If you are looking for tips for healthy skin, and a glowing complexion consult with a professional. So many times, we hear this person recommended this and that person recommended that. The question for you, should be – What are the credentials of the person recommending? We are pretty sure that if you are in a grocery store, health food store, drug store, or department store, the person helping you is not a specialist or licensed aesthetician.
Everyone wants glowing skin. There are some really basic tips to boost skin health and the steps you can take to choose the best products for you. With so many different products on the market, it can be a very confusing choice as to what are the best products for you.
Tips For Healthy Skin
Keep your skin plump with oils from up the inside
The skin contains lipids that all work together for beautiful skin. Try incorporating serums or moisturizers, that include ingredient ceramides and lipids, into your skincare routine. These ingredients are key to keep your skin moisturized, and healthy since they help repair the skin!
Exfoliate your skin
Remove old cells so your skin appears younger and healthier. Getting regular peels, at the spa, and exfoliating your skin at least once a week- depending on your skin type. This is important to remove oil, impurities, and dead skin, keep your skin healthy, and for glowing skin. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in a great skin care routine.
Avoid too much sun exposure and use sun protection
Do not expose your skin to harmful UV rays. Wear sunscreen every day to prevent sun damage to the skin. Make sure to always wear sun protection, even indoors. The harmful rays can still harm your skin. Your sunscreen should be at least 30 SPF. Sun damage can cause dark spots, the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles, and it can lead to skin cancer.
Know your skin type
It’s essential that you know the skin type you have so that you understand its behavior in order to use the best ways for clearing it. Basically, there are three broad categories of skin types; normal skin, dry skin, and oily skin. All these types require different treatment and this knowledge is important while trying to get healthy skin naturally.
The right products for your skin type and conditions can mean the difference between okay and great skin. The esthetician should be looking at the texture, color, and secretions to determine the best products for you. For example, those with acne or oily skin should opt for oil-free skincare products.
Drink a lot of water
Water is very crucial for the health of the skin. It hydrates the skin and makes it supple thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and giving you a brighter, younger look. It also eliminates the toxins that clog the skin pores. The toxins are responsible for attracting other foreign particles that inhibit the growth and development of healthy skin. Water needs to be your beverage. Your skin is not hydrated by coffee, tea, or sodas.
Avoid chemical cleaners
Instead of using harsh chemical cleansers, use natural cleansers as they are milder and they won’t have any harmful effects on your skin, like over-drying. Organic cleansers are known to clear the skin much faster and they are more effective than most of the unnatural cleansers that are available on the market today.
Have a healthy diet
Adjust your diet to include the foods that are known to improve the health of the skin. Eat plenty of fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds. These foods are rich in antioxidants that fight the free radicals that affect the appearance of the skin. Avoid artificial or processed foods because they lack any nutritional value.
Get enough sleep
Beauty sleep! It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. During nighttime your skin blood flow increases. This is also when your skin repairs itself and produces collagen. Without sleep, your skin can age faster, and lose its ability to repair itself. Your beauty sleep is very important! Seven to nine hours of sleep is optimal for glowing skin!
Get Regular Facials
Regular facials are just as important as a great skin care routine. Getting the right facial, by an expert aesthetician can help keep your skin healthy, and have beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. Spa facials have tools, and products that have important nutrients for your skin, and a great aesthetician will customize the right facial for your skin type and skin concerns.
8 Key Nutrients
There are 8 key nutrients for skin cells that either protect or provide nutrients for each cell. Are you getting the right nutrients?
- Omega 3 – Omega 3 helps with the lipids in the skin. It is found in nuts, flaxseeds, and fish oils. Omega 3 is considered an essential fatty acid that not only helps the skin but the whole body. Flax and hemp have the highest amount of Omega 3.
- Vitamin A. Vitamin A is very important for the healthy growth and development of the skin. Vitamin A is the Queen of all healthy skin vitamins, because of its leadership role in cellular health. This vitamin helps to replenish Vitamin C, while C fortifies Vitamin E. While the cells need Vitamin A, they also need Beta Carotene, a plant form of Vitamin A. While beta carotene is an antioxidant found in nature (i.e. carrots), vitamin A does not grow as a plant. This means that you need both Vitamin A and beta carotene in the skin.
- Beta Carotene. Skin needs Beta Carotene and Vitamin A. The body converts the Beta Carotene into active Vitamin A. It helps with skin tone and texture.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C supports Vitamin A in the formation of healthy skin cells. It’s responsible for collagen formation, firmness, and strength. It will work with Vitamins A and E to repair the skin tissue, damaged cells, and is one of the best antioxidants for the body.
The “Final Four”
- Phosphatidylcholines: A major component of healthy skin cells, it is also important for every cell in the body. Loss of Phosphatidylcholines plays a major role in damage to the skin, especially from oxidative stress on the skin. Food sources include egg yolks, soybeans, and vegetables containing lethicin.
- Omega 6: Omega 6 essential fatty acids are very important for skin health. The ratio should be between 2:1 and 4:1 for Omega 6. Dietary sources include nuts, grains, and oils. Your skin needs the oils for dryness and premature aging.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid: Alpha Lipoic Acid is an important nutrient to the skin as it aids in keeping the skin cell healthy as it is considered a super antioxidant. It is present in most foods but slightly more in the darker green vegetables. In the cellular structure, Alpha Lipoic Acid works in the membrane of the cells to fight off inflammation.