Alright, so nobody wants to have bad skin, but who really has the time to take good care of their skin?
Believe it or not, you do, and we’ll show you how with these three easy tips and tricks.
1. Be gentle to your skin.
This sensitive microbial-repelling organ sits guard on the frontlines, holding down the fort all day and night, so the least you could do is not beat it while its down. But what can we do?
To start, use fewer chemicals. Whether you realize it or not, those harsh facial scrubs you use are actually pulling all the moisture out of your skin, causing dead, dried out skin cells to accumulate on the surface. That’s why, every once in a while, you may get those hard, rough patches on your skin you dislike so much.
Okay, so no soap then. That should do the trick! In part, but unfortunately, there’s much more at play here than the ill will of hand soaps. Those long, hot showers that most working men and women are accustomed to often ends up leaving their skin dried out. Hey, we get it. They’re great to wake up to and a great way to relax after a long day of work. The problem is that your skin doesn’t agree!
Luckily, we’re not here to berate you; we’re here to offer you some assistance! To give your skin a break, try shortening up that shower a bit or at least making it not as drastically hot. When it comes to cleaners, try to be conscious of what’s actually going on your face. Try to avoid harmful detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate, and take a look at what people are saying about the products you use. For ideal effectiveness, you want a cleaner that will clear out all the sebum, dirt and byproducts lingering around your skin while coexisting with the skin’s protective layers.
2. Think twice about that fast food lunch.
We’re all busy. We live in a time of instant gratification and insatiable needs. Time is short, and goals are vast; we understand. But unfortunately, as you’ll come to learn, your skin may not always be as open-minded as we are. So, the next time you’re about to pull into that drive-thru, you might want to pop a quick U-turn and reroute to the nearest Chipotle or another healthy dining establishment of your choice.
We know fast food is not exactly healthy, but what does that have to do with my skin? Have you ever heard the saying beauty starts on the inside? Well, it’s a true story! Not only do these unnecessary and potentially toxic “nutrients” damage skin cells, but they also do their best to degrade your skin’s natural protectants. Positioned atop the list are soda, greasy food, alcohol, and tobacco products. And while you may not be able to obtain the latter two at your local Burger King (or maybe you can, we won’t judge) they’re just as detrimental to your health and worthy to note.
The whole group together works to repress the absorption of vital vitamins and minerals your skin needs to function. What you should be giving your body is foods high in Vitamin C, A, E, and K, as well as certain complex B vitamins.
Also worthy to repeat is the importance of staying hydrated! Remember: dryness is the worst thing for your skin. So, if you do find yourself at a drive-thru, you may want to think twice about purchasing that dehydrating sugar water they make for a penny and sell for a dollar; maybe it isn’t worth the savings.
Last but not least, minerals such as selenium, copper, and zinc have shown to develop elastin and protect against general facial unpleasantry, so the next time you’re in a drug store, maybe see if you can cop these for the low.
3. Wear sunscreen – it makes a difference.
Skin cancer is no joke. If you want to take your chance with skin cancer, that’s your prerogative, but if you want to keep your skin looking healthy and not all patchy and gross, sunscreen is extremely important. Better yet, use a moisturizer WITH sunscreen!
Tossing aside the cold hard truth about skin cancer for a moment, lack of regular sunscreen use can lead to redness, irritation, and superlative vein growth. Yuck! So, what’s a hard worker do? Well, if you work outside, you can start with an application when you’re within the sun’s deadly, piercing rays. If you work inside, maybe pick up a bottle of the leading moisturizer conglomerate; trust us, the extra moisture won’t hurt!
Take the Time – Your Skin Will Thank You
All in all, when it comes to taking care of yourself, it’s really not rocket science. The first step is to open your eyes to all the factors you may not know. Next, do something about it! While working 8 – 10+ hour shifts isn’t exactly ideal for your health, it doesn’t mean you can’t take every step in your power to help yourself flourish. Hopefully, this article can help you make some effective changes to your skin care routine. Make the change today that will last a lifetime!
Tell us in the comments about YOUR skincare routine!
Jacob Levine is an experienced writer and blog supervisor working for Skin & Vein, the leading dermatology and cosmetic experts in the St. Louis, Michigan area. For more information on our skin care techniques or the standards of cosmetic health care, visit our site today!