Some of the best things you can do for your skin don’t require gimmicky routines. Rather, thoughtfulness, consistency, and TLC through simple everyday tasks can create a foundation of healthy, beautiful skin. From exercising to maintaining a balanced diet to being conscious of the products you use, we give you the 10 best ways to take care of your skin. These tips are helpful for every skin type and benefit so many areas of your life, including your skin health.
The 10 Best Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin
1. Wash Your Face Well Twice A Day
Using a gentle, non-toxic face wash, like our Tamanu Luxury Facial Cleanser, wash your face morning and night (and after bouts of excess sweating) to ensure that skin and pores are free bacteria. Skipping a face washing session can increase pore size, make skin oilier, and even cause/exasperate acne.
2. Get More Restful Sleep
Getting good, restful sleep (experts suggest 7-9 hours a night!) is essential for proper skin cell and tissue rejuvenation. Achieve restful sleep by clearing your mind before your head hits the pillow. Power down cellphones, TV, and other stimulating activities 30-minutes before your intended bedtime. Instead, read a “for fun” book or listen to music.
Learn more: The Importance of Beauty Sleep
3. Surround Yourself With Clean Air
Heavy air pollution, cigarette smoke, and artificial fragrance can greatly impact skin health and appearance by forming free radicals and/or skin irritations. Opt to hang out in “clean air” environments when possible. If you can’t, skincare products can help. Wash your face regularly with and choose products that are high in antioxidants like our Daytime Antioxidant Serum or Antioxidant Skin Boost.
Learn more: The Hidden Dangers of Artificial Fragrance
4. Think Antioxidants!
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, so it’s important to fuel your body with these hardworking ingredients. Use products with antioxidant ingredients (look for Vitamin C, Green Tea, Olive Leaf, Licorice Root, and Pomegranate, to name a few) and incorporate them into your diet. Blueberries, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and broccoli are all good food sources of antioxidants. Remember, you feeding your skin from the inside is important!
Learn more: The Power of Antioxidants for Skin Health
5. Gently Exfoliate Your Skin
When skin is dry and flaky we can be tempted to scrub with abrasive ingredients. But resist the urge! Doing so can cause skin irritation or even break the delicate capillaries in the skin. Instead, look for exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) from fruit acids that naturally slough off dead skin cells, like in our Fruit Acid Toner.
Learn more: Why You Should Use (The Right) Toner
6. Exercise Regularly
Exercise – like doing yoga or going for a run – helps to increase blood flow to the skin to help keep it clear and free of toxins. It also helps to decrease stress, which we know from experience can have an unsightly effect on skin. Remember, to wash your face after exercising to remove any sweat!
Learn more: How Stress Affects Skin Health
7. Use A Daily Moisturizer
No matter what your skin type – dry, oily, combination, or acne-prone – maintaining a healthy moisture balance is extremely important. Proper moisture helps prevent dry, flaky skin, and keeps skin cells performing at their very best. This can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Try Citrine Complete Botanical Treatment that is a moisturizing serum that works to keep skin hydrated, balanced, and nourished.
Learn more: The Importance of a Daily Moisturizer
8. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water feeds the skin from the inside, helping to keep it soft and supple. Dehydration has been known to cause dry and cracked skin. But did you know it can also contribute to dark under-eye circles and acne? Ensure that you're drinking plenty of water each day and eating foods that are hydrating as well.
Learn more: Foods To Keep You Hydrated
9. Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Too much sun can seriously damage the skin. Not only can it dry it out, but it can also create damaging free radicals, which we know contribute to unwanted fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Sunscreen acts as a first line of defense against the sun’s harmful rays and should always be worn during prolonged times of sun exposure.
Learn more: Tips To Protect Your Skin From The Sun
10. Read Ingredient Labels.
There are very few regulations on ingredients used in the personal care industry in the United States, so you have to be your own expert and self-police the products you buy. Look at ingredient listings and avoid products that have red flag, potentially harmful ingredients like mineral oil, parabens, propylene glycol, and artificial fragrance. Instead look for products made with non-toxic, organic ingredients that enrich and nourish skin.
Learn more: How To Read An Ingredient Label
Everyone's journey to clear skin will be different. Some will choose to de-stress with an evening run and others will start the day with a green juice and a yoga class. However you choose to tackle diet, exercise, and product selection in pursuit of clear skin, remember balance and consistency are key to long-lasting results.