Keeping your facial skin healthy is one of those things that we can all agree on - we want it! From even tone to smooth texture, we’re all on a quest to find the best way(s) to keep our skin looking young and vibrant. And while there are endless tips, tricks, hacks and elaborate skincare routines out there that claim to have the secret to healthy skin, sometimes you need to get back to the basics to rediscover the glowing skin that lives within. With that in mind, here are 6 “back-to-the-basics” ways you can make sure your skin is looking and feeling it’s absolutely best!
I know you know this one already, but it bears repeating because it’s important! Staying adequately hydrated is necessary for nearly every process in the body from carrying nutrients to your cells to flushing out toxins from within the organs... and that includes your body’s largest organ: your skin. A lack of hydration will cause your skin to feel tight, appear dry and lifeless and leaves it more susceptible to aging and wrinkles. Drinking enough water each day is one way to make sure your skin is healthy and glowing.
Find a skincare regimen that is easy and you can commit to for the long haul. Keep up with a routine now and you will reap the benefits of great skin in the future. Cleanse your skin 2x per day, use a toner or facial mist, moisturize with a cream or serum, and exfoliate with a face mask 1-2x per week for best results.
A stone face roller can help boost your blood circulation to tone and remove toxins that are present in your skin. Using a Green Jade or a Rose Quartz Stone roller ( like this one! ) 2x per day stimulates the skin and gets your blood flowing. Rolling can relieve puffiness from under eye bags, can improve skin elasticity and relieve tension in the face, as well as support a healthy, functioning lymph system. Once in the morning and once at night is all you need to brighten your face and skin tone - but you can use your stone roller any time you’re in need of a little relaxation and skin pick-me-up!
Nutrition is just as important for your skin as it is for the rest of your health. An unhealthy diet can and potentially inflame acne breakouts. Include good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids for moisture, Vitamin C for collagen production, healthy fats to protect against sun damage, and antioxidant rich foods for hydration, moisture retention, and anti-aging benefits, among others. Don’t go crazy looking for these things specifically - eating a healthy, balanced, mostly whole-foods diet will include all of these essential nutrients and more!
Exercising and/or soaking up some vitamin D are both good for your body as well as your skin. Getting your muscles moving can improve circulation and support the production of collagen. Just remember to cleanse your face after your sweat-sesh! A good facial mist post workout can also work wonders for redness and really amp up that post-workout glow. One that contains aloe as well can help rehydrate skin and give you a little sun relief.
Oh Sleep. Sleep makes it to every single one of these lists because sleep - rest and recovery - are all essential to your body’s optimal functioning, and they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Sleeping is your body’s time to repair itself. When you sleep, your body amps up the blood flow to your skin, which is what helps you wake up looking refreshed in the morning. Avoid those puffy, swollen eyes with a solid 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night.
Keeping your facial skin healthy is not as complicated as some would have you believe! Next time, skip the 12-step skincare routine and focus on healthy habits + quality products for flawless skin!