9 Proven Ways for Perfect Skin
The skin care market can be a pain when you’re looking for the perfect fix to give you smooth, glowing, wrinkle-free skin. With all the beauty products marketed as the ideal treatment, you’d expect every woman to look flawless; but unfortunately, it’s not that easy. For most people, effective skin care involves a combination of methods that are known to boost collagen production, hydrate, and remove toxins. Spending tons of money on high-end beauty products won’t do as much for your skin as practicing simple things that improve skin complexion over time.
If beauty spas aren’t really your thing, don’t worry; there are many other things you can do to get perfect skin, and you won’t have to spend tons of money or lose valuable time staring in the mirror and scrubbing your face.
Here are nine proven methods to get perfect skin:
1. Minimize Makeup
It’s okay to wear makeup, but don’t wear it in thick layers all the time. Your skin needs to breathe, and some of these products stick to your skin like heavy, toxic layers, making it more likely to get breakouts. Organic products like Vapour are better especially if you wear makeup every day because they are non-toxic and will make your face look bright all day. There are plenty of good, organic makeup brands that will give you glowing skin, so just watch out for chemicals that leave toxic residue or materials that clog your skin.
2. Avoid Diet Drinks and Processed Foods
Diet colas and processed foods are poison to your body, and they make your skin look dull and older. Eat foods with high water-content, plenty of nutrients, and avoid junk food as much as possible. People don’t always realize it but eating healthy, whole grain is a low-maintenance way to get smoother skin, high energy, and avoid infections. Fruits and veggies are perfect for giving you that glow and making you look younger and healthier.
Diet drinks and processed foods are filled with sweeteners that make you crave for more, and they don’t improve your health in any way. Go to a local market or search online for organic food stores; and start replacing packaged foods with healthy, home-made meals.
3. Remove Your Makeup
Don’t ever go to sleep while wearing makeup. Going to bed with layers of makeup on will clog your pores and lead to rashes, pimples, and acne. Circulation is essential, and the skin heals during sleep so wearing harsh chemicals can cause premature aging. But if you find that you can’t go without heavy makeup, there are products that can help keep your skin healthy.
To find the right makeup formula for your skin, you will have to try different products until you find one that is perfect for your skin type. Use a cleanser to remove makeup from your face and wash with warm water afterward. Do this every day, and you won’t get cysts and bumpy rashes on your skin.
4. Use the Correct Cleanser
We all do it. A product gets all the hype and your best friend tells you they purchased it, and before long you’re using it too. But just because a product sounds great in the ads, it doesn’t mean it’s suitable for your skin type. Getting a good skin cleanser is one of the most important things you can do in your quest to get perfect skin – but take note of the basics: for dry skin, milky cleansers are more effective, but you can also get a moisturizing glycolic.
If, on the other hand, you have brown spots in your face or melisma, then find a cleanser that will brighten your skin. Check product labels for alpha hydroxy acid cleanser. For oily skin (especially with pimples and acne) use a cleanser with salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide.
5. Avoid Alcohol-Infused Products
Alcohol-infused products are poison to oily skin. Most of them contain toners, peels, and exfoliants – which are useful in their own ways but when combined with alcohol they strip away the skin’s natural oils. What happens afterward is your skin starts producing more oil than you need.
When there’s too much sebum in your skin it can clog the pores, cause pimples, irritation, infections, and generally ugly skin. To avoid all this, use alcohol-free cleansers and moisturizers and get a salicylic cleanser because it’s great for killing bacteria and getting rid of dirt that lodges deep inside the pores.
6. Moisturize Every Day
The key to getting soft, smooth skin is moisturizing. Your skin needs moisture to maintain luster, and when we don’t use a moisturizer it can cause itchiness, discomfort, and in some cases, it reduces lipids levels. Dry skin can be caused by many things including failing to moisturize, inflammation, and infections; but when the skin has been left dry for long, it can lose the outer barrier.
Without the skin’s outer barrier, the aging process speeds up, and you’re more likely to get lines and wrinkles. For a person who spends a lot of time outside, this means you’re more exposed to common pollutants. To get rid of dry skin, use a herbal moisturizer that’s also rich with antioxidants and natural oils like shea butter or coconut oil.
Moisturize twice a day especially during the colder months, and eat foods that are rich in fatty acids. Fish oil supplements can be a good source of healthy fats if you can’t get it from seafood like salmon.
7. Skin Hydration
Even as you go about using moisturizers every day, one more thing you can do to make sure your skin gets enough moisture is to pour water on your skin. Your skin should be hydrated from the inside out to get lasting effects- plus washing twice a day will keep dirt and pollutants away. Don’t wash your face too many times during the day. Twice is enough because you don’t want to interfere with the production of essential oils, or mess with pH levels.
Use warm water to open up the pores, as this allows bacteria and dirt to get out, but use cold water to close the pores. This will stop dirt from getting in. Use gentle, circular motions to cleanse your face and avoid scrubbing.
8. Avoid Stress
Stress causes more of the stress hormone, cortisol, to leak into the bloodstream, and it is known to have destructive effects in the body, including causing excessive oil production. One of the effects of excessive oil production is the appearance of whiteheads, which are similar to blackheads and can spread easily if popped. High stress levels almost always cause the same effects in the skin.
When cortisol is released in higher-than-normal amounts, it can also destroy the collagen in your face, making your skin sag in the process. Elastin and collagen are critical to smooth, healthy skin. So basically, being stressed out means you’re aging faster, with lines and wrinkles to prove it. Find a healthy way to relax and take a long bath with plenty of healing ointments.
9. Improve circulation
Blood circulation is what facilitates nutrient absorption in the skin as well as extraction of toxins that can damage skin if left to accumulate. There’s a way to enhance lymph drainage and improve circulation so you can get healthy skin.
Use these tips:
- Get a soft, bristled brush to use on skin
- Dry brush for a few minutes before your morning shower
- Press lightly to avoid irritating the skin
- Use small, circular movements starting from the feet up
Your skin needs plenty of love and care to look perfect, so use these tips to establish a beauty regimen and stick to it. Good luck!
Author Bio: Dr. Sean Daneshmand has been nominated as a “Top Doctor in San Diego” as published in San Diego Magazine continuously since 2008-2018. He has also completed extensive training in Aesthetic procedures including Vaser Liposelection and has been the Medical Director of Ageless and beautiful Medical Spa since May 2005.