7 Simple Routine Changes That Can Give You Healthier Skin
We've all thought it: Taking the best possible care of our skin seems like a downright daunting task.
There are so many products, so many tips and tricks. How are you supposed to know what to use and what to do, and how are you supposed to have enough time to properly care for your skin?
As it turns out, skin care doesn't actually need to be that complicated. Lazy girls (like me) rejoice, because there are plenty of changes you can make to your skin care routine that are super-quick and easy, but will yield amazing results when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and glowing. A ton of it has to do with what you eat, but we'll get to that in a minute — first, certified clinical electrologist and licensed cosmetologist Berenice S. Rothenberg offered SheKnows her expertise. These are her top tips for ladies looking for simple routine changes that will have huge impacts on their skin and help them look their best.
1. Lighten up your products
"Products used in warmer weather should be lighter in texture and less oily, the better to keep pores clean and unclogged," Rothenberg said. "The low moisture levels and strong winds of the winter months have put our skin through a great amount of stress, resulting in dull, flaky, red skin." To make the transition into spring, Rothenberg says to avoid oil-based products, such as those made with mineral oil and lanolin.
2. Cleanse your skin more often
"Skin must be cleansed more often after exercise and outside activities during warm-weather months," Rothenberg explained. "A warmer climate makes skin oily and clogs pores more easily. You still need to moisturize — but use a lighter, oil-free product and be sure to apply sunscreen more often after exercising or being in the water."
If you add just one thing to your skin care regimen, make it exfoliating, Rothenberg said.
"Exfoliation is essential for glowing skin," she added. "Skin should be exfoliated more often in the summer to break up the keratinized protein that accumulates on the skin, which accelerates during the winter months. Remove unhealthy surface cells with exfoliation to allow the products to work more effectively."
4. Avoid the sun
This is the tip we've all heard a million times, but that's because it's so important, Rothenberg explained.
"We know that you won’t sit inside on a beautiful sunny day," she said. "Therefore, sunscreen is the best defense against aging. Using an SPF of 30 is generally great for skin care protection. But use a higher SPF if you have very sensitive skin. Wrinkle prevention starts in your 20s and 30s with use of sunscreen."
This may be the simplest tip of all.
"Water and coconut water are great to keep skin glowing and nourished," Rothenberg said.
6. Switch up your diet
So much of what we eat affects our skin. Tricia Williams, executive chef, shared her favorite ingredients for healthy skin, and they all honestly sound great. She recommends snacking on berries and dark chocolate (but only in moderation and only if it's at least 75 percent dark chocolate with no added sugars) because the combination of vitamin C and flavonoids will keep skin healthy and act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. She also recommends eating foods rich in collagen, like bone broth, and full-fat foods like avocado, olive oil, coconut oil and beef tallow. Not only will these help keep your skin supple, but they help you feel full longer, which means less unhealthy snacking.
7. Match your body wash with your skin care needs
Whether you need to hydrate your skin, refresh, moisturize or restore, choose a product that suits your needs. If the body wash aisle is an intimidating labyrinth of products, go for one of my favorites — Dial. Dial has a body wash for just about every skin care need. Choose the one that's right for you and watch your skin look and feel healthier just from lathering up.
See? New routines aren't scary; they're good for your skin. Try adding in one or two routine changes at first, and when those become habits, add more.
This post was sponsored by Dial Body Wash.