Clear, glowing, healthy looking skin is 40% genetics and 60% habit and lifestyle. That means physically taking care of your skin is more important than the fact that you have oily, dry, normal, or combination skin. There are some things you can do to keep your skin looking its best no matter your skin type.
Get Enough Sleep
There’s a reason why it’s called beauty sleep. Sleep is essential to looking and feeling your best. Sleep is the time your body regenerates and rebuilds itself, so if you don’t sleep your skin can’t repair, rebuild and regenerate making you look old, sick, and dishevelled. It’s important to get about 7-9 hours of good sleep a night for your body to rest and regain strength and for your skin to rebuild itself from the wear and tear it goes through throughout the day.
Drink enough water
Hydration is so important, guys. Your body is more than 60% water so you have to make sure your cells are fully hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres of water a day depending on your size and activity level. When your skin cells are hydrated they plump up making your skin look full and bright. Staying hydrated maintains that natural radiant glow by keeping your skin moisturised. Water also helps flush out toxins and waste products in the body including toxins from makeup, lotion, and air pollution that enter through the pores of our skin.
Learn about your skin
Learn what type of skin you have. Understand what it means to have a specific skin type and know how to handle your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin you wouldn’t buy an oil based skin moisturiser as it would make your skin more oily and make you break out more. If you have dry skin you won’t use a harsh face wash for oily skin because it would dry out your skin further. Listen to your skin and understand what it likes and what it doesn’t like. This takes a lot of trial and error but it will benefit you in the long run.
Exercise is great for your skin because it gets the juices flowing, increasing blood flow all around the body including the skin, transporting nutrients at a faster rate. The more beneficial nutrients get transported to the skin the sexier your skin will be. Exercise also helps transport toxins out of your body through sweat and as exercise burns fat it also expels toxins stored in your fat cells. The fewer toxins in your body, the better your body works. Just remember to take a shower and wash your face after sweating it out in the gym because if you let the sweat and debris stay on your skin you’ll break out.
Wash your face twice a day
Washing your face twice a day is so important especially if you wear makeup. It’s important to wash your face before bed to get rid of all the dirt that has accumulated on your skin throughout the day. This makes a huge difference in the appearance of your skin and can reduce the chance of getting pimples. It also makes sure your skin can properly repair itself while you sleep.
Be consistent with your skin routine
Consistency is key. This is a known fact. Same goes with the way you handle your skin. If you plan to exfoliate once a week, make sure you exfoliate once a week. You can plan to apply a mask on your face once a month and wash your face twice a day. However, it is imperative to stick to doing these things because it’s the only way your skin will positively respond to it and the only way you’ll notice results.
Eat healthy food
You are what you eat. This could not be truer when it comes to the condition of your skin. If you constantly eat processed, high fat, high sugar food, your skin will suffer. I’m sure you know from experience what happens to your skin after continuously eating junk food and garbage. Your skin is oily, pale, and full of pimples. That’s why it’s important to eat food that will heal your body, not destroy it. Eat as many fruit and vegetables as you can as they are high in vitamins and minerals that are great for your skin. Additionally, their high water content will help you stay hydrated and flush out toxins. Stay away from highly processed food and food high in saturated fats that will cause inflammation like dairy and meat. Try to get more plant-based food in your diet and your skin will thank you for it.
Need I say more? The sun’s rays are no joke. UV rays are dangerously damaging to your skin. They can cause cancer and will age your skin prematurely making you look way older very quickly. Even though melanin helps protect against UV rays it does not mean you are immune to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays so no matter how dark your skin is. It’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s rays whether that means wearing a hat, sunblock or just staying out of the sun. This is especially important in generally hot countries like Namibia or South Africa.
Getting great skin doesn’t take much effort, time or money. It just requires consistency and if you’re consistent with these habits well… that melanin, or lack thereof, will be poppin’.