If you want gorgeous, healthy, glowing skin 30 years from now, you should start caring and nourishing your skin today.
Learn which are the 5 healthy skin habits you need to establish today if you want to keep your skin radiant and glowing for the future.
Without further ado, let's get started!
1. Morning rinse for glowing skin
To Cleanse or Not To Cleanse in the morning?
There are many opinions and debates on the topic. I used to think a.m. cleansing is just a fancy way to waste another 10 min in the morning. I would splash some cold water on my face (great way to wake up by the way), towel try and proceed with my skin care products and makeup.
After I added morning wash to my healthy skin habits though, I noticed big improvements in my skin appearance, less breakouts and fresher complexion.
I have oily skin, which means I produce extra sebum (skin's natural oils). And not washing the excessive oils and sweat in the morning (for years!) kinda explains my adult acne...
What happens to your skin when you skin morning wash
During the day sebum, dirt, impurities and sweat accumulate on the surface of the skin—and if you don’t wash these off, they can clog your pores, which can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and acne breakouts. Therefore we do double-, triple- and other fancy p.m. cleansing.
When it comes to morning wash, most people think of it as unnecessary. You just washed your face be 8 hours, right? Why then you need to wash it again after just lying in your clean bed. Well, the truth is, when you sleep, you sweat, and you produce natural oils. This happens regardless of your skin type. If you don't wash this sweat off you risk to get clogged pores which can result in acne prone skin.
Not to mention the dead skin cells on your pillowcase, which can be transferred to the facial skin overnight. Yuck!
How to do it
1. First choose a gentle way. I make my own cleanser. I rarely trust brands when it comes to skin care products. Even if it's super expensive and fancy, I know I have to study the ingredients label and make sure there are no toxic and harmful ingredients. However even carefully reading and googling complicated names can't guarantee you are safe. Although, it is mandatory for companies to list every single ingredient in their products, you never really know because there is no cosmetic labeling police out there looking over those companies' shoulders.
Therefore I DIY 90% of my skin care, using essential oils, carrier oils and other natural ingredients. Here you can check my super simple face wash recipe. If you decide to go a foaming cleanser though, make sure it is free from sulfates and other toxic ingredients.
P.S. The only company I trust when it comes to skin care products like cleansers, scrubs and face masks is 100% Pure. I love how clean and pure their products are, made with only natural ingredients. My favorite cleanser from their catalog is the Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Cleanser. If you too have struggled with acne your entire life and have tried every product under the sun, give this product a chance. Nothing worked for me UNTIL I tried the Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Cleanser. It is literally life changing for my skin and has allowed me to gain back my self-confidence.
2. Equally important is to not over-wash. You don't want to strip your skin of its oils completely as this will dehydrate your skin. This human skin is slightly acidic by nature. Oftentimes we hear dermatologists referring to healthy skin pH. To have glowing, healthy skin, you need to keep your pH in balance, meaning, not too dry, not too oily. Everything that interacts with your skin (toxic products, over-exfoliating, smoking, air, hot water, sun, pollution) can affect your skin's pH.
To keep the skin slightly acidic (oily), you should:
- Use mild cleansers. Never soap bars for body.
- Use cool water. Hot water strips the oils completely.
- Pat dry. Avoid rubbing your face with a towel. Not only will you get dry skin, but you will also enhance the the aging process.
Please have in mind that if you have sensitized skin, you should seek a dermatologist's opinion before choosing a cleanser or a DIY recipe.
Above all, I am sure you will be amazed how bright, lively and awake you skin will look like if you add an a.m. cleanse to your glowing skin habits.
- Know your skin type.
- Choose a mild cleanser or toner - like rose water.
- Avoid cleansers containing sulfates.
- Don't over-wash
- Monitor your skin
2. Regular exfoliation for glowing skin
Why you need to exfoliate
Every skin type from sensitive to oily needs to exfoliate. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that clog your pores, old make up, sunscreen and any leftover impurities. Knowing this we can conclude that exfoliating reveals the brighter skin that’s been hiding underneath all this time!
