Is there a way how to get a perfect skin now? Well, it doesn’t happen overnight, but with following these 11 simple steps, you can quickly improve your skin health. As a bonus, you will be healthier, happier and feel better in your body. It’s a win-win! D0n’t forget that skin is our largest organ, and it can indicate our internal health. So how can you get and maintain healthy, glowing skin?
Get your Zzz’s
Studies from 2013 and 2015 suggest that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging, weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night and lower satisfaction with appearance. Not to mention that you can wake up with the horrible puffiness of your under-eye bags. Getting enough of sleep is one of the most important keys to the healthy radiant skin. If you are a chronic poor sleeper make sure you have at least 7 hours of sleeping per night and you will notice positive changes very soon. Do you have a special event when you want to shine? Get a good beauty sleep to get your perfect skin now!
If you have troubles to fall in sleep creating your bedtime ritual may help you to overcome this issue. It can be soaking in a hot bath with a glass of wine, having a cup of hot chocolate while reading your favorite book or put some calming music on and just relax. Then you will sleep like a baby!
Hydrate your body from within
Skin is the organ and is made of cells, just like any other part of the body. Every cell in our body is created of water, and our bodies need water to function properly. Dehydration can lead to dry, tight skin with less resilience and more wrinkles. So don’t forget to hydrate your skin from inside out. Proper hydration helps to remove toxins and waste from your skin and body and cleanse it. Drinking water is the easiest thing you can do for your overall health and skin too! It can help you to get your perfect skin now! But you don’t have to go too crazy with water, recommended eight glasses per day if you are not thirsty is enough.
The best choice is plain filtered water. If you are not a fan of it, try dilutable vegetable and fruit juices or herbal tea. Or flavor your water with berries, lemon or lime and mint or cucumber. Staying hydrated is the best way to healthy, radiant skin.
When I wake up, the first thing I do is squeezing fresh lemon or orange in the glass of warm water and drink it up. (Just be careful with citrus fruit when breastfeeding.) If you want, you can also add sliced ginger root. It does miracles, and it is a nice way how to take care of yourself from the beginning of the day!
Eat your fruits and veggies
The food we eat affects our skin appearance, acne, sagging or wrinkles. “You are what you eat” is true not only in overall health and body appearance but skin health too. If suffering from acne healthy diet can help you to reduce or prevent unwanted pimples. Choosing healthy food is the best way how to take care of your skin, reduce or even prevent common skin issues. Start nourishing your skin from within and give it its healthy glow from good nutrition.
What food is not the best for your skin
Fast food, sweets, and candies and food with refined sugar like white bread, cookies, chocolate, sweetened beverages, chips or white potatoes are not good for your waistline but aren’t your skin best friends either. Food with excess sugar (with high Glycemic index) can create an increase in cortisol through a process called “glycosylation.” In this process, sugars are bind to collagen and weaken it. The result could be aging your face and worse skin appearance.
Foods high in refined sugar can also spike your blood sugar level and trigger your body to make a burst of the hormone insulin, which helps your cells absorb sugar. High insulin levels circulating in your body can increase the production of sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin, that can clog your pores quickly. In the end, you can have oily skin with red swollen pimples.
As a health coach, I helped my clients treat acne through diet. After changing their diet habits, all of them noticed an improvement in their skin appearance. I recommended them to avoid foods high in refined sugar and fast foods, alcohol, caffeine and also dairy products.
What food works wonders for your skin
You can never go wrong with choosing:
- Plenty of fresh veggies and fruits
- Healthy lean proteins (lean beef, turkey, chicken, fish, tofu, dairy)
- Healthy fats (avocado, nuts, olive oil, salmon, sunflower seeds)
- Whole grain carbohydrates (brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread)
If you want to supercharge your skin from inside superfoods like dark green veggies like spinach, silverbeet or kale, fruits high in vitamin C like berries and citrus fruits and omega 3s found in salmon, sardines, avocado or walnuts can do miracles. For me, the easiest way how to get proper nourishment when my skin is tired is to mix baby spinach, banana, lime juice, avocado, ginger and frozen berries in a smoothie. It is simple, quick and delicious. If you have a sweet tooth quality dark chocolate is an excellent choice! It contains cocoa flavanols, plant compounds with antioxidant properties, which help hydrate skin and improve circulation.
Give it a shot, and you will be amazed how huge effect has good nutrition on your skin appearance. Giving your skin and body all essential nutrients they need is the best thing you can do for yourself.
That’s a right babe! Don’t be lazy and get sweaty at least 45 min five days in a week. Stimulating your blood flow through being active is the best way to get your perfect skin now. As a bonus, you will get more energy and your dream body, increase your productivity and improve your sleep.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
You don’t have to sweat in the gym if it’s not your thing. Just put comfy clothes on and go to nature. Walk, run, dance, just enjoy the movement and do what makes you happy!
