You exercise, you maintain a healthy diet and you work hard to take care of your body, inside and out. And yet, despite your best efforts, when you look in the mirror all you can think is damn, my skin looks ugly! And shortly after you stop crying on the bathroom floor, you pick yourself up and start shopping for the best skin rejuvenation products money can buy. Sound familiar? There are many bad ideas out there about how to achieve great skin. Here are the top surprising ways to get healthy skin!
DRINK MORE WATER
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin in shape. It keeps your skin moist and that makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Water helps cells absorb nutrients and shed toxins, too. The common advice is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you can get by with less if your diet includes fruits, vegetables, juices and tea.
ADD LEMON JUICE TO YOUR SCRUB
Mix ½ cup fresh lemon juice, ½ cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Warm the oil, mix in the brown sugar and top with the lemon juice. You can use this as a facial scrub to freshen up your skin after a long day. You may also add few drops lemon juice to your usual scrub.
GET FACIALS DONE REGULARLY
When it comes to skin rejuvenation, sometimes you need a little more than a soothing cream or a refreshing facial scrub. Sometimes you need a professional to work her magic and cleanse parts of your skin you can’t see. It’s important to cleanse your pores so that you skin can look and feel healthy, both on the outside and below the surface. And good news, if a professional facial is too expensive for your taste, there are many at-home facial techniques you can try. Homemade overnight glowing skin recipes >>
SAY YES TO STEAMS
Clean pores are the key to clear skin. And one of the best ways to clear your pores is with steam. A facial steam offers several benefits including the softening and removal of dead surface cells, the cleansing of the pores and increased circulation, all of which can lead to clearer, glowing skin. Whether you visit the steam room at your gym, go to the spa or opt for an at-home steam, steam is definitely a friend to your face.
MOISTURIZE DAMP SKIN
Don’t completely dry your body when you get out of the shower or a bath. Adding lotion to skin when it’s still damp rather than completely dry amps up the moisture quotient. Give moisturizer at least 2 minutes to work its magic before adding anything on top of it.
MAKE EXFOLIATION A ROUTINE
You might be surprised, but weekly exfoliation will help your skin retain moisture. Exfoliation gets rid of dry top layers of dead skin cells and helps bring newer, moist skin cells closer to the surface. And exfoliated skin better absorbs topical moisturizers to seal moisture into the skin. Exfoliate your body in a lukewarm shower with a gentle salt or sugar scrub.
As you get older, your skin needs a different type of care in order to look its best. Specifically, you will need an oil-based cleanser if you want to avoid depleting your skin of the natural oils that give it a healthy glow. You should also try to massage your face when cleansing (instead of rubbing it), as this reduces dryness and irritation.
- Oily skin is bad nut oil for skin is good. Using coconut oil or even olive oil after you wash your face will even out your skin or make it less oily after a few uses.
- Keep bath and shower water lukewarm, not hot. If you just can’t imagine skipping your hot shower, keep it short. Hot water robs skin of moisture and even if you moisturize immediately after, you’ve lost more than you’re replacing.
- Some skins experts swear by exercises that appear to boost skin flexibility and reduce sagging. For example, try puffing out your cheeks and blowing air though pouted lips. Meanwhile, facial yoga routines are designed to help your face stay supple and smooth, and may help to delay the onset of wrinkles.
- Most of us consider sunscreen a summertime skin treatment. Not so. Our skin can suffer sun damage every month of the year, which is why doctors and skin care specialists recommend applying sunscreen every day.