Everyone aims to have beautiful, smooth skin, and if we had a chance to wake up in the morning with airbrushed skin, most of us would take it without much thought. And while having photoshopped skin isn’t possible in real life, there are some things we can do to improve* our skin.
Some you might already be doing, but not nearly enough, and some might be a complete surprise, so let’s take a look.
Hydrate from the Inside Out
Our skin is a perfect mirror for how our body is on the inside. It can show if we are ill or lacking in some vital nutrients. The same goes for hydration : there is no amount of hand cream, moisturizer or oil that you can apply to make your skin look as good as it naturally would if you just hydrate enough.
An easy way to do this is to drink eight glasses of water per day, but if that seems like a lot, remember that some foods are more hydrating than others. Eating fruits, especially melons, can get you hydrated, and it’s a lot tastier than just water. Green tea is also a great alternative, because it is full of antioxidants which will help clear up your skin.
Use Natural Oils
The myth that using oil-based products is bad for our skin, that it clogs our pores and makes us break out, has been busted. And now, oils are back in full swing. But when you know something is good, you don’t want just a dab of it in your products, you go straight to the source.
It’s been known for quite some time that you can use extra virgin olive oil to remove* your makeup if you run out of your chosen product, but celebrities like Emma Stone maintain their lovely glowing skin by using virgin coconut oil in their daily routine. It is a great moisturizer because it actually decreases* water loss from the skin, and it’s cheaper and more natural than anything you will find on the shelves.
It doesn’t feel good and it doesn’t look good either. Stress simply isn’t good for our bodies: from raising blood pressure and making our muscles tense up, it also manifests itself on our skin. High stress levels lead to a higher production of the hormone cortisol, which is notorious for causing oily skin and breakouts, as it inhibits the body’s natural response to fight off bacteria that cause acne in the first place.
Studies done at Stanford University found that students who reported feeling stressed had more severe acne breakouts than their calmer colleagues. If you put yourself in stressful situations, remember to try some stress-relieving techniques like meditation, deep breathing and yoga to regain your inner peace.
There has been a rise in recent years in all-natural organic products. People are realizing that it is simply better for them, as well as for the environment, to use products that rely on nature, rather than man-made chemicals. While non-organic products might give some visible results fast, they are damaging your skin over time, and in the long run, you will always be better off using high-quality natural brands like L’Occitane.
We’ve been living without chemical skincare for thousands of years, and it’s about time we go back to Mother Nature for all the good that we can get from her. Natural products usually work in a way that helps your skin repair itself naturally, instead of attacking it with different chemicals trying to fix it from the outside.
Don’t Focus just on the Face
We put a lot of care into how our faces look, but the skin is the largest organ on our body, and the face is just a small part of it. But it’s not our fault since, for the longest time, brands have been advertising nothing but facial products.
However, more and more companies are releasing products specifically meant for the skin of your entire body, from scrubs to moisturizers. Treat* your entire body like you treat* your face and you will be well on your way to having glowing skin all over and wishing for the summer to come to show it off.
Be Careful of the Sun
Sun gives us life. We take vitamin D through our skin and use it to fuel the different processes in our body that keep us alive and healthy. However, we haven’t been so kind to our planet, and we’ve destroyed some of the protective layers in the atmosphere, which has made the sun more harmful to us.
The sun’s UV rays can give us a nice tan, but they are also the leading cause of fine lines, wrinkles and spots. Use sunscreen daily, or get a moisturizer with high SPF to counter the harmful parts of sun exposure.
Get Enough Sleep
While we are sleeping, our mind is resting, but our bodies are working hard to get us fixed up for the day to come. Our body needs enough sleep, or it won’t have the time to do all the necessary preparation. And besides the big, dark bags under your eyes, there is another important aspect to this: sleep-deprived bodies are under stress, and as we said earlier, stress causes the body to release adrenaline and cortisol, making the skin break out.
So let’s summarize: If you want to have healthy, glowing skin, you first need to be healthy on the inside. Beauty really does come from the inside, and a tired, malnourished body can’t have healthy skin. If your diet isn’t balanced, your skin will feel it.
But while being healthy on the inside is a necessary base, to truly have flawless skin, you need to take care of it from the outside too. Using organic products will pay off in the long run, so when you have your next empty bottle, buy an organic, all-natural replacement. And seriously: don’t stress. Not about your skin, or about anything else, because it will take a serious toll on your skin, health and overall quality of life.
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