers are an essential part of starting and ending everyday. Before heading outside, make sure you smooth on a moisturizer that contains SPF 15 sunscreen or higher to keep your skin protected all day long. Well, what are you waiting for? Go forth and moisturize!
Make Smart Decisions with Food
Although it is important to take notice of what products you are putting on the outside of your body, it is even more important to be aware of what you are putting into your body. Often times, breakouts on your skin can be caused by a poor diet. Indulging in greasy foods and sweets that have no nutritional value will make your skin look dull and feel oily. Instead, try supplementing healthy options for meals and snacks like organic fruits and vegetables. It might seem hard to replace that piece of chocolate for an apple but when it comes to healthy skin, you’ll be making quite a difference!