Everyone wants a clear face, less wrinkles and glowing skin but sometimes the thought of rigorous skin care routines and retinol serums and eye creams can be daunting. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to a long drawn out beauty routine, here’s a few things you can do to help easily achieve better skin.
- Drink A Lot Of Water- Staying hydrated is so important for many reasons. Lack of water can cause dehydrated, dull, flaky skin. The 8 x 8 rule is easy to remember, eight 8-ounce glasses a day.
- Eat Foods Rich In Antioxidants- Antioxidants protect the body from stress and disease caused by free radicals and slows the aging process. I usually start my morning with a blueberry smoothie. Foods rich in antioxidants include blueberries, pomegranates, elderberries, pecans and kidney beans. Google for foods rich in antioxidants to find some more ideas.
- Never Skip Washing Your Face At Night- Don’t sleep in your makeup. Not only does it clog your pores but it also ages your skin as well. Just don’t do it. Even if you’re stumbling in the door at 2 a.m. Keep some facial cleansing wipes by your bedside for those lazy nights when you just can’t make it to the bathroom.
- Drink Green Tea- Green Tea is full of those wonderful antioxidants we just talked about. Green tea is said to have many benefits for the skin and is known as a “youthful” drink.
- Get A Good Night’s Sleep- That old wives’ tale about needing your “beauty” sleep is actually not a tale after all. Your body needs sleep to function on a day to day basis. Have you ever looked in the mirror after only getting 4 or 5 hours of restless sleep the night before? Yikes! Those puffy, dark circles under your eyes are no joke. Not getting enough sleep will reek havoc on your skin and you won’t even want to look in the mirror anymore.
- Limit Sun Exposure- This should be a no brainer, wear sunscreen and don’t hit up the tanner either.
- Take A Multi-Vitamin- When your body is getting the nutrients it needs, it thrives. Many of us aren’t eating a well rounded diet and therefore we may not be getting enough of a certain vitamin. Multi-vitamins are a great way to ensure we’re getting the vitamins our body needs. Healthy body=healthy skin.
- Exfoliate- When you get rid of all the dead skin cells it helps to smooth and soften your skin again. Make sure you don’t over do it though, twice a week is enough. Try this fun homemade Sugar Scrub.
- Avoid Stress- We all know stress ages us and it takes a toll on our body both physically and mentally. While there’s not much we can do to avoid it, we can take the necessary precautions to fight it. Think deep breathing and yoga exercises.
- Avoid Sugar/Sweets- Sugar ages your skin. I’m not going to get into the scientific process here but it has to do with how our bodies break down glucose. A diet full of sugar and refined carbohydrates is bad news. Your skin will thank you if you ditch the sugar and sweets.
- Moisturize Daily- Adding a daily moisturizer to your beauty routine will work wonders. Moisturized skin is healthy skin. The best time to moisturize is after washing your face in the morning or before going to bed.
Have you tried any of these 11 tips for healthy skin? If not, which ones would you like to incorporate into your own skin care routine?