Skincare is a hot topic these days, and everyone is constantly trying to achieve perfect skin. Many may not realize it, but healthy and beautiful skin has to be achieved by what you put on your skin and by what you put inside of your body. Here are three tips on how to achieve healthier skin.
#1: A Good Skincare Routine
A good skincare routine involves cleansing, treating, and moisturizing the skin on a consistent and daily basis. This is the major key to keeping your skin looking healthy, vibrant, and youthful. However, finding the perfect skincare routine can be a challenge, and you have to really know your skin type to know what will be the most effective for you. Common skin concerns include acne-prone skin, aging skin, combination skin, dry skin, dull skin, normal skin, and oily skin.
Once you’ve figured out your skin type, you can better decide which products to use. No matter what your skin type is, it’s important for everyone to use sunscreen— even for darker skin tones. A good skincare routine will not produce any benefits if it’s constantly being damaged by the sun.
Let us in you on a secret. Most brands that are advertising themselves as organic or natural are only doing it for the marketing! Yes, it is true. It is best that you stay away from them and focus instead on dermatologic skin care products. Dermatologic skin care products are created by dermatologists after getting extensively tested in laboratories.
#2: Face Masks
Somewhere within your skincare routine should be the use of face masks. These face masks can be store-bought or homemade. Face masks go deeper than the usual products in your skincare routine, working harder to combat specific skin concerns. These can be any type of skin concern, whether it’s aging skin, acne-prone skin, oily skin, dry skin, or sensitive skin. Face masks also come in different types:
Activated Charcoal Masks
Activated charcoal is known to draw toxins out of the body, so it is thought that activated charcoal masks can do the same for skin. Impurities on the skin are what can cause breakouts and inflammation.
Clay and mud masks are designed to deeply cleanse the skin. Clay masks can be a bit more drying, but they’re richer in minerals. Mud masks are more hydrating.
Cream and gel masks are also good for skin hydration. Gel masks also tend to reduce inflammation (especially if they’re made from aloe vera) and are best for sensitive skin types.
Since masks are usually rinsed off after about 10-20 minutes, overnight masks are designed to be left on for the active ingredients to stay on the skin longer, providing even more benefits.
Charcoal, clay, cream, gel, and mud masks can be particularly messy, so many people opt for a peel-off mask or sheet mask to provide the same benefits. Peel-off masks may go on like any of the aforementioned masks, but come off in a rubbery texture. Sheets masks are cloth-like in texture infused with nutrients that peel off easily.
In a perfect world, we’d get all of our necessary vitamins and minerals in the perfect amount from the foods we eat. However, we don’t always get the proper amount, and some people even suffer from illnesses that prevent them from ingesting the proper amount of nutrients. Some food sources don’t even produce the proper amount of nutrients our bodies can thrive from, so this is where the use of supplements comes in. Here are some of the most common supplements used for hair health.
Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, has been a very popular ingredient when it comes to skin health. It’s used in many skincare products, but it is also good for hair, eye, liver, and nervous system health.
Collagen is widely known to increase the strength of hair and fingernails, but it’s probably best known for its ability to increase the elasticity of the skin. Taking a collagen supplement (in addition to avoiding excessive exposure to the sun and not smoking) can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Nicotinamide mononucleotide (also known as NMN) is a molecular precursor to an essential enzyme that studies have shown to be the key to reversing the effects of aging. Overall, NMN helps to reverse the effects of DNA damage, the main cause of aging in living organisms.
In addition to supplements, a healthy and balanced diet is also going to reflect positively through your skin. Also, any serious skin conditions should be discussed with a dermatologist.