7 Tips To Get The Best Skin Of Your Life
Get the best skin of your life with these 7 tips!
Great skin doesn’t happen by accident unless you are super genetically blessed. For the rest of us? We need to work on getting clear healthy skin.
It’s a process that requires commitment, a little experimentation (to see what works for you) and a holistic approach - a great skincare routine is only part of the puzzle.
#1 - Use the right cleanser for your skin type
Getting your cleanser right is one of the most important steps of your skincare routine.
Choosing the wrong cleanser for your skin type can mean the ph level of your skin is thrown out of balance. This can lead to a complexion that’s dry, flaky, breaking out and incredibly sensitive.
If you’re dealing with oily, acne-prone, it can be tempting to use a cleanser that ‘strips’ skin of oil in an effort to combat breakouts. The problem is, it strips skin of its essential oils too and only perpetuates the breakout cycle.
If your skin type is dry and sensitive, you’ll want to make sure your cleanser is helping keep the moisture levels of your skin topped up.
For oily, dry and combination skin types, your best bet is to choose a gentle cleanser, free of soaps, chemicals, and additives that compromise the skin’s sensitive barrier.
# 2 - Stick with a simple routine
When it comes to skincare, less is more and quality definitely counts over quantity.
Complicated routines aren’t only laborious (who has the time for a 10 step routine every morning!) they can cause your skin to go haywire!
If your skin is constantly irritated, it could be a sign you’re using too many products. Going OTT with your routine can result in redness, irritation, dryness, and worsened breakouts.
An excellent cleanser and moisturiser should be the core of your routine, then add a few products based on your skin’s specific needs, like a face oil or serum. More on that in a minute.
#3 - Eat and drink skin-beautifying foods
A healthy glow isn’t just about the products you put on your skin, your diet is a huge part of your skin. In fact, the best skincare products in the world can’t fix the results of a poor diet.
Fill your plate with fresh vegetables, quality proteins, and healthy omega 3 fats. Include sipping a green juice packed with veggies in your daily routine - this helps oxygenate the skin and stimulate lymphatic drainage for a brighter complexion.
We love this list of skin-beautifying smoothies from Green Blender. Check it out for some serious smoothie inspo!
Green tea is great too; especially if you’re dealing with a red, blotchy completion - the tea’s anti-inflammatory properties will help soothe the inflammation. Consider switching to green tea instead of your morning cup of coffee.
#4 - Wear sunscreen 365 days a year
Sunscreen has to be part of your routine 365 days a year - not just on those hot summer days or when you’re kicking back on the beach.
Your skin needs protection from the UV rays you’re exposed to on a daily basis whether you’re driving a car, taking a quick walk outside or even sitting next to a window at the office. This exposure all contributes to accelerating the visible signs of ageing.
Choose broad-spectrum sunscreen and if your moisturiser doesn’t include SPF, apply it after your moisturiser.
#5 - Get enough sleep
It isn’t called ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing!
Your skin goes into full-on repair mode while you sleep; not getting enough quality shut-eye means you’re missing this precious rejuvenation time.
Not only that, being sleep deprived actually puts more stress on your body raising cortisol levels which can trigger breakouts and other skin issues.
According to research, lack of sleep can mean paler skin, more wrinkles or fine lines, and more droopy corners of the mouth.
The bottom line? Treat sleep like an essential part of your beauty routine - don’t skip it!
#6 - Use a serum
Are you using a serum? Incorporating the right serum could take your skincare routine to the next level with minimal extra effort!
Serums are water-based formulations designed to target specific skin concerns by delivering a super potent combination of ingredients that can deeply penetrate your skin. Because of their small molecular make-up, serums can penetrate the skin at a deeper level than a moisturiser.
Serums are generally formulated with active ingredients like vitamin C, resurfacing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids and peptides for collagen production, to treat specific skin concerns.
Whether you’re dealing with acne-prone skin, scarring, hyperpigmentation, dryness, wrinkles or mature skin, the addition of serum to treat a specific issue will maximise the results of your standard skincare routine.
#7 - Be patient with pimples
No matter how tempting it is to pop that pimple or pick your skin, get your hands away from your face!
Playing with your face only makes things worse, spreading the infection and inflammation. Wait it out, don’t apply makeup to the area and just let your skin breathe for a couple of days. The occasional breakout clears up by itself if you don’t get your fingers involved.
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