• Alexandria Pulliam

Five Strategies To Help Your Skin


When you think of your skincare routine, what comes to mind? Is it your once a day quick wash or a little lotion here and there? Most of us can agree that we don't take good care of our skin on a regular basis. Bottom line, we are the pilot of how we treat our skin's health.


HYDRATION


If your skin type is oily, then you are usually told to stay away from moisturizing creams and products. The thought that you need to hydrate less is planted in your head. However, this is far from the truth. Dehydration can let your body know it needs more oil to control the dryness. Drink plenty of water and you'll start to notice your skin becomes less oily. Your body will begin to regulate a healthier amount of oil naturally. Also, hydration aids with elasticity. It's what keeps your skin youthful and firm. If your skin has more elasticity, then it is less likely to age prematurely - a.k.a. wrinkles and sagging. When we grow older, our collagen decreases. Collagen is one of the major contributors to skin elasticity. Since water is a component in collagen, it's crucial to have a few glasses a day.


Stress Management


Did you know your skin can have various reactions due to stress? It's true. When you are nervous or stressed, it can cause your skin to sweat and lead to breakouts. There are other side effects, such as eczema, hair loss, rosacea, and more. For example, your body releases different types of hormones (like cortisol - the stress hormone). Hormones like these can increase the skin's oil… leading to acne. Stress causes inflammation that triggers side effects such as eczema or even hives. The best thing to do is to create and stick with a skincare routine - oh, and don't neglect yourself! Practice stress management techniques and get enough sleep.


Morning & Night Care


Creating a skincare routine is an important part of managing healthy skin. Begin each morning and night with step one - washing with a gentle cleanser according to your skin type. Make sure not to use hot water, but instead, a lukewarm temperature. Pat dry. We recommend using a toner with antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives, and other beneficial ingredients often found in their formulas. A toner will help balance the skin's PH levels. Especially at night, add eye serum into your routine. The more we age, losing laxity increases. The skin underneath our eyes is thinner and susceptible to sagging and wrinkles. Finally, add moisturizer. Everybody's skin needs an extra layer of protection against toxins in the air and weather. If you plan on going out, always wear sunscreen. UV light is extremely damaging to skin; therefore sunscreen is our best friend to help protect us against havoc from the sun.

A Healthy Diet


If you want glowing skin, you must take into consideration what exactly you are putting into your body. Remember the phrase 'you are what you eat'? This is so true! There are foods out there that will completely wreck your complexion, and others that will provide nutrition to achieve clearer skin. Try to first lower your sugar intake. Foods that have a high glycemic index increase inflammation which ultimately causes acne and other skin issues. Seek out those healthy fats, such as salmon, avocado, or even walnuts. Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E (found mostly in fish) shield against inflammation. Foods with more nutritional value are great options to keep your skin healthy, strong, and bright.


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