Taking care of your skin can seem very intimidating if you aren’t used to doing it, thanks to the sheer amount of products, treatments, facials, and information out there. Don’t panic. You don’t have to blow your entire budget on the latest products and treatments or invest hours of your time in order to have healthier skin.
Unless you’re treating a specific skin condition, such as hidradenitis suppurativa scalp, the basics of caring for your skin are actually quite simple. Basic skincare is often overlooked and underrated in favor of complicated routines. If you’re a person who likes to take care of their health, you’re probably already doing a lot of these things already.
The beauty industry might make you feel as though you need a staggering array of products and different ways to put them on, like light devices and layering, in order to have healthy, beautiful skin, but there are actually much more simple principles, backed by science, that can have you glowing, without all the expensive gadgets and products.
Use Sunscreen Every Single Day
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and you should be taking good care of it. The best way to look after your skin? See sunscreen as a non-negotiable.
If you spend most of your time indoors or don’t live somewhere that gets sunny very often, it can be very easy to forget about sunscreen, especially during the winter. However, whatever the weather, you still need to wear sunscreen. Your skin is exposed to the sun even through the window or while you’re walking to the car for your commute. You can still get sun damage on an overcast, gloomy day. Every day, you should wear an SPF30+ on your face, neck, and chest. Make this is a habit so you don’t have to think about it anymore. If you have more skin exposed, or the sun is hot, cover every bit of exposed skin. Don’t forget the tops of your feet and your ears too!
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Keep your skin moisturized to help it look and feel healthy. Your skin needs moisture, even if it’s oily or acne-prone.
Most people ought to put on a moisturizer immediately after washing in order to lock the moisture in. Make sure you cleanse your face and take your up makeup off before bed too. This is just as important as moisturizing.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting plenty of sleep is good for your health, and for your skin too.
Sleep deprivation can affect how your skin looks, increasing the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles, among other things.
General tips for overall good health apply to your skin too. If you’re not sleeping well, your skin will show it. Aim to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Just like getting enough good quality sleep is important for your health so is having a healthy diet. It’s important to avoid too much sugar and processed foods. Eating a lot of sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed, and fried foods will have a negative impact on your health, and your skin will suffer from your less-than-stellar diet too.
A lot of skin care experts agree that what you eat has a lot of impact on the overall health of your skin. Research has shown that diet is also very important for help in managing some skincare conditions too, including acne, skin cancer, and the signs of aging.
Gut health has become very trendy in health and wellness in recent years, and the gut microbiome has an effect on your skin as well. Study is ongoing into how the bacteria in your gut affects your skin helth, but it seems likely there is a link. The biggest determiner of your gut microbiome is what you eat.
Dehydration causes a lot of unpleasant symptoms, including fatigue and digestive issues. Drinking plenty of water can make you feel healthier, and it’s great for your skin too. Overall healthy habits will pay off for your skin too, so they’re well worth working on.
A lot of people talk about how beneficial drinking enough water is for your skin, but interestingly, the science on why this is isn’t exactly clear. We don’t know if drinking water affects how hydrated your skin is, but we do know it is good for your health, and therefore, your skin. Using a good moisturizer and trying a humidifier also helps to keep skin hydrated, especially if the air in your home or office tends to be dry.