Your skin is the largest functioning organ in (or on) your body and a vital part of your overall health and well-being. Therefore, it’s essential that you take good care of it, so that you feel your best both inside and out. There are several things you can do to ensure that your skin is taken care of, and the following are some ideas to help you look after its health and appearance successfully. Healthy loved skin will help to ensure that you’re feeling great physically and mentally, so it’s worth investing in.
Best Practices for Skin Care
• Hydration & Nourishment •
It’s time to put down your Starbucks latte or fizzy soda (not forever) and pick up a glass of H2O. Water is the first step to take towards healthy, glowing skin. Staying on top of your hydration will also benefit the inside of your body and help to ensure that things are running smoothly. You can flush out any damaging toxins and sugars that you may have overindulged in over the weekend, which will help to clear you of breakouts and fine lines on your face.
On hot days it’s good to always keep a glass or bottle of cool water nearby. Heat will cause you to lose valuable moisture through perspiration, so it’s essential that you give yourself an extra top up every hour (on top of what you’d normally consume).
Water is a completely free (if it’s from your tap) and a natural beauty must-have that will keep your skin glowing, youthful, and will help to keep your head clear. The opposite is true for the effects of caffeine and sugar found in many drink alternatives, so grab a bottle of water instead of an iced latte on your next “coffee” break.
If you feel that your skin is looking lackluster and tired, there are several foods that you could incorporate into your diet that will help nourish and improve its appearance. For a quick boost, in liquid form; try whipping up a nourishing smoothie to start your day off, before you head to work or to workout. Smoothies are the perfect way to get a variety of nutrients into your diet in one shot. You can check out a perfect variety featured here for some recipe ideas.
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When it comes to your outer and inner health; fats aren’t always a bad thing. Unsaturated fats, that contain plenty of omega three, can help promote the renewal of skin cells naturally. They also enhance your brain health too. Avocados, eggs, oily fish, nuts, and seeds are just some of the skin-boosting foods you should be nibbling on.
So, thinking about incorporating an avocado into a smoothie recipe or slice one on top of your salad. Swap your Friday night beef steak with salmon or a tuna steak, and add a salad of leafy greens dressed in lemon (also great for skin health). This is just the beginning of the variety of delicious meal options that will fill you up and feed your skin all the right ingredients.
Another way to enhance your diet with skin-loving foods is to take your snacks to a new level. Sugary candy will only help to bloat you and will leave you tired after it crashes from a sugar high. Instead, think about swapping a handful of Reese’s Pieces for nuts, like almonds and walnuts. They contain those good fats I talked about earlier as well as essential fiber which helps to prevent bloating and a dull appearance to your skin.
Pop a packet or a container on your desk at work, so you’ll avoid the urge to visit the vending machine; it can go next to your glass of water or your mug of herbal tea, and your body will thank you for it.
• Treatment & Environment •
In addition to what you’re putting into your body, the environment, skin care treatments, and what’s happening on the outside of your body will have a direct effect on the health and appearance of your skin. You could visit a beauty salon or spa for some luxurious face and body treatments, like a face peel or exfoliating scrub, or you could save those trips for special occasions and become your own therapist in the comfort of home.
There are plenty of homemade facial recipes that you can check out here and you can invite your friends over for an evening of pampering. Pop a face mask on, hop in a warm bath, and put some cooling cucumber slices on your eyes and you can relax and imagine that you’re at any luxurious spa in the world as your skin becomes soothed and moisturized.
Steaming via traditional saunas and infrared saunas are another great way to boost the condition and health of your skin. When your pores are clogged there’s no better way to relieve them, than with some controlled heat, followed by exfoliation.
Perspiring while in a steamy or dry-heated environment is also a great way to get rid of those skin-dulling toxins. Just be sure that you have a bottle of water at hand so you remain hydrated. You could visit a local gym or spa for the sauna-style treatment, or you could invest in the long-term option and have one at home. This will save you money in the long run and will ensure that you’re always able to prioritize your skin’s health and appearance.
For some sauna buying ideas, you can take a look at the perfect selection featured here and start planning where you’re going to put it. If you prefer a steam-led alternative, think about turning your bathroom space into a wet room, which can be utilized for both washing and steaming your skin.
Be aware of any changes in your skin’s health. Something as simple as the air conditioner at work can dry it out and too many late nights can make your skin look weathered. If you can’t change the environments you’re in on a regular basis, you can be sure to put yourself in skin-friendly environments when you’re at home or in your free time.
• Protection & Prevention •
When it comes to any aspect of your health and well-being, prevention and protection are always better than cure and remedies. Therefore, it’s worth being mindful of your skin’s health each day and what steps you’re taking to treat it well. Whatever skin tone you have, the sun can be a damaging factor especially during the hotter months.
Those of us with darker skin tones are at less risk of sunburn, sun damage, and skin cancer, however, these are still a possibility. Those with darker tones can also become dehydrated just as quick as those with fairer skin. Moisturizing, before you leave the house is one of the best options when preventing damage and premature skin aging and is worth investing in for everyone.
Fair skinned people should be extremely cautious and use appropriate sun screen, clothing cover-ups, and accessories like hats and sunglasses to help protect their body’s surface area. For more information on how the sun can affect different skin types and tone, take a look here: www.garnierusa.com//skin-type/how-does-the-sun-affect-skin-types-differently and take the necessary precautions.
Skin health is something you should definitely prioritize. There’s no excuse to forget, especially when you get to see it all over your body every day! So, keep it hydrated, looked-after, and protected as much as you can so you’ll feel beautiful both inside and out.
What’s your favorite skin care practice?
– Marsha 💋