Fad diets, quick fixes, and new treatments are tempting, but we all know that enduring health and beauty stem from what you do on the daily. When it comes to getting flawlessly dewy skin like a Hollywood celeb, the secret may be simpler than you think. Sure, expensive products and the best dermatologist in the tri-state area may seem like the key, but the truth is that your daily habits have a lot of leverage over your complexion. With just a few additions to your daily and weekly routine, you can start to clear up your skin in a natural way and get the glow you’ve always wanted.
Wash Your Pillowcases
You can do everything in your power to avoid touching your face, but you might be forgetting about your face touches. Aka your pillow…every single night. The longer you go without washing your pillowcase, the more bacteria will build up which can cause unpleasant buildup and breakouts. By washing your pillowcases at least once a week, your skin will be less susceptible to unwelcome pimples. Also, consider foregoing the typical cotton pillowcase in favor of a silk fabric. Silk pillowcases don’t absorb oils to the same degree as a cotton pillowcase.
Fuel Your Body, Fuel Your Skin
You’ve heard it before, but I’m going to say it again. What you put into your body affects what you get out of it. That means everything from your energy levels to your outlook on life and of course, the health of your skin. We all know that drinking more water is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. That means more water and less caffeine as well as an abundance of fruits, vegetables, good fats, and foods rich in Omega-3’s. Some of my favorite superfoods for healthy skin include blueberries, salmon, avocados, oatmeal, spinach, and almonds. Oh, and red wine has antioxidants that help keep your skin looking radiant. In case, you were looking for a reason to uncork that Merlot.
The sun is a big perpetrator when it comes to skin damage, but your skin is at risk even when the rays aren’t shining down on you. Sunscreen may seem superfluous when you’re driving around town, getting your haircut, or going to catch a movie, but anytime you step outside your skin is vulnerable to UV rays. You sure as hell don’t want premature aging or worse, skin cancer, so it’s in your best interest to apply SPF everytime you go outside.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Just like your pillowcase, your makeup brushes are prone to build up and can harbor bacteria that will clog your pores. Typically makeup products contain some sort of hydrating element that is a perfect environment for bacteria growth over time. You should aim to spritz your makeup brushes with disinfectant every day, and shoot for a deep clean of the brushes at the end of the week.
Sweat Like You Mean It
Ever wonder why you look all glowy after that kickboxing class even after you’ve wiped away the last bead of sweat? We think about working out as good for our physiques and energy levels, but it’s also amazing for your skin. When you get your heart pumping, you’re increasing blood flow which helps nourish your skin cells. Exercising also is a stress combatant, and you know that stress can wreak havoc on the skin. So grab your sneaks and get moving.
Cut Down On Your Shower Time
When you think of a luxurious form of me-time, a long hot shower might very well pop into your mind. But the more time you spend standing under steaming water, and belting out the lyrics to your Adele song of choice, the more you’re drying out your skin (and maybe disturbing the neighbors). It’s actually beneficial to speed up your shower to last about 5 to 10 minutes, and then moisturize your skin a few minutes after to prevent dehydration, aging, and inflammation.
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. I’m guilty of skimping out on this one, but when you have a baby, sleeping through the night isn’t usually a viable option. However, anytime you can, you most definitely should choose to hit the hay instead of finishing up clearing out your inbox or staying up nights to watch reruns of The Fresh Prince. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body has to run on reserve power because you didn’t fully recharge, and this takes a toll on how you feel and how you look. You become more prone to stress, and stress doesn’t look good on anyone.
Taking care of your skin is essentially building habits that promote a healthy lifestyle. There are plenty of products you can use to boost your skin’s appearance and moisturize, but your daily and weekly habits will last longer and produce greater effects than any cream you can pull off the shelf at the drugstore.