Is there anything more luxurious than smooth healthy-looking skin? We do not believe so.
A polluted environment, daily stress, lack of sleep and an unbalanced diet contribute to the fact that it is hard to see anyone with great skin today. Moreover, marketers from around the world have made us believe that only those who can spend thousands of dollars at the cosmetician`s office can have healthy skin, but that is not necessarily the case.
There are many factors that contribute to skin’s overall health, some we can control, some we cannot. Genetics is a good example of something we cannot control and, there are a selected few that despite little or no skin care effort have a naturally smooth and radiant skin. Then, there is the rest of us who’s skin is affected by our daily lifestyle.
But there is good news, weather you won the great skin lottery or not, you can improve your skin and prolong its youth by sticking to these 5 simple habits that have nothing to do with costly products or excruciating invasive cosmetic procedures. By introducing these easy-to-follow habits you will not only make your skin look healthier, but you will also get a chance to reevaluate your whole lifestyle and take a step towards a healthier and happier version of yourself.
1. Make it clear!
The first thing you need to learn is that dirty, contaminated skin with clogged pores, covered in excessive oils simply has no chance to be healthy. And while most guides emphasize the importance of nightly cleaning rituals, the morning wash-up is just as important.
Yes, removing make-up, dirt, and dust particles from your skin is crucial and logical. That is why most people don`t neglect the evening cleansing. But although your skin may seem clean and fresh in the morning, it is also covered with dead skin cells and excessive natural oils that may clog your pores causing breakouts. And your moisturizer or any other skincare product will become useless as it won`t get direct access to your skin due to this barrier of oil and dirt.
As for the cleansing products, make sure that they are made with a quality, gentle, mostly natural ingredients that clean well without over drying like Acca Kappa’s Cleansing & Toning Mousse. That squeaky effect on your cheeks may make you believe that your cleanser works perfectly, but it only means that the product is too aggressive rips all the natural protection off your skin, forcing it to work out more oils causing inflammation and acne.
What kind of skin needs moisturizer? Does the climate or season influence your skin`s need for hydrating products? The answer is simple – hydration is for everyone and everywhere! While the need for hydration looks obvious for the dry skin, most people who have oily or combined skin tend to neglect moisturizers, this can cause your skin to produce even more oils trying to protect itself from an aggressive environment.
Moisturizing is especially important during hot summer months and cold fall-winter months where sun exposure, air conditioning, heating, fireplaces, and frost make the air extremely dry, making hydration even more crucial than the rest of the year.
Make sure to use naturally based skin moisturizers like Acca Kappa’s Daily Face Cream or Gel Oil that promote collagen synthesis, moisturize, tone, and deeply nourish the skin.
3. Use Sunscreen
Most people already acknowledge the danger of direct UV light and its role in premature skin aging, hyperpigmentation, and even melanoma but still neglect to use sunscreen all-year long. Sunscreen is not only an essential part of beach vacations and pool parties but a fundamental part of everyday skincare.
Due to environmental pollution and growing holes in the ozone layer, we are much more vulnerable to the harmful effects of the Sunlight than we were a couple decades ago. Therefore, sunscreen is as relevant in winter as it is in summer. Daily use of sunscreen products with SPF is the shield that will help preserve your skin`s health and prolong its youth.
4. Gentle exfoliation
Daily cleansing will help you control the oil balance and take off most of the dead skin cells. But to purify your skin perfectly and prepare it for the following moisturizer applications, you should introduce gentle exfoliation to your skincare routine.
There are two types of exfoliation – mechanical and chemical. The mechanical one is done through using cleansing products that contain gentle natural scrubbing particles. Those may be clay, particles of fruit pits, etc. Chemical exfoliation is done with salicylic or milk acid and should be done under the supervision of a qualified professional only.
The ideal frequency of exfoliation will vary based on your skin type and lifestyle, we recommend starting with once a week and work your way up to no more than three times per week only if you feel it is necessary and your skin can tolerate it.
5. Beauty sleep is not a myth!
There is a solid reason why we call an 8-hour sleep a "Beauty Sleep". As we have already mentioned, daily stress and anxiety are huge factors that influence the condition of your skin. Not only do they force you to neglect some of the essential healthy skin habits, but feelings like anger, anxiety, or stress cause the production of Cortisol – the so-called "sugar" hormone that does not complement the condition of your skin at all.
Moreover, a good night's sleep balances your breath and blood circulation, delivering the cherished oxygen particles and nutrients to every cell of your body including your skin.
As you see, these habits are simple and do not require any specific skills and knowledge about skincare. Moreover, they are not incredibly costly or time consuming. Try sticking to these simple rules for 90 days and may notice positive changes in your skin and overall wellbeing sooner than you think.