There is so much information about skincare on the internet that it can be difficult to decide which tips or skincare routines to follow. After all, everyone’s skin is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
However, there are known ways to begin improving your skin that don’t cost a lot, if anything, that you can begin implementing today. Join us as we embark on the journey of discovering 5 quick and easy skincare tips that you can use starting today.
The best place to begin when improving your skin is by introducing a daily skincare routine. The great thing about this is that routines are completely customizable. If you don’t have much time, a 3-step routine will do, but feel free to make it more complex.
As Misumi Skincare explains, you should always start with cleansing. Cleansing removes pore-blocking dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells and helps prepare your skin for the rest of the routine.
Following this, you should moisturize at least twice a day. If you have oily skin, then you should use a water-based moisturizer, and if you have dry skin, you should use a gel-based moisturizer.
Finally, before leaving home, you should apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the aging effects of the sun’s UV rays.
In today’s day and age, it can be very easy to ignore a vital part of your skin’s needs: sleep. Did you know that when you sleep, your body begins its cellular regeneration process? That means the growth hormones that aid in cellular regeneration are produced, which is necessary for the renewal of skin cells.
Sleep experts recommend that you should get at least 8 hours of sleep a night for teenagers and 7 for an adult, depending on your activity during the day.
Lack of sleep can lead to many negative effects on your skin, such as:
- Premature aging
- Reduced maintenance of your protective skin barrier
- Dark circles and puffiness
- Unbalanced hormones
- Unoptimized blood flow to the skin
To begin improving your skin, aim to get those Z’s in, if you aren’t already.
It always comes as a shock to many people to learn that the food you eat can significantly impact your skin. It’s no surprise that those who eat healthy, balanced diets filled with fruits and vegetables almost always have amazing skin.
Firstly, a balanced, healthy diet ensures that your skin and body are getting all the nutrients you need, which aid in protection against oxidative stress, skin cell regeneration, and collagen production.
Secondly, there are vitamins, like vitamin A, that help regulate your body’s production of oil (sebum). Unregulated production of sebum can result in acne and breakouts, which is the opposite of what you want to achieve.
Lastly, unhealthy foods or drinks, like those high in refined sugar, sodium, or refined carbs, can increase the likelihood of acne or inflammation.
Although we often don’t think about it, our bodies are actually a very complex ecosystem, and while they are good at adapting and are quite durable, they can be rather sensitive. Stress, which is very common in today’s day and age, has a significant impact on the health of your skin.
For example, when you are stressed, your body produces cortisol. Increased exposure to cortisol increases inflammation in your body, which can lead to acne, as well as eczema or even psoriasis.
Your body may even begin producing more sebum due to stress-induced hormonal changes, much like the food you eat. Your body’s regeneration process can even suffer from chronic stress due to being slowed down.
Finally, the last tip on this list if you want to improve the quality of your skin is to avoid skincare trends if you haven’t done adequate research. The rise of social media has brought along many self-proclaimed experts who haven’t studied skincare and most likely don’t know how to accurately draw conclusions from the research they read.
Rather than hanging on the words of every social media influencer, who is likely being paid to promote specific products, do your own research before trying any of their suggestions.
Essential oils were all the rage a while ago on social media, but have been proven to potentially cause more harm than good since they can severely irritate the skin and increase breakouts.