Recuperate your skin complexion and consistency with these tips from our experts. Trading out some daily habits and being more mindful of lifestyle factors that could be affecting you will help you figure out how to get better skin. Follow these tips for better skin, all the way from acne treatments to anti-aging.
1. Water: Not only do we need to hydrate, but we also need to consider the water we’re using to wash our face. “Soft” water doesn’t remove soap well and leaves a film on our skin. “Hard” water doesn’t allow you to lather properly, so it will cause you to use more product and create dryness. Hard water is water that contains an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals (like calcium and magnesium) and soft water is treated water in which the only ion is sodium.
2. Green Tea: The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea helps collagen from being destroyed in our skin as well as sun damage. Drink green tea cold, because hot tea can irritate you skin and worsen redness. Anti-inflammatories and antioxidants are our skin’s best friend if we suffer from red or blotchy skin, so swap out your iced coffee for iced green tea, and watch your complexion improve.
3. Stress: We can’t escape stress, but we can manage it. Just like diet and exercise, stress is a huge contributing factor to our skin. Stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. Practice stress-relieving techniques like deep-breathing exercises and yoga to relieve stress and feel calmer.
4. Air Quality: Not only should we avoid smoke of any kind, particularly cigarette smoke, we should also control the air quality in our homes. Change your AC filter regularly. If you cook, use the stove fan, consider getting a humidifier if you live in a dryer climate. They also make affordable air purifiers if you’re unable to control your environment like in an office, so get one for your desk and turn it on when you’re working.
5. Plain Toothpaste: As much as we like a cinnamon flavor, it’s bad for our skin. Added flavors and tartar-control ingredients can lead to perioral dermatitis, which leaves the skin around our mouths looking red, scaly and can cause breakouts.
6. Sun Exposure: Everyone knows you need to wear sunscreen outside, but you also need to be mindful of your sun exposure indoors. UV rays can penetrate windows in your home and office, which can lead to sunspots and skin cancer. You can even get sunburn and sun damage while driving in a car. Studies show more people of wrinkles and sun damage on the left side of their face.
7. Dairy: If you struggle with acne, watch how much dairy you consume. Studies show dairy intake has a 30% increase in breakouts and blemishes. Even organic and skim milk can contribute, so make sure to limit your dairy intake as much as possible. If you consider a dairy free diet, be sure to get your calcium from other foods, like leafy greens or consider a supplement.
8. Cleanser: If you have dry skin, your cleanser is even more important than your moisturizer. Try using a non-soap cleanser to help replace the moisture barrier on your skin. Continue to moisturize after you wash but talk to a professional and make sure you’re using the proper cleanser for you skin type.
9. Water-Based Hair Products: Look for water-based formulas and avoid those containing mineral oil, beeswax, or microcrystalline wax. Conditioners and styling products can contain oils and waxes that clog your pores. Even though you’re not applying it on your face, you still shower, sweat it off, and rub product on your forehead, neck and back.
10. Medication: Talk to your doctor if you’re feeling like your skin is reacting more when using a drug. Antihistamines, diuretics, and some antidepressants can cause dry skin. Some oral contraceptives, antibiotics, fertility drugs, and anti-seizure medications can bring on breakouts. Certain antibiotics, diuretics, and diabetes treatments can make you vulnerable to sun damage.
11. Sleep: Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so you need to make sure you’re giving it enough time to do so. Be sure to sleep at least 8 hours each night. Being sleep-deprived puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.