Some people are blessed with genes that the rest of us envy. Like Gisele Bundchen, for example.
The rest of us mortals have to work hard for nice bodies and glowing skin, to make up for what our gene pools didn’t bestow upon us at birth.
In my years of striving for both a fit body and healthy skin, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons along the way, and have picked up a few tips, both from experts and first-hand experience.
- Water is very important. We’re just made up of a bunch of it, no big deal. Really though, don’t let yourself get dehydrated. You know you’re drinking enough water when your pee is clear. Sorry to get personal, but it is helpful to know.
- Don’t overdo it with the products. Surprisingly, one of the best pieces of skin advice I’ve ever received did not come from an aesthetician, but from my middle-aged male doctor. He told me that all we need is a basic cleanser, like cetaphil, sunscreen, and moisturizer. My mom used to tell me the same thing as a breakout-prