As the largest organ of the body (and arguably the most important), keeping your skin healthy is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and appearance. But when it comes to maintaining healthy, radiant skin, using the right cosmetics are only one piece of the puzzle.
Much of what causes issues such as acne, dry, and irritated skin may be linked to habits you may not have known to be damaging. That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of healthy habits and best practices to help your body maintain healthy, moisturized skin!
Clean Carefully, and Correctly
Seems pretty obvious, right? While it is important to clean your skin and face every day, doing so too often or with the wrong products can end up doing more harm than good. Strong, heavily scented products can often strip your skin of the protective oils it secretes which can also increase irritation and dryness.
Washing too often, even with the right kind of product, can be just as damaging. Some tips to keep in mind, include:
Opt for Shade Over Sunlight
A sunburn is the least of your worries. While pursuing the perfect tan is a commonly sought after goal, overdoing it can be destructive and even dangerous over time. Excessive amounts of sun exposure are known to age skin much faster, cause wrinkles, permanent sun spots, and even skin cancer.
Make sure to balance your time in the sun by sticking to shade when possible and always have sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher.
Diversify Your Diet
Whoever first said ‘you are what you eat’ couldn't have been more right. Having a healthy, balanced diet is good for all aspects of one’s health, and this is especially true for skin health. If your diet consists of subpar foods, it’s likely your skin will match the diet. With the proper nutrients, your body won't be able to produce the oils and natural hydrators it needs to stay radiant.
Thankfully, eating foods packed with nutrients needed for healthy skin can be easier than you think. From avocados, sweet potatoes, and even dark chocolate, there is bound to be something good for your body and your soul. (Everything in moderation, of course, don’t go nuts with the chocolate)
Quit the Nic, Lose the Booze
We get it, everyone has their vice, but if those vices happen to be excessive amounts of alcohol or nicotine from cigarettes, the damage that is done to your body should outweigh any kind of pleasure received.
Aside from the damage done to your lungs, smoking attacks the collagen in the body (the compound responsible for keeping skin elastic and strong) and shrinks the blood vessels in your skin, making you more prone to wrinkles. In addition to cutting back on the smoke, our Cellulite and Toning Cream is known to boost collagen levels. As for alcohol, hangovers and beer bellies are the least of your worries. Studies have found that excessive alcohol intake also leads to increased risks of various forms of cancer, including skin.
Get your beauty sleep
There is a reason they call it beauty sleep… no one looks as good as they can when they’re tired. Sleep keeps your body and brain functioning in tip-top shape. While lack of sleep can cause the dreaded dark circles under your eyes, it’s damage goes deeper than that.
Lack of sleep affects how fast cuts and wounds heal, your levels of collagen, how well it holds moisture, acne, and even the texture of your skin. So try to get your 7 - 8 hours of sleep when you can.
Don’t let stress get the best of you
We know this easier said than done, especially with everything this going on in the world right now. With this said, it is still important to do your best not to let stress consume you as excessive amounts of stress shorten the length of skin cells effectively aging them much quicker. Make sure to take some time for yourself every day.
Find activities that not only take your mind off your stressors but are also fun or relaxing to you. Exercise is a great way to feed two birds with one scone. Exercise produces endorphins in your brain that can help improve your mood while allowing you to sweat out any extra toxins that may be clinging to your body.
Love the skin you're in
With all of that said, don’t forget that no matter your age, shape, shade, or size, your skin is beautiful and unique. These tips are here to help you protect your skin and overall health, not to fix what's broken because you are beautiful as you are. With everything that is going on in the world, maintaining our health (physical and mental) is now even more of a priority than before. Together, with the help of our natural products and healthy habits, we can create a community of confident women who feel good in their own skin.
As always, be safe and stay beautiful!