Beautiful skin is something that most people have on their wish list. But for it to get crossed out of the list, you need to work hard on making it a reality and develop habits that will contribute to this dream. But you don’t have to splurge on procedures or stock up on pricey skincare products. Having a set daytime and nighttime skincare routine is sometimes enough.
However, you have to do more than just apply your favorite whitening toner, moisturizer and lotion.
You have to develop habits that will contribute to enhancing your skin’s natural glow. Your goal is to improve and prolong its beauty and radiance.
Habits are defined by behaviors done without much thought. This is something that you should learn to absorb so that the actions will come naturally, even without you intending to do so.
Here are four daily habits that will help you improve your skin today and in the future.
Water will keep you looking younger for longer. The human body is made up of 70 percent water, which means you have to replenish lost fluids at once or it will have a negative effect on your metabolism, breathing, removal of waste, lubrication of joints and your skin.
It’s suggested that a healthy man should drink 13 cups of water, whereas a healthy woman should consume 9 cups (a cup is equivalent to 8 ounces (0.24 l).
As we age, the body’s regulation of thirst and fluid intake declines. This means that as we grow older, we may not have the same capability to sense thirst and address fluid needs. To combat this, apply adequate strategies so that you’re sure to replenish lost fluids.
Aim to carry at least a 500 ml water bottle with you and refill it four times a day. Another way to make sure that you’re drinking enough water is to drink each time you have a meal or a snack.
2. Apply Sunblock
Sunlight is essential for our body to function effectively. It provides vitamin D, enhances our moods, and it serves as a signal for our internal body clock to know that it’s time for bed.
But there are also the harmful effects of too much sun exposure caused by Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Negative effects include working, sunburn, skin damage, and other chronic effects. About 95% of UV radiation reaching our skin is ultraviolet A (UVA), which can cause the damages mentioned above.
The notion that sunscreen should only be used when going outside or in the summer is an old-fashioned way of thinking. You must apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays from the sun and even indoor lighting sources.
To get the best results, use a sunblock that has SPF 30 or higher. Add extra protection when going out by wearing long-sleeved shirts or jackets.
3. Get Enough Sleep
One of the most basic daily habits to form is getting the right amount of sleep. It sounds easy, but many people find it hard to develop this habit or even stick to a regular sleeping routine.
If you want radiant and beautiful-looking skin, then sleep. Our body is always working when we’re awake. The only time it can regenerate is when we’re sleeping.
Here are some benefits of a good night’s sleep.
- Eliminates dark circles
- Promotes a plumper skin
- More even complexion
- Boosts the effectiveness of your skincare products
Sleep is a huge part of our daily life so think about how you can develop good sleeping habits in a way that fits your schedule and personality.
Start with getting 7-9 hours of sleep a day. Make it a habit to place your electronic devices away from your bed so that if you have the urge to scroll through social media, you won’t be able to reach it as easily. Also, always have a glass of water near you so you can hydrate whenever you need to.
4. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
When you think about beautiful skin, you should think beyond the surface and dive deeper. As they say, real beauty starts from within. In this case, it starts from what you eat as what you put inside your body affects your skin.
Fruits and vegetables help rejuvenate your skin as they’re filled with antioxidants that protect your skin from damage.
We are exposed to things like air pollution, sunlight, smoke and free radicals and these things can cause immense damage at a deeper level. Antioxidants help your skin protect itself and enhance your skin’s natural glow.
Include food like strawberries, blueberries, papaya, green leafy vegetables and artichokes, among others, as they’re all high in antioxidants.