Skincare products are widely available. It can be overwhelming to browse a list of the newest claimed “must-have” products.
But according to experts, there are easy ways to take care of your skin. You might be surprised to learn that there are other places to look beside the beauty section. Here are ways How to Care for Your Superhero Skin.
Care from the inside out
Some dermatologists say there’s truth to the adage, “You are what you eat,” at least when it comes to skincare.
Recommended foods rich in:
- antioxidants, including dark, leafy greens, spinach, kale, and berries to counteract free radicals and environmental damage
- monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, like salmon, walnuts, and chia seeds to strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier
- probiotics, like yogurt, and prebiotics, found in high-fiber items like fruit and vegetables to enhance the skin’s barrier
Limiting highly processed and sugary foods when possible.
What your skin really needs to be healthy
There are more than enough options for skin care products. It is suggested to pare down your routine to only a few basic products.
Everyone should invest in:
- a good cleanser that suits your skin type and needs
- a moisturizer that suits your skin type and needs
- a broad-spectrum sunscreen
Unexpected self-care activities that support the skin
Self-care is an essential part of skincare — and that doesn’t mean simply a day at the spa.
Experts share a few at-home activities that can give your superhero organ a boost, including:
- Exercise: It increases blood flow to all organs, including the skin. Using a cleanser containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide post-sweat session to clear pores and prevent breakouts is recommended.
- Sleep: The skin regenerates during sleep. Adults 18 to 60 years old should aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
- Go outside: The air inside is often drier, particularly when the heat is on during the cooler months. Going outside can reduce this issue and relieve stress, which can trigger acne.
Even more tips for supporting your skin
Your skin works overtime to support your body and maintain your overall health. Try these tips to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
Declutter your vanity cabinet
Now could be an excellent time to organize your skincare supplies if you haven’t done so recently.
Examine expiration dates since products that are past their prime risk losing their effectiveness and irritating the skin.
Using the adage “less is more.” Regardless of the latest social media fad, if something is working properly, there’s no need to fix it.
Less is more when it comes to skincare. A consistent regimen of a few products that are layered properly and function well together frequently produces greater results than experimenting with new products on a regular basis.
Get warmer in the shower
A long, steaming-hot shower may feel luxurious, but the skin isn’t a fan.
Although using hot water may make you feel good right now, it really dehydrates your skin.
Opting for lukewarm water instead. Keeping water about the same temperature as your body — between 95 and 99°F (35 and 37.2°C) and not more than 105°F (40.5°C).
If your skin is very red coming out of the shower, the water temperature is probably too high.
Find the right sunscreen
There are tons of sunscreens available. It’s essential to find a broad-spectrum option that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Here are some suggestions:
- Use a waterproof sunscreen and SPF 30 or above. An SPF 30 sunscreen will block 97 percent of the sun’s rays.
- Apply about 1 oz. (one-shot glassful) of sunscreen to the body for adults.
- Wait 15 minutes after the application to go outside.
- Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
Dress for safe sun success
You’ll never be able to block 100 percent of the sun’s rays, even with sunscreen. You can add extra layers of protection to your outfit.
- a hat
- UPF 50+ clothing
Learn your skin type
It recommends catering your product selection to your skin type.
The commonly recognized skin types include:
- oily (greasy)
- dry (flaky)
- sensitive (irritates easily)
- combination (flaky and greasy)
Different ingredients best suit specific skin types.
- Benzoyl peroxide can be beneficial for oily or acne-prone skin.
- Fragrance-free products are ideal for sensitive skin to avoid irritation.
- Oil or cream-based products can be helpful for dry skin.
- A dermatologist can help you identify your skin type and select products.
Consider a vitamin D supplement
Your body naturally gets vitamin D from sunlight and taking a supplement can help if you’re deficient.
You can have your levels checked during a simple blood test.
A 2015 review, indicated that vitamin D supplementation should be a first-line treatment for achieving proper levels in the body if there’s a deficiency but called for more research into its effects on the skin.
Smoking cigarettes can impact skin health, too.
Smokers’ skin was less elastic and had more obvious creases than the skin of nonsmokers.
It may also be associated with skin conditions such as:
- hidradenitis suppurativa
- chronic dermatoses
- lupus erythematosus
- polymorphous light eruption
Stress can trigger inflammation in the body, which can affect the skin in various ways, including:
- premature aging
- eczema flare-ups
Here are de-stressing activities which include:
- mediation and focused breathing
- scenic walks with a partner or friend
- listening to music
If you have difficulty controlling stress, consider reaching out to a therapist.
The skin is a superhero organ, protecting you from disease and fighting pathogens. It also provides a barrier and cushioning for bones, muscles, joints, and internal organs.
You can give back to your skin with a diet rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, exercise, and lots of stress relief. They all play a role in keeping this wonder organ happy and healthy.
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