Five Good Habits for Healthy Skin
Following our blog post on 5 bad skin habits that can wreak havoc on your skin, here is a follow-up post with five good habits to keep your skin healthy and bright.
- Drink plenty of water
Drinking lots of water is not only good for your skin, but it is also a key habit for maintaining your overall health. The cells in our body are mostly made up of water and keeping them hydrated is integral to your physiological balance. One study explored the relationship between the skin-hydrating effect of drinking plenty of water. In the study, healthy women were divided into two groups. In one group, subjects were to drink 5.2 litres of water a day, while the other group drank less than 3.2 litres of water daily. After observing the subjects for month, it was concluded that consuming a high volume of water daily increases the hydration level of the skin. Well-hydrated skin is clear of visible pores, has almost no imperfections and is radiant. Even more reason to fill up your water bottle!
- Apply sunscreen
Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can negatively impact your skin. In fact, most of the signs that are associated with skin aging can be attributed to prolonged sun exposure. UV rays damage the skin’s elastic and collagen tissue, which can result in skin sagging, stretching and wrinkles. With enough exposure, harmful UV rays can also cause freckles, skin discoloration, age spots and even skin cancer. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply a generous amount to all exposed skin 15 minutes before you go out and reapply every two hours to stay protected.
- Eat healthy
Your skin is a good reflection of what you put into your body. If you want to have a radiant complexion, you should properly nourish your body. We dive into good eating habits for glowing skin in part one and part two of our series. Here is a recap: Choose foods that are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is known as a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin of the harmful effects of free radicals. Other great nutrients to include are vitamins A, E, K, zinc and omega-3 fats. Next time you create your meal plan, be sure to include healthy foods packed with these nutrients.
- Cleansing your skin before bed
An essential part of daily skin care routines is cleansing. You may not be aware of it, but your makeup is a carrier of free radicals in the environment. Even if you don’t wear makeup, your skin can collect dust and dirt throughout the day. If you skip out on cleaning your skin before bed, your face is basically sleeping with free radicals. Exposure to free radicals can damage the healthy collagen in your skin, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. Clogged pores can also lead to acne breakouts.
- Get enough sleep
There are many reasons why getting enough sleep is important for your complexion. One study revealed people who suffer from common sleep disorders are more susceptible to experiencing disorders like eczema, psoriasis, and skin aging. Sleeping is also important for a healthy complexion because, while we sleep, our cells regenerate. Do yourself a favour and get in your beauty rest.
By following these five good habits, you will have healthy, glowing skin in no time!