It’s a never-ending quest for women, and men, today on how to achieve a smoother, radiant, and younger-looking skin. Like it or not, your skin takes a beating from everyday stressors. Pollution, stress, sun damage, chemical, and hormonal changes, are just some of the causes for the skin to be dull and rough.
Aging is also a major factor which is, unfortunately, inevitable. You cannot prevent aging, but it does not mean that you should give up on going through this natural process gracefully.
Experts cannot stress enough the importance of taking care of your skin. And it’s a good thing that there are ways you can do to take better care of your skin.
Improve your diet. Cut off on junk foods, better yet, stop consuming junk food altogether. It only contributes to the destruction of bacteria that are good for the skin. Add vitamins and antioxidants to your diet, such as bright-colored fruits and vegetables. It boosts the skin’s defense against free radical damages. Fish is also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Food rich in zinc like dairy, poultry, legumes, meat, and dark chocolate, help in skin repair.
Wash your face, then moisturize. Start your daily face wash every morning and evening. This is important because washing helps remove dirt, oil, bacteria, and makeup on the skin. Boost skin’s hydration by incorporating moisturizers with hyaluronic acid (HA) to your routine. It has moisture binding properties that help keep your skin looking plump and retain its moisture.
Get enough sleep. Allow your body to rest and recover after your activities are done for the day. Avoid being stressed and exhausted by getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. Not getting the right amount of rest can cause premature aging on the skin.
Protect your skin from UV exposure. Too much sun exposure can lead to dry and rough skin. It destroys the collagen and elastin that make up the connective tissues of your skin. Use sunscreens with at least SPF 30 daily. Reapply to the skin if needed.
Hydrate your skin from within. The more water you drink, the more hydrated and plumper your cells become. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day to get all the micronutrients and antioxidants you need to maintain healthy skin.
Exercise regularly. Getting smoother skin does not stop at eating and sleeping better. Exercise should also be an important part of your routine. Exercise induces more blood volume to be pumped through the vessels of the face, giving your facial skin the micronutrients and healing properties that it needs.
Mild exfoliation. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Make sure you remove traces of pore-clogging dirt, grease, and makeup without the risks of over-washing and drying out your skin.