4 Simple Habits for Brighter, Healthier Skin
I’ve had problems with clear skin since puberty. Not the annoying pimple that shows up once a blue moon. I mean real skin problems, you know, the massive oil production, whiteheads, and of course, the picture day favorite—acne. After battling with it for well over a decade, and trying every product and solution known to man, I’ve finally figured out what works. It turned out to be some relatively, simple lifestyle changes that produced the most positive results. So, if you’re struggling with skin problems, or simply want to enhance your skincare routine, these four tips will do the trick!
1. Monitor Your Diet
The food I ate accounted for approximately 50% of all my skin problems. It may sound crazy, but it’s true. It took being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, and a subsequent decision to remove dairy from my diet and limit sodium intake, that helped me realize how detrimental my diet was to having healthy skin. As soon as I removed those two things from my diet, my skin became clearer, literally in a matter of weeks.
Here’s what I learned: dairy products can prompt the release of hormones that can contribute to acne. Additionally, consuming too much salt can dehydrate the skin and lead to swelling that makes acne harder to heal. I am not saying you have to give up your pizza and potato chips, but I am saying that keeping an eye on how much you consume may help you get to the root of the issue.
2. Maintain Hydration
Along those same lines of watching what you eat, it’s also beneficial to ensure you consume an adequate amount of water on a daily basis. Water helps the body produce new red blood cells which enable oxygen circulation within the body, the key component in flushing out toxins. If you aren’t getting enough water, those toxins remain within you, which causes and increases breakouts. Lack of sufficient hydration also makes the skin look dry and dull, since water rejuvenates skin cells. Do your best to get the recommended 6-8 glasses of water each day to keep your skin free from breakouts and glowing.
3. Avoid Touching Your Face
I hate to break it to you ladies, but your hands carry a lot more bacteria than you’d think. Consider the amount of objects you touch throughout the day that hundreds of other people touch without washing their hands. Now think about how many times throughout the day you usually touch your face. Every time we touch our face, we are exposing our skin to the bacteria from everything we’ve touched throughout the day. That’s every door handle, tabletop, dollar bill, keyboard, and handshake. The less we touch our faces throughout the day, the less buildup of dirt and bacteria on your skin. It’s also good to develop a hands-off policy when it comes to our blemishes. As tempting as it is to squeeze and pop those irritants, it just aggravates the skin even more.
4. Develop a Skincare Routine
The most important factor to clear skin is consistency. This means taking the time to wash, tone, and moisturize your skin every morning you wake and and every night before going to bed. This also means remembering to remove your makeup every evening. Trust me, ladies, repetition is essential and proactive. Consistency helps eliminate flare-ups and breakouts. It ensures your skin is clean, has time to breathe, and is cared for in a way that supports skin clarity. That extra five minutes might seem like an inconvenience now, but your skin will thank you. reflect your positive efforts.
And there you have it, ladies. Simple lifestyle changes that can lead to fewer breakouts, clearer skin, a more radiant glow. And remember, ladies, we all have good days and off days. No matter how your skin looks or how you feel, you’re still beautiful. We are created in the image and likeness of our Lord [Genesis 1:26]. Don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise!
“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works are wonderful, and that my soul knows very well.” [Psalms 139:14]