We all want to stay healthy. But when we think of health and wellbeing, we tend to focus on the key areas of diet and exercise. Of course, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. It’s also important to get roughly one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. But when’s the last time you considered your skin in your healthcare routine? Getting to know your skin can help you to provide it with the best care and maintain its health. Here are some simple steps to take to get started in the right direction!
Step 1: Stay Hydrated
One of the best, easiest and cheapest things you can do for your skin is to stay hydrated. Believe it or not, roughly 80% of the average adult body is water and it’s important to keep these levels as they should be. When you suffer from dehydration, various bodily processes are impacted – including your skin. You could experience dryness, tightness or even flakiness. So, make sure to drink roughly two litres of water a day. This equates to eight average sized glasses.
Step 2: Understand Your Skin Type
Everyone has a unique skin type, but there are four key categories that the majority of people find that they can fall into. These are normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. Knowing your skin type can allow you to treat it properly, minimising issues and using the right products to complement it. So, let’s look a little further into the skin types. First, we have normal skin. This is often seen as the most desirable skin type. It is well balanced and doesn’t often have issues. Next up, dry skin. Dry skin has a dry feel, dull appearance and sometimes a flaky texture. This is because it doesn’t produce as much sebum as normal skin. The opposite of dry skin is oily skin. This skin type produces too much sebum, resulting in a slick, wet or oily appearance and feel. You may also experience visible pores. Finally, we have combination skin. This skin types is essentially a combination of the skin types above. For example, you may have an oily T-zone and dry skin across your cheeks.
Step 3: Combat Skin Conditions
Of course, on top of different skin types, you may experience different skin conditions. For example, you may have sensitive skin that requires specific skincare for sensitive skin. You may have acne that requires treatments or antibiotics to resolve. You may have conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. If you feel you may have a skin condition, consult your doctor who will be able to help you further.
Step 4: Create Your Skincare Routine
Once you know your skin type and have consulted your doctor about any existing conditions, it’s time to create a routine incorporating products specifically suited to your unique and individual skin. This may take some trial and error to get right, but stick with it. You will get there!
When you get your skincare routine under wraps, you’ll thank yourself. Hopefully, some of the steps above will get you started out on the right path!