As much as we’d all like to believe, good skin doesn’t come easy. Keeping up with trends, regimens, routines, it’s all a part of the process. But, ask any expert or beauty aficionado, and they’ll tell you that good skin requires regular tending to; habits that one must inculcate and follow religiously over years. From removing make-up and the day’s dirt and grime at the end of every day to eating a lot of fruits and green vegetables, there are good-skin-habits that everyone can adopt.
So, might we suggest bookmarking these fool-proof rituals that will ensure you’re a few more steps closer to achieving that glowing skin.
Water Is Magic
Bloggers, dermatologists, celebrities, they all sing the same tune: have lots and lots of water. The bottom line is that water helps flush out the toxins from your body and hydrates the body at a cellular level. But how much water is enough water? Research suggests the math is simple; if you weigh 54 kilos or 120 pounds, you need to drink half of that in ounces every single day.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Everyone’s been talking about SPF for years, but today, you don’t just need protection from the sun. We spend a large part of our day sitting in front of the laptop or using our phones, which is why we need protection from UV light as well as Infrared rays. The solution is to opt for a sunscreen that mentions ‘Broad Spectrum’ on the label, which means that it protects your skin from UVA, UVB, and Infrared rays as well. And remember this: even if you’re not stepping out, you need to wear sunscreen.
Sleep Like A Baby
We all studied this in biology: our body repairs and rejuvenates itself while we’re asleep. So, if you want that healthy, plumpy skin, you need to get enough sleep. Dermatologists say that enough sleep can have lots of great benefits. For example, if you sleep for 7 hours as opposed to 5, you would actually see fewer wrinkles because our body produces collagen while we sleep. Not to mention, blood flow is directed towards your skin after hours. So if you’ve been waking up to dull skin everyday, chances are you’re not getting enough Z’s.
Hydration Is Key
It’s been a while, but experts have come to the consensus that hydration is very very important for healthy skin. Having lots of water, eating moisture-rich foods are all a given, but studies have shown that your skin actually absorbs moisture best when it’s applied topically. That means, you need to introduce moisture-rich products to your skincare routine. The one we swear by? Hyaluronic Acid. The latest magic ingredient in the skinverse, hyaluronic acid works like a binder, so it attaches itself to water molecules in our cells and helps skin look healthier and plumper. If you want gorgeous skin, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Your Skin Is What You Eat
Yes, it’s true, you are what you eat. And it definitely holds true in the case of skin. If you’re not actively eating superfoods and are instead wolfing down processed foods and high amounts of sugar and dairy, chances are your skin is suffering. Lean proteins, fibre, fruits, vegetables, good spices, these are all extremely important for healthy skin. But some foods are more beneficial than others like coconut oil, that helps skin retain moisture and is also supposed to be anti-microbial. Some other foods that you can incorporate in your diet are ginger, cinnamon, tomatoes, chia seeds, and avocados. At the end of the day, a healthy diet is the first step towards glowing skin.