Having healthy skin can improve your self-confidence. There are a lot of skin products out there that promise to provide “more energy,” “clear skin,” or a “youthful glow,” but studies show that changing your lifestyle has a better impact on your skin than the products you use. Here are some helpful tips for healthy habits to improve your skin.
- Drink lots of water: Keeping hydrated rejuvenates your skin.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: The vitamins and minerals found in vegetables can keep your skin healthy.
- Cut down on onions, sugar/chocolate, and fried foods: Sugars, oils and caffeine can negatively affect your skin.
- Eat more fish and take fish oil supplements for Omega-3 fatty acids: Healthy oils in Omega-3 fatty acids can help keep your skin looking younger and healthier.
Our hands contain a great number of germs and oils. Touching our faces or other parts of our body can spread those germs and oils and cause breakouts. Take some preventative measures with these tips:
- Switch your pillowcases: Having a clean pillowcase to sleep on every night will significantly improve your skin. Laying on the dirt, old hair products etc. that we accumulate throughout the day can find its way onto our skin by contact with our pillow.
- Clean your cell phone: It is said that cell phones carry more germs than toilets. Wash your cellphone consistently, especially if it is a phone with a large screen that touches your face as you talk.
- Watch where you’re leaning: While sitting in classes or meetings it is easy to rest our faces onto our hands. If you have acne in one particular area, notice how much you touch it throughout the day. It is likely that you have a habit of putting your hands on your face, you just didn’t realize it!
- Don’t touch your skin: If you have a particularly annoying pimple or dry patch of skin, it is easy to let our fingers wander to that place. The best thing you can do for your skin is leave it alone.
- Exercise/sweat: Sweat helps to clean out your pours. Washing your face just after you exercise will not only clear off the dirt you have just sweated out, but leave your face extra soft and clean.
- Moisturize: Always moisturize your skin. Keeping a healthy moisturizing routine will keep your skin healthy and strong.
- Get more sleep: Lack of sleep can cause more stress and therefore more acne/wrinkles
- Use sunscreen: Using sunscreen can help to protect your skin from skin damage and serve as extra moisturizer.
Thinking About It
Finding an acne product that works for you and addresses the root cause of acne is beneficial to maintaining healthy skin. Try a few products and be sure to consistently follow these tips. As stress is also a huge contributor to the health of your skin, try and not fret the small stuff. Find a simple plan that works for you and stick with it. Consistency is your friend.
Linda White is a freelance blogger and writer, working for companies wishing to brand themselves through successful marketing. She is a mother of three and enjoys keeping healthy and hiking in her free time.