Your skin has the ability to deal with shedding dead skin cells but as you get older, it can’t get rid of them as quickly as it once did. This means the dead cells get trapped and start to build up, which leads to clogged pores and acne-prone skin.
Therefore some help in the form of gentle exfoliating is much needed.
Types of exfoliators
When adding exfoliation to your glowing skin habits, you can choose between 2 types - physical and chemical.
1. Physical exfoliation
This is basically is anything with little bits in it - sugar, salt and grounded coffee are most common main ingredients.
To make delightful smelling homemade scrubs, I mix together sugars (or salts), butters, essential oils, herbs and flower petals. Making your own scrubs is easy, fun and cheap. Wanna try? I have put together 10 delicious DIY recipes for you. Check below:
Download Your Free Sugar Scrubs Guide - 10 Recipes to Get Glowing Skin Naturally
Another super gentle physical exfoliator I am in love with, is the konjac sponge.
You can use it daily as it's soft, lightly abrasive and gentle to your face. It is made of the konjac vegetable fiber and it is 100% biodegradable.
I like this set from Amazon - it includes 5 sponges with 5 different infusions:
- turmeric - rich in antioxidants; great for oily skin; remedy for sun damage and dark spots;
- green clay - draws impurities and toxins out of the skin; perfect for acne-prone skin; tightens the pores;
- charcoal - antibacterial; anti-fungal; offers deep cleansing; balances excess oils;
- pink clay - gentle to sensitive skin; rejuvenates tired and dull skin; calming dry and itchy skin;
- red clay - stimulates blood circulation which gives your skin a healthy glow; reduces the appearance of wrinkles which makes it perfect for mature skin; brightens the skin;
Dry face brushing is another option for exfoliating. You can read more about it here. Dry brushing is equally beneficial for both skin and body. Below is the set I use - big, small brush and a pair of exfoliating gloves.
2. Chemical exfoliation
Chemical exfoliators come in the form of cleansers, toners, serums and sometimes even moisturizers.
They should not be confused with something that is harmful to the skin.
In fact, these are often acids, essentially derived from plants, fruits and nuts.
If you go for them, remember to do your research beforehand - take into consideration your skin type and the read carefully the ingredients label.
How much is too much?
How much is too much? It’s best to exfoliate once or twice a week to keep your pores nice and clear.
You should avoid scrubbing and using exfoliating cleansers same day you scrubbed your skin, especially if you have dry, mature or sensitive skin. You should also stay away from exfoliants containing plastic bits - those can irritate your skin and cause a lot of damage.
As a result of over-exfoliating, you may notice redness, irritation, tightness, excessive dryness, flaking skin. In that case should seek a dermatologist's opinion and/or decrease the type, frequency or strength of exfoliation.
- Exfoliate once or twice a week.
- Choose an exfoliator suitable for your skin type.
- Always check the ingredients of the product (or do it yourself).
- Scrub gently.
- Monitor your skin.
3. Moisturizing for glowing skin
Moisturizing is vital for the skin health
The skin is the body’s largest organ and requires regular attention to stay youthful and blemish-free.
Yet some people think of it as a ‘when-I-have-extra-time’ habit.
Even though your skin is good to use the water in your body for hydration, in reality there are many factors that can damage your skin’s moisture. Those are pollution, UV rays, over-exfoliating, over-washing. In a like manner, aging is a reason for your skin’s decreasing potency to retain moisture.
That’s why adding a moisturizer to your skin-care routine is so important—regardless of your skin type or age.
When to you use moisturizer
I love taking a hot shower after a long day. I kinda ‘soak’ my troubles away and try to reflect on my day.
It feels great and invigorating but the hot water strips the moisture right out of my skin.
Therefore the most important times to use moisturizer are after a bath and exfoliation.
After shower, take a minute to put on some moisturizer and your skin will be all supple again.
Make sure you choose a moisturizer suitable for your skin. You can also make your own, using essential and carrier oils that fit your skin's needs best.
