Some people seem to have glowing, gorgeous skin naturally. While genetics can sometimes play a role, it’s more often daily habits that impact the look and feel of your skin. In many cases, people with amazing skin use these five effective habits to maintain their fresh, beautiful look.
Get a Goodnight’s Sleep
The magic starts with a night of good 8-hour sleep. Our skin has a wonderful quality of recovering and regenerating while we are sleeping. That is why 8-hour sleep is also called “Beauty Sleep.” Give your skin time to recover, and in the morning, it will please you with a glowing look.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
One of the most basic skincare habits is drinking tons of water. It is mandatory for maintaining healthy and hydrated skin. It will not only satisfy your thirst but it will keep your skin hydrated as well. Researches have proven that drinking plenty of water significantly increases the hydration level of the skin and even dermatology is supporting the skin hydrating effect water has on our body. To get clear skin with no visible pores, and no imperfections is it required to drink an ample amount of water. Water helps to flush all the toxins present in your body.
Attention Women of Color (WOC) in particular, Please don’t listen to people who tell you WOC don’t need to wear SPF. Do a google search and you will find over 70 million results that all will tell you “YES” you do. The sun is what ages you and causes skin hyperpigmentation (brown spots), wrinkles and the most serious is Skin Cancer. Although Skin Cancer is less prevalent in the black community than in the white population, when it does occur it tends to be diagnosed at a later, more advanced stage. Studies show that black people are 4x more likely to be diagnosed with an advance stage of melanoma cancer than white people with similar diagnosis. Always use an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every 90 mins, even on cloudy days you are still being exposed to harmful UVA/UVB rays. I highly recommend checking out www.blackgirlsunscreen.com made by women of color for people of color. It’s infused with all Natural Ingredients. They even have an option for kids with an SPF of 50.
Eat a Balanced Diet
What goes in comes out through your skin! You really are what you eat. Eating the right foods can really give your skin the glow you’ve been searching for. You also must incorporate vitamins into your diet (I take two multi vitamins every single day) Try to limit your salt and sugar intake. Sugar adds to inflammation in the body. Anything you put in your body will eventually show up on your skin one way or another.
No matter how tired your day has been from work, make cleansing a priority before you end your day. Oil, makeup, and other impurities that cause clogged pores and breakouts can be stripped off of your skin once you cleanse it. It must be done every morning when you wake up and every evening before bedtime. No excuses.
A good skincare does not have to be complex, It just needs to be consistent. You must include a good gentle cleanser and a nourishing moisturizer. You should be exfoliating no more than 1-2 times per week to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Don’t forget your SPF! Make this your ritual.