Skin care is the range of practices that support skin integrity including nutrition, avoidance of excessive sun exposure, and appropriate use of emollients; that enhance appearance such as use of cosmetics, botulinum, exfoliation, fillers, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, peels, retinol therapy; and that remediate skin break down and relieve skin conditions.
Here are 11 skin care habits you need to include:
- Sleep early.A good night’s sleep can mean good skin health because when you’re sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality.
- Wash your face twice daily.Too much washing can age your skin. Do it no more than twice daily, though an extra wash pre- or post-workout is okay.
- Protect your skin from sun’s harmful rays.Every time the sun strikes your skin, the skin produces pigment that scatters and absorbs the rays. The resulting tan means your skin is defending itself from harmful radiation.
- Sweat it out.Beyond good news, though, is that there are studies that show that the act of sweating not only removes impurities from your skin, but can help protect it from bacteria like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus by secreting a rather nifty natural antibiotic called Dermcidin.
- Ditch that dangerous stick.Beyond its known links to cancer, lung and heart disease, smoking is now thought to be associated with premature skin ageing and delayed wound healing, as well as a number of skin disorders, particularly psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and cutaneous lupus erythematosus.
- Lather on moisturizer.Combination skin can be tricky to treat – dry cheeks and oily t-zone mean you need to pick your beauty routine carefully. We put masks, primers, serums, lotions and more through their paces to find the ones that really do work. Hence, never forget to moisturize your face and body whatever the weather it may be.
- Relax and stay calm.Indulge yourself with one full 60-minute massages from a specialized therapist or one targeted facials. While you relax, provide just the treatment you need to rejuvenate your body and perfect your skin.
- Be gentle on your skin.Bursting with Omegas 6 & 9 and Vitamin E, it replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving it soft and supple.
- Zero on sugar.When you ingest sugar or high-glycemic foods that rapidly convert to sugar — whether it’s in the form of an apple or a piece of cake — your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels.
- Stop the pop.A 2012 study published in the Journal of Women’s Healthfound that acne affects nearly half of all women ages 21 to 30, a quarter of women ages 31 to 40, and 12% of women ages 41 to 50. No matter how old we are, pimples usually form in the same time-honored way: Pores—which contain oil glands—become blocked, letting dirt, bacteria, and cells build up and form a plug.
- Do not be fad crazy.No scientific data to support the safety and efficacy of these treatments. A safer and more effective method to target cellulite and fat reduction is by maintaining a proper diet and lifestyle, and receiving seaweed-based body treatments.
Many dermatologists recommend having at least three cleansers on hand, so you can address your skin’s state on any given day. Because while your skin type—dry, oily, combination—doesn’t change, its condition can vary depending on the weather, travel, how much water you’re drinking, and a host of other factors.
If you’re feeling dehydrated, go for something emollient. If your face is an oil slick, choose a non-drying gel or clay cleanser. Irritated skin demands something mild, with as few ingredients as possible.