Theres a few things that go into having great skin. Starting with a well rounded routine will definitely get you very close. But there are other factors that may play a part in how your skin is behaving. Lifestyle, genetics, the climate you live in can all change the way your skin behaves.
Here are 10 ways to get naturally great skin, from small tweaks in your lifestyle to helpful tips to keep your skin happy!
Never and I mean NEVER sleep with your makeup on
We are all guilty of this, one time or another you either get home late and crawl into bed without thinking, or perhaps you stayed up too late browsing pinterest and getting sucked into Youtube videos (that’s 100% me) and get so tired that the thought of washing your face is to much to fathom. I have been there and done that!! Now I try and get all that done just after dinner when we are winding down for the night and before we get sucked into binge watching something.
A little fact for you, sleeping in your makeup will age your skin 7 times faster, which means wrinkles will form quicker, cells will die sooner and the chance of you breaking out shoots through the roof. It will also dry out your skin like nobody's business, clog your pores and basically just make your skin very angry at you. Who wants that? I’m hoping none of you said yes haha
Change your pillowcase regularly
This one is pretty straight forward, when you sleep, your pillowcase collects oils, skin and all that fun stuff so sleeping on it night after night you can only imaging how much is transferring back onto your face. I suggest washing your sheets and pillowcases on the weekly to keep them clean and fresh for your pretty face to lay on.
Hydration for skin is everything, all skin types need it and most of us are lacking it. If you want to know if your skin is lacking water, go to a mirror and lean in so you can see your forehead easily, gently pinch a section of skin together does it look like crinkled saran wrap or lots of tiny lines, if yes, this means your skin is lacking water. At minimum I suggest drinking at least two litres of water a day, that is what your body needs to just perform its basic functions. If you want to know how much water you should be drinking for your weight check out this handy Daily Water Intake Calculator and it will tell you exactly how much your body needs to run properly
Get your beauty sleep
Sleeping is great, I don’t think anyone has ever said that they hate sleeping. But sometimes we just don’t get enough, my mind at times just decides that I don’t need to have a full night's sleep and lets me lay there wide awake for several hours...thanks mind! You A-hole!! Or perhaps it was a late night out, a long night of studying or you are just a night owl!
When you sleep that is your bodies time to regenerate and build those new cells, so the more sleep, the more those cells can work. The less sleep you get those same cells have to work twice as hard to regenerate and heal. So if you can try and not burn the midnight oil and get at least 8 hours of sleep your skin will thank you for it.
Protect your skin from those harmful UV rays
Tan...protect skin….Tan….or protect skin...ahhh it’s so hard to decide, who doesn’t like that soft glow of a summer tan?? We all know a tan makes our skin look amazing!!! But there is always a cost. Tanning kills healthy cells and sadly the majority of the sun damage we get are from ages 12-18 when we believe we are invincible and the hot beautiful sun would never do anything to harm us! But sadly it doesn't show in your skin till much later, in the forms of wrinkles, leathery skin and sunspots, which are the small patches of skin discolouration and in the worst case skin cancer. So be safe when you’re out enjoying the sun, you may love that tan now but it will speed up the aging process. Protect your skin, wear sunscreen and find a natural alternative to achieve that glowing tan.
Keep stress to a minimum
How stressed you get really depends on your personality and how you handle different situations, so getting a hold of your stress levels may be more difficult for some. But if I can try and get you to change your lifestyle and get you to look into what factors are making you stressed and work toward changing it, then I’ve done something right. Chronic tension and physical stress can cause a surge of cortisol in the body, which is a hormone that can break down collagen and elastic, which can lead to wrinkles. We all deal with stress differently, here are a few ways that I am now trying to use to deal with stressful moments:
- Meditation (I’m very much a beginner, but it is helping me a lot, certainly with the lack of sleep issue)
- Keeping a happiness journal. I write down my goals and wishes, things I want to do and quotes that make me happy.
- Yoga, again I am very new to this right now I just do it at home, but would love to go take some proper classes and make it a routine.
- Floating. My younger brother got me into the art of floating and it really helps me clear my thoughts and process my life. If you’ve never tried it I suggest going Winnipeg has a couple places now, but my go-to has always been float.calm.
Change Your Diet
Food is your body's essential need, what you eat is so important and can affect your skin so much. Stay away from sugary foods, junk food, processed foods and add more fruit and veggies to your diet. Include healthy fats (like Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocados) Omega 3’s (found in Walnuts and Salmon) Antioxidants (most green food), Vitamin C (Berries and citrus fruits)
Keep your skincare routine simple
I feel the way that the media runs there is a new fad or new skincare fix every single day. A company is constantly coming out with a new version of the new product that’s going to completely erase those wrinkles and make you look 30 years younger. Don’t buy into it!!! Keep your routine simple, with simple ingredients, nothing is going to turn the clock back completely you can help heal cell damage and slow the clock down, but we are all going to age. Keep it simple, keep it easy and keep it natural, these are the best things you can promise your skin. Trying every fad on the market is just going to confuse your skin.
Moisturize and Exfoliate
Two of the most important things you can do for your skin, not only that of your face but your whole entire body. You should be exfoliating at least once a week...why you ask?? If you don’t exfoliate then when you put your moisturizer on, your only moisturizing the top layer of dead skin, so you’re really not getting the full benefits. When you exfoliate, you slough away that layer of dead skin so your moisturizer can properly penetrate deeper into your skin. It can also help speed up cell regeneration and cell turn over. So moisturize daily to keep that skin hydrated and exfoliate at least once a week
Do Not Pick at your Skin
Yes, I know how tempting it is to pick at those breakouts! Yes, I am guilty of past pickings! But picking and poking at your skin can cause scars and skin discoloration as well as the spreading of bacteria to the rest of your face, which in turn will cause new breakouts. So stay away from picking and if you really want to get rid of that pimple either go get a facial so a trained esthetician can do it for your, or wrap your index fingers in tissue paper and very gently apply pressure to each side of the pimple and with gentle back and forth movements wiggle the whitehead or blackhead out of the skin. If it’s not coming out with gentle pressure, just leave it as it’s not ready to come out. If you feel a pimple forming, then put a couple dabs of our Spot Treatment on it and see it vanish. Your skin will clear up much quicker when you keep your hands away!
What are you guilty of here? Don’t be shy!!! Out of this list what are things you’re going to try and change about your lifestyle to help keep your skin and whole body happy??