Healthy skin is a goal that many aspire to achieve. For some, it's very obtainable, and for others, not so much. A multitude of factors goes into healthy skin. However, what it takes to achieve that vibrant, glowing skin you've always wanted can be frustrating at times.
Ready for the best skincare tips? Here are some practices you should start implementing to improve your skin health.
Following A Healthy Diet
Diet and nutrition are linked to the skin's health. Your skin is an organ, so what you put in your body acts on it, just as it would any other organ. Having a healthy diet filled with vitamins, minerals, nutrients, proteins, and whole grains is the first step to improving your skin's health.
What Does a Balanced Diet Look Like
A perfectly balanced diet doesn’t have to be hard to achieve. Life gets hectic, and sometimes, a quick drive-thru cheeseburger is just the easiest option. There's nothing wrong with that, as life is about balance.
First off, you want to try and avoid foods high in fats, salt, and sugar. Eating well-balanced meals means they should consist of protein, carbs, and a vegetable or fruit.
Foods That Help Your Skin
While there are not enough studies regarding what positive effects certain foods have on your skin, eat antioxidant-rich foods that will help keep your skin looking happy and healthy. Such foods may include:
- Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
- Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
- Beans, peas, and lentils
- Salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid
- Nuts and seeds
Also, you know the basics. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated all day long.
Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen
While you may already have your skincare routine down, adding another step can seem unnecessary. Well, we're here to tell you this is a step that should never be skipped, and that's applying sunscreen.
Applying sunscreen is arguably the most crucial step to any skincare regimen and should never be skipped. The sun is a force to be reckoned with, and the damage it can cause your skin is sometimes irreversible.
A lifetime of sun exposure can cause age spots, wrinkles, and other skin issues. The sun has intense ultraviolet rays that can pierce deep into your skin and cause pigmentation colors, sunburn, sunspots, and other skin conditions.
When you wear sunscreen, you want to use one that's high in SPF, provides good coverage, that's lightweight, and can be worn with makeup or other skincare products.
SPF 30 or Higher
Sunscreen that is SPF 30 will block 97 percent of the sun's UV rays. Opt for SPF 30 or above and a 5 star UVA rating as it is still lightweight enough that it will blend into your skin easily and won't leave that awkward white residue all over your face.
If you aren't wearing sunscreen every day, chances are your skin is enduring a lot of damage from the sun. UV rays can do more than cause pigmentation issues and sunspots, and they can severely dry out your skin.
If you're convinced that you have chronically dry skin and you've tried every moisturizer there is, consider looking into sunscreen. The sun UV rays may be the culprit behind your dry and brittle skin.
Other Benefits of Sunscreen
Not only does sunscreen protect your skin from skin cancer and other skin damages, but it also can keep you looking younger.
Since sunscreen offers a layer of protection over your skin, it's also protected from any damage the sun can cause you. Yes, even premature fine lines and wrinkles. Getting older can already be a tough pill to swallow; the last thing you want is extra wrinkles that could've been avoided.
Use Products Made For Your Skin Type
The first step to buying and using products that work for you is by determining your skin type. Let's break it down. There are four skin types, normal, dry, oily, combination (both oily and dry skin). And each has specific criteria as to what will be most beneficial to them. Here’s what to consider:
If you have normal skin, congratulations! This is the easiest skin type to shop for, as almost any product may work for you. However, don’t forget to take caution and patch test when trying new products.
Dealing with dry skin can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. If your skin dries and cracks, it can be extremely uncomfortable. Dry skin can be hereditary or caused by uncontrollable circumstances like weather, changes in your
You want to focus on products that are ultra-nourishing and moisturizing. Opt for products with hydrating properties like hyaluronic acid or sea kelp.
Oily skin is arguably the most difficult of skin types. You need a set-in-stone, on-the-dot routine to keep your skin oils at bay. You need to moisturize to avoid excess oil production, but you must avoid moisturizing too much, or that will cause clogged pores and breakouts.
If you suffer from oily skin, you want to have a generous moisturizing routine, and be sure to steer clear of any oil-based products. Your skin is more prone to acne, so look for skincare products labeled "non-comedogenic.”
Combining skin is tricky, as it often changes throughout the day. This can depend on the weather, hormones, or your skincare routine that day.
Luckily for you, there are endless products for combination skin nowadays, leaving your skin much easier to deal with.
Gently Cleanse The Face
Washing your face when you wake up removes the sweat, dirt, grime, germs, and bacteria that settle while you sleep. Scrubbing your skin too hard while cleansing can be detrimental to your skin's appearance. Your skin is soft and sensitive, and you should treat it as such.
Sometimes intensely scrubbing your skin can feel right, especially if you're extra sweaty, oily, or are having a bad breakout — You want to feel extra clean.
Whatever you do, don't scrub when you remove makeup. Scrubbing your skin can make matters worse for many skin conditions and even cause you to break out more often. Instead of scrubbing, gently cleanse your face with warm water. Your skin is precious, and you should always give it all the extra TLC it needs.
You should avoid washing clothes, as those can also be rough on your skin. We suggest using your hands, but you can also use a cleansing brush if you prefer a tool.
Aim To Stress Less
We know it might be easier said than done, but stress can directly affect your health and appearance of skin. Stress can leave your skin looking tired and dull.
Stress is inevitable, most of the time. But, there are ways you can cope with it, whether it be implementing daily meditations or a new workout regime. Add essential oils to your humidifier, schedule a facial massage, opt for a sheet mask, or even include a new serum to your skin care routine. When you make time for yourself, you can reduce stress levels and be on your way to achieving healthy skin.
Say Hello To Healthy Skin With Nourishing Biologicals
Here at Nourishing Biologicals, we want you to have the best skincare experience possible, which is why we work diligently to provide you with optimal skin care practices.
Having healthy skin is definitely a bit of flex, and it is probably easier to obtain than you've ever realized. All it takes is a few changes in your daily routine and maybe a few skincare swaps. Once you make those changes, your skin will look healthy and luxurious.