I am not here to tell you about skin care. With the ocean of articles and products out there about skin care, it goes without saying by now. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming and hard to decipher what is crucial for the skin every day and what’s just a nice to have. …and I am not even talking about all the different skin types and their challenges.
However there are a few things that you should do for your skin no matter your age or skin type.
These are the things I do for my skin every day:
Hydrating your skin is probably the number one most important thing you need to do religiously. Drink as much water as you can and your skin will thank for it. I’ve noticed that my skin feels plumpier and much less dehydrated throughout the day. Drinking water will also help with breakouts.
eat omega-3 fats
Healthy omega-3 fats found in salmon, nuts, and flaxseed can boost collagen production and help your skin look soft and “glowing.”
You need to cleanse your face daily to get rid of any dirt and pollutants. Consider your skin type when choosing a cleanser. My skin is dry and sensitive, so cleansing milk works best for me. I like to apply a thin layer of witch hazel after cleansing to refresh my skin and remove the last bit of dirt.
always take off your makeup
ALWAYS. Never sleep in your makeup. It’s a sure fire to cause breakouts.
moisturize day and night
Drinking water isn’t the only thing you have to do to keep your skin extra hydrated, you also need to moisturize day and night. Pay special attention to the spots that get extra dry, like your elbows and ankles.
This also goes without saying. Sun protection is important for SO many reasons (aging, skin cancer, hydration, etc). Make sure you also put it on your chest, neck, and the backs of your hands, as they are more sensitive and need the protection.
Photo by Rick Robillard