Everyone wants glowing, healthy, radiant skin. While some people may seem to have perpetually perfect skin, the truth is that your skin, like the rest of your body, requires proper care to be as healthy as it could be. And those with good skin owe it to a good skincare regimen in most cases.
While we all have unique needs and concerns when it comes to skincare, there are some essential products and practices that everyone should use and implement if they wish to have flawless and beautiful skin.
Use Gentle Cleansers
Everyone should keep a cleanser in their skincare kit. At night a cleanser removes makeup and grime from the day, and in the morning it will remove any oil buildup on the skin, and help cleanse impurities to prevent blemishes and whiteheads.
Choosing between a foaming, milky, micellar or oil cleanser is a matter of preference but no cleanser should make your skin feel dry or uncomfortable. If you have dry, acne prone, or sensitive skin, a creamy cleanser is more gentle on the skin. If you use a longwearing makeup or waterproof sunscreen, these can dehydrate your skin.
Once or twice a week, as part of your morning or evening skincare routine, it is essential to exfoliate your skin. DIY skincare masks are great, but it’s still important to use products with active ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to detoxify and kill any bacteria that may be hiding on or in the skin.
It’s also important to use an exfoliant that is free of microplastics. Many exfoliant scrubs contain microbeads that do not break down, and end up polluting the water supply. We always recommend using natural skin care and natural hair styling products.
If you are prone to breakouts or have sun damage, opt for a chemical exfoliant. People who have normal, dry, or aging skin can use a combination of both a mechanical and a chemical exfoliant.
In the past, toner was considered unnecessary, too astringent, and incredibly drying, all of which are definitely not conducive to a radiant and healthy complexion. Today, toners do just the opposite. The most popular toners of yesterday contained high concentrations of alcohol to remove excess oil from the skin.
Today however, toners are far more than just astringents. Many toners are alcohol-free, and there are toners on the market that can improve almost every skin condition and leave your skin clear and free of buildup.
Moisturizing is essential. It’s good practice to apply some kind of hydrating moisturizer right after you get out of the bath or shower. Applying moisture to damp skin helps to seal in essential hydration. You want to make sure to pick a moisturizer that is best suited to your skin type, and as always, choose a product that is cruelty free.
Good Skin from Inside Out
According to dermatology expert and best-selling author Jessica Wu. MD: “Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin.”
She continues to say:
“If you crash diet or eat highly processed foods, your skin won’t be as strong and supple as it could be. For example, if you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen, which makes your skin strong, and elastic tissue, which makes it supple.”
It is also highly recommended that you drink about 64 fluid ounces, or about one gallon of water per day. If you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, smoke, or do anything else that could cause dehydration, you should drink a few more glasses than normal to compensate. Drinking enough water is imperative if you want to keep your skin looking its most flawless.
Simply put, proper diet and hydration is key to maintaining beautiful healthy skin.
These are just some of the bare minimum steps you can take to help your skin be more flawless and radiant. But they are by no means the only methods.
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