Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about my skin. That’s partly because it seems to have taken offence at the cold, wet weather and has become dry and spotty. I very rarely get spots, so when I do, I’m always pretty shocked by how irritating they can be. To combat the skin problems I’ve been having, I’ve been doing some research on all the best ways to get healthier skin. Just in case you’re also struggling with your skin, I thought that I would share what I found.
Boost your nutrient intake
For healthier skin, one of the most important things you can do is boost your nutrient intake. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants that help to prevent breakouts and curb any damage caused by free radicals. Smoothies, fresh vegetable soups, and snacking on raw fruits and veggies, are the perfect way to get vitamins into your system.
While you can get lots of the right vitamins into your body by ensuring you get your five a day. I’ve chosen to boost my nutrient intake even more. Each day, I drink a 60 ml shot of pure aloe vera gel, that’s packed full of multivitamins, probiotics and antioxidants. Since I’ve upped my nutrient intake, I’ve noticed that my skin looks and feels healthier.
Use natural products
The chemicals in beauty products can affect our skin, leading to all sorts of problems. From dryness and redness to acne and eczema flare-ups, chemicals can have many negative impacts on our skin. That’s why it’s best to opt to use natural products wherever possible.
You may not realise it, but sometimes products made to help skin can make it worse if they contain chemicals. That’s why it’s best to always double check what’s in a product before you use it, to ensure that it’s as natural as possible.
Smoking and alcohol should be avoided
I don’t smoke, but I am partial to the odd cocktail or two on a Friday night. After a long week at work, nothing can beat a Cosmopolitan, right ladies? That being said, if you want healthy skin, it’s important to reduce your alcohol consumption and ban smoking. Alcohol leads to breakouts and dry, dehydrated skin. Smoking lowers levels of vitamin C in your blood, preventing skin cell renewal, which can leave your skin looking dull and dry.
If you can’t go cold turkey, consider swapping to vaping. I’ve got quite a few friends who vape, all of whom were addicted to cigarettes before. The great thing about vaping is that the e juice you put in your e-cigarette comes in varying strengths of nicotine. So over time, you can slowly reduce the amount you’re having. Because all you’re smoking is flavoured steam, this won’t do any damage to your skin. So you won’t need to stress about that.
Cut down on how often you wear makeup
I love makeup, of course I do, but I know when I wear it every day it wreaks havoc on my skin. If you want healthy skin, it’s best to limit how often you wear makeup. For me, this is easy as I work from home, so don’t need to stress about being made up for work. However, if you work in an office, I appreciate that this might be a little harder.
How about reducing the amount of makeup you wear, instead of not wearing any? Use tinted moisturiser instead of foundation, and limit the powder you put on top. If you’re going to wear makeup, to keep your skin healthy, always make sure you remove it with cleanser as soon as you get home. I tend to follow up makeup removal with face cream that contains antibacterial properties. This helps to keep acne at bay, as well as other skin problems.
Keeping your skin healthy might seem tricky, especially when you’re prone to skin problems. However, if you take the tips above on board, you can give your skin a big health boost.