Have you ever noticed that throughout the year, your skin changes with the seasons?
In the winter you notice dry spots and itchiness, while in the summer you experience more breakouts and oil? Or maybe your skin is one or the other year round and you just can’t seem to figure out how to get that “perfect model skin.”
Here are a few ways to get you going in the right direction!
The number one way to keep your skin balanced throughout the year is drinking enough water.
You read it everywhere, but there is a reason! It works. Beauty begins on the inside. The American diet is packed full of sodium which effects our circulation of water throughout the body. Drinking enough water helps dilute the excess sodium we take in which will help with our circulation and dehydration or puffiness in the skin. Grab a reusable water bottle fill get to drinking!
Your diet is also important for your skin. As stated earlier, sodium can have a huge effect on our skin long term, regulating our sodium in take is a great way to take care of your body from the inside out.
But sodium isn’t the only culprit, processed sugar and dairy can effect your skin as well. Try changing up one thing in your diet for a couple weeks, like no dairy, and see if you see a difference in your skin. Also making sure you are getting vitamins and healthy fats and carbohydrates from your diet will help promote younger, healthy looking skin.
Another very important way to protect your skin is using SPF daily. The easiest way to use it everyday use a daily moisturizer that has it included.
Nowadays, skin care is such an extensive market, there are plenty of options from drug store to high end. Moisturizing your skin everyday, regardless of your skin type or gender is highly important to the path of great skin. If you have oily skin and are hesitant, get an oil free moisturizer.
Typically the reason your skin produces excess oil is because is to compensate for it being deprived of proper hydration. Always read the back and make sure alcohol is not included in the ingredients, having it as an ingredient only dehydrates the skin over time. It may take a few tries, but I promise the right moisturizer is out there for you.
Some great brands from both include Cetaphil, Cere Ve, Neutrogena, Shiseido, Origins, or First Aid Beauty. When you go on those family beach trips, make sure to lather up all over and throw on a hat! The skin on your face isn’t the only important part to protect.
I promise, you will still get a healthy glow from the sun, just with a little more protection.
Lastly, but certainty not least, wash and exfoliate. Washing your face everyday removes the pollutant and grime from your day. Without washing this off, your pores can become clogged and lead to breakups and blackheads, giving uneven texture an inflammation.
Exfoliating 2-3 times a week is also very important for your skin texture and glow. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin that has built up, allowing for your face to look and feel as smooth as silk. There are a couple different types of exfoliation, physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliation is generally the one most people think of and is done through face or body scrubs. When using a physical exfoliant, make sure the exfoliant particles are very small. Something too rough, especially on the fragile skin on your face, can actually cause small abrasions on your skin. Never use a scrub made for the body on your face, they tend to have large walnut or sugar particles that can cause that type of damage.
As for chemical exfoliants, they are typically done by your dermatologist or esthetician. Some brands have been coming out with at home options that are very affective and beneficial. Chemical exfoliants typically use ingredients like AHA, BHA, and glycolic acid. Make sure to do your research and find which options are best for you and your skin.
Implementing these few steps into your week may seem like a lot at first, but once you you get the hang of it, the results will be worth it. These are steps you can use year round to ensure your skin stays balanced and healthy no matter the weather.