There are things we do every day that impact our skin. Some habits can be very good for the skin- but not always. Take a look at this list and make sure that you aren’t breaking any of these skincare rules. You may be harming your skin without even realizing it!
- Don’t tan in the sun- most doctors agree that 15 minutes of sun exposure a day is plenty to ensure your daily dose of Vitamin D. If you will be outside for longer than that, wear your SPF of 15 to 30. Try our Clear Essence SPF 15 Gift Pack to get all the daily sun protection your body needs!
- Don’t smoke- our culture is learning more and more about the dangers of smoking. And smoking causes premature skin aging. Commit to being tobacco free for life- you will look better and feel better every day!
- Limit junk food- make sure that your daily diet includes plenty of lean protein, fresh fruit/ veggies, whole grains, and water. Your skin is an organ and needs a nutritious diet to look its best!
- Don’t over indulge in alcohol- research shows that 1-2 alcoholic beverages may be good for you (a glass of red wine a day can be good for your heart!) but you want to enjoy spirits in moderation. Alcohol can dehydrate your skin, damage blood vessels, exacerbate Rosacea, and contribute to high blood sugar levels, which leads to premature aging!
- Don’t be sleep deprived- getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity for your health and well being. Our skin heals and repairs itself while we rest each night. To figure out how much sleep you need, keep track of how many hours of rest that you get 3 nights in a row when you don’t set your alarm clock. Try this on your next vacation and the number of hours that you sleep on the third night is what you should get every night.
- Don’t live your life in constant stress- stress impacts how well you rest each night, how your body functions, what kinds of foods you crave, and your overall quality of life. Take time to rest, relax and enjoy each day. Talking with family and friends can lighten your load too. Keep stressful parts of your life in perspective and do what you can to minimize stress on a regular basis.
- Don’t be a couch potato- all of us need to get regular exercise. Most people find that an exercise regimen keeps stress at bay and keeps their skin looking great. The increase in blood flow and oxygen is necessary for cellular function in the skin and it’s great for your waist line too!