A healthy skin care routine is one of the best investments you can make in yourself as you put your best face forward every day. Here are five of the most important steps to add to your fresh skin care regimen.
Cleansing As Part Of Your Routine
Your skin collects dirt, oil and pollution as you go through your day, all of which can clog your pores, leaving your complexion dull. Gentle cleansing will wash all that debris away, but your products should also remove any makeup you wear. Use a natural oil-based cleanser to remove stubborn eye makeup, such as mascara and be extra gentle on the rest of your skin; a simple mixture of raw milk and honey will cleanse and soften, leaving you with a healthy glow.
Exfoliation is designed to give your skin a deep cleaning, while still being kind to your face and not disturbing the natural balance of oils present on the surface. Exfoliation rids your face of old skin cells and helps to regenerate new ones. While some people exfoliate everyday, it isn’t always necessary, particularly if you are under the age of 35. Choose an exfoliating product with micro-granulars, such as sand or sugar. As you massage your skin, the tiny grains excite the surface, leaving it fresh and new. There are exfoliants you can leave on for a few minutes and others you could peel off, but whichever you choose, look for natural ingredients, rather than harsh chemicals which can dry or even burn sensitive skin.
Eat The Right Foods For Fresh, Glowing Skin
What you put into your body is equal, if not greater, in importance to beautiful skin. Most especially if you have a specific type of problem skin, such as dry or oily, the foods you choose aid in your efforts for a clear, fresh face. Try adding more of the following to your diet, if you’re not seeing the results you desire with your current skin care routine:
1. Blueberries: For the antioxidants and Vitamin C.
2. Avocados: Considered a “super food”, avocados are rich in many vitamins and nutrients healthy for skin.
3. Brazilian nuts: They contain beneficial selenium, C and E, but they’re also fabulous immune system boosters.
4. Salmon and olive oil: Anything rich in Omega-3 fatty acids is good for your complexion, and the rest of you.
5. Whole grains: Loaded with Zinc, whole grains will work to repair your skin at all layers.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Sleep doesn’t just refill your energy supply, it helps every cell in your body renew and replenish, including your skin. Don’t forget that skin is an organ and just like your heart and lungs, it needs a solid 8 hours every night. Also, remember that nighttime is the best time to apply a retinol-based product, as using them in direct sunlight is harmful to your skin. Applying any facial lotion before bed should be done sparingly, in order to allow for absorption and prevent the formation of extra lines while you sleep.
Freshen Skin Anytime
As your day moves forward, you skin may need a wake up call and this can be done in a beneficial and refreshing way if you keep a bottle of witch hazel handy. Simply splash it onto your skin with a tissue or cotton balls and your complexion feels lively and fresh. Do this before transforming your makeup from day to evening if you don’t have time for a full do-over. Additionally, note that storing your facial care products in the refrigerator can make them more effective as well as refreshing. The chill reduces inflammation, especially around tired eyes.
A fresh skin care routine should have you looking vibrant in no time, no matter what your age or what your skin goes through in a day. The extra TLC will go a long way in helping you achieve the glowing, healthy skin everyone wants.