Beautiful and radiant skin is almost impossible without proper skincare. That is why I have listed several surprising and especially easy tips for the basics in skincare that can help you achieve and maintain beautiful skin.
# 1 Clean your skin with oil If you have never tried this, you most certainly frown your eyebrows right now and think: “Clean my skin with oil?! No, thanks”. But I hope you will believe me when I say it really does work! The reason why it does, is because oil dissolves oil. The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent, such as sebum/oil, is to use another non-polar solvent that is comparable in composition. In more understandable words: other oils. By using the right oils for your skin, you can clean your pores of dirt and bacteria in a natural, gentle and effective way. A good oil not only cleanses but nourishes and balances the skin too. So, when you have dry skin, oil makes it less dry. When you have oily skin, oil makes it less greasy. And even when you suffer from acne, oil will calm your skin down a lot.
When I oil cleanse, I always use organic coconut oil to clean my skin, which I apply to my face with my fingers and massage it well into the skin. All makeup and dirt start to melt off. I then use a warm and wet washcloth to remove the dirt and oil from the surface of my skin. My face is then super clean and wonderfully soft. Trust me: try it!
# 2 Change your pillowcases regularly Did you know that a cotton pillowcase absorbs moisture from your skin and hair during your sleep? Ow yes... And wait! Did you know that cotton also absorbs the products that you apply to your skin and hair? This means that your pillowcase is packed with bacteria, oils, dirt, makeup, and hair products, which is incredibly bad for your skin as you lie on your pillow for an average of 7 to 8 hours a night. The result may very well be dehydrated and irritated skin. I had never thought about this myself before, but once I found out, I started to wash my pillowcases more often and noticed an improvement in my skin. That is why I recommend changing your pillowcases 1 or 2 times a week and wash them at a minimum of 60 degrees Celsius so that all bacteria and dirt will be washed out. Another good tip is to replace your cotton pillowcase with a bamboo pillowcase. It is a way less absorbing fabric, and as a plus, it also prevents wrinkle formation during sleep. A win-win situation!
# 3 Beautify yourself with sweat Whether you like exercising or not, this tip will give you yet another reason to get up from the couch and make your way to the gym. Exercise helps with getting beautiful and radiant skin because good blood circulation promotes skin health. Blood transports oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the whole body, including the skin. In addition to supplying oxygen, the bloodstream also helps to remove waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. You can see it as cleansing from within. Exercise also helps to reduce stress, which can be a trigger for skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
# 4 Wear sunscreen: all day, every day! This truly is the most crucial tip for maintaining beautiful skin. We all know that the sun is no friend of our skin, but did you know that it is the number one cause of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation? A study amongst women has shown that 80% of skin ageing is caused by UV exposure . It is therefore vital to use sunscreen every day before you leave the house, even when the sun is not shining. UV radiation is there all the time: even when it is cloudy, the radiation gets through the clouds and reaches your skin. I therefore always use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 - or even better SPF 50. I apply it after I have applied my other skincare products, and before I put on my makeup.
# 5 Zzzz...!! The last, but oh so important tip is... sleep! It’s called a ‘beauty sleep’ for a good reason, because it has been proven that enough sleep is one of the most effective ways to maintain beautiful skin and overall health. A study has shown that people who sleep poorly suffer significantly more from droopy eyelids, red and puffy eyes, dark under-eye circles, pale skin, wrinkles or fine lines, and hanging mouth corners . Another study has shown that prolonged sleep deprivation increases the risk of premature skin ageing . This one is a complete no-brainer: sleep whenever you can! It’s for a good cause ;)
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