If you’re a little lazy like me, it’s easy for you to wash your face and call it good. However, that is not enough if you want to keep your skin in peak condition at all times. There are a few more things to do to preserve your precious skin. Here are my five favorite things to do to improve my own skin.
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- Lathering it up with sunscreen. Every summer I get a permanently red clown nose that seems incapable of going away. My red cheeks get even redder, and no matter how hard I try, I always manage to burn my scalp, only to harvest peeling skin as I brush my hair. This year I decided to slap on the sunscreen even before spring ever blinked an eye. For my job I spend most of my time indoors, and so I like to balance it out by spending time outdoors. Any time I went for a hike – sunscreen. Any time I hit the ski slopes – sunscreen. Regardless of your SPF, whether it’s 50 or 15, reapply it every two hours. Look for sunscreen that’s compatible with your skin type so you don’t break out, either. Some moisturizers come with sunscreen, which is a nice touch.
- Examine your diet. Some foods are just better for your skin. There isn’t an exact correlation between diet and acne, but diet nonetheless has an effect. Eating processed foods and greasy food doesn’t help. Try to eat foods that are rich in protein and the “good kind of fat.” Don’t worry so much about super foods. Almonds and walnuts are a great and easy way to preserve your skin. Tomatoes and pomegranates are delicious foods to add to your diet. Fish works too. Halibut, salmon, and even tuna, the chicken of the sea, will help you. And of course, beans are indeed the magical fruit – the more you eat, the better your skin.
- Get some rest. Now this is something everyone can get behind. Getting some quality sleep that lasts for at minimum seven hours has a great effect on your skin. Skin makes collagen while you sleep, which helps repair your skin and prevents your skin from getting saggy. As a result, you get fewer wrinkles. It also improves your complexion and gives you a healthy glow. What’s more, it helps improve the dark circles under your eyes, and may even help your hair get healthier. If that’s not a reason to get more sleep, I don’t know what is.
- Stay away from strong soap and smelly cleansers. This stuff can be way too powerful for your skin care Proper skin care calls for a more gentle approach. Strong soaps and detergents can dry up your face and are really harsh on your skin. It also kills essential bacteria on your skin, which leaves it prone to rashes and breakouts. Also take care to not use too much heat while washing. While the heat is all too tempting during the winter, try to avoid washing your face with water that’s too hot. It, too, will dry up your skin and cause more damage.
- Manage your stress. Easier said than done, right? However, stress doesn’t just put a strain on your mind – it puts a strain on your skin, making it more sensitive and prone to breakouts. There are a few ways to manage stress: giving yourself less work to do, mindfulness exercises, physical activity, and spending time doing the things you love are just a few. Find out what stresses you out and figure out how you can manage it. When you do get stressed out, be sure to breathe and know that these moments won’t last forever. Your skin will thank you.
Overall, your skin is precious and needs some tender loving care. If you do nothing else, remember to utilize sunscreen that is designed for your skin type, get some extra sleep, and stay away from strong soaps that can damage your skin. They may be cheaper, but it’s better for your skin and leads to smoother sailing and beautiful experiences.