Our skin is the largest organ in the body and for most ladies, it’s paramount that their skin is in the best condition. But does it have to be a struggle or expensive? Of course not… The skin carries get dust from your day to day activities so when having a shower you can be very keen on washing your face because it’s the most sensitive skin on your body and ladies you can agree with me, the hormones don’t make it easier. You don’t have to invest in expensive products to maintain clear skin.
Let me tell you of some of the routine that are so easy and affordable that I swear by for an even skin tone and clear skin;
Wash your face twice a day – Just look for a face wash, that is affordable and stick with it. Even a bathing soap can work – I use bathing soap with antibacterial properties for my bath and still use that to clean my face and moisturize with Vaseline and once a week I use face products (like face masks, scrubs) to remove dead skin and add some extra moisturizer on my face.
Avoid touching your face. Even before COVID, I was an advocate of not touching your face. So even everyone everywhere was saying don’t touch your face I didn’t have an issue. Reason? Our day to day activities keeps us busy and during the day you can collect bacteria from everywhere: matatus, door handles, public toilet door handles and flashing buttons, bank pens, money, and so on so imagine everywhere your hands have been and at some point, you forgot to wash your hands and touched your face – so guess what all bacteria you collected are now on your face!
Wash your hands frequently just in case your hands and face are very friendly to one another 😀
Exercising gets your heart rate up and improves blood circulation, this can help to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin which keeps the skin healthy, promotes collagen production, and promotes new skin cells which keep the skin looking glowing and is also helpful for anti-aging. Let me explain detail: Increased blood flow during exercise could lead to a ‘post-workout glow’; If you’ve ever noticed that your skin has a certain glow after a jog or yoga class, you’re not imagining things — the “post-gym glow” is real and it can last for several hours after your workout. “The post-gym ‘glow’ that people describe is likely a combination of the increased blood flow [which can promote circulation in the skin], dewy appearance from sweat, and the endorphins(happy hormones) released during exercise. Regular exercise is known to be stress-reducing because of the famous happy hormones(endorphins) and working out is known for positivity affecting one’s mental health. It might not seem like this link would extend to your skin, but a fitness routine that you enjoy can help your skin look its best so when you reduce stress by exercising you can improve your overall skin clarity.
Avoid Working out with your makeup on. If you work out with makeup on, the makeup can clog your pores, preventing the release of sweat leading to breakouts and blemishes
Fruits and vegetable
Eating more fruits and vegetables can change skin tone and give it a healthy glow. Studies show that knowing that eating fruits and vegetables can make you more attractive could be a good incentive to eat healthier. Researchers say eating just two extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day can lead to a detectable change in skin tone in just six weeks. They say that though skin color varies across the world, those who eat lots of fruits and veggies have a healthier, more attractive skin tone.
Drink green tea
Green tea contains several anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that protect the skin.
- Improves Skin Tone – Drinking enough water helps the body to flush out toxins while giving you healthier skin. Studies have revealed that drinking just two cups of water can increase blood flow to the skin which gives it an even tone.
- Prevents Premature Aging – Staying hydrated helps increase elasticity in the skin as it stays moisturized for longer. Heightened elasticity in the skin implies delayed sagging of the skin and no premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Faster Healing – If you have been out in the sun and got sunburnt, drinking water can fasten the healing process.
- Reduces Puffiness – When the skin looks puffy, it is retaining water to protect you from dehydration. This occurs when you don’t drink enough water. Staying hydrated will reduce swelling and puffiness in your face.
- Prevents Acne – Drinking ample water balances the oil and water content on the skin of your face. This helps to prevent excess oil and sebum secretion, which means fewer clogged pores and acne. Adult acne is getting more common these days due to busy lifestyles and lack of hydration.
- No More Itchy Skin On The Face.
- Tighter Skin – Due to sudden weight loss, your skin can start to sag. To prevent your skin from sagging and to tighten it in areas where the sagging is prominent, like the upper arms, thighs, waist, and jawline, drinking water helps as it revives the skin’s elasticity.
- Maintains Your pH Balance – Sensitive, acne-ridden skin or problem skin due to various issues, can be revived to a healthy version with water. Your skin can glow and be free of blemishes if you drink enough water that will help to balance your body’s pH levels.
- Prevents Heat-Related Skin Eruptions – Water prevents your body from heating up and normalizes your body temperature. When your body heats up due to the weather or physical activity, drinking lots of water ensures that you don’t develop heat boils and rashes on your skin.
- Promotes Healthy Gut, Meaning Clear Skin – Intake of water helps maintain a healthy gut and aids in proper digestion. It regulates your bowel movements and flushes toxins from your body through urine and feces. Only when this process is smooth and your gut is healthy, your skin will remain clear and free of issues.
Yes… beauty sleep is real 😁😁
The benefits of good quality sleep to your overall health are immense, and the benefits to your skin can also become very noticeable. Sleep relaxes the facial muscles, which helps to smooth wrinkles and lines on your face.
Sleep between 6-8hrs, however value quality over quantity of sleep – we have two types of sleep; deep sleep and light sleep. Make sure you have enough deep sleep over light sleep. Deep sleep is where you have minimum distractions and there is no rapid eye movement and in this case, your body experiences energy restoration, cell regeneration, increasing blood supply to muscles, promoting growth, and repair of tissues and bones, and strengthening the immune system.
Avoid alcohol or reduce your intake
– Alcohol leads to dehydration which leads to puffiness