So often the skin care advice you read on blogs and in magazines boils down to products, products, products. Today we’re going to discuss something else that begins with the letter P. It’s called personal responsibility. Of course there are amazing skincare products for your face and your body that can help to improve your skin’s overall condition – and I’m here to tell you about them often, from experience. But there are definitely things that each of us needs to do in order to have healthy skin from the inside out.
So before you run to the nearest drugstore or department store to purchase a product that will help deal with **insert skin issue here**, I encourage you to consider the following words of helpful advice from my own personal experience. Here are 4 clear ways you can improve your skin’s health before buying a specific skincare product.
#1 – Drink More Water. You knew this is going to be the first one right,? Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s the thing that people see immediately. An average 60% of the human adult body is made of water. It’s so important to give your body the hydration it needs, not just for your body’s largest organ, but for all of your organs. Drinking more water will make a tangible difference not just in the appearance of your skin, but also in your hair, your nails, and your overall feeling of health and vitality and energy. This is something I definitely struggle with, so I feel you I-don’t-like-to-drink-water drinkers, but like other things on this list, it’s something you just got to do.
#2 Get Some Exercise. I know, the struggle is too real in these streets. However you need to exercise for so many reasons, there’s no excuse not to. Writing this post feels like talking to myself. We need to exercise for our health, and working out definitely also has an impact on the appearance of your skin. Working up a sweat helps to keep your pores clear of impurities. Your whole body will be better off for it, trust me.
#3 – Eat the Right Things. By now you already know the basics, and it should be pretty obvious. There are specific foods that you can eat that will improve the quality of your skin (and I will get into that in a later post). There are big, clear indicators of what you should not be eating and your skin is trying to tell you what not to eat every time you get one of these kinds of breakouts. You know, the I ate too much sugar breakout, or the, I OD’d on fried food breakout. Steering clear of things that are super greasy, super sugary, covered in icing or chocolate is a good way to help take better care of your skin from the inside out. I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
#4 – Stop Touching It Already. I know. It’s so hard to keep your hands away from your face, especially if you got a monster zit a-brewing, You gotta know that the last thing you need to do is touch your skin when you already have breakouts happening. First of all, your hands are filthy so all you’re doing is adding bacteria to a situation that’s already overcome with it. If you absolutely have to pop that pimple, do it like a civilized person. Use a skincare tool. There are many available at places like Sephora that will prevent you from actually touching your face. Also you need to keep your skin care tools clean by using alcohol. Cotton swabs are also your friend if you absolutely MUST squeeze your face. Your fingers are your enemies. Never forget.
And there you have it four ways you can improve the quality of your skin without purchasing any products – simple skin care rules to live by! I can admit it – I am deficient in several of these areas and whenever I am better about following these rules, I can absolutely see a difference. What about you? What are your worst skincare sins?
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