If you want to improve your skin naturally, try these 7 daily habits for healthy skin. Try these as part of your skin care routine on a regular basis and see how your skin improves over time!
The Skin Is A Vital Organ
Never forget that the skin is an actual organ, the biggest one in your body at that. It’s the one thing that’s constantly in exchange with the outer world and thus our first defense against viruses, chemicals and bacteria. It’s also the organ that transforms inactive vitamin D into the active form we can use in our bodies. Taking care of your skin and keeping it healthy and strong is therefore important not just for looking good on the outside, but also for your overall health.
Here are a few free simple daily habits to help.
7 Daily Habits For Healthy Skin
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables!
Seriously, if you want a healthy complexion, clear skin and don’t like wrinkles, eat a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables. That’s it. A green smoothie here, a salad there – you don’t need to overthink it. Eating this way you’ll get all of the antioxidants your skin needs to be healthy.
2. Remove your makeup before bed.
I don’t want to offend anyone, but going to bed with makeup is disgusting. If there’s only one part in your evening routine – it should be removing the makeup from your face. You don’t want to ruin your pillowcase and you don’t want to keep that thing on your face for too many hours. Be gentle when you’re doing this, make sure to not pull hard and wash your face with some water in the end to remove any “leftovers”.
3. Watch your dairy, coffee and sugar intake.
All of these foods do something really bad to your skin. Dairy makes you look like a teenager with breakouts, mostly around your chin. Coffee, which let’s be honest, I can’t seem to quit since 8 years now, sucks the water out of your cells and makes you look like a raisin. And sugar, well, I guess we’ve heard so much bad press about sugar at this point, that there won’t be any surprises, but…Did you hear sugar started the entire covid-19 thing? Okay it didn’t. But it can make you not only fat and sick, but also wrinkled like an old leather bag? AGE’s, baby. They ruin your skin and make you look like an old leather bag. Now you know.
4. Have no makeup days.
It’s probably easy for me, since I never get out of the house anyway, but letting your skin just breathe every once in a while, it’s priceless. I think the worst thing you can do when you have blemishes and pimples is to drown them in makeup, trying to hide them. “You must never let anybody see those suckers.” No! Who cares? Makeup and all the things that are inside of it can make your skin so much worse. It’s like covering a wound – it’s not treatment, it’s just a cover, those blemishes are not going to go away with makeup.
I had never worn foundation or anything else besides mascara and some natural eye makeup until, I think 27. I did it then, because I had a sun spot next to my eye, is that how you call them? Well that’s how I call them, because age spot just sounds horrible. Wait a second, I’ll google it. Liver spots? Seriously, get out of here. You’re a liver spot.
So after that liver spot, I decided I’m grown up enough now, to wear real makeup now. There were enough orange-faced people around me and nobody would care. I tried it for a little bit, but it honestly made me feel as if my skin cannot breathe. I felt as if I could not breathe. I know, dramatic. It sounds very weird but that’s how it felt. And I tried all types of makeup – expensive, natural…I don’t know any other types, but none of it worked for me. In fact, the makeup would make my skin feel tighter, dryer and I would get for the first time in my life – a breakout. I decided to leave it after a month or so, I still have the sun spot, but it doesn’t bother me. And since then I have no complaints.
You can’t just slap chemicals and creams and other things, even if they’re natural all the time on your face. Give it a break. The skin needs rest, as much as we don’t like the word detox nowadays, it does need it. You don’t need to do much about it – simply let it be. Wash in the morning and in the evening with water only and give it a few days to rest.
If my story wasn’t good enough to convince you to go to work like a makeup-less freak, maybe you’ll find this one more inspiring.
5. WATER, people. Water.
Drink it. Water makes such a huge difference for your health, for your skin, for your energy. When you start drinking enough water your skin will start looking more plump and if you have any gut issues that might be behind some of the pimples around your chin – it will solve this problem as well. Allow yourself to be properly hydrated, you deserve it!
Depending on what you’re eating, whether you’re exercising and the environmental temperature your water requirements change. It is recommended to drink ½ gallon or 2L minimum, but I’ve found for me, I need around a gallon or 4 Liters a day – that’s when I feel my best.
6. Get enough sleep!
However long that is for you! For some it’s 6 hours, others 8, I found I need around 7-7.5 hours every night. When you consistently prioritize sleep you will feel and look refreshed every day. Like I said, the skin is a vital organ in your body and as a vital organ it needs what only proper sleep can provide: rest. In fact, it’s even shown in studies that not getting enough sleep, even if it’s just for that one night – can make you age faster.
7. Skip on these bad habits.
Overeating, eating late, drinking too much alcohol, eating too much salt and smoking are all bad, bad news. How well does your skin look after you’ve had a few extra drinks the night before? And after eating a bunch of olives, feta cheese and no tomatoes with them? Avoid these habits as much as you can and your skin will thank you for it!
Other than these, obviously “consume” sunlight in moderation. Apply sunscreen if you’re gonna stay out in the sun for too long, but overall try to stay in the shade as much as you can – sun can really bring damage to the skin beyond skin aging.I hope you learned something new today, I don’t think this is what people expect to read when it comes to skin care tips. But you can really, step by step, improve your skin in natural ways without paying for serums, creams and all those things. The thing is – the skin is impermeable to many things. That’s what makes it such a great defense against things that are harmful to us like bacteria or toxins. So the chances of you being able to change your skin by applying things on it topically are pretty thin. You need to start from the inside and protect the outside as well. Give it time, and you’ll see results.