Although genetics impact the way your skin looks, a big part of having healthy skin is setting up the right skincare routine and other healthy habits that will keep your skin looking young over time. To preserve your youthful glow as long as possible, follow these 7 tips to keeping your skin beautiful.
1 – Use Sunscreen
Sunlight is important for our bodies because the skin uses sunlight to make vitamin D, an important nutrient for bones. However, too much sunlight can be devastating for your skin and most of the signs of aging skin are actually caused by sun exposure. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, and skin discoloration. To fight the damage you should protect your skin with a layer of sunscreen of at least SPF 15, applied generously and reapplied every two hours. Find out more about the negative effects of sun exposure here.
2 – Don’t Smoke
Beyond being bad for your lungs, smoking can also harm your skin. For one, it narrows the blood vessels in your outermost skin layers, which decreases blood flow and robs the skin of oxygen and nutrients. Smoking contributes to wrinkles too, because it damages your collagen and elastin, and it can also cause your skin to lose its natural glow.
3 – Moisturize
If you want healthy skin, you have to feed it right! Moisturizing hydrates your skin, giving it the water and nutrients it needs to function at peak performance. When looking for a moisturizer, choose a natural oil-based product that will add a protective layer to your skin to reduce your Trans Epidermal Water Loss. Learn more about hydration and TEWL here.
4 – Choose a Healthy Diet
The nourishment your body receives also impacts the health of your skin. A balanced diet is the key to making sure your skin has the nutrients it needs. This includes vitamin A (from low-fat dairy products), foods that are high in antioxidants (like blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums), essential fatty acids (from foods like salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flaxseed), and of course by drinking plenty of water. To learn more about the ABCs of a healthy skin diet, check out this page.
5 – De-stress
Stress is bad as it is, but did you realize that it can also wreak havoc on your skin? A new field called “psychodermatology” is investigating the connection between your mind and your skin, particularly how emotional states like stress can impact the health of your skin. Stress can impact the protective outer layer of your skin, causing rashes, hives, acne, and sensitivity to allergens. It can also reduce the lipid barrier, causing dryness.
6 – Exfoliate
Exfoliating is the process of removing the outer layer of dull, dead skin cells to reveal smooth, glowing and healthy skin underneath. Exfoliated skin has a better cell turnover rate and also aids hydration, allowing essential lipids and moisture to better penetrate the skin’s surface.
7 – Use Natural Products
A final tip for keeping your skin beautiful is to use natural products whenever possible. The problem is that many skincare products on the market are loaded with chemicals, some of which are known toxins and others which haven’t been researched yet. A 2004 Environmental Working Group study surveyed over 2,300 people and found that the average adult uses 9 personal care products every day that have 126 different chemicals in them. Although many of these chemicals are safe, many are under-researched, and it is predicted that 12.2 million adults are exposed to ingredients that are known or probable human carcinogens everyday, just from using personal care products. To stay safe you should always check the ingredients list of your skincare products and stick to those that contain natural ingredients.
Kaiderma’s products are formulated to capitalize on many of these secrets to keeping your skin beautiful. This includes using natural products that are designed to help you moisturize, exfoliate, and even de-stress. To learn more, check out our Kaiderma face, body and bath products here.