There is more to the skin than just the product you use topically. That will help improve it but there are certain things that we can do today to improve it from the inside out. Here is skincare advice raging from skincare to lifestyle and my personal take on them.
Disclaimer: recommendations are based on my own experiences and one product might work for me but not for you. Please do your research to further decide if this is something you wish to try.
Have a skincare routine
Yes, this is the most obvious skincare advice. Having products that cater to your skin type and skin issues is the most important step into getting better skin.
Whether you have a face full of makeup, or just 50 layers of sunscreen, you need to double cleanse in the evening to remove all that product. Chose and oil cleanser to break down your foundation or waterproof sunscreen, and follow up with your regular foaming cleanser to further remove any residue.
Don’t let the clay mask dry
It will suck out all the moisture from your skin. Wait until it is almost dry and then remove it. This way it will remove the gunk from your pores but not the moisture from your skin.
Don’t pick at it
This is also a piece of skincare advice we hear often. I admit I can’t keep my hands off my face.
But this causes more irritation, more dirt in my pores, more breakouts. Also, scars are a thing…
Our hands touch so many things during the day, from a pencil to doorknobs, and all that dirt will get transferred on your skin. In the context of the global pandemic, it is even more important to keep our hands away from our mouth, nose and eyes.
Change your pillowcases every week
I admit I am guilty of using the same pillowcase for 2-3 weeks. Which is wrong. Don’t be like me.
Pillowcases hold a lot of dirt, oils from our skin, dead skin cells, and whatnot. That’s breeding ground for bacteria. If you are acne-prone, imagine putting your skin on a surface riddled with bacteria. Ok, I am exaggerating, but this is an important step in having better skin.
I also highly suggest in investing in silk, or at least a material that mimics silk. This will ensure less friction on your skin but also your hair, and it will minimise wrinkles and also frizz. Silk will also ensure that your skin doesn’t lose its moisture as it is less absorbent.
Don’t go easy on the sunscreen
If there’s one skincare advice you need it’s this one. I have stressed this time and time again, but the sun is your NUMBER ONE ENEMY!
It impairs the skins regenerative process, it makes your scars more apparent, and premature ageing is not a joke. Sun will also exacerbate your acne as it will cause your oil glands to produce more sebum.
Whether you are young and radiant or old and wrinkly, everyone needs sunscreen.
But go easy on that sugar and salt
Both condiments are highly dehydrating and will make you look like a raisin. But jokes aside, I have touched here more about the effects of sugar on our skin and how it can trigger ageing. A healthy and balanced diet will affect not only your skin but also your overall health and longevity so it’s something that should be seriously considered in the long run.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
This is not only skincare advice. I myself am rapidly approaching my 30s, and I have been taking a very close look at my lifestyle in general. I am a very active person, I hit the gym a minimum of 3 times a week, not only because it makes me get in shape but also because in the long run, I am delaying the process of ageing both mentally and physically.
We are saturated with this type of information on the daily but there is a point where it has to be taken seriously and you need to take the step forward. It doesn’t have to be radical, you don’t need to get a gym membership tomorrow (if there is no motivation it’s just money in the wind). You can make a conscious decision to walk more, to include some greens in your lunch, to eat fruit instead of a croissant. And then work from there.
Both your skin and your body will thank you.
Sleep in and get the stress out
This is easier said than done, and I don’t have a magical solution for it.
My stress levels skyrocketed last year. I have learned that it is very important to find a way to let go of stress, whether that be punching a pillow or meditating.
My sleep quality also degraded in that period of time, and I have tried various medication. I have slowly found a little routine where, still under medication, I found that my sleep quality improved. Broad-spectrum CBD and body scan meditation.
If you find that your stress levels and sleep quality are unmanageable then I suggest getting help. To not romanticize it because it will impact everything in your life, not just your skin. Any hour of sleep lost cannot be recuperated in any way shape or form (I learned this from the book “Why we sleep”).
I hope this will help you make some changes that will help you in the long run.
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