Skin Care Secrets You Deserve to Know
When it comes to skincare, the articles, the ads, the trends, and the products can be overwhelming. You hop online to quickly check the best non-oily daily facial sunscreen, and 12 Safari tabs, 5 shopping carts, and $85 later you look up to see 30 minutes have passed and you still don’t know the answer to your original question. We’ve all been there. Here’s the secret: it’s not black and white. Every single person has a different and unique body chemistry with its own personal reactions and tolerance to different products. That being said, there are some universal, cost-efficient, easy daily steps you can take to simplify and improve your skin-care regimen. As with anything, it’s important to go back to the basics. Once you have a fundamental understanding of your skin and how to keep it healthy, then you can return to the black hole of internet products with a newfound understanding of what works for you. It’s time to start understanding our skin from the inside out – here are the helpful tips the internet isn’t telling you.
Don’t over-wash your face. It sounds crazy, I know. How is it possible for your skin to be too clean? The answer is that over-washing your face has nothing to do with cleanliness, but has everything to do with moisture. If your skin is prone to dryness, you should definitely take this advice to heart – do not wash your face with a cleanser twice a day. Rinse your face with only water in the morning to wash off the products you applied the night before. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser post-makeup removal at night so the dirt and sweat from the day don’t sink into your pores while you’re sleeping.
Drink water. This may sound like a no-brainer. It feels like parents, friends, and health professionals alike advise drinking water in response to just about any ailment – and they’re right. Drinking a substantial amount of water every day is good for just about every system and organ in your body. Your skin is no exception – it’s the largest organ in your body. For starters, the more hydrated you are, the less defined wrinkles appear. Increased hydration also helps flush out toxins that may manifest themselves in your skin otherwise. Drinking water can also reduce puffiness, as your skin and face will retain water the more dehydrated you are. Did you just go to the kitchen to refill your water glass at the thought of all these easily attainable benefits? Me too.
Showering at night. There are two types of people in this world: night shower people and morning shower people. Both are understandable, both are valid – but, when it comes to skin care, there is undoubtedly one winner. Think about it: we have very little control over what our faces walk through on a daily basis. We may wash, cleanse, tone, moisturize, mask, and take impeccable care of our facial skin, but we have no say over the particles in the air, the temperature, the trees over our heads, or the amount that we perspire over the course of a day. Not all air quality is pristine. Pollen falls from trees into our hair. At the end of the day, our head, shoulders, and faces have walked through all kinds of different particles. Now, think about how much your face touches your pillow and hair over the course of a night’s sleep – it’s a lot. Without showering off from the day, we are not only exposing our faces to all the mystery particles, but we are ensuring that they are rubbed into our pores. A little gross, but aren’t you convinced? And while you convert into a night shower person, remember to wash your pillowcase a little more often too.
You are what you eat. Okay – not true, but you get the point. The foods you eat not only impact how you feel, but the wellness of your skin. Not the most fun news, but doesn’t it make you more inclined to throw a few more veggies into your diet? The important vitamins to look out for are Vitamin D, C, E, and K. Vitamin D is simple and can be absorbed without food – just make sure you get at least 10 minutes of (sunscreen protected) sun exposure every day. For Vitamin C: eat citrus based foods like oranges, strawberries, or broccoli. Vitamin E can be found in nuts and seeds like almonds and sunflower seeds, and Vitamin K is found in your classic leafy green like lettuce, spinach, or kale. Try to eat the rainbow every day and see your skin thank you.
Get to know your skin type. Treat your skin in the same way you’d tend to your plants. Watch carefully, give moisture when needed, let dry when overwatered, forgive yourself for mistakes, and learn as you go. Your body chemistry isn’t linear – it will change over time and all you can do is listen to what it needs and treat it as lovingly as possible. With time comes knowledge, and once you start caring for your skin from the inside out, the rest should follow with much more ease.