The quest for flawless skin has been an undertaking since the dawn of civilization.
The Greeks used honey and olive oil for anti-aging preparations. The geishas of Japan used a skin cream made by combining whipped cream with sea salt. Supposedly, Cleopatra bathed in milk and saffron to give herself glowing skin. And the list goes on. Millions of people have tried everything under the sun to perfect the appearance of their skin.
But what if we told you that a lot of people achieve beautiful, healthy-looking skin by sticking to a few simple habits? What if we told you that you could start doing that same routine right now? Over the years, beauty experts and everyday people have discovered specific habits that will help your skin reach a more beautiful and happier state.
Let’s look at five of these skincare habits. It might seem crazy, but with a little patience and willpower, you could use them to revolutionize your personal skincare routine.
In order to keep your skin supple, you need to maintain its water content. You can do this by making sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and using a quality moisturizer that can help slow down water loss through the superficial layers of your skin.
To keep your skin’s moisture in check throughout the year, try products with different consistencies. During winter months, the air often becomes very dry, so you might want to switch to a richer moisturizer. On the flip side, it might be best to use a more lightweight moisturizer during the warm humid months or if you live in a particularly humid region. Overall, it’s important to stay in touch with how our skin changes from month to month.
You can also help retain skin moisture by drinking a healthy amount of water, using a humidifier in your home or bedroom, and making sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc from food sources and supplements to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.
Wash Your Face Every Night
Just taking a few minutes to wash your face each night before bed can work miracles for your skin.
Cleansing your skin every day is essential to your skincare routine, but especially at night. After a full day of makeup, dirt, pollution, and other irritants your skin has been exposed to, it’s important to thrououghly cleanse. Using a pre-cleanse or makeup remover before washing your face can help your skin absorb the benefits of nighttime products better, so you wake up to renewed and revitalized skin the next day.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Few things are better than a warm, sunny day. But if you want radiant, beautiful skin, you need to protect it as much as you can from the sun. Sunlight is a major cause of signs of visible aging like freckling, skin thinning, sagging, and wrinkles.
We’re not saying that you should hide yourself in the dark. Just make sure to use a trusted moisturizer with sunscreen daily. A “broad-spectrum” sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor of 15 is best because it will block both UVA and UVB rays.
Protective clothing, sunglasses, and staying in the shade will also help protect your skin from visible sun damage. And be careful around water, snow, or sand. These surfaces reflect sunlight and can increase your chance of getting sunburned. Ouch!
Get Plenty of Sleep
Getting your beauty sleep is important for maintaining healthy-looking skin. While you snooze, your body repairs itself and recovers from the stress of the day. Quality sleep gives your skin a a chance to rejuvenate itself so you wake up looking well-rested.
Doctors suggest that most people should get at least seven hours of quality sleep each night. Anything less than that can cause a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face, causing it to appear dull. Research has shown that a lack of sleep may even contribute to periorbital hyperpigmentation, also known as “raccoon eyes.”
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. So, it should be no surprise that what you eat and drink can have a profound impact on your skin’s health and appearance.
In general, the best foods for your skin are ones that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and antioxidant-rich vitamins A and E. These will help strengthen your skin, maintain its elasticity, and boost your natural collagen production.
It’s also a good idea to lay off that excess sugar. Research shows that foods with a high-glycemic index can cause sugars to bind to your skin’s collagen and weaken it. Instead, eat more foods like salmon, walnuts, strawberries, kale and other dark greens, berries, and citrus fruits. This will make your skin stronger and more beautiful from the inside out.
Check out this blog post for more information on what to eat for healthy-looking skin.
There’s Lots More You Can Do
This is really just the beginning. These are only the first few steps on your quest for flawless, healthy-looking skin. Start with these simple steps and you just might find the skincare routine that is perfect for you.
And be sure to take a look at USANA’s new and upcoming skincare line, Celavive™.
Celavive also incorporates USANA’s unique and patented USANA InCelligence Technology® to help support your body’s natural ability to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy.
Include these high-performance products into your daily skincare routine and you’ll have glowing skin that even Cleopatra would be jealous of.