With the New Year now firmly upon us, many will have made resolutions that involve our health and beauty regimes but whilst most will focus on weight and fitness or perhaps finally kicking that nasty habit, fewer will focus on skincare. An important part of our health, there are many simple ways to make your skin healthier and give yourself and better, more radiant look.
Here we detail the best ways to get your skincare back on track to make sure you are looking your best going into the New Year.
1. Drink Lots of Water
It may sound overly simplistic and a little bit boring but the fact of the matter is, just by drinking water, your skin will benefit immensely. Your body needs water and it turns on itself if it feels it is not hydrated enough, often taking the moisture from the skin.Water itself also has no added sugar or other impurities that damage skin.
As such, the more water you drink, the better. Upping the amount you drink and switching from sugary drinks to the clear stuff out of the tap could really make a world of difference.
Your skin is a protective barrier between your body and the elements and as such, layers of the dead cells often sit on the surface of your skin. As such, any product or lotion you might use to help protect your skin may actually be slowed or rendered useless by this layer of cells and so it is important to exfoliate before applying any products.
Of course, don't go overboard. Your skin is there to protect you so you don't want to damage it but exfoliating before applying cleansers or lotions can make a big difference.
3. Eat A Healthy Diet
It may sound like an obvious one but the more bad stuff you put into your body, the more it will show. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake helps massively as they provide vital nutrients and antioxidants as well as often being high in water content which, as we've already mentioned, is great for the skin.
Avoid smoking tobacco as well and look for foods (usually fruit) that contain high amounts of vitamin C, D or E, are necessary for proper skin care.
4. Sleep Tight
Adequate amounts of sleep can do wonders for your all around health including mental and physical health. It can also impact your appearance as erratic sleep has been linked with the wrinkles around your eyes whilst your body needs the vital recovery time in order to heal after a hard day and that includes your skin.
Normally, adults need around 8 hours of sleep whilst teens need between 8-10 hours, so make sure you have a regular sleep pattern and are getting enough.
5. Be Careful What Products You Use
Using products to aid your skin is quite a common practice but few people actually check the products against their skin and often just assume the advertising and marketing materials are telling them the whole truth. Think about your skin type and tone and work out what it is sensitive to for the best results.
Some products use harmful chemicals including Paraben, Phthalates, Propylene glycol, and Sodium lauryl sulfate which can damage the skin, get into the bloodstream and have been linked to cancer.
6. Cut Down On Dairy Products
Milk is great for strong bones and calcium but research has shown that milk components associated with testosterone hormones would stimulate oil glands. This can lead to a range of effects from small dark spots to larger, visible cysts. That's not to say that you should cut out dairy altogether, though.
Try cutting out dairy over a period of time, say a month or two, or just look for opportunity where bovine products can be replaced by sheep or goats milk.
7. Think About Application
Whatever you apply to your skin first will penetrate it first so think about the order you are applying your products and make sure they aren't counteracting each other. If possible, apply them at separate times of the day for maximum impact. For example, apply a lotion for sun protection in the morning.
Then, apply anti-wrinkle cream in the evening in order to maximize what both products can do.
8. Make Your Own Skin Pastes
It will require a little research and preparation but making your own skin pastes can save on kitchen waste as well as cutting down on the harmful and harsh chemicals in your products. Olive oil, coconut oil, lemon, sugar, cucumber and coffee grounds can all be used with ease by anyone.
Olive oil is a great moisturizer whilst cucumber can cleanse the skin before application of another product and coffee grounds are great for exfoliation.
9. Wash Your Face
It sounds so simple but few of us do it. Sure, we all jump in the shower in the morning but few take the time to properly scrub and pay attention to our face. Give it the time and attention it deserves and you can remove blemishes just by attention and care and you really should do it at least once a day.
If you do it just before bed it can also have benefits on your skin tone and removes the pollutants picked up from throughout the day.
10. Avoid Over Drying Your Skin
Certain products can actually dry your skin out leaving it damaged and lacking firmness and vital nutrients. Avoid alcohol-based astringents and moisturizers immediately after washing and be careful of the chemical content of your products. It all adds up so make sure you don't use too much.
If your skin does become too dry it can look aged before its time.