Don’t you hate those mornings when you look in the mirror and realize the signs of your emotional and physical fatigue have wreaked havoc on your complexion? Sure, we all have restless nights and stressful days, but we don’t always want the whole world knowing about it!
Overnight, our skin has turned increasingly zombie-like with bags and dark circles under our eyes, pimples, and wrinkles on our face, all connected by a gray, pale-looking complexion. Here are some healthy skin tips to consider incorporating into your daily routine. They’ll serve as a buffer against those days of stress.
Hydrate your skin, both inside and out.
Maintaining beautiful skin starts and ends with drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Think of staying hydrated as moisturizing your skin from the inside out. Also, despite popular belief, even those of us with acne can benefit from using a water-based moisturizer. Simply apply a penny-size amount on a clean face and neck before going to bed.
Wax on, wax off.
Start your day off by choosing what make-up you use wisely. Many kinds of foundation and powers contain ingredients and additives made in a lab. These chemicals can clog up your pores and actually do more harm than good for your skin. Consider using a mineral-based foundation instead.
At the end of your day, make sure you wash your face and remove all your make-up. Yes, even during those evenings when you can barely peel yourself off the couch and into bed. Try using a gentle exfoliate at least a couple times a week to remove tired and dead skin cells. This allows your skin more space to breathe free of impurities. Tear-free shampoo works especially well for removing eye make-up.
Beauty sleep is not just for Sleeping Beauty.
In general, strive to get a full eight hours of sleep every night. Just as the rest of our body needs time to recharge, so do our skin cells. While we sleep, our skin cells regenerate at a much faster rate than the waking hours. In addition, our skin uses this time to repair the damage done throughout the day.
The most powerful protection comes in a small bottle.
One of the best ways to prevent the signs of aging is to begin wearing sunscreen daily. The sun may feel like a foreign concept this time of year, but our skin can become damaged by UV rays even when the sky is covered in a thick layer of clouds.