You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive skin care products, take frequent visits to the spa or change your entire beauty routine to have a healthy looking complexion. Here, are some of the habits dermatologists recommend in order to achieve beautiful skin.
They sleep for at least seven hours every night.
Getting your beauty sleep; if you’ve ever woken up with dark circles under your eyes, you already know what research has shown—that a lack of sleep can contribute to hyperpigmentation around the eyes (dark circles). A study from researchers in Sweden in 2010 reported that a group of participants were rated as more attractive after eight hours of sleep compared to when they were sleep deprived.
They protect their skin from the sun.
Protecting your skin from sun exposure is one of the most important ways to care for your skin. A lifetime of exposure to the sun can lead to age spots, wrinkles and an extensive list of other skin problems — including an increased risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
- Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
- Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear protective clothing.
They cut back on excess sugar.
That daily candy habit isn’t just damaging your waistline; it could also be ageing your face. Foods with a high glycemic index create an increase in cortisol through a process called “glycosylation,” where sugars bind to collagen and weaken it, Gohara says. Create beautiful skin at skin clinic Cairns from the inside out and make sure your diet includes healthy fats (like olive oil), Omega 3s (found in walnuts and salmon), antioxidants (greens), and vitamin C (berries and citrus fruits). Try fixing up a kale salad and salmon for dinner, with a berry mixture for dessert—it’s a great recipe for healthy skin, Gohara says.
They don’t smoke cigarettes.
If you thought the carcinogenic effects of nicotine on your health weren’t terrible enough, there’s another reason to stop smoking once and for all. Just think back to your great Aunt Linda, you know the one who chain-smoked since the 1930s. Most likely her face was full of fine lines around her mouth, and she probably had greyish-looking skin and teeth and nails that were stained yellow. “Nicotine ruins substructures of the skin leaving it listless and saggy,” Gohara says.
They wash their faces every night.
Unfortunately, damage from the sun isn’t the only environmental factor you need to worry about: Small micro particles from air pollutants can hurt your skin, too. Remember to wash your face every night to clean your face to remove debris that could be weakening your skin. Always remember to remove all of your makeup too, Gohara advises.