The 10 Best Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin
Our lives are built on habits. From our morning coffee or tea to the side of the bed we sleep on, our routines shape our days and our bodies. While the term “habit” often has a negative connotation, we can also create habits that are beneficial to our health and the health of our skin. From exercise and diet to product choices, here are ten habits that can help you maintain healthy, beautiful skin.
1. Wash Your Face
Washing your face removes dirt, oils and bacteria that accumulate and make your pores appear larger. You should wash your face when you wake up to remove dirt and oils, and again before bed to remove makeup and grime from the day. You should also wash your face after you sweat or work out. You should use a gentle, natural face wash such as our Tamanu Luxury Facial Cleanser. It is made with 95% organic ingredients and naturally foams without harmful sulfates.
2. Get More Sleep
“Beauty Sleep” is a real thing. Our bodies need 7 to 9 hours of restful sleep every night to restore, rejuvenate and repair. It’s like visiting the fountain of youth every night, as our skin produces new collagen when we sleep. To maintain strong sleep hygiene, experts recommend a consistent sleep schedule and a cool (65℉), dark environment. Build thirty minutes into your schedule to wind down before bed; this is a great time to wash your face and use our Beauty Sleep set, full of powerful antioxidants that help repair your skin overnight.
3. Breathe Clean Air
Heavy air pollution, cigarette smoke and artificial fragrances can harm our skin health, forming harmful free radicals and causing skin irritations. If you can’t avoid these, help repair your skin with nontoxic products. Use natural, organic face wash and products with antioxidants to help undo the damage polluted air does to your skin.
4. Use Antioxidants
Free radicals cause damage to our skin and bodies. They are generated by fried foods, alcohol and pesticides. However, antioxidants can neutralize free radicals, like natural superheroes. It’s important to eat foods with antioxidants such as dark chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and pecans. It is just as important to use skincare products that include antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, Green Tea, Olive Leaf, Licorice Root, and Pomegranate. Our Antioxidant Skin Boost is a great source of antioxidant Vitamin C and can be added to serums or moisturizers.
5. Exfoliate Your Face
Look for gentle exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), which are found in natural fruit acids. Alpha hydroxy acids dissolve the skin's natural “glue” that holds on to dead skin cells, gently removing them without scrubbing. Alpha hydroxy acids also act as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin. Our Fruit Acid Toner is great for gentle exfoliation.
6. Exercise Regularly
Exercise helps increase blood flow, drawing oxygen into and free radicals away from the skin. Exercise also helps decrease stress and improve sleep quality. Make sure to wash your face after sweaty workouts.
7. Use A Moisturizer
Using a moisturizer every day is important for every skin type, whether it is dry, oily, mature, or acne prone. Proper moisturizing helps prevent dry, flaky skin and keeps skin cells performing at their best, preventing fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Our Citrine Complete Botanical Treatment is a combination moisturizer and serum that hydrates and nourishes skin. Intensive Eye Repair, with black cumin seed oil, can be used on any wrinkles and lines on your face that need a little extra care.
8. Drink Water
Drinking water feeds the skin from the inside. Dehydrated skin can look dull, be itchy and dry and make lines more noticeable. It can also enhance dark areas around your eyes and nose. Alcohol and coffee dehydrate skin. Drinking plenty of water keeps skin hydrated and can give your skin a healthy glow. Eating fruits and vegetables, exercise and restful sleep can all help keep skin hydrated, too.
9. Wear Sunscreen
The sun causes the majority of aging for skin. Too much sun can cause serious skin damage, contributing to dehydration and forming harmful free radicals. Sunscreens provide essential protection from the sun’s harmful rays and should be worn when you are in the sun for long periods of time. You should also wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure.
10. Read Ingredient Lists
Quality ingredients make quality products. While There are few skincare regulations in the United States (and very few ingredients are banned), the European Union (EU) has stricter regulations and bans over 1,300 ingredients. That is why Sally B’s products are made with ingredients that align with EU regulations. We use organic and Fair Trade ingredients whenever they are available and don’t use harmful, artificial ingredients. It is important to read and understand ingredients, but it can be overwhelming. Here are a few of the things you should always avoid: mineral oil, parabens, propylene glycol, and artificial fragrance. The Environmental Working Group is also a good resource. We have 17 products that are EWG Verified™. Click here to learn more about how to read an ingredient label.
Healthy, glowing skin is achievable and we're here to help you. If you're new to natural products or not familiar with Sally B’s Skin Yummies, a good place to start is with these two customer favorites, Tamanu Luxury Facial Cleanser and Citrine Complete Botanical Treatment. Or check out our sets to get a complete package of everything you need to get started forming healthy skincare habits!