5 Tips To Improved Skin Care
Although it may be a new year, most of us are still recovering from the many stressors of 2020 and the impacts that it had on our lives. Whether it was financially, personally, professionally, or even from a health perspective, all of this stress takes a significant toll on not only our bodies but our skin.
I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to deal with skin issues and how draining it is to feel like your skin just won’t cooperate. Even if you don’t have the time, the patience, or the money for an intense skin-care routine, there are still very basic steps that can be taken daily to improve your skin.
2. EAT A HEALTHY DIET
It is important when discussing skincare to also mention the role that a healthy diet plays in your body’s entire ecosystem. A poor diet, one that consists of highly processed food, refined carbohydrates, and even dairy, is proven to have a significant effect on the appearance of our skin.
Eating foods that are lower in nutritional value will cause inflammation in the body likely leading to puffiness and/or acne. Additionally, if you aren’t absorbing enough essential nutrients, neither is your skin and this can also lead to premature aging. If you are currently experiencing skin issues, start cutting things out of your diet like dairy and adding in more fruits, vegetables, and proteins.
*Of course, make sure to always consult with your physician before making any dramatic changes to your lifestyle.
Now my favorite skincare tip, sleep!
4. ELIMINATE OR MITIGATE STRESS
This one is a doozy but hang in there with me. We all know how stress negatively affects our bodies. Studies have shown that people who are subjected to more stressors across their lives, live much shorter life spans and are more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. That being said, stress also negatively affects the health and appearance of your skin (i.e. acne and other skin problems).
It is highly doubtful that anyone can eliminate all stressors, however, it is important to take steps to mitigate and control stress for your skin and your overall health. Take small steps at the beginning. Start with journaling or scaling back your to-do list. Take a bubble bath or even try meditation! There are so many fun and manageable ways at your fingertips to maintain a more balanced state of mind.
5. SUN PROTECTION
Last, but certainly not least on the list of improving your skincare is skin protection. Not only does prolonged sun exposure put you at risk for skin cancer, but it also can cause wrinkles and age spots. To avoid each of these risks, make sure you are always wearing some form of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. I also recommend tinted moisturizers with SPF as well if you want minimal coverage for the day. If you leave the house and forgot to apply sunscreen, try to avoid sun exposure and stay in the shade when possible!
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, make sure you are always treating it with the attention and care that it deserves! If you have any other skincare tips not listed, drop them below in the comments.