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5 Simple Habits For Better Skin

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5 Simple Habits For Better Skin

Have you ever looked at someone and marvelled at their perfect, flawless skin? Maybe you’ve even wondered how on earth is it that they’ve managed to have such beautiful skin, and what you could do to achieve the same effect. Well, sorry to break it to you, but nothing in life is free. Those people with beautiful skin have to put in effort to take care of their skin and maintain it. As the saying goes, “there are no ugly women, only lazy women”.
But I don’t want to scare you off. It may sound like it requires a lot of dedication and hard work to get better skin, but it actually boils down to just a few simple lifestyle habits.

7 to 9 Hour of Beauty Sleep

Science has proven time and time again that sleep is vital for our overall health. However, when it comes to maintaining a good skincare routine, we often forget to include sleep in the process. A lack of sleep can really do a number on your skin. When you sleep, your body finally has the time to repair itself. This is true for your skin as much as it is for your brains or muscles. During sleep, the body boosts blood circulation to the skin to help rebuild collagen, the very stuff that prevents your skin from looking all saggy and wrinkly. Not only that, the increased blood circulation gives your skin that natural glow upon waking up. Studies have also shown that just one night of sleep deprivation can reduce skin barrier function. What does that even mean? Well, the skin is your body’s largest organ, and its main function is to act as a barrier protecting the insides of your body from the external environment. This barrier also serves to keep moisture in the body. When you are sleep deprived, this skin barrier function breaks down, your skin gets dehydrated and takes longer to heal itself. Now you know why it’s called ‘beauty sleep’.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Water is one of the crucial elements that keeps us alive. Did you know that 60% of your body weight is actually made up of water? You might be wondering where all this water is stored in your body. Well, it is stored in places like your brain, heart, skin, muscles, kidneys and even your bones! But since we’re a skincare company, naturally we’ll just focus on the skin. (; While drinking more water won’t exactly work magic on your body, it sure will help with your skin health as the skin is made up of 64% of water. Studies have shown that insufficient water intake will cause the skin to look dull and have more prominent looking pores. Proper hydration levels cause the skin cells to become plump and improves elasticity, meaning to say that the skin will be less likely to crack or have irritations and blemishes. Strive to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to keep your skin hydrated and working properly. If you are finding it hard to keep to this goal, try leaving a cup of water on your desk as it will serve as a constant visual reminder to drink up.

Watch Your Diet

It’s true what they say, you are what you eat. By eating the right food, you can help your skin tremendously. Make it a point incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into your diet, as they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will help reverse and defend against common signs of aging. People with great skin are also careful to lay off on sugar and dairy products, as these food products are known to cause breakouts when consumed in excess. This is because sugary foods can influence insulin production, leading to increased oil production on your face and ultimately, that dreaded acne. But what has dairy got to do with it? Well, dairy contains lactose, which is also a form of sugar. Experts also say that consuming food that is high in omega-3 fatty acids (like tuna, salmon, walnuts, canola oil and flax seed) will also help your skin look better overall as these fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane. Since the cell membrane is responsible for the movement of water in and out of the cell, having a nice healthy barrier will lead to softer and smoother skin. Not only that, omega-3 fatty acid rich food also helps reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds – natural chemicals involved in the aging process, that can affect how the skin looks and feels.

Sunscreen Is Your Best Friend

I don’t know about you guys but when I was younger, I always thought that wearing sunscreen was reserved only for special beach days. While it’s great you remembered to put on sunscreen on those hot, beach days, it’s equally important to wear sunscreen every day. This is because even if it doesn’t look sunny, there are harmful UV rays from the sun that cause premature skin aging. UV rays damage collagen and elastic tissue in the skin, so it becomes fragile and does not spring back into shape, causing wrinkles and sagging. Exposure to UV rays can also cause hyperpigmentation, those pesky dark spots that will mar your otherwise clear complexion. Not only that, if you keep going out without putting on sunscreen, long-term exposure to the sun will put you at greater risk of developing skin cancer. So don’t forget to lather up on sunscreen even if looks cloudy outside! It may feel like a tedious extra step but trust us, it is an absolute necessity. (I am suddenly reminded of content creator @soimjenn’s hilarious ad about sunblock – ANESSAsity. You’ll get what I mean if you’ve watched it. No, we don’t collaborate/work with her but it’s just so funny and everyone deserves some funny in their life). Your skin will definitely thank you for it later in life.

Wash Your Face Daily

No matter how exhausted you are from your day, always wash your face before you head to bed. Otherwise the buildup of oil, makeup and other impurities can cause clogged pores and breakouts. By cleansing your face, all the excess dirt will be stripped off your skin, allowing your pores to breathe. Your skin needs to breathe just like you do. As a general rule, dermatologists recommend washing your face twice a day: once in the morning, and once at night. This is because bacteria can build up on your skin when you sleep at night, so you need to wash it off in the morning. It also helps prime your face for your morning skin-care routine. But if for whatever reason, you only have enough time to wash your face once a day, dermatologists say it’s better to wash your face at night. This is because your skin regenerates itself overnight, and you don’t want to obstruct that regeneration process by clogging your pores with makeup, oil and dirt.

Try following these 5 simple habits and witness the magic. It’s no wonder that those who have fantastic skin tend to have these daily habits in common. Take care of your skin.
If you don’t love your skin, who will?

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