Posted on September 7, 2016
Skincare 101: Rules for Healthy Skin
A good skincare routine is essential for glowing, healthy skin!
It’s your body’s largest organ and requires a lot of TLC. When it’s neglected, it’ll let you know. Your skin is with you for life, and taking care of it properly will ensure that you retain healthy skin for years to come. I’ve struggled for many of my adult years with dryness, oiliness, acne, and everything in between. But I’ve discovered that even if I’m short on time or money, following these few simple rules makes a significant difference in how my skin looks and feels.
Wrinkles, age spots, and an increased risk of skin cancer? No thanks. When people learn that I wear sunscreen each of the 365 days in a year, some think it’s excessive. I think it’s necessary. I absolutely love being outdoors, and because the sun’s rays can impact my skin even on the cloudiest of days, protecting myself from it today will go a long way in helping me maintain healthy skin in my golden years.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF level of at least 15. I use a sunscreen specially-formulated for my face and a separate sunscreen for the rest of my body. And I don’t need to tell you about avoiding tanning beds, do I?
Photo: Victor Hanacek
Do we even need to discuss this? Apart from smelling horrible, staining your fingertips and teeth, and causing various cancers, smoking will dramatically accelerate the skin’s aging process. By depleting your skin of the vital oxygen and nutrients it needs, it will also damage the collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles, dryness, and crow’s feet.
Our skin is a complex organ that is highly sensitive to everything we do to it. Vigorous washing, chafing during workouts, and chemical-loaded products will all impact your ability to maintain healthy skin.
Steer clear of abrasive cleaning by using gentle products that aren’t full of components that will strip skin of its moisture and elasticity. I love METRIN Skincare’s line because it cleanses, nourishes, and protects in a way that is natural and non-irritating. With separate formulas designed for men and women, their five-step system should be your skin’s BFF!
Also be sure to limit yourself when it comes to extra hot baths and showers (they’ll strip your skin of its natural oils), always lubricate your skin when shaving, and pat it dry. I also insist on diffusing home essentials in our house to add moisture to the air in the dry autumn and winter months.
Eat Well and Drink Water
Much like a houseplant, my skin responds well to being watered regularly. I can always tell when I haven’t been drinking enough water because my skin loses its sheen and glow. I aim to down two litres of filtered water each day. Plus, loading up on vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein all provide the antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids my skin needs.
I have a hard time finding any solid research on the notion that bad food = bad skin, but it seems logical. Unhealthy fats (such as trans fats), processed food, and refined sugar are brutal for the waistline, so I imagine they would be just as bad for skin.
Photo: Victor Hanacek
Avoid Stress and Sleep Well
Well-rested and stress-free skin is happy skin. The more out-of-control your stress level is, the more sensitive your skin is to acne, dryness, and other unwanted conditions.
Keeping your stress levels in check is not only good for your skin, but it should go without saying that your emotional health will also receive a hefty boost. By creating a bit of balance in your life and having more time to do the things you love will benefit both your professional and personal endeavours. Manage stress and get enough sleep to give your body – and your skin – a fighting chance to be at their best.
What are some the rules you prescribe to in order to maintain healthy skin? Share your tips in the comments below!