Many people believe that it takes a bunch of expensive skincare products and fancy facials to have clearer skin, but they have been misled. Healthy skin habits start with taking care of the body and a simple but effective skincare routine. Individuals can take daily steps towards better skin without breaking the bank. DCSI knows of many studies that have been done on the skin that have shown that having better daily habits in life can have a positive impact on people’s complexions. Most of these improvements are simple enough to work into an existing routine or even build a new routine around. Either way, at all of our office locations, we tell our patients to follow these few healthy skin habits before spending more money on products.
Clearer Skin TipsSkincare products do not have to take over your entire bathroom or vanity. There are a few stable products that you can talk to our South Florida dermatologists about once you identify your skin and your concerns. First, let's start with the daily improvements that can be made to your routines.
#1 Drink More WaterDrinking plenty of water is not only one of the most basic skincare habits but also one of the most important to the general well-being of an individual. Our bodies are made of cells that are mostly made of water, so drinking water keeps us internally balanced. Water has many roles in physical health and in healthy skin care:
- Satiate your thirst
- Keep skin properly hydrated
#2 Apply SunscreenSunscreen is one of the stable skincare products that should be included in your daily routine. Products containing SPF, like tinted sunscreens or moisturizers, will help protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays and will also help you to avoid sunburn. Yes, being in the sun has its benefits. However, it can still be harmful if someone gets too much of it. Sunburns can range from a subtle sting to excruciating pain if someone is in the sun too long unprotected. This kind of damage affects the skin's elastin and collagen tissue, which then leads to skin sagging, stretching, and wrinkles. Other effects of the sun:
- Skin discoloration
- Age spots
- Possible skin cancer
#3 Healthy DietThe condition of your skin is a direct tell of what is going on inside the body. This means if a radiant and healthy complexion is the goal, then a properly nourished body is needed. Eating a diet consisting of surgery drinks and greasy and fatty foods is only going to lead to dull skin, breakouts, and other imperfections. It has been a long-standing fact that eating skin-friendly foods should be a part of your daily routine. Almost all fruits and vegetables are skin-friendly because they contain higher levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to have strong antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from harm, improve skin texture, and promote faster healing. Other vitamins and minerals, like A, E, K, selenium, omega-3, and zinc, plus monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, are great to incorporate into your diet.
#4 Beauty SupplementsEating all the right foods is one of the good habits for clear skin. Another is to work beauty supplements into your routine. It can sometimes be difficult to eat all the appropriate foods for the nutrients needed, and your skin can only benefit from the added support supplements will bring. Here are a few of some of the most popular supplements:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Fish oil
- Multinutrient supplements
#5 Cleansing Before Bed and Using MoisturizerA major part of a skincare routine is getting all the makeup, oils, and any other unwanted stuff off the skin before going to bed. If the germs of the day are able to sit on your skin overnight, you are welcoming a possible breakout. Makeup carries free radicals in the environment, and throughout the day, the skin collects dust, dirt, sweat, and sebum. Sleeping with free radicals on your face can cause damage and clogged pores. Facial cleansing is key to healthy and clear skin. Another clearer skin tip is to moisturize after you cleanse. This will help keep the skin hydrated and happy overnight and throughout the day. Once you identify your skin type, you can research or speak with a dermatologist about which cleanser and moisturizer duo will work best for you. Other healthy skin habits:
- Manage your stress
- Get plenty of rest
- Keep the body active