Taking hot shower might be very relaxing but please remember that you should not use hot water to wash your face. In fact using cold water is the best solution as it refreshes the skin, stimulates the blood flow circulation and leaves a healthy natural glow on your face.
Need inspiration? Check my 2 favorite DIY moisturizer recipes below:
- DIY Green Tea Moisturizer with Mango and Shea Butters
- DIY Moisturizer with Essential Oils and Hibiscus
More ways to keep your skin hydrated
Make sure you choose a moisturizer that works for your skin. If your skin tends to be oily like mine, you should look/make for lighter products. If you skin tends to be dry, then you can go for heavier/thicker moisturizers.
After a shower gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing your skin dry with a rough towel.
Try using a humidifier – A humidifier can add much needed moisture to the air. What a humidifier does is basically mimicking more humid climate by infusing the air with moisture. Turning on your humidifier before bed will help your skin remain hydrated during the nigh. Moisture and hydration in your skin is vital for soothing dried skin.
Drink more water. I can't stress enough how important is to add this one to your healthy skin habits - Stay hydrated! - the moisture your skin receives also comes from your body so remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
- Avoid over-doing exfoliation and washing.
- Take your skin type into account when choosing a moisturizer.
- Moisturize after bath and exfoliation.
- Pat dry instead of towel dry.
- Stay hydrated.
4. Facials for glowing skin
Getting facials regularly encourages the drainage process which is the lymphatic system’s natural detoxification process.
This means you will push the fluids built up in your face out towards the lymph nodes. Further this will only depuff the skin, but it will make it look tighter and firmer.
A good facial can help with tensed facial muscles. For example, your muscles in the brow area store a lot of tension which can be instantly released with a good facial.
Therefore doing this regularly prevents sagging skin and improves the skin’s elasticity.
Facial could be calming and the same time 'awakening' for your skin.
It tones your facial muscles and improves blood flow circulation which in the long run help with diminishing any fine lines.
Aaaand you can do it yourself
It's so easy! All you need is some essential oils, jade roller and/or gua sha scraper tool.
If you haven't heard about those beauty tools be sure to check my articles covering the features and benefits of jade roller and gua sha.
I love using both of them! Not only they are an one-time investment, but you can also use them to give yourself facials in the comfort of your home or when you travel.
- Regular facials are essential for the drainage process.
- Massages help with blood circulation.
- Facials release tension in the muscles in the brow area.
- You can use facial tools like jade roller and gua sha to do it yourself.
5. Sunscreen for glowing skin
Why you should wear sunscreen all year round
No.5 in the list with healthy skin habits is protecting your skin from the harmful UVB and UVS sun rays - regardless of the season.
The UVA rays are as dangerous in the fall and winter as in the summer. In fact they can penetrate your skin even in cloudy weather.
Your sunscreen protects your skin from developing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines.
I started using sunscreen mainly for beauty reasons and the health benefits came as advantages.
In the long run, wearing sunscreen daily protects my skin from the risk of various types of skin cancer, especially, melanoma.
All things considered, sun damage is easier to prevent than correct.
If you are not sure how to choose a sunscreen, make sure you check my post that covers the 5 key factors when buying SPF.
A few extra tips
* Seek shade from 10 am to 2 pm, wear the right amount of sunscreen.
* Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours if you are exposed in sun for longer hours.
* Get annual skin checks.
- To keep your skin healthy, wear sunscreen all year round.
- If you are out in the sun for longer hours, re-apply every 2 hours.
- Seek shade between 10 am and 2 pm.
- Get annual skin checks.
There is no such thing as instant fix and glowing skin doesn't happen over night. Even though the science behind skin care has come a long way, you need to be consistent and patient with your skin habits if you want to harness the benefits.
Age doesn't matter . Very often skin care is being categorized by decade - we hear about healthy skin habits to adopt in your 20s, 30s, 40s and so on. Your skin type can and often does change over the years, but it will always have the same basic needs at every age.
Stay healthy and take skin care 🙂
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