What’s behind that radiant inner glow that some women have and others don’t? Having perfect skin isn’t a matter of luck or good genes. Make a habit of mastering these 7 Effective Habits of Women With Perfect Skin and you can join the club too.
There’s one common theme here that might be easily overlooked. What’s happening on your skin is a direct result of what’s happening inside of your body. Your skin tells a story and it’s not just about what you put on it. Yes, high-quality skin care products do make a difference but if your overall health is lacking and you’re not giving your skin a healthy body to fuel it then you won’t get the best results. Perfect skin can’t happen overnight, and it starts on the inside.
1. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated keeps your skin clear. Every organ in your body requires water to stay healthy and when you’re getting dehydrated one of the first places it shows is on your face. Sagging skin, loss of elasticity and dark circles under your eyes are one indicator that you’re dehydrated. Most nutritionists recommend 8 glasses of water a day, or half an ounce per pound of body weight. Other non-alcoholic and un-caffeinated beverages count toward overall fluid intake, like juice and herbal teas. You’ll know you’re properly hydrated when your urine is clear light yellow in color and has no foul odor. Alcoholic beverages and certain prescription medications can contribute to dehydration, so it’s important to monitor the urine for signs of dehydration rather than relying on one magic formula for how much water you should be drinking each day.
2. Sleep clean
When you’re asleep your pores open up and hair products, makeup, and other impurities can invade your face. Be sure to wash your face thoroughly before bedtime and keep your pillowcases and sheets clean. If you’re moisturizing before bedtime, be sure to use formulations that are designed specifically for night time use. Be sure that you’re choosing skin cleansing and moisturizing products that are designed for your skin type; a moisturizer that’s designed for dry skin simply won’t be helpful for a woman with oily skin.
3. Wear Sunscreen
Repeated exposure to UV rays can cause premature aging of the skin, resulting in blemishes, uneven skin tone and even skin cancer. Most high-quality daytime facial moisturizers contain UV blocking minerals and protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Some skin care regimes use a separate serum or cream for UV protection. Make sure you know which step in your routine is providing sun protection and don’t skip it.
4. Beyond the chin
The skin on your décolletage area, the top of the chest and the neck, is just as susceptible to blemishes and sun damage as your face. Whatever skin care regime you’re using for your face should also apply to the décolletage. We’ve all seen older women with wrinkly necks and chests, or sun spots above their bosom. This is a direct result of skin-care failure, and is totally preventable. Make a habit of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your décolletage for perfect skin.
5. Air quality matters
If you’re working as a fry cook, if you’re smoking cigarettes, if your office never changes their HVAC filters, if you’re a professional firefighter or if for some other reason you’re spending a lot of time in an area without fresh air, your skin could be suffering from environmental factors. Keeping your skin clean in that type of situation can mean more frequent washing, or daily application of a moisturizing barrier or both. it’s best to avoid allowing environmental impurities from accumulating on your skin, so be mindful of the air around you in order to keep your skin in check
6. Get plenty of sleep
Unless you’re courting a male raccoon, you probably don’t want dark circles under your eyes. Getting plenty of sleep each night gives your body the chance to recharge from the exhaustion of your day and keeps your skin looking its best. Beauty sleep is no joke, most practitioners recommend 8-10 hours of sleep every night. If you’re not feeling rested when you wake up in the morning, you’re probably not getting as much sleep as you need to be your best.
7. Exercise regularly
Not only is exercise good for the body but it’s good for the skin too, working up a sweat drives impurities out of the skin, increases circulation and increases metabolism. Aim for 20-30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week and you’ll be well on your way to perfect skin and increased overall health.
It’s important to remember that the skin is your body’s biggest organ and the tone, quality and texture of your skin is a good indicator of your overall health. Factors that indicate poor health can manifest as a yellowing of the skin, often present when there are liver or kidney issues to resolve. A ruddy complexion and eczema can indicate food allergies. A pale or gaunt complexion can indicate poor circulation. Acne and rashes can manifest as a result of poor health as well.
They say it takes 6 weeks to make a habit, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to adapt to all of these practices. Take it a little bit at a time and do your best to maintain inner health for outer beauty. Perfect skin won’t change everything but changing everything can dramatically improve your skin. Contact us for personalized skin care ideas.