Six Easy To Follow Skincare Habits You Need To Develop Today For Gorgeous Skin



Just lathering the best skincare products you can buy isn’t enough to achieve the skin of your dreams. Instead, good skin calls for a comprehensive and holistic approach. When you see someone with flawless skin, at times its genetics, and at times, it's good skincare. Practicing certain good skincare habits every day can go a long way. Want to look like you're in your 30's when you're 50? You better develop these habits now. Here are some easy-to-follow skincare habits for healthy gorgeous skin.

Sleep 7-9 Hours Every Night



You've probably heard of the term 'beauty sleep,' and if you want healthy skin, you should get ample sleep every night. Even if you haven't slept properly for a single night, it shows on your face the very next day. If improper sleep time carries on for a long time, imagine what it could do to your skin and overall health in the long run. When you sleep, your body repairs itself. This includes your brain, muscles, and, yes, your skin as well. When you’re sleeping, your skin’s blood flow increases, and new collagen is built.

For healthy skin, it’s highly recommended that you get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. Bedtime is also the perfect time to use essential skincare ingredients such as retinol and vitamin c. You also need to make sure that you’re resting your face on a soft and gentle surface-if you sleep on a rough pillow every night, imagine what it could do to your skin in a few years.

Take Off Your Makeup Before Retiring To Bed



We know that you might be feeling too drained to do anything some nights, but you should always remove your makeup before retiring to bed. If you can brush your teeth, you should be able to clean and remove makeup from your face. Why is this important? Like we’ve mentioned above, nighttime is when your skin regenerates and renews. If you have makeup on, it won’t be able to do that. Moreover, most makeup-like foundations and concealers consist of oily substances that could clog your pores if left overnight. What happens then? Anything but clear skin. You could end up getting pimples, blackheads, and other issues you most likely won't want.

Before you retire to bed, wash your face properly with a cleanser made just for your skin. If you wear heavy makeup, we highly recommend you do a double cleansing to free your skin from the last bit of makeup. If you're interested in double cleaning, you can read our previous article by clicking 'here.' After you've cleaned, use retinol and a moisturizer for your skin type.

Stay Off The Sugar



Sugar does taste good, but for your skin, it's probably one of its worst enemies. When you take a lot of sugar, a natural chemical reaction called glycation occurs in your body. The more glycation occurs in your body, the faster your skin loses collagen and elasticity and the faster you’ll age. That’s not all; eating excessive sugary stuff can cause inflammation in your body, which in turn will affect your skin. This is particularly horrible for people that have eczema or acne. Your skin can also get drier with a dull complexion.

If you're someone that loves the sweet stuff, it can be hard to eliminate them from your diet, but with small steps, you can certainly get there. Always check the food labels and make healthier choices. You should also replace your fizzy sugary drinks with water or sugarless drinks like green tea.

Always Apply Sunscreen



Regardless of your skin color or tone, you should always wear sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the main culprit of aging and other skin-related problems. Long exposure to these harmful rays can hasten the aging process, and in extreme cases, you can even get cancer. Even if it's cloudy or rainy outside, you still need sun protection as more than 80% of sunrays can penetrate clouds. There's also a silly misconception that darker skin individuals don't need sunscreen. Melanin does offer some sun protection, but you still need to apply sunscreen.

For the best protection, make sure that you apply an SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen every day all over your body and not just on your face. You must also reapply every few hours. We understand that some people are not a fan of the texture and the white cast that sunscreens offer, but that shouldn't excuse you from not wearing sunscreen. These days, many sunscreens are light as a feather and don't give off that horrifying white cast. At CandidSkincare, we personally love the UV Watery Essence from Biore.

Exercise



All work and no play make your skin dull. Exercise is good for your overall health and body. When you break a sweat, your heart rate goes up, which delivers the much-needed oxygen and nutrients to your skin. As a result, collagen production and new skin cells are promoted, resulting in a glowing and younger complexion. Moreover, sweating can also clean out your pores, provided that you’ve properly cleaned out your skin before working out.

Before you exercise, clean your face properly and make sure you're not wearing makeup or, at the least, not heavy makeup. You don't need to be hitting the gym 3 hours a day. Just 3-5 hours a week should produce a good result. The essential thing is that you have an exercise routine that you follow religiously.

Moisturization and Hydration



The skin is the largest organ and performs many important functions, and you need to give back the love by ensuring that it’s adequately hydrated and moisturized. Dry skin feels tight and flaky. Your skin is composed of three layers, and the outermost layer is known as the epidermis. When the epidermis isn’t adequately moisturized, your skin will lose elasticity, and it'll feel rough. Dehydration will also shrink your skin cells which will, in turn, exaggerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When your skin isn’t properly hydrated, it’ll become inflamed, red, flaky, and itchy.

To prevent dehydrated skin, always make sure that you drink adequate water every day, at least 7-8 glasses. Most importantly, you should moisturize every day regardless of your skin. Even oily skin needs moisturization. Find a moisturizer for your skin type and apply it two times a day.

Conclusion

Everyone would love to have younger, clear, and glowing skin, but for those who aren't 'born with it,' as Maybelline would put it, we can still achieve great skin by following some skincare rituals. The above habits mentioned above don't take a lot of effort but can be incredibly rewarding for your skin. When it comes to good skincare, the small healthy things you do every day matter the most. 

Candid Skincare

I suffered from acne for a long time and that's how I got interested in skincare. I believe that skincare is essential and doesn't have to be expensive. Through this blog, I want to present to you skincare tips and affordable products that actually work.

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