Each year a great deal of people make New Year’s resolutions. Many of these are health related such as losing weight, getting healthy or improving their fitness. What doesn’t often start as a resolution but ends up being a life-long dream, is achieving healthy, hydrated, glowing skin.
This year, it’s time to talk skin health and here are 5 helpful habits that can help you achieve the skin you dream of.
Five Tips to Help Achieve and Maintain Healthy Skin
Get Good Quality Sleep
An ongoing lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in your skin’s moisture levels. If your pH levels continue to fall, the imbalance can trigger your skin to produce considerably less moisture than it needs. This imbalance can result in redness, blotches and can trigger breakouts or exacerbate pre-existing skin conditions. To help your quality of sleep, create a relaxation routine that you can follow every day prior to going to bed. This might include having a shower, reading a book, or pampering your skin. It is also wise to reduce screen time at least an hour before bed and keep your bedroom dark to promote uninterrupted sleep.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated and Moisturised
Keeping your body hydrated is vital to the overall functioning of your body and for good skin health. Drinking plenty of water is important and it is also necessary to lock the moisture into your skin. You can do this with a moisturizer such as AMPERNA® Lightweight Soothing+ Emulsion. This moisturizer contains a revolutionary probiotic formula, along with ceramides, hyaluronic acid and emollients to help nourish the skin and protect it from free radical damage. It is non-irritating, won’t clog pores and is packed full of antioxidants.
Manage Stress Levels
When you are stressed, your body produces higher levels of cortisol which can trigger the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more sebum leading to clogged pores and breakouts. To help manage stress you can use tools such as exercise, breathing, meditation, keeping a healthy work-life balance and having the confidence to not say yes to everything.
Look After Your Gut Health
Both the gut and skin play a key role in defending our bodies against pathogens from the outside environment. Furthermore, our gut is in constant conversation with our skin via the microbiome and it is suspected that this connection, named the gut-skin axis plays a critical role to play in our skin health. A healthy gut has a diverse community of microbes, so it can be beneficial to eat a wide range of plant-based foods, high fibre foods and probiotic foods.
Choose a Mask That Doesn’t Aggravate Your Skin
Maskne is the non-medical term is given to acne that is triggered by mask-related factors: heat, friction and obstruction. For people that are acne prone or with sensitive skin, wearing a mask can lead to an overgrowth of the yeast, bacteria and other flora. If you are wearing a mask regularly, opt for a fabric mask made from tightly woven soft cotton fabric. If you still suffer irritation, consider wearing a silk mask under the cotton mask. For people who cannot wear a surgical or cloth mask another option is wearing a face shield.