10 Healthy Habits to More Beautiful Facial Skin
You stand before the mirror in the morning, and your skin looks radiant, refreshed and glowing…This is possible, no matter what your age is. But in order for it to happen, every morning over and over, you must adopt healthy habits way before you get into bed.
Here are 10 key habits that will help you wake up to more beautiful looking skin
Reduce your intake of fats, sugar and salt – as much as possible.
Adopt a healthy balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, including whole grains, low fat dairy products, fish, poultry, nuts and legumes. At the same time, limit your intake of high fat and processed foods that are based on white flour and sugar.
Consumption of processed and high fat foods causes body inflammation, which makes the body focus on healing rather than on the process of skin cell regeneration. What a waste! Also, reduce your salt intake in order to prevent fluid retention and swelling of the face and eye area.
Go out for an hour of aerobic exercise: walking, bike riding or swimming.
Moderate physical activity boosts blood circulation and oxygen supply to the cells. This accelerates the skin cell regeneration process, which makes the skin look more vibrant. And there's another benefit too: exercise reduces stress, improves sleep and enhances overall wellbeing. All of these are beneficial for the skin. Mark in your diary a set hour every day, a few times a week, devoted to physical activity.
Cleanse the skin before going to sleep.
If you're wearing makeup or not, make sure to thoroughly cleanse the skin before sleep. During the day, your skin is exposed to damaging elements, such as pollution, soot, and even radiation from the computer.
Using a cleansing lotion and facial soap, suited to your skin type, will remove impurities and sebum that have built up in the pores, and will prepare the skin to better absorb nourishing ingredients (we'll discuss that more a bit later on).
Give the skin a gentle peeling treatment.
Include a facial peeling treatment twice a week in your beauty routine. The peeling action removes dead skin cells and enhances production of collagen and elastin, which give the skin a firmer and more toned appearance.
Apply a thick layer of nourishing cream on the face and neck.
At night, the skin works to repair damage that happened during the day, due to exposure to various pollutants. It's an opportunity to give the skin a high-quality nourishing cream. Unlike day cream, which contains UV protection, night cream is richer in active ingredients, antioxidants and vitamins A and C.
It's important to make sure that night cream also includes retinol (a derivative of vitamin A), which accelerates production of collagen and elastin and makes the skin firmer and more flexible, minimizes fine lines and hydrates the skin. (If you're using a cream that contains retinol, it is vital to use UV protection on the skin when you are outdoors during the day.)
Drink two liters of water a day.
The skin is like a sponge. If you nourish it with water, all day, it will be moist and supple. If you let it dry out, it will be rough, rigid and crack easily.
It's recommended to drink two liters of water a day. Recent research has shown that drinking this amount of water brings about improvement in all measures of health, and particularly in the health of the skin.
It's better to sleep on your back.
When your face is squashed into the pillow, there's a higher chance you'll wake up with sleep lines that don't go away immediately. Find it hard to fall asleep on your back? Then at least stick to habit #8.
Use a soft, clean cotton pillowcase.
Dust and dirt that gather on the pillowcase can penetrate the facial skin and cause blackheads and pimples, so it's important to change your pillowcase to a clean one. Also, it's better to use a pillowcase made of soft cotton. Cotton is a breathable fabric, so it collects far fewer bacteria than other fabrics.
Turn off the TV and take the smartphone out of the bedroom.
Make sure to get a good night's sleep, for 7 to 8 hours a night. Quality sleep is continuous sleep, without disturbances, stimulation or unnecessary stress. Turn off the TV an hour before going to bed, and as for your smartphone – charge it outside the bedroom.
Go to sleep with your hair tied back.
Your hair may be oily, and friction with the skin can cause pimples. It’s recommended to tie your hair back in a ponytail or braid when you go to sleep, and leave it in until the morning. This will prevent oily hair touching the skin of your face.
Make sure to keep these habits, and you'll soon find that your facial skin looks more beautiful in the morning, and responds wonderfully to your beauty care products.