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Easy tips for healthy skin
I had a bad case of acne growing up. I remember looking at all my friends, with their fresh, radiant skin, and then comparing my skin to theirs. It was a sad habit that always left me feeling inadequate.
My face has now cleared up and, thankfully, my acne left no scars. So I’ve become a little obsessed with skin care. Here are a few easy tips for healthy skin that I hope you find useful.
As we all know, skin needs to be cared for from the inside out. That means that if you take care of your body, you skin will show it. But I know this is probably the hardest part to do, and sometimes we prefer the quick, superficial fixes. So I will start with those first.
Wash your face every night
Sometimes we come home so tired that the last thing we want to do is wash our face. I’ve been there, but when this happens, I picture myself with old, saggy, wrinkly skin and I rush to the bathroom to wash my face.
Sleeping with your make up on can lead premature aging and break outs. However, over washing your face or using the wrong products can be just as bad. Try this all natural way for cleaning your face at night:
- Massage your face with coconut or almond oil
- Remove the oil with a cotton ball
- Rinse with water
When I’m too tired to do this, I just wash my face with glycerin soap. If you use super heavy makeup, you’re better off using the glycerin soap since you will feel a deeper clean.
Don’t wash your face in the morning
If you wash your face at night, there’s really no need for you to wash it again in the morning (unless you sleep in a pile of mud). Just wet your face with cold water to start the day, and your face will thank you.
Exfoliate your skin
It is recommended to exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times a week, NOT EVERYDAY. Here’s how to do it the natural way:
- Mix sugar and olive oil
- Apply to face in a circular motion
I also like to exfoliate my face with an exfoliating face brush and my glycerin soap. It has worked wonders for me.
If you use a store bought scrub product make sure it doesn’t contain any alcohol. Also, don’t use body scrubs for your face, as this can cause irritation since facial tissue is a lot more delicate than body tissue.
Get rid of your bangs
The oil from your hair can rub on your forehead and cause breakouts.
Moisturize your skin
I’ve tried so many moisturizers over the course of my life, and the one that I have fallen in love with is a cheap CVS pharmacy brand that contains tons of vitamin E.
If you don’t live close to a CVS, buy vitamin E capsules and apply the oil directly to your skin or mix it with your moisturizer. If you have oily skin, apply the vitamin E at night, since this might leave your skin a little oily.
Sun wrinkles your skin and makes you spotted as a Dalmatian. I personally don’t like to use Sunblock because of its many chemicals, so I use coconut oil which has worked really well for me.
Don’t use too much make up
The majority of make up products contain many chemicals, some of which can be dangerous to your skin. It’s better to use make up sporadically and let your skin breathe. In any case, you don't need make up to be beautiful!
Ok, now let’s go to the hardest part of taking care of your skin: the inside!
Drink water! This is the cheapest (almost free), most effective natural treatment you will ever find. It cleans, hydrates and adds elasticity to your skin. So why wouldn’t you drink it?!?
The recommended amount is 6 – 8 cups of water. But it all depends on your body. Here’s an equation that will help you determine how much water you should drink daily.
weight * 2/3 = oz. of water you should drink daily.
Add 12 oz. per every 30 minutes of exercise.
We all know this one: eat all your fruits and veggies. If you do, you skin will be glowing. Pay special attention to the consumption of these vitamins:
- Vitamin A- found in spinach, chards, broccoli, basil, mango, cantaloupe, tomato, red bell pepper, plums, apples, cherries, etc…
- Vitamin B – rice, wheat, oatmeal, soy, lentils, beer, etc…
- Vitamin C – cauliflower, radish, spinach, garlic, celery, onions, artichoke, watermelon, citric fruits, papaya, pears, strawberries, etc..
- Vitamin E – vegetable oils, avocados, dried fruit, coconut, etc…
- Zinc – Algae, legumes, nuts, soy, cereals, etc…
When you exercise, you liberate toxins and sweat hydrates your skin. So go ahead, move around!
Get at least 6 – 8 hours of sleep every night Your body needs the rest to recuperate and get rid of stress. Your skin will show the new relaxed you.
Tobacco and Alcohol
Both bad for your skin! Stay away from them. It’s that simple.
Keeping a healthy skin is not easy, but it's not impossible! I hope these tips for healthy skin will help you keep your skin beautiful and radiant!