There are tons of simple, easy, and cheap things you can do to maintain your natural oils and get glowing skin.
It’s all about adjusting your lifestyle and doing what’s healthy for the biggest organ in your body. Find out how below!
Top Tips for Healthy Skin
Sweat It Out!
Getting enough exercise isn’t just great for maintaining a healthy weight, it also increases blood circulation and helps clear out your pores of any impurities.
The increase in circulation will also keep your skin healthy by bringing added oxygen, nutrients, and minerals all over your skin!
Maintain the Balance
You may not realize it, but there is a delicate balance that keeps your skin looking good.
Microscopic bacteria keep the skin soft and supple, fight off damaging free radicals, prevent infections, and protect you from sun damage. They also slow down skin aging.
Keep this up by avoiding harsh chemicals and scrubs that will strip away your essential oils and good bacteria. Use skin care products that are made to maintain your skin microbiome.
Keep Your Tools in Tip-Top Shape
You wouldn’t want to put dirty makeup or makeup brushes and sponges on your face.
This can lead to skin irritation, acne, and more because they’re the perfect hotbed of bacteria, dirt, oil, and grime.
To get healthy, glowing skin, keep all your tools clean. You should be cleaning them up at least every other week.
Improve Your Skincare Routine
There are some added steps you can add to your daily skin care routine to get glowing skin and get rid of dead skin cells and dark spots! Here are some that you can add to your to-do list.
Cleanse Your Face
The most essential step any dermatologist will tell you to add to any routine is the cleansing stage.
Even after a long day, you must remove all that dirt and makeup from your skin to keep your pores clear and prevent acne. You wouldn’t want those chemicals to wreak havoc on your face, would you?
Also, use a gentle cleanser that is as all-natural and non-toxic as possible. Avoid using harsh soaps that can damage or dry your skin.
Exfoliate to Get Glowing Skin!
Okay, so you shouldn’t be doing this every day, but 1x to 2x a week, you need to take the time to exfoliate.
Scrubbing your face with a gentle exfoliator will get rid of dead skin cells and encourage healthy skin cell turnover. It will also lead to a more radiant complexion and fewer breakouts.
We also suggest you try using an at-home chemical peel formula to tackle any hyperpigmentation you might have.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated
More than just drinking ENOUGH water, you also need to add a moisturizing step to your skincare routine.
After you’ve cleaned/exfoliated, use some moisturizer to LOCK IN the present moisture in your face. This will get you that dewy, glowing complexion you’ve been wanting.
You can also put a towel soaked in warm water on your face at night to help open up your pores and let the moisturizer soak get through your skin barrier.
Want a pro tip? Try coconut oil!
Not only is it a great moisturizer that has anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s also versatile enough to turn into numerous healthy and natural body skin care products, like shaving cream!
Massage Your Face
We know not everyone has the time for this, but when you can, a good face massage in your routine will help lessen your tension, remove stress, increase circulation, and help in lymphatic drainage.
It will add a few minutes to your routine, but trust us when we say it’s worth it!
These masks not only help you carve out some much-needed “me time” to remove the stress from the day, but they also work wonders when you add them to your skincare routine.
There are tons of different options for what your skin needs, like hydrating masks that have hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, and vitamin E.
Why Do I Have Skin Problems?
There are many reasons you have less-than-ideal skin. A lot of these are lifestyle-related because you don’t notice how different things can make such a big impact on your skin and body.
The good news is it’s not impossible to get glowing skin. It only takes a few minor (and usually cheap) changes and you’ll have that healthy skin in no time!
Drinking Problems: The Magical Solution
No, we’re not referring to THAT kind!
We’re talking about the fact that you DON’T DRINK ENOUGH water! You’re 98% water, so it’s no wonder healthy and glowing skin requires tons of this magical drink.
Staying hydrated not only keeps you feeling great and healthy, but it also prevents dry skin and gives you that soft and supple baby-looking skin that you envy young people for.
Don’t believe us? Check out these people who tried the 30-day water challenge and see the transformation yourself!
How Much Water Do You Need to Drink Exactly?
