The key to achieving amazing skin is directly related to how you take care of it. Establishing a skin care routine requires a little bit of discipline, but as you begin to see results, it will be worth the effort! I’ve found that there are three easy changes that you can make to your lifestyle that will give you great looking (and feeling) skin.
Stop Touching Your Face
Do you have a tendency to rest your face on your hands while in a meeting or while working on a project? If you have a habit of touching your face throughout the day, you are unintentionally contributing to clogged pores. Your fingers and hands contain natural oils and bacteria, which will rub off on your face when you touch it. In addition think about all the surfaces you touch in a day. Many of those surfaces contain debris that can easily clog pores.
Find Products that Work
As with any skin care routine, you have to have good products. To find products that are right for your skin type, I advise visiting a skin care specialist. They will be able to read your skin and give you proper advice on what your skin really needs to become healthy and vibrant.
In general, you’ll need a cleanser, toner, and a moisturizer. Cleansers are designed to eliminate bacteria and debris from the surface layer of your skin. You can find a variety of cleansers for different skin types. Some of them you can wash off right away and others will need to remain on the skin a couple minutes. Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed away the cleanser, you apply toner. Toners restore your skin to its natural pH and removes any cleanser you might have missed. After your toner has dried, you MUST apply a moisturizer deigned for your skin tone. A good moisturizer will nourish your skin, even if it’s oily!
Address Your Diet
Ever heard the phrase, “you are what you eat”? This couldn’t be more truthful. The skin directly reflects what is going on inside your body. If you are consuming foods that your body can’t properly digest, such as dairy, it will appear on your skin. If you are unable to process dairy, calcium will begin to deposit around your eyes and become what is known as milia. Also, reduce the amount of high glycemic foods from processed carbs in your diet. These foods would include pizza, donuts, French fries, etc. When your body takes in high glycemic loads, your insulin spikes, which contributes to more acne prone skin.
Reach for foods that are plant-based, i.e. fill up on your fruits and vegetables. Additionally, reduce the amount of dairy your take in.
Keep in mind that I’ve only provided you with three easy changes you can make to your lifestyle to achieve healthy, radiant skin. I would also suggest getting daily exercise, resisting the urge to pop your acne, drinking plenty of water, and really cleaning out your skin every month by seeing a skin care specialist for a facial.