There’s no doubt your dermatologist wishes the best for you, but they might not always divulge all the secrets there are to having perfect, clear and healthy skin. I mean, if you didn’t need them, they’d be out of a job!
Of course, certain issues require the aid of a professional, but before you rush into buying expensive medicines and committing to treatments with side effects, give these simple tips a try. These are not too serious either, just a couple changes in your lifestyle or diet here and there can go a long way. They just might be enough to fix your issues!
1. Reduce Caffeine Consumption
Keeping your skin (and body) hydrated is the key to keeping it healthy. Beverages like coffee and alcohol with high caffeine contents are known as diuretics, which means they encourage the body to excrete more water. While it’s good to flush out water from the body, when it happens excessively, you will need to compensate with more water.
Since caffeine is required to be processed in the liver, there may be some low-level toxins left over as a byproduct of this process. A cup or two of coffee a day shouldn’t be too much of an issue (unless you are facing skin issues, in which case, it wouldn’t hurt trying to give it up), but it’s better to switch to plain or lemon flavored water beyond that.
There’s no doubt that today’s generation faces far more pressure in this fast-paced world than our ancestors did. Everything is urgent, everything is crucial, and everything seems so stressful. Stress in itself is quite unpleasant to deal with, but did you know that it can also bring about several problems, both mental and physical?
One such problem is the acting up of your skin. Your body may deal with stress by breaking out in hives, acne, eczema, etc. When this is the case, rushing to buy expensive creams and gels isn’t exactly the right solution. It’s important to deal with the underlying cause of the stress, and if possible, take some time off to slow down and relax away from the problem. Take a day off, go on a road trip with your best friend, book an appointment at that spa you’ve had your eye on, whole up in bed with some junk food and your favorite Netflix show – whatever will help you relax. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it!
3. Go Makeup Free At The Gym
It’s unfortunate that society has instilled in women – from a very early age – that they need to look their “best” before stepping out of the house. And unfortunately, by looking “your best” they mean slathering on makeup to cover up even the tiniest of imperfections.
But, whatever you do, one place that you should never wear makeup to is the gym. Sweating is the body’s natural mechanism to keep it from overheating – and something you’ll be doing plenty of while working out. When you have layers of makeup on, it can hinder the production of sweat, causing it to get clogged up in your pores. This can then lead to breakouts, acne, and rashes. What’s worse is that such a breakout will encourage you to wear even more makeup and that just perpetuates an unending cycle of problematic skin.
4. Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen!
You might covet the perfect golden tan, but did you know that overexposure to the sun can actually end up damaging your skin? Vitamin D from sunlight is essential for our health, but being exposed to it for more than 10-15 minutes without the protection of sunscreen can cause more harm than good. This is especially important for those who live in high altitudes.
Another side effect of regular tanning is premature aging – and none of want that! If you have experienced some sun-related skin issues, you can counteract the effects by using an over-the-counter cream with Vitamin A. Just look for products listed with ingredients like retinyl palmitate, retinol, or tretinoin. And make sure to get the go-ahead from your doctor as well.
5. Reduce Your Risk Of Skin Cancer
There are several things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Avoiding the overexposure of sun and wearing plenty of sunscreen are two of them, but you can also take supplements like Niacinamide and Heliocare (both of which can be bought without a prescription) to minimize the damaging properties of sun exposure. This is especially important for those who spend a lot of their time out in the sun during the daytime.
Diet is another part of your life that can help in protecting you against skin cancer. You can start by eating more of foods like carrots, blueberries, watermelon, seeds, nuts, and leafy greens – all great for healthy skin and all of them high in antioxidants. The high content of antioxidants in these foods can also help protect against premature aging.
6. Wash Your Makeup Brushes Frequently
Regular makeup users are already aware of the importance of cleaning their makeup brushes – but some may be callous about how often they actually do it. It might seem harmless, but unclean makeup brushes contain our skin’s oils, which in turn attract dirt and bacteria, which then transfers back onto your skin, leading to breakouts and acne. The best thing to do would be to clean them at least once a week.
But using a dirty makeup brush can actually cause more damage than that. For instance, they can become contaminated with dangerous bacteria that could lead to far more serious repercussions than a few pimples. One such example is a Staph infection, which can potentially be deadly. What’s worse is that if your skin already has any blemishes, acne, or chapping, it makes it all the easier for the bacteria to make its way into it.
7. A Humidifier And Essential Oils Are All You Need
Skin “experts” seem to be coming out with some revolutionary new product or treatment that “guarantees” perfectly smooth and glowing skin every once in a while. The catch? They are all so expensive! That’s not to say that none of them can work, but you might want to try out some less expensive alternatives before splurging on the latest new trend.
For instance, sleeping with a warm mist humidifier can do wonders for your skin by helping it relax and rehydrate through the night. You can also make use of essential oils like helichrysum, lavender, lemongrass, and frankincense. Not only do they improve the condition of your skin, but they can also help you relax and get a better night’s sleep. You can add them into your humidifier or apply directly on the problem areas.
8. More Sleep, Less Botox
Sleep is another thing that is essential for the overall health and well-being of a human, and that includes your skin too. Not getting enough sleep or restless sleeping patterns can lead to a plethora of skin issues from puffing, wrinkling and sagging to even premature aging.
So if you can’t seem to get rid of those under eye bags no matter what you do, try adding a few more hours of sleep into your routine. If you aren’t having restful sleep, try adding some relaxing habits into your bedtime routine, like yoga, breathing exercises, etc. You might also want to give up smoking, limit alcohol consumption and take up regular exercise for a lasting effect. All of this is going to be a better and more long-term solution to the betterment of your skin than botox or anything else you can try.