Well, current research has found that we need around 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men and approximately 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
Dream About Beautiful Healthy Skin
Another big factor that significantly impacts how you feel (along with your skin health) is the number of hours of HIGH-QUALITY beauty sleep you get each day.
More than just looking like a raccoon, your immune system will plummet, your body will feel tired, and you will get breakouts if you don’t sleep enough!
So when we say you should dream about your beautiful glowing skin, we’re talking literally!
But we understand how the stresses of daily life can cause a lot of you to have sleep problems.
What's the Solution?
Change your sleeping habits aka your sleep hygiene!
Make sure to create a regular nighttime ritual to signal to your mind and body that it’s time to start going to bed.
This is also a great time to unwind by doing your skin care routine, maybe putting on some relaxing music, filling your room with the calming scent of essential oils, or taking a long bath.
What’s important is you set a REGULAR ritual and set reasonable limits on your daily activities, along with a fixed bedtime so your body can slowly adjust.
You’ll find yourself easily falling asleep and getting in those eight hours each day in no time!
Too Much Sun, Not Enough Protection
We know how much we all love soaking in the warmth of the sun, but too much of it can cause environmental damage to your skin.
So, even if you’re only going out for a short while, ALWAYS put on some sunscreen for some SPF protection.
Without sunscreen, sun damage can quickly penetrate your skin barrier, giving you…
- Excessive dryness
- Increasing your risk of getting wrinkles
- Fine lines and dead skin cells
- Painful sunburns (OUCH), and even
- Skin cancer (YIKES)!
Protect your skin from those harmful UV rays and keep skin in a healthy state by slathering on that sunscreen to give your whole face and body sun protection year-round, whether you’re spending time indoors or outdoors!
We recommend looking for mineral-based sunscreens, like those with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF of at least 30 for an effective barrier for maintaining healthy skin.
Your Skin Puts Out What You Put In Through Your Diet
Your skin will only reflect what you put into your body, so if all you’re eating is processed foods, how do you expect your skin to look?
Remember that your diet gives your skin all the nutrients it needs and you just supplement this by using the right skin care products.
When figuring out what healthy diet works for your preferences and budget, make sure to get the right macros, vitamins, and minerals.
Vitamin C, Look at Me!
Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C because this can help increase collagen and improve the firmness of your skin.
Moreover, these foods will also give you an anti-oxidant boost that can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Some healthy food you can look into for that extra vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, and red peppers.
Vitamin A? All Day!
Next, you’ll want to incorporate vitamin A, too!
This will give you a smoother skin texture and complexion since it encourages faster cell formation.
- There are different forms of Vitamin A, like the beta-carotene you’ll see in carrots and other greens.
- There are also carotenoids which can help protect yourself from the sun and can be found in lots of foods like potatoes, spinach, and squash.
Healthy Fats, They ARE All That!
Fat isn’t as scary a word as you might think.
There are tons of great foods out there that can give you healthy fats for more supple skin.
A great source you can easily incorporate into your healthy diet is nuts: almonds, walnuts, and even flax seeds! If you like fish, salmon is an easy and delicious way to hit your goals for the day.
Also, consider what cooking oil you use. Try switching to olive oil instead of canola so you can get healthier fats into your diet. Chia seeds are also another excellent and healthy ingredient.
Eat Those Antioxidants
You won’t just find antioxidants as one of the active ingredients in your recent skincare item. You can eat them, too. The best sources are dark, leafy greens, berries as well as other fruits and veggies!
These are all delicious and healthy additions to your weekly menu.
And for all those looking to indulge themselves, dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants that will keep you off those unhealthy sweets, too!
Final Tip: Avoid These Dangers
We’ve already talked about the biggest lifestyle factors that cause those wrinkles, acne, and other skin problems.
We know it’s easier said than done, but making those recommended changes to your lifestyle will make the BIGGEST DIFFERENCE in keeping your skin cells healthy.
You can also be proactive and start using a top-quality hydroquinone cream to prevent any future hyperpigmentation and wrinkling on your skin.
Healthy skin is both difficult and easy to have. It’s all about choosing to work towards it.
The great thing is that when you work to get healthy skin, you’ll also see massive changes in the overall health, look, and feel of your body.
August 3, 2021 – Updated article title, updated URL, updated featured image