Ten Healthy Skin Habits

Posted on December 10, 2014 · Posted in Blog

The never-ending search for healthy and vibrant skin has led many to spend hundreds on facial creams, plastic surgery, and bizarre beauty treatments. However, the secret to healthy skin isn’t in that jar of anti-aging cream or your dermatologist’s secret arsenal – it’s in the way you live your life. By simply modifying your daily routine or adding new foods to your diet you could be on your way to beautiful, healthy skin. Here’s some tried-and-true skincare secrets you can try for yourself.

Switch to Almond Milk

Whether you add milk to your cereal or gulp down a glass of milk with cookies, there’s some bad news: cow’s milk isn’t good for your skin. Dermatologists have found a link between dairy and skin issues, like acne, rosacea flare-ups, and other types of inflammation. The good news? Cheese and yogurt don’t seem to have the same adverse effects, so removing dairy from your life begins and ends with milk.

Don’t Smoke

You might think that daily cigarette is harmless, but it can actually accelerate the aging process. Women who smoke tend to have more wrinkles, since smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers, decreases blood flow, and depletes oxygen and nutrients which are essential to the skin. Plus, smoking can stain teeth, leave odors on the breath, skin, and hair, and can cause some forms of cancer.

Shorten Your Shower

While a long, hot shower can feel fantastic after a hard day at the office, it’s actually stripping your skin of essential moisture.  If you have skin problems, you’ll need to protect the moisture barrier because dry, cracked skin is prone to inflammation, ages faster, and looks dull and lifeless. Experts recommend taking warm, short showers and moisturizing within three minutes of stepping out of the shower.

Drink Tea, Not Coffee

Although skipping your morning cup of coffee may seem like pure torture, the simple switch from coffee to tea could mean less wrinkles. According to a 2009 study, switching to tea can also reduce your risk of cancer, arthritis, and age-associated wrinkles. Green and white teas are high in antioxidants, which counteract the free-radical damage throughout your system, including the skin.

 Sleep More

There’s a reason the phrase “beauty sleep” exists: well-rested individuals tend to have brighter, healthier skin. A good night’s sleep allows your skin to rejuvenate and repair itself, while also building new collagen. If you’re not getting your full eight hours of sleep each night, your skin could be suffering.

Eat Healthier

By avoiding foods that make your sin breakout, your skin will be less oily and more resistant to blemishes and irritation. Typical problem foods that cause pimples or breakouts include candy, chocolate, greasy foods, and soft drinks. To improve the quality of your skin, you might not need to cut these foods out altogether – eat them in moderation and you may notice an improvement in your skin.

Find a Cleansing Routine

Cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize. Repeat. This daily cleansing routine should naturally lead you towards healthier skin, without the miracle creams and ointments we’re all lead to believe we need. By maintaining a regular cleansing schedule, ensuring your skin has time to breathe, and making sure your skin is moisturized, you’ll protect your skin from dryness, flaking, blemishes, and inflammation.

Wear “Healthy” Makeup

Believe it or not, makeup can actually be good for your skin. In fact, in many Asian cultures where women are known for youthful skin, it’s not unusual for a woman’s morning routine to include an SPF foundation or BB cream. As long as you choose a product that’s free of silicone and mineral oil, and contains SPF, it may be better to wear a layer of foundation instead of skipping it altogether.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking young. A 2007 study found that drinking 500 milliliters of water a day increased the blood flow through the capillaries of the skin. Since the skin contains up to 30 percent of water, your skin will appear plump and healthy when you’re hydrated. Not only will water hydrate the skin on your face, but it’ll flush out the toxins from your body.

Exercise Often

Sure, hitting the gym is good for a toned physique, but did you know exercise can actually tighten your skin? Strength training and cardio boost circulation and improve muscle tone, which results in younger looking and toned skin. Additionally, it can cut back from stress: one of the main causes of wrinkles!