Everyone wants a perfect complexion. For some people, flawless skin seems to come naturally, but others have to work at it. If you struggle with your skin, the good news is you don’t necessarily have to pay for an expensive skin treatment or cosmetic procedure. You can make considerable changes to the appearance of your skin by making a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle.
Everyone’s skin is different and responds to skin care products and treatments in different ways. There is no one-size-fits-all beauty regime that will tell you exactly what to do to your skin. It depends on your body. But there are certain everyday habits that everyone should avoid in order to experience the benefits of a beautiful complexion.
- Not drinking enough water
Hydration is fantastic for the skin. When you drink plenty of water, it prevents your skin from sagging and keeps it tight and radiant. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day for the optimum effects.
- Eating badly
Your diet has a massive impact on the way your skin looks. If you eat too many oily and fatty foods, your skin will become greasy, your pores will clog, and you will be more likely to develop spots and other blemishes. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to ensure your skin gets the necessary nutrients, and a diet high in Omega-3 will keep you looking your best.
- Wearing too many skin products
It is possible to overdo it when it comes to your skin. By all means, use a moisturiser and an exfoliation product in your regime, but much more than that will do more harm than good. Keep it simple.
- Being too aggressive
Treat your skin gently, and you will experience the best results. Taking overly long or hot baths and showers can play havoc with the skin and lead to redness and irritation. Keep your bathtime to a moderate length and temperature. Drying your face too aggressively afterwards is also a bad habit. Gently patting down your skin with a soft towel will dry you just as well without the irritation.
- Spending too long in the sun
As pleasant as sunny weather may be, over-exposure to bright sunlight can be disastrous for your complexion. It can lead to a rough, blotchy and wrinkled appearance and over time lead to more severe skin conditions such as cancer. Minimise the amount of time you spend in the sun, and wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you are out.
- Being stressed
Too much stress in our lives affects our body in several ways, and the skin is no exception. Too much stress can both cause and aggravate existing skin conditions. Taking steps to reduce the amount of worry in your life, perhaps through meditation or exercise, will help to relieve the effects.
- Drinking alcohol and caffeine
Although there’s nothing wrong with the occasional glass of wine or cup of coffee, alcohol and caffeine have a dehydrating effect on the skin which can make it look puffy and bloated. Minimising your consumption of the two substances will improve your complexion significantly.