The use of inappropriate products to the choice of what to eat, are some of the many factors that play a role in optimal skin health.
Absolutely everything you do interferes in some way with your body – therefore, many of your actions have a direct impact on the skin, which is the largest organ of the human body.
So in this article, we are going to cover what are the good daily habits to keep your skin healthy and, consequently, beautiful.
Get to know them and start to adopt the ones that are not part of your routine already.
1 – Only Use Products Suitable for Your Skin Type
To achieve optimal skin health you need to know your skin type. Is it normal, dry, combination, or oily? If you have no idea, consult a dermatologist or a doctor who specializes in skincare to find out.
Knowing your skin type, you can move on to the products developed especially for it. Here are some general tips to guide your choices:
Mixed Skin Type
Does well with products based on aloe vera, which remove oil in the right measure and without leaving the normal area dry;
Oily Skin Type
Needs special treatment, due to the tendency to acne and the production of more oils than normal, but as a rule, products based on sulfur or green tea are beneficial for it;
Dry Skin Type
Should receive redoubled hydration, which products based on honey, milk, and oatmeal provide;
Normal Skin Type
Is the quietest when it comes to the choice of products, which are usually neutral and with some moisturizing agents.
2 – Have a Facial Skin Cleansing Routine
Normal, dry, mixed, or oily facial skin types should be cleaned twice a day: once in the morning (preferably as soon as you wake up) and once at night (before bed).
Your skin needs a routine, so cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and treating should be seen as a ritual, a daily exercise even.
It is quite simple. First, the face is washed with water and appropriate soap, as explained above.
Then you apply astringent (for oily skin), tonic (for other skin types), or micellar water (for all skin types). To finish, moisturizer – and attention: all skin needs moisturizer, even oily skin.
The night procedure can be complemented with the application of antioxidant products, spot lightening, or cellular regenerators.
These functions are achieved with acids (usually retinoic, glycolic, or azelaic), which should not be applied when there is exposure to sunlight.
The daily routine should be finished with the application of sunscreen. Let’s talk a little more about it!
3 – Use Sunscreen Daily
Sunscreen prevents the action of UVA and UVB rays on the skin, preventing premature aging and skin cancer. And there’s more: it also protects against the appearance of spots, flaccidity, and wrinkles.
Nowadays, it is mandatory to apply sunscreen on the face and body even if the destination is not the pool or the beach. That’s right: you have to apply it when you go to work, study, or walk around the city.
When buying your sunscreen, make sure it has protection against UVB rays (which experts recommend to be SPF 30) and against UVA rays (by the presence of “+” signs on the label – there can be up to three).
And there is a very important detail: provide a specific sunscreen for the face and another one for the body. The facial skin is more delicate and needs a product that respects this difference.
Only use the body sunscreen on the face if there is no other way to protect yourself.
4 – Hydrate Your Skin From the Inside Out
An internal aid to the external action of skin products is the body’s hydration, i.e. drinking water.
A body that is not properly hydrated is reflected in sagging, dull skin. And the water ingested also helps eliminate toxins, making the skin less prone to blackheads, pimples, and skin marks in general.
5 – Eat Healthy Foods That Are Good for Your Skin
In addition to hydration, food helps to maintain healthy and beautiful skin. The main foods are
- Red fruits (strawberry, blackberry, raspberry etc.), rich in vitamin C and cyanidin, elements that prevent premature aging of the skin, excess oiliness and acne formation;
- Pineapple, anti-inflammatory that attacks acne and allergies;
- Carrot, which revitalizes the skin because it is rich in lipoic acid; and
- Salmon, rich in vitamin D and omega-3, which help prevent skin cancer by fighting disordered cell growth.
By putting them in your meals and avoiding the skin villains – white flour, refined sugar, and fried foods – you can boost the effects of the cleansing and treatment products you choose to apply to your skin.
6 – Always Remove Your Makeup Before Going to Bed
No matter how tired you are, take a few minutes at the end of the day to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin at night.
Sleeping without makeup prevents the clogging of pores, the appearance of blackheads and pimples, increased oiliness, diminished radiance, and premature aging of the skin.
When you wear makeup, just washing your face with soap and water is not enough; you will first need to remove your makeup with specific products for this purpose and then move on to your cleansing routine with soap, astringent/micellar water/tonic, and moisturizer.
7 – Get Good Sleep at Night
The skin needs the body’s resting period to recover from the aggressions of the day, such as pollution and the sun.
The night’s rest is favorable to cell renewal, oxygenation, and the reception of the active principles of the treatment creams. A well-slept night is, in itself, a treatment for the skin.
8 – Do Regular Check-UPS With a Specialist
A trip to a doctor who specializes in skincare is a good idea for a complete diagnosis of your skin’s health status. Also is essential for the doctor to punctually take care of eventual problems, such as spots and acne.
They can also prescribe you the right products, or if you prefer, clarify which pharmacy products are indicated for your skin and explain the differences between what is on sale.
Some people prefer to buy everything ready-made, and one of their roles is to help them choose the best alternatives from the best brands.
Having the check-up up to date also helps a lot to have optimal skin health. If something is wrong, they can notice it on the skin.
Hormonal problems, for example, reflect in acne on the face. So, going to the gynecologist and endocrinologist every year is also important for the health and appearance of the skin.
Having these skin habits will not only promote the best optimal skin health for you but also lead to a healthier lifestyle. Start doing them and give the best care your skin deserves.