7 Science-backed ways to get beautiful skin
Ever wondered how some people just have flawless skin? Were they born with it? This was the question a friend asked me while she was scrolling through Instagram. So is nature, nurture or a combination responsible for dewy youthful skin?
No need for a $200 serum, the snail on the face( the notion that the snails eat the dead cell on your skin), the blood transfusion (please not try it) or endless time applying foundation just to step out.
I have got news for you, getting that wonderful glow will be easier by the time you are done reading. As a skincare expert, I will list the 7 easy habits you can start today to get your skin looking bestie.
Wash Your Pillowcase Frequently
If you are a Germaphobes, you don’t want to read this
Your fluffy, soft pillows host nasty germs that attack your skin while you sleep. Unfortunately, that can cause your skin to breakout.
Here is why. We sweat more, shed dead skins and unwanted oil, while we sleep. This attracts dust mites to pillows who feed on dead skin cells, causing breakouts and clogging pores.
Solution: Wash your pillowcase daily and your face before sleeping
Tip: Turn your pillowcase inside out to allow for 2 day use.
Get enough sleep. If You Don’t Snooze You Lose
Sleep your way to a flawless looking skin.
To heal, the body produces human growth hormones this protects the skin from daily grimes and keep us looking young and radiant.
Depriving yourself from a good sleep, also deprives your skin from nutrients it needs to heal daily.
Side effects of not sleeping: imbalanced, dull complexion, redness, and breakouts.
Turn off the gram, shut off netflix, and start snoozing
Solution: Zzzzzz…. Your way to great skin. Its free and it’s available every night
Tip: Stay away from alcohol, coffee, sugar and screens an hour before sleeping.
3. Wipe your Phone on the regular
Yikes! your 1000+ iphone is costing you even more. A study out of the University hospital of Nice in France found that compared to UVB irradiation, blue-violet light (also known as HEV) created more pronounced hyperpigmentation of the skin that lasted up to three months.
Need another reason? How about your phone houses more germs than your toilet seat. Every time you answer a call, germs on your phone find a new home on your face.
Side effects: Discolored spots, Acne, Sagging skin and photoaging.
Solution: Wipe your phone to prevent germ build up. Also exfoliate your skin weekly to destroy grime buildup on your skin. Want free vegan exfoliating mask click here
Tip: Use a headphone to answer calls, have a phone free day.
4. Drink lots of water- Raisin Or Grape Skin?
Grab a grape, grab a raisin. Now compare the plump dewy look of the first with the dry hardness of the raisin.
That’s what happens to your skin when dehydrated. It turns dry, hard, dull with darker under-eye circles. Your skin becomes dull raisin.
The body needs water to function, if it isn’t getting enough of it, it pulls water from your skin.
Here is a test you can at home to determine your skin’s hydration levels.
Take a small part of your skin around the cheek area and give it a gentle squeeze. If you notice any wrinkling or if the skin doesn’t bounce back after you let go, then your skin is dehydration.
Solution: Grab a glass or 8 and start drinking your way to a dewy looking skin.
Tip: Stay hydrated, always drink a glass of water before and after each meal
5. Eat Healthy- If it’s Healthy for you, its healthy For The Skin
Hate to be the bearer of bad news. But, your favourite dessert is bad for your skin.
The sweet joy from each bite of doughnuts, candy, mars bar is temporary. But, the effects on your skin last far longer.
Here is why. Ingesting sugar or high glycemic foods adds stress on your body to break down and digest. Leading to what Dr. Nicolas Perricone refers to as “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.”
The Inflammation breaks down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.
If saggy, wrinkly skin doesn’t scare you, then Acne and Rosacea might. Eating carbs and Sugar increases risk of having Acne and Rosacea
Solution: Eat healthy, load up on more veggies and fruits with natural sugar.
Tip: Good Fats are your friend. Healthy fats, like Omega-3s, keep your skin looking soft, supple and radiant
6. Stressing About Your Skin Actually Stresses The Skin
Freak outs, freaks out your skin. Stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil.
The probelm with that is oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.
Such as psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It also cause hives and other types of skin rashes.
Relax, take a deep breathe and think happy positive thoughts. Because the alternative hurts your look.
Effects on skin– Baggy eyes, Acne, Dry, Flaky skin, psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema.
Solution: Get enough rest and exercise . Exercising produces endorphins, triggering a positive feeling like morphine does. Use products high in Vitamin C Try one free.
Tip: Spend 10-15 minutes doing something you enjoy. Read a book, try yoga, exercise.
7. Use This 3 Simple Step Skincare Routine
The face builds up grime (Pollution, dirt, excess oil) from our everyday interaction with the environment (mobile device, pillow case, sun, food). This grimes are microscopic in nature, not visible to the eye, causing them to build up overtime.
The effects causes the skin’s tone to become dull and skin texture to be rough and dry.
Using 3 Simple steps, you can reverse the effects on your skin for the perfect skin tone and skin texture.
- Cleanse: Cleansing your skin is your first defense against the effects of grime on your skin. It removes the grimes before they build up and block your pores.
- Use an oil base cleansers to remove oil-based makeup, SPF and other impurities. This allows for effortless cleansing of even the toughest mascara.
- Exfoliate: Removes stubborn grimes and dead skin cells that have built up over time. This allows your pores to shrink back and adds a new glow.
- Use a gentle, non-irritating exfoliator 2-3 times per week to promote cell turnover, unclog pores.
- Renew: Mother nature will always have her way. But there is a way to slow down her effects on your skin. Use a serum that to hydrate skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Use products formulated with active ingredients that target fine lines, loss of firmness, hyperpigmentation and dehydration.
So yeah, its kinda important you look after your skin. Your skin will thank you with a glow.