There are many other factors that are influencing your skin from the amount of sleep you get, your environment, and your nutrition. Although we may not always be able to control our environment or determine the amount of sleep we have, nutrition can be significantly easier. Try to drink at least 8 cups (or 4 bottles of water) in a day. Not only does this do wonder for your system on the whole, but it keeps your skin hydrated. Insofar as food, pomegranate and even walnuts have been said to be beneficial. However, the general rule of thumb would be to avoid eating anything too greasy or fried, as this will usually make your skin oily.
- Use the right products for your skin
Many people buy skin products, be it for their face or body, that don’t correspond to the type of skin they have. This usually results in products that don’t work or that produce adverse results. With that in mind, try to find out what your skin type is before you buy a product. Is it too dry or too oily? Is it sensitive? This research is crucial if you want to find the right products, whether they’re homemade remedies or store bought cosmetics.
Also, as a bonus tip: make sure to alternate between products. Our skin can adapt itself to something once it’s been exposed to it enough, so knowing what your skin type is can help you find another product once your skin isn’t responding to the one you’re using.
- Use sunscreen
I’m sure you’ve heard people say this a dozen times, but there’s a reason for this. On a practical level, it can prevent you from getting unwanted sunburn. However, our skins are generally sensitive to the sun’s UV rays, so having a little protection while you’re stepping out doesn’t hurt. While you don’t necessarily need a bottle of SPF 70, having anywhere from SPF 30 to 50 should provide sufficient protection. Plus, for those of us who have scars, putting sunscreen is a crucial step to ensuring that they don’t become darker.
- Invest in a loofah glove
Loofahs are a must for anyone looking to take care of their skin. There are two types of loofah gloves available: the “wet” one and the “dry” one. Essentially, the difference comes down to one of them being used in the shower while wet, whereas the other can’t. Loofah mitts are a great tool to get rid of dead skin, as well as smooth bumps. Both of them are excellent to use on their own, but my recommended strategy would be to use both. This doesn’t need to be daily, but try to aim for one day with the loofah and one day without.
- Wash your face properly
This might seem self-evident, but many people surprisingly think that only using water will be enough. While water might be a good quick fix solution, using soaps for your skin type is preferred. Think about it: the face is especially sensitive to oil and any dirt that might clog your pores. This means that your chances for blemishes increase. Washing your face properly reduces those risks, especially if you have a good product to help you out. Also, using a facial scrub once a week also gets rid of any excess particles. Personally, I find using hot water is the best for this because it opens up your pores and facilitates cleaning.
Another bonus tip, and this one is for anyone who wears make up: before you step into the shower, remove your make up and take time to wash your face. You’ll be ensuring that all traces of make up are removed instead of thinking that the shower will do most of the work.
- Make sure your skin is moisturized
Not only is dry skin unappealing, but it can be a pain to deal with. Keeping your skin moisturized is as simple as investing in body cream and a good lip balm. This leaves your skin feeling smooth and not to mention that it looks great! To take thorough care of your skin, buying body cream, hand cream, foot cream and facial cream is the best way to go. These are all designed to take care of different parts of skin and provide a much more substantial effect than using body cream alone. As a plus, hand cream and lip balm are easy to carry, so you can moisturize these areas during the day as needed.