It’s true! Skincare has been a huge, trending topic lately. There are many options out there to care for your complexion. But today, we’re taking it back to some basic things that play a key role in the overall health of our bodies, and thus our skin.
#1. What’s on your plate?
Although you might have the latest in skincare treatments, you can’t overlook how your skin will reflect what you put into your body. Yes, it’s oh so good to treat yourself! But indulging in too much sugar or over-processed foods result in inflammation because of enzymes that break elastin and collagen, which you need for skin firmness. Also, dermatologists explain that excessive sugar consumption can actually dehydrate your skin.
Pay attention to your everyday diet and how your body is reacting to certain types of ingredients. Take the time to get to know your body and skin, so you can make the adjustments that best suit your overall health.
#2. I woke up like this
When we talk about sleeping, most people think the focus is just on energy levels. But, it goes deeper than that. A healthy sleeping routine is responsible for your skin regeneration. While you sleep, your brain, body, and skin are working together to get rid of dead cells and toxins. So cool, right?!
We know how tempting it is to fall asleep while catching up on Instagram, but as it turns out, this can actually be damaging to your skin. The lights in electronic devices are telling your brain to release energy. The best thing you can do for a restful night is stop using your phone or computer 60 minutes before going to sleep. If you want to have a bright complexion for your morning Instagram story, put that phone away.
#3. Read those labels
So much information is hidden in a product’s ingredients label. From harsh acids to fake fragrances, it’s important to know exactly what you are buying. Although it may seem like an ingredient or product is everywhere, it doesn’t mean is the right one for your skin. Be careful with the terms “organic” and “naturally derived.” Many companies use substitutes in ingredients and they are not required to label those.
Before shopping, consider your lifestyle, the climate you live in, and any other physiological factors. Always patch test before applying to your whole body; any negative reactions should definitely be consulted with your dermatologist. Also, if you are taking any type of medication, discuss side effects and best practices for your skin.
#4. Get that Vitamin C
We mentioned that you need collagen to have firm skin. Well, Vitamin C plays a key role in activating the production of collagen. From cleansers to serums, masks, and also certain foods, you can find the best options to incorporate Vitamin C into your skincare routine.
If you are concerned about sun damage, apply your Vitamin C concentrated skincare products during your nightly skincare routine or use SPF if applying during the day.
#5. Sun protection
You knew this one was coming. Yes, sunscreen is the foundation of a healthy skin. Although we might not see the damage now, your skin and body are taking notes on how you protect yourself from the sun.
Trust us, we like beach days as much as you do; but no matter if you are sipping that Rosé by the pool or just running errands on a Tuesday morning, make sure to lay on that sunscreen (at least 30 SPF, to be exact).