Most Important Skincare Steps

The most important skincare steps, based on the basic principles of healthy living, include regular exercise, healthy food, stress management, and plenty of sleep. Minimizing skin damage as well as following a skincare routine are also important tenets. Here is a look at the most important skincare steps.

A Healthy Lifestyle

From eating a healthy diet to staying hydrated, a healthy lifestyle has many components that one should follow for glowing skin.

  • Follow a healthy diet: Your diet shows on your skin. That’s why you should eat lots of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains to replenish vital nutrients in your skin. The best diet for skin is comprised of fish or fish oil supplements and healthy fats, yet one that is low in processed carbs, trans fat, and saturated fat. Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. 
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise is good for your lungs, heart, mental health and skin health. Not only does it increase blood flow to your skin, it encourages sweating, which flushes out toxins. That improved oxygenation then gives your skin a healthy glow. Lastly, exercise increases collagen production to minimize wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines.
  • Manage stress levels: Uncontrolled stress leads to sensitive skin, which can then lead to conditions such as acne and rosacea. Too much stress also makes your skin look dull. Do things that help you keep stress under control, such as engaging in a hobby, walking in the park, or socializing.
  • Don’t smoke: Smoking narrows blood vessels in the skin, which in turn reduces blood flow. Your skin, as a result, looks old and pale. Smoking also damages elastin and collagen, which are responsible for supporting the elasticity of the skin.

Minimize Skin Damage

From avoiding hot showers to using mild soaps, here are some ways you can minimize skin damage.

  • Avoid hot water when showering:Hot showers strip essential oils from your skin, making it look dry and dull. Take warm showers for just five to 10 minutes instead.
  • Use mild soaps: Strong soaps are harsh on your skin, removing their natural oils. Instead, choose mild cleansers with no fragrance and a minimal number of ingredients.
  • Pat dry: Don’t vigorously rub your skin after bathing. Pat your face and body dry with a towel instead.
  • Take off makeup each night: Keeping makeup on overnight results in breakouts and damage to your skin.

Follow a Routine Meant For Your Skin Type

If you’re already following a healthy lifestyle, there’s not much else you have to do in the way of skincare products. Cleansing, moisturizing and toning should be enough.

  • Cleanser: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities and dirt. If you have dry skin, opt for oil-based cleansers, and if you have oily skin, go with an oil-free cleanser.
  • Toner: Follow the cleanser with toner to smooth and soften the skin.
  • Moisturizer: Your skin can get dried out from washing alone. Always follow that up with an application of moisturizer. If you have acne, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer.
  • Silicone gel for scars: If you have scars, lessen their appearance by using a silicone scar gel like Scarfade. This will help to break up the scar and keep it from getting too pronounced. Do this twice a day, in conjunction with scar massage.

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