Did you know that how you live your life can affect your skin? That’s right, what you eat and drink, how much time you spend outdoors, and the types of skincare products you choose to use all impact your complexion. Below, we provide a few suggestions for lifestyle habits to adopt in order to ensure your skin is as healthy as possible.
Drink Plenty of Water
First and foremost, drink plenty of water! If you’re only going to adopt one lifestyle habit from this list, let it be this one. Drinking more water on the daily has a multitude of health benefits, one of which relates to your skin. Just as drinking water keeps your body hydrated, it also keeps your skin hydrated, which becomes even more important with age. Drinking several litres of waters every day can slow down signs of aging, minimize pores, and make your skin more youthful. So consider swapping coffee, juice, or other sweetened drinks for water.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
We hate to say it, but it’s a known fact that sugar - especially when processed or refined - wreaks havoc on the skin. In fact, studies have shown that people who frequently consumed high quantities of sugar were more at risk for developing acne. So if you’re someone with sensitive or acne-prone skin, then reducing your sugar intake may be a lifestyle change you consider making. Acne spot treatments will only go so far.
Apply Sunscreen Daily
There is no skincare product more important than sunscreen. Sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which is the number one culprit of damaged skin, not to mention skin cancer. In fact, most signs of aging in the skin (think wrinkles, fine lines, or sun spots) have been linked to sun exposure. So really any time you go outside you should be lathering up, especially in instances where you plan to be outdoors for a prolonged period of time. It’s also worth noting that while applying sunscreen daily is definitely a healthy lifestyle habit to get into, not all sunscreens are created equal. You should be looking for a product that is at least 30 SPF, one that’s water resistant, and one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Avoid Popping Pimples
Another lifestyle habit to adopt (or rather, stop adopting) is popping pimples. We know how tempting it can be, but popping pimples only leads to bad things. At best, popping a pimple leaves it open to bacteria, making the acne worse, and at worst, it can lead to scarring of the skin. Instead, wash your face regularly to keep the skin as clean as possible. You may also want to apply an anti-inflammatory cream or spot treatment, or a chemical peel, to reduce redness or swelling. Generally, it’s best to let pimples clear up on their own but if you really can’t stand it, then use a gentle exfoliator to try and remove it.
Use Skin Products Made from Natural Ingredients
Last but not least, one habit your skin will thank you for is using skin products made from natural ingredients. Skincare products that contain botanical, plant-based ingredients are proven to have incredible anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits, not to mention the fact that they are generally safer and more environmentally-friendly. In contrast, products that contain man made chemicals like parabens or sulfates can exacerbate skin conditions and even damage the skin. So when it comes to skincare, going natural is king (or queen).