As the reams of skin care articles often state, your skin is the largest organ in (or on) your body. As such, it’s probably a good idea to take as good care of it as possible. However, while this might sound like a catchy soundbite, what does it actually mean in practice? This post will cover a range of tips, some obvious, others less so, that will help to get your skin looking radiant, glorious, and, most importantly, healthy. While some may appear slightly controversial, they all work wonders, and like everything in life, the best solution is usually a combination of options that, when applied together, get the best results.
Treat Skin Concerns With Targeted Products
The first section in this post forgoes the usual “drink lots of water” tip and focuses right away on using specialist products. Why is this? Well, the fact remains that while natural is always best, certain issues require slightly more targeted methods to correct. One way to properly care for your skin is to treat skin concerns with targeted products. These specially formulated products target specific skin issues such as acne, sun damage, and even the dreaded W word…wrinkles. For example, if you have an acne problem, special cleansers, and facial serums are specifically designed to treat acne-prone skin. Likewise, if you’re fighting wrinkles or sagging skin, there are specially formulated moisturizers and other options like dermal fillers for wrinkles that can help firm up and reduce the appearance of unsightly lines. And finally, if you’ve been out in the sun too much, there are unique treatments that can help restore your complexion and reduce discoloration. You can go as broad or as targeted as you desire, but if you are considering anything more than off-the-shelf products, it’s always best to discuss things with a doctor who can recommend a dermatologist (because unless your last name is Kardashian, you probably don’t know any dermatologists directly).
A Tan Might Be Beautiful, But Skin Cancer Sure Isn’t
Did you know that the American Cancer Society estimates that this year over 97,000 melanomas will be diagnosed, and of those, almost 8,000 are expected to die? That’s a harrowing set of numbers to digest in a casual post about skin care tips, but skin cancer is a real threat but one of the few cancers that can be reduced almost entirely (disregarding genetics). It’s absolutely essential to wear sunscreen when exposed to the sun, but unfortunately, many people overlook this simple step. It can be one of the most critical steps in protecting your skin from less serious cosmetic issues like premature aging and more serious ones like cancer. Sunscreen is especially important if you work outdoors or enjoy activities, as these can expose you to intense UV radiation. So do yourself a favor and slap on factor 50 when you head outdoors; your skin will thank you tremendously.
Get Enough Sleep
This tip might seem slightly odd at first glance, but if you have ever heard of the phrase “beauty sleep,” it will become less peculiar and more logical. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin loses its natural glow and develops dark circles under your eyes. While you can often mask these unsightly marks, you also become more prone to breakouts due to stress and lack of rest. Quality sleep offers an array of benefits for your skin, including fighting free radical damage (provided you eat right, as discussed later) and promoting collagen production. Plus, it helps reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging, giving you an enviable youthful complexion! Furthermore, getting plenty of quality, restful sleep will do wonders for your entire body, not just your skin, as you will be less stressed, more productive, and ultimately, a happier, healthier human!
Improve Your Diet And Add In Lots Of Fresh, Natural Foods
You are what you eat, and your skin is the first indicator of what you are! Having a healthy and balanced diet is essential for good skin care as it provides your largest organ (there we go again!) with the nutrients it requires to flush away toxins, keep the blood flowing through, and have enough of the right fats to keep it plump and taught. Moreover, you must remember that your skin is your body’s first and most important line of defense against the pollution and detritus of the world, so providing it with everything it needs is key to keeping your body healthy as a whole. So what constitutes a skin-healthy diet? Fortunately, most beneficial foods also happen to be delicious. Some options include:
- Fatty fish: This is full of the omega fatty acids (3, 6, and 9) that you hear about all the time. These acids keep your collagen levels intact and assist your body in processing other foods.
- Avocados: These are great for much the same reason as other fatty foods but have the added benefit of being in vogue at the moment and easily spreadable over a range of sourdoughs!
- Various nuts and seeds: There is no point listing them all here because they are all great for you and full of lots of skin-healthy minerals and vitamins.
- Dark chocolate: Now you’re talking! You don’t have to give up everything you love; some studies have shown up to 20 grams of the stuff per day could enable your skin to withstand twice as much UV radiation before burning than if you don’t eat it. So if you ever need an excuse to eat more chocolate, simply use this post as a reference!
Develop A Skincare Routine That Fits Your Type Of Skin
You might have to seek the advice of a dermatologist for this one (or ask your doctor to recommend one, as explained earlier!). Nonetheless, the secret to great-looking skin is understanding your skin type (i.e., oily, dry, or the unfortunate combination). Once you have created a routine that suits your specific type of skin, stay committed! Regularly following all the steps at least twice a day will cultivate healthy habits which will give satisfactory results after some time.
Healthy and glowing skin is one of the hallmarks of good health. Moreover, taking proper care of your skin today, such as by following the tips outlined in this article, can help your skin look its best for years to come. Remember that nourishing your skin involves more than exfoliation and moisturization; it needs adequate sleep and an excellent diet to thrive.