Skin is the largest organ of our body.
It protects us from various bacteria and viruses which we are exposed to every day.
Though your skin is healthy, glowing, and beautiful today there is no guarantee that it will be the same tomorrow, prevention is always better than curing.
Your skin sheds daily and you are losing out millions of dead skin cells.
Thus taking care of your skin is not just about appearance it is an important aspect of your health.
It should be a part of your healthy lifestyle.
1) Clean Your Face
Regular Cleansing is fundamental for keeping your skin look healthy and solid.
Cleaning your face encourages appropriate skin hydration, maintain proper pore size, and balances excess oil production.
So wash your face twice a day, morning and before going to bed.
Wash your face with a good Cleanser and make sure you use lukewarm water.
In case if you are wearing makeup then don't forget to remove it all before bed.
2) Be gentle With Your Skin.
Avoid hot water on your skin when bathing instead use lukewarm water.
Using hot water might make you feel relaxed and comfortable but it will make your skin dry or remove oil extracts from your skin hence it's always best to use lukewarm water.
After washing gently pat your face with a towel rather than rubbing because rubbing leaves your skin irritated and dried out.
You can leave the skin slightly damp which will help the skin to absorb moisture.
3) Protect Your Skin From Harmful Sunrays
The most important way to take care of your skin is by protecting it from harmful sun rays.
Harmful sun rays can cause skin burn, wrinkles, age spots, irritation, sagging, and can also lead to skin cancer.
Prevention is better than cure.
Protect your skin with Sunscreen.
Regardless of your skin type sunscreen is important for all.
Make sure whenever you apply sunscreen/SPF 30 minutes before you step out.
4) Keep Your Skin Hydrated
The fundamental step to keep your skin hydrated is to drink an adequate amount of water.
Skin becomes dry, flaky, and tight if it's not hydrated, keeping your skin hydrated will help nourish your skin.
Consider a good Moisturizer with hydrating ingredients and SPF.
It's not only about drinking water or using moisturizer there are many ways to keep your skin hydrated.
Use water-based skincare products, apply a good Eye Serum, apply body lotions on damp skin, avoid hot water, pamper yourself with a god body massage, use a face mask, etc.
5) Don't Use Products With Heavy Chemicals
Most of us use many skincare products in a day and most of them contain harmful ingredients or chemicals.
All those chemicals are not good for the skin and for health too.
The skin absorbs almost whatever you put in so make sure you aren't putting any harmful ingredients.
Try avoiding these most common harmful ingredients such as :
1. Parabens( which is usually used to store a product for a longer time),
2. Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS: this chemical is usually used to give rich lather or foam),
3. Tocopheryl acetate or Hydroquinone ( this chemical is usually used for fragrance or aroma)
4. Phthalates ( this chemical is used to keep the cosmetics or skincare products soft and flexible)
6) Avoid Smoking
Smoking damages the skin fibers such as collagen and elastin which gives the skin elasticity and strength.
It makes the skin look older, dimmer and makes more prone to wrinkles and ageing.
It's not just the skin, smoking is not even good for your health.
Try to avoid smoking in case you are looking for healthy glowing skin.
7) Maintain A Healthy Diet
Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, foods rich in fiber, lentils, fish oil, protein-rich food, etc.
They not only help your skin look better but also make you feel better and good for your body.
When you are healthy within then your skin looks beautiful.
Drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated and avoid foods that tend to damage your skin.
8) Stress Management
Stress has a greater impact on your health and skin.
Always stay relaxed, take a break from your busy life, and give some time for yourself.
Do meditations, go for a walk, breath in some fresh air.
Doing exercises or going to the gym or doing yoga is a really good option and it promotes your skin health and reduces stress.
Get enough sleep because all the repair work or healing process is carried out when you sleep thus make sure you are having sufficient sleep.