If naturally radiant, youthful skin is on your list of #skingoals, we probably don’t have to tell you that a good routine is key. However, what many people don’t realize is that topical skincare can only do so much. The real secret to creating good skin over a lifetime is a commitment to healthy habits.
Because the epidermis is a reflection of our internal wellness, body imbalances and compromised health can sometimes show up on our skin. Dryness, dullness, acne, sensitivity, and other skin woes can all be cues that something is amiss below the surface. The good news is that a little self care can go a long way to boost your overall wellness, and as a result, your skin!
To help you get started, here are our top five tips:
Strive for a healthy balanced diet
Much like the rest of your body, your skin thrives on a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients. By incorporating a variety of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and protein into your diet, you’ll help support processes like collagen synthesis, cellular turnover and repair. Bonus: as a result of regularly nourishing your body, you’ll help create glowing skin from the inside out.
Have fun and get moving
The benefits of a fitness routine are almost too numerous to list, but at the top of our list of favorite perks is happier, healthier skin. A tip we love is to simply pick an activity that you love and get moving. Dancing, walking your dog, or playing sports with your kids are all great ways to get your heart rate up and sweat away your stress. Just a few minutes of exercise per day can be enough to improve your mood, circulation, digestion and lymphatic drainage - all of which can help to promote brighter, clearer, smoother and more supple skin.
Stay on top of your stress levels
Although the stress of modern day life can feel unavoidable, keeping stress levels in check can still be incredibly beneficial. Meditation, yoga or other similar practices are beneficial not only for your health but also your skin, as they can have a positive impact on inflammation levels and promote more body balance. Although making time for yourself can be difficult some days, even a few mindful moments can go a long way to help you reboot and recharge.
Get your beauty rest
As it turns out, the key to youthful skin is sleeping like a baby. Experts say that while we are in a state of deep sleep is our skin’s ideal time to rejuvenate and repair. Without proper rest, the body struggles to keep up with daily processes and the skin can become sluggish. To prevent this from happening, experts say a full eight hours each night is ideal for health, optimal daily performance and mental focus. In other words, prioritize getting those zzzzzzs.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (and then hydrate some more)
For fueling the body’s many functions, including cellular turnover and repair, water is life. Although it’s great to apply hydrating serums and products externally to boost your skin’s H2O levels, it’s equally important to stay hydrated internally by drinking plenty of water every day. Experts recommend about eight glasses of water daily, or more if you are active and sweat a lot. Replacing lost fluids will help keep your energy levels up and prevent your complexion from getting depleted. You can also boost hydration by eating water-rich fruits and vegetables.
The Daily Routine: Our picks for skincare according to your skin type
So now that we’ve covered all the basics for holistic daily wellness, the last step is to support your skin with the proper products, according to your unique skin type and concerns. Let’s talk about skincare routines!
Oily Skin - Oily or acne prone skin types often need products that will keep oil levels healthy, without stripping the skin. For best results, we recommend a mix of active alpha-hydroxy acids or Vitamin A-rich ingredients like pumpkin, which work to gently exfoliate and keep breakouts at bay.
- For The Evening: Pumpkin Clove Cleanse, Retinol Renewal Serum, Peptide Eye Corrector, Peptide Moisture Illuminator
Combination Skin - Balance is key for keeping combination skin in check. To prevent excess oil as well as dryness, look for lightweight hydrators that won’t clog pores and utilize naturally calming extracts and exfoliating enzymes. Carrot, chamomile, papaya and pineapple are all examples of great ingredients for combination skin.
- For The Evening: Arnica Calm Cleanser, Kojic Tone Illuminator, Peptide Eye Corrector, Peptide Arnica Cream
Dry Skin - Dry skin often needs extra nourishment in the form of concentrated oils and products designed to improve moisture levels. Avocado, borage, and other botanical oil blends work well to replenish dull skin while hyaluronic acid is also a must for helping the skin retain vital hydration.
- For The Morning: Arnica Calm Cleanser, Cucumber Calm Toner, Hyaluronic +E Replenishing Serum, Peptide Moisture Illuminator
- For The Evening: Arnica Calm Cleanser, Phytoretinol Serum, Hyaluronic Eye Remedy, Echinacea Restoring Balm
Aging Skin - For targeting signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, we love active formulas that promote rejuvenation and revive depleted skin. Go-to ingredients for mature or aging skin include youth-boosting retinol and peptides, plus natural brighteners like Vitamin C.
- For The Evening: Arnica Calm Cleanser, Retinol Renewal Serum, Oligopeptide Restoring Eye Complex, Echinacea Restoring Balm
Sensitive Skin - Sensitive skin types that experience redness or reactivity respond best to a simple routine with gentle ingredients, focused on calming and barrier support. Some of our favorite ingredients for soothing sensitive skin include cucumber, comfrey, arnica, and green tea extract.
- 1-3x per week (as tolerated and by dermatologist approval): Papaya and Pineapple Enzyme Infusion Exfoliant or Citrus Fruit Revitalizing Mask
Just remember this: no matter your skin type, struggles, perceived imperfections, etc. you are all beautiful. Whether you try changing your lifestyle, use products or a combination of both, we certainly hope this article will help you achieve your goals. You are perfect the way you are and we, at Picasso Skin, want you to know you are appreciated and important. Please take the time to enjoy each day and know you are deserving and worth the things you want. We hope you have enjoyed this article. Until the next...
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