How to get better skin- There are things we can do to encourage it to be clearer, brighter, and more supple. Taking care of your skin can seem super intimidating thanks to the overwhelming amount of products, treatments, lasers, and facials out there. But you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars and invest tons of time to get better skin this year.
Drink more water
Drink plenty of water morning tonight. And not just when you’re hitting the gym or you’re super thirsty (if you get to that point, you’re most likely already dehydrated). Hydration — inside and out — is key to keeping your skin radiant. Wondering how much to drink? Eight 8-ounce glasses are still the recommended daily minimum, says the Mayo Clinic, so drink up for gorgeous, fully hydrated, flake-free skin.
Get enough sleep
It’s no question that getting enough sleep is essential for good health. And it’s no different for your skin.
One study found that sleep deprivation clearly affects skin appearance and increases the look of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles among other not-so-appealing signs.
“General good health tips apply to the skin too — your skin will show if you are getting poor sleep or not enough of it,” Sessa said. Aiming for seven to eight hours minimum of uninterrupted sleep will pay off for your complexion.
Never lay in a tanning bed
Hitting a booth, even a few times, can have irreversible effects, including DNA damage to skin cells. Your risk of forming melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, increases by 59 percent from using tanning beds and gets higher with each use, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. “Tanning beds accelerate the aging of the skin through the breakdown of collagen and are proven to increase the risk of cuticle cancer,” explains Dr. Fusco. “Women who are trying to achieve great skin should never tan.”
Get Regular Facials
As pricey as facials can be, they’re definitely worth the money when it comes to amping up your skin. While there are plenty of things you can do to take care of your complexion at home, sometimes leaving the work to the pros is the way to go since they can spot any issues you’re having and know exactly how to fix them.
Have an invisible treatment
If you’re considering an anti-aging treatment, remember that it should never be obvious. Just because we’re surrounded by images of celebrities and TV stars looking overdone it doesn’t mean all facial rejuvenation treatment will leave you looking so. The ‘hidden’ or ‘secret’ enhancement as Dr. Ravi Jain, Medical Director at Riverbanks Wellness Clinic likes to call it, will leave you looking fresher and feeling more confident. “No one should be able to guess you’ve had any aesthetic work at all, but they’ll certainly see you look healthier.” And always, always opt for a clinical environment with good credentials.
Just like getting enough sleep is important for your health so is cleaning up your diet and avoiding sugar and processed foods. Eating lots of sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed and fried foods not only takes a toll on your overall health, but your skin can suffer too.
Many experts agree that what you eat has a strong effect, and research has shown that diet is important when it comes to certain conditions like acne, cancer, and aging skin.
Further, one of the most talked-about topics in health lately is gut health — and the gut microbiome affects too. It turns out, scientists are studying the gut-skin axis, and how the bacteria in your gut directly affects skin health. One of the biggest determiners of your gut microbiome is what you eat.
Apply a face mask weekly
If your skin is on the drier side, opt for a moisturizing mask that contains glycerin or hyaluronic acid such as Eve Lom Moisture Mask. If you’re more oil-prone, then alternate between an exfoliating mask and a clay-based treatment like Dr.Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Foam Trio. For those with combination, try multi-masking and apply what you need, where you need it (such as detoxing clay on your nose and chin, and a hydrating mask on your forehead and cheeks).
Cut Dairy Out of Your Diet
While it might taste good, your skin isn’t a huge fan. According to the AAD, studies suggest dairy might go hand in hand with acne due to the hormones and growth factors in milk. When they enter your body, they can wreak havoc on your own hormones, causing your skin to freak out and result in pimples, as well as exacerbating other skin conditions. Cut it out for a couple weeks and see if you notice a difference.