Many people spend a fortune on cosmetics and skin care products hoping to achieve a good complexion. What they fail to realize, however, is that healthy and beautiful skin begins with a good skincare routine.
A study on the evolving role of skincare revealed this fact. In the research it was found that one’s daily skin care routine has a positive impact on the overall quality of a person’s complexion, especially if it is supported by effective products.
To help you on your quest for a beautiful and radiant complexion, here are 7 daily skin care habits that you should practice for healthy, radiant skin:
1. Have a nutritional breakfast
Don’t skip on breakfast even if you are in a rush. Swear by a healthy and nutrition laden breakfast every morning. Make fruits, juice and nuts a part of the first meal of your day. You can make smoothie bowls that help keep your skin healthy and glowing and also keep you full so you don’t crave for fatty foods throughout the day that mess up your skin. Also, include green tea, coconut water or any other skin-loving drinks in your breakfast for a boost of hydration.
2. Follow your CTM routine
A morning skincare routine is the TLC your skin needs every day. Cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturise every morning. Cleanse and exfoliate to clear product residue, sweat, oil and dirt off the face. Use a toner to maintain the pH balance and a moisturiser to seal in the lost moisture. Make sure you follow your CTM routine without fail and exfoliate regularly to maintain the health of your skin.
3. Wear SPF
Summer or winter, cloudy or rainy, you need to protect your skin from the UV rays. Every morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen before stepping out and limit your sun exposure to save your skin from radical damage and skin issues like premature ageing signs, dark spots and tan.
4. Start your day with a glass of water
Your cup of coffee can wait till breakfast. Trust us; kicking off your day with a glass of water can make all the difference. It clears toxins, hydrates your body and supercharges your skin, keeping skin woes at bay. Squeeze in half a lemon and some honey in the water for extra beauty and health benefits.
Spare some time in the morning for a good workout session. Sweating can detoxify your skin and add glow by pumping blood circulation in your body. Cardio, yoga or even walking half an hour can do the job. Opt for an outdoor workout to get fresh air and revitalise your skin.
6. Eat Healthy
Your skin condition is a reflection of what is going on inside your body, which means to have a gorgeous and radiant complexion, you should properly nourish your body. This fact had long been established as many nutrition experts have shown the positive connection between good nutrition and young-looking skin.
Given this fact, you should include eating skin-friendly foods in your skin care routine. Such foods include fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is known for its potent antioxidant that protects the skin from harmful effects of free radicals. Vitamin C is also known to promote faster skin healing and in improving skin texture.
Other nutrients that will do wonders for your skin also include vitamins A, E, and K, selenium, omega-3, zinc, and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (good fats). So, the next time you create your menu plan, make sure to include healthy servings of foods packed with these nutrients.
7. Cleansing Before Bed
An essential part of any skin care routine is cleansing. Since ancient times, people have been cleaning their skin to improve its health and appearance. While the methods of cleansing have changed, the basic principle remains the same – your skin needs cleaning.
You may not be aware of it, but your makeup is a carrier of free radicals in the environment. Even if you don't wear makeup, skin collects dust and dirt throughout the day that sit on skin along with your sweat and sebum.
When you fail to clean skin before going to bed, your skin is basically “sleeping with” free radicals. Exposure to free radicals damages the healthy collagen in your skin resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
Apart from subjecting your skin to the damage, your facial pores can also get clogged because of makeup and oils. When this happens, your skin becomes susceptible to acne break outs, enlarged pores and other skin issues.
Facial cleansing is crucial to maintaining healthy and flawless complexion. So, the next time you are tempted to sleep with your makeup on, think about the harmful consequences and grab your facial cleanser or at least micellar water or a face cleansing wipe.