A Complete Guide to Healthy Skin

Everyone wants healthy skin – there is nothing as satisfying as getting up in the morning and feeling like you don’t have to put on a lot of makeup to cover all the blemishes. Granted, makeup is excellent and really allows you to feel extra pretty when going out, but when you have those days when you don’t want to put makeup on, you still want to feel comfortable enough to go out of the house with nothing on your face but a natural glow. There have been many “secret recipes” behind healthy skin, but many people still struggle to get issues like acne, pigmentation, and discolouration sorted out for good. When looking at what it takes to ensure your skin is clean, healthy, and moisturized, there are a few simple steps you can follow each and every day that are sure to make a significant difference and give you the skin you’ve always wanted. That said, here is a complete guide to healthy and flawless skin.

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Skin Care Routine

First thing’s first, you need to look at your daily skincare routine and establish what needs work or a bit of tweaking. When buying products to treat your face with, you need to know what your skin type is as this will determine what type of products you need – skin types range from oily to dry as well as combination skin, meaning that certain parts of your face tend to be oily while other parts are much dryer. According to dermatologists, the perfect skincare routine consists of the following steps: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser – this needs to happen each morning and night. If you’re wearing makeup, you’ll need to remove it first with micellar water and only cleanse afterwards. Afterwards, apply a hydrating toner by pouring a few drops on a ball of cotton wool and wiping it onto your face. 

Next, a serum needs to be applied – in the morning, a serum with antioxidants will keep your face bright and protected throughout the day. At night, a moisturizing serum will prevent your skin from drying out while you’re sleeping. If you are struggling with breakouts, a spot treatment will efficiently treat the affected areas throughout the night. Differin gel is a particularly effective option and contains retinoid, an active ingredient that increases skin cell turnover. A moisturizer should be applied afterwards to lock in all the products you’ve used and moisturize your face, which is crucial to an effective skincare routine. Lastly, sunscreen should be applied to protect your face from the sun’s harmful UV rays; many moisturizers already contain SPF, but if not, apply sunscreen, and you’ll be all set for the day ahead. 

Vitamins and Minerals

Seeing as an imbalance of hormones causes acne, you can utilize vitamins and minerals to lessen the effects of acne naturally. Vitamin A is one option that can aid in the treatment of acne – experts warn against the supplementary intake of vitamin A, though, stating that it can be more harmful than helpful if not taken in moderation. The topical vitamin A, though, is much more effective and can treat acne by regenerating cells. Zinc is a mineral that is also able to assist in the treatment of breakouts and blemishes. Past studies show that Zinc can help to decrease oil production, which clogs pores and protects the skin from inflammation and bacterial infections. A natural remedy for acne is also tea tree oil; a study was conducted where thirty people were given tea tree oil to use, while another thirty people were given a placebo. The thirty people who used tea tree oil saw significant improvements in their acne than the other thirty participants.

Foods that Cause and Prevent Acne

Although food isn’t the only cause of acne, it can contribute to its severity and random breakouts that may have you wondering where it came from. One of the contributors is milk – it may come as a shock, seeing as most people consume milk on a daily basis. Scientists are still doing further research into the subject but have found that it may be due to the hormones cows produce when they are pregnant, which is then transmitted into the milk we consume. 

Also, sugar and carbs have a massive impact on one’s complexion. A diet primarily consisting of soda, bread, rice, and sugary desserts like cake is much more likely to cause acne on one’s skin. The reason for this is the high glycemic index of these foods; when consumed, your body produces much more insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, which then affects other hormones that boost oil production in one’s skin. Salmon, though, is a food that can aid in the prevention of blemishes and pimples. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which lowers inflammation in the body dramatically and can prevent random breakouts. This fish also reduces a protein called IGF-1 produced by the body, which contributes to acne. Nuts also have high levels of antioxidants and vitamins that can prevent acne, like selenium and vitamin E. Almonds and Brazil nuts are among those that have a high content of these breakout-preventing compounds.

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Bad Habits

Apart from living a healthier lifestyle and following an effective skincare regime, there are also a few bad habits one can kick to the curb in order to prevent breakouts. One of these bad habits is constantly touching one’s face – you may not notice it, but you probably touch your face more than a few times a day. Don’t think so? Well, recent studies have shown that the average person touches their faces almost sixteen times an hour; this is more than enough to irritate your skin and cause blemishes. Remember, you use your hands to pick things up, eat, touch buttons and railings, and a whole host of other things – all of the above leads to your hands having a lot of bacteria on them, which infects and inflames your pores; hence the sporadic breakout every now and again. Another bad habit that is much more accidental is women who sometimes go to sleep without removing their makeup or not removing it properly. Leftover makeup on the skin can clog your pores and lead to a record breakout, so be sure to use a decent makeup remover that doesn’t leave any traces behind.

Water

It is a very obvious contributor to clear skin, yet most people still don’t follow it when trying to improve their complexion. Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day will flush your body from toxins that will have a direct impact on your skin. Many people who have started to increase their water intake have reported that their skin also showed a much more radiant glow, probably because they are much more hydrated than before. Also, keeping your skin hydrated by drinking enough water will prevent your skin from creating excess oil, which results in clogged pores and blemishes. There has been some debate on whether drinking water actually helps the skin be clearer. Still, if it doesn’t make a difference to your skin, there are a whole host of other major health benefits from drinking water that will motivate you to keep up with the healthy habit.

Healthy skin is one of the best gifts you can give yourself, and it will ultimately boost your confidence levels as well. There are few things as frustrating as getting up in the morning and seeing all the new pimples that need attention, so try following these guidelines above and watch your skin transform right before your eyes.

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