Few people are lucky enough to be born with flawless skin. As the body’s largest organ, your skin is “unlucky” enough to be on the outside of your body, which means that it bears the brunt of everything from exposure to UV radiation to contact with pollutants to cuts and bruises. No matter what the current state of your skin is, you will want to protect it and ensure that it remains as healthy and attractive as possible, no matter where you started in the genetic lottery.
Your local dermatologist has quite a few treatments and procedures to help with problems like dry skin, moles, lines and wrinkles, and more. But there are actually many things that you could be doing at home to protect your skin and keep it hydrated and youthful looking.
Let’s look at eight tips for taking care of your skin at home without expertise or money.
1. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
It cannot be said enough: Skin that is moisturized is better able to withstand exposure to things like UV radiation, dry conditions, and contact with toxins and pollutants. Select a good moisturizer containing simple ingredients that you know work well with your skin. Everyone is different. Some women are allergic to certain ingredients in skin care products, while others have skin that thrive on them.
The best time to moisturize is immediately after your bath or shower because this is the time of day when your skin is already at its most hydrated. Lock in all of that good moisture by applying a moisturizer to your skin at that time. When you do it this way, your skin should remain hydrated and dewy for the entire day. This helps to stave off problems like rough skin texture and premature lines and wrinkles.
2. Drink plenty of water.
These first two items work together. If you are not drinking enough fluids on a daily basis, no amount of skin moisturizer is going to help. Be sure to drink plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day to keep your body and skin hydrated. Not only does it help your skin remain moist, taking in adequate fluids allows your body to flush out any toxins that could otherwise make its way onto the surface of your skin for elimination through your sweat glands. These toxins can irritate your skin and make it break out.
3. Wear a good sunscreen.
I know. I know. You’ve heard it countless times before: Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and wear sunscreen. But it does bear repeating because of the dangers of exposure to UV radiation, including the risk of developing skin cancer.
So unless you don’t mind being mistaken for your child’s grandmother, reduce your exposure to UV radiation and block whatever sunlight that you can so that you avoid developing lines and wrinkles before your time.
In addition to wearing sunscreen when you will be outside for a long time doing things like working in your garden or playing with your kids, you can also get additional protection by wearing a floppy hat or sunglasses. And make sure those sunglasses have UV radiation protection, since sunlight can also take a toll on your eyes over time.
4. Hyaluronic acid is your friend.
Hyaluronic acid is a special substance produced by your own body. It has a unique role to play in your skin as a sort of internal moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to attract many times more water molecules than it actually weighs itself. Unfortunately, this spongy substance tends to become depleted as we grow older or are exposed to UV radiation.
There are two ways that you can increase your skin levels of hyaluronic acid: through supplementation or topical application. Supplements are widely available in capsule form that can be taken daily with water, juice or tea. This way, your body directs the hyaluronic acid to where it is needed the most.
You can also directly apply hyaluronic acid in the form of special serums containing the natural substance. Some of these products contain additional ingredients to enhance the moisturizing effects of hyaluronic acid. Just be sure to avoid those containing alcohol, which can counteract the moisturizing ability of hyaluronic acid.
5. Pep up your skin with peptides!
Peptides are a hot topic right now in the skincare field, particularly when it comes to anti-aging applications. Peptides are a type of amino acid that help to build proteins like collagen, keratin and elastin. These are the main components of your skin that give it its strength, texture and resilience. When skin is depleted of peptides, it loses firmness and has less ‘bounce’.
When you apply peptides to your skin, they function as tiny messengers to trigger skin cells into performing certain tasks like creating collagen and elastin that helps your skin look and act younger.
Don’t leave makeup on all the time.
Always remove your makeup before you hit the sheets. Your skin needs time to breathe overnight. Makeup clogs your pores and leads to blemishes and blackheads. If you don’t have a makeup remover, you can simply put some olive oil on a cotton ball to gently remove makeup and dirt.
6. Try exfoliating.
One of the main reasons that many women have a dull complexion is that dead skin cells tend to accumulate on the surface of the skin. They should normally slough off, but they can build up and block your skin’s natural radiance. Make exfoliation a regular part of your beauty routine to help ensure that you maintain a bright complexion. This is a helpful article on exfoliation by skin type.
7. Watch your diet.
Be aware of what you are eating and how your skin responds. For example, you may find that eating or drinking certain foods leads to breakouts the next day. And you may respond differently to what works well for someone else.
Try to incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Many of them are loaded with nutritious polyphenols and antioxidants that protect your skin from sun damage, blemishes, and the early development of fine lines and wrinkles.
Finally, calm down. Avoid stress as much as possible. Women who are stressed tend to experience more frequent breakouts. This is because being under stress leads to your body producing excess substances like cortisol that create oily skin. Stress management techniques like yoga, breathing exercises and meditation can help. The more you meditate, the more your skin will radiate.
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