Skin care: useful tips for healthy skin
Everyone knows skin care is essential to keeping us looking and feeling good. But often, we don’t have the time for extensive beauty routines. So, we at Prive Academy made a list of simple and easy to follow tips for good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices that can delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems.
Protect yourself from the sun
The most important thing in skin care we can do is protect ourselves from the sun. Constant sun exposure causes wrinkles, age spots and numerous other skin problems, and it even increases the risk of skin cancer.
So, you should definitely:
- Avoid the sun between 10 am – 4 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest
- Use sunscreen when out and about, and reapply often especially if you’re swimming or working out.
- Cover your skin with long-sleeved shirts, long pants and put on a wide-brimmed hat.
Be gentle with your skin
Whether you want to admit it or not, sometimes we can really exaggerate when it comes to skin care. We clean it daily, shave it, exfoliate, apply aggressive products…
To keep it as gentle as possible, you should:
- Try to limit bath time because long showers with hot water can strip oils from your skin. To avoid that, use warm rather than hot water.
- Make sure you don’t use aggressive soaps and shower gels because they can eliminate oils from your skin. So, instead of that, choose gentle cleansers.
- Be careful when shaving. Use shaving cream or gel which helps to lubricate and protect the skin. Definitely, use a clean and sharp razor, then shave in the direction the hair grows.
- Gently pat the skin after bathing and washing so that some moisture is still left on your skin.
- For optimal skin care, use a moisturizer that suits your skin type and that also contains SPF.
Eat a healthy diet
There is no way around this. It’s a fact that healthy diet helps you feel and look your best because it provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, macronutrients, micronutrients, and adequate calories.
But let’s break it down to easy to follow plan to make this a part of your skin care regime.
It’s important to:
- Eat smart AND enjoy your food.
- Eat in moderation
- Add more vegetables and fruit to your diet
- Cancel or at least limit fast food intake
- Limit highly processed foods. These include commercial food such as hot dogs, margarine, ice cream, candy – they lack nutrients and fiber and are high in sugars and sodium.
- Avoid sugary foods and beverages. These include soda, candy, many snack foods, and baked goods.
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Drinking fluids is crucial to maintaining the function of every system in your body. It carries nutrients to the cells, flush bacteria from your bladder and prevents constipation. All that contributes to flaky, scaly and dry skin that is often a result of dehydration. You can help your skin stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. For healthy people that means 30 to 50 ounces of water per day (1 to 1.5 liters).
A good and regular workout is extremely beneficial when it comes to skin care, too. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that can leave you happier, relaxed and less anxious. It can help you fall asleep faster and get better sleep. Overall, it gives you a chance to unwind and engage in activities that make you happy, and all those beneficial factors definitely show on your skin.
Get a good night’s sleep
Everyone knows how important good sleep is. Even when it comes to skin care. But let’s just recap why we should aim for quality 7-9 hours of sleep.
- It helps your body regulate blood sugar levels.
- Enables your body to repair, be fit and ready for the next day.
- Keeps your immune system functioning properly and improves your heart health by decreasing stress.
- Generally, it helps you function effectively throughout the day.
- The term “beauty sleep” is not just a platitude. When you sleep, the skin is being repaired and replenished. So, every time you sleep an hour less than you need you are making that much less growth hormone – and that is going to show on your face.
Easier said than done for all the smokers out there, we know. But, smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, which decreases blood flow and the result is paler skin. Smoking is definitely not a good skin care practice. It depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are so important to skin health. It also damages collagen and elastin, which are fibers that give your skin elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions one makes when smoking (pursing the lips when inhaling and squinting) contributes to wrinkles. Not to mention the risk of squamous cell skin cancer. All the more reason to quit.
Pesky stress can truly wreak havoc on your skin. It can trigger breakouts and make the skin very sensitive. But you can neutralize this and assist your skin by properly managing your stress. It’s important to utilize healthy techniques like exercise, get enough sleep, curtail your to-do list and in general, do more of the things you really enjoy. The results might just be more dramatic than you expect.