Not ALL skin care regimens will work for everyone, but we are aware that great skin begins from the inside out! Drinking water, eating “leafy greens”, and staying away from damaging sun rays are all ways of maintaining healthy skin. But I would like to introduce a few more ways that you may not have considered.
1. Be Clear On What Works For Your Skin Type. Oily? Dry? Combination? Knowing your skin type is crucial in choosing the appropriate skin care products. Don’t choose what’s necessarily “popular”; choose what’s effective and cleansing your skin. I have noticed a trend of people wanting to use the latest skin care line for their skin, and they end up angry when those products don’t work. If need be, seek your physician/dermatologist for more instructions on what you may need to do differently.
2. That Sweet Tooth Is Not-So-Sweet For Your Skin. According to an article in the Huffington Post on sugar and your skin, “digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea”. Per the article, there are some forms of sugar that are actually good for you. “Opt for complex carbohydrates, like brown rice and vegetables, which are broken down into glucose at a slower rate (and therefore don’t cause that pesky insulin spike). Low-glycemic options, like beans, nuts and whole grains, as well as fibrous foods, which delay sugar absorption, also help control blood sugar levels. Do your best to follow an anti-inflammatory diet of healthy fats (like olive oil and avocados), lean protein (like salmon), fiber (like broccoli and cauliflower) and antioxidants (like berries) if you want glowing, youthful skin”, says the Huffington Post article. The sugars that aren’t so sweet? The article states that you should “avoid foods that are pro-inflammatory, high-glycemic or high in saturated fats like: white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, ketchup, cream cheese, jam, pizza, sugar (white and brown), packaged snacks and sodas”.
3. Keep Your Hands Off Of Your Face! Are you aware of the many surfaces your hands and fingers touch throughout the day? We tend to rest our hands on our cheeks, our chin, rub our forehead, or any combination of these. It takes some getting used to when trying to keep your hands from touching your face, but with practice it can be done. That computer keyboard you just touched, that desk phone you just dialed from, the surface of your cell phone–all jam packed with germs. Keep your hands clean, and more importantly keep them off of your face!
Some of the things that happen to us are things that we actually can control. Excusing *medical conditions and hereditary instances, we have control of how we care for and treat our skin. We always need to be aware of the foods we consume; we should make sure we are using the right skin care products, and let’s take a look at just how much our hands are touching our faces! Your skin can be “oh-so-sweet” if cared for properly!
*-prior to introducing any new regimens to the body, please consult with your physician.