Having cosmetically perfect skin is a bit of the side-effect of the social climate we live in. The goal isn’t to compare yourself to others, or what you feel you need to live up to, it’s about feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. To have glowing and healthy complexion doesn’t mean that you need to obsess over it, but rather a few changes to your routine can make all the difference in the world.
Here are our five tested and true tips on how you can have naturally radiant skin.
1. Use Sunscreen
Have you ever heard Baz Luhrmann’s, “Wear Sunscreen” song back in 1999? Besides the countless life lessons that he drops throughout, he says:
“If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.”
It is highly recommended to wear an SPF of at least 30, and be sure to apply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you are sweating or jumping in the pool during the summertime.
2. Avoid harsh weather conditions
As difficult as it is to suggest avoiding the sun (especially living in Canada), the truth is that sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and an increase in the risk of skin cancer. Make sure you’re wearing protective clothing and seek shade throughout the day to block ultraviolet rays, specifically between 10am-4pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
However, protecting your skin from the elements isn’t just likened to warmer temperatures; cold climates can also wreak havoc on your skin. Lengthy exposure to the cold and windburn can pull the moisture from your skin making it dry.
This is a perfect segue into our next point, because during winter, your skin is more prone to drying out, so moisturizing in the morning and evening helps lock the moisture in. Use lukewarm water to wash and gently massage your face before moisturizing.
4. Please don’t smoke
We kindly ask this, because not only does smoking make your skin look older, it is a major contributor to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin which ultimately decreases blood flow and makes your skin paler. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin that significantly weakens the strength of your skin.
5. Watch your diet
I would recommend consuming dark, leafy greens and foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to drinking plenty of water throughout your day to help keep your skin hydrated. This will help minimize dry and flaky skin. Some research suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
- Check your stress: Stress releases cortisol; a hormone which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face.
- Get your eight hours of sleep: We would strongly recommend to get eight hours of sleep and to keep your stress in check. Lack of sleep can contribute to dark circles under your eyes and can lower your complexion’s pH levels.
Keep it simple and follow these five golden rules for healthy and proactive skin care.