I love water sports like swimming and surfing (I’m still a beginner, but very passionate one). I also stretch my body whenever I can. If you feel tired, stuck with ideas or just uncomfortable, do some quick and easy stretching exercise. It will refresh you immediately and ease the pain.
According to research from 2014 presented at last year’s annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine meeting, inactive peeps who started exercise regularly experienced a reversal in their skin’s signs of aging. In fact, their skin under the microscope “looked liked that of a much younger person.”
Using too many products, the ones with harsh chemicals or over-exfoliate your skin can lead to increased microscopic inflammation that can swell the surface of the skin, clogging pores and increasing blemishes and redness. The best what you can do is find natural products which work best for you, do not overuse them and limit exfoliating to once a week.
The word “organic” is currently one that sells. Everything organic is supposed to be better for our health and the health of our planet. But not everyone believes in it. Why should we go natural and choose organic when it comes to skincare products?
Organic skincare means going back, to our roots, to the mother of nature. Natural skincare products contain only the freshest, most naturally-sourced plants and herbs. Besides, there aren’t any harmful chemicals that could affect or inhibit the natural oils produced by the skin or damage epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. What I love about natural skincare is the fact that there is no need of using “corrective cosmetics,” because organic products improve the skin from within.
The key to the healthy and radiant skin to find the right cosmetic products for your skin tone. Everyone is different. What suits your sister, friend or colleague doesn’t have to be the best choice for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find which products suit you best. You and your skin deserve the best care!
Keep your skin moist
Regular moisturizing helps to prevent and treat dry skin, protect sensitive skin and improve skin tone and texture. Moisturizers slow down water loss through the superficial layers of the skin and strengthen your skin barrier. It also helps to protect the outer layer of the skin from harmful effects of sun, wind and other environmental factors.
You can have, normal, dry, oily, mature, sensitive or acne prone skin. The key is to find the best moisturizer for your skin tone that works best for you and does make your skin smooth and soft. Avoid moisturizers containing harsh chemicals at any costs. The natural ones are the most gentle option for your skin.
I always apply moisturizer after taking a bath or washing my skin. Currently, I use jojoba oil on my face and coconut oil on my body. I also love almond, rosehip and olive oil. And I’m always keen to experiment!
Protect your skin from sunlight
Sunscreen is your skin best friend not only in summer! Now when I live in a sunny Australia, I never leave home without applying sunscreen with high SPF on my face! It works as a shield from harmful UV rays, prevent premature aging and sunburns and lower skin cancer risks.
Natural sunscreen provides physical mineral protection rather than a chemical barrier for absorbing harmful UVA and UVB rays. There is a discussion about retinyl palmitate, the ester of retinol – vitamin A and palmitic acid, and its possible link to skin cancer. According to the Environmental Working Group products with retinol palmitate may be encouraging the formation of malignant, potentially cancer-causing cells in the skin. Whether it’s true or not, the best way how to avoid the risk is choosing a natural organic sunscreen that doesn’t contain vitamin A.
Wash your face every day
Before bedtime, we usually wash our face to remove makeup, excess oil and dead cells that could weaken our skin. But did you know that cleansing your face in the morning is also beneficial? Splashing our face with cold water give us the fresh start of the day. As a bonus, it removes any toxins the skin eliminated during the night and refreshed the skin.
Never pop pimples
Going to the mirror without scratching that red swollen whitehead pimple or blackhead sounds impossible, right? I know what I’m talking about! I’m addicted too! But it is worth to avoid this temptation! Squeezing and popping can push pus and bacteria deeper into the skin. You are also irritating the skin and increasing the risk of infection. It can cause more unwanted swollen and redness and leave you with permanent pit or scar at the end. So hands off, lovely! It’s alway better to find a safer way how to treat zits.
In addition to being bad for your overall skin, smoking can have a negative impact on your skin health. Smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients that can lead to poor skin tone, wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, line around the lips and greater risk of developing psoriasis.
Calm down and relax
Is there mind – skin connection? Can your emotions have an impact on your skin? The experts say, they do! Chronic stress can increase a production of cortisol in your body, a hormone that can break down elastin and collagen, and cause premature aging and worsening certain skin conditions, like rosacea or acne.
There is plenty options how you can relax. For me, the best way how I can clear my mind is being in the water. Observing the underwater life while diving or snorkeling or catching waves is a kind of meditation for me. When you do something you love, it can be anything like cooking, reading a favorite book, playing video games or rock climbing, it’s amazing how you have no idea what time is it and just enjoy what you are doing.
If you need calm down quickly the best way is to connect with your inner self at least for couple minutes. Find a quiet place alone, switch all electronic devices and just be at the moment. Deep inhale and exhale works great to calm down immediately!
And that’s all so far. I can’t wait to hear your experience and tips how did you get your perfect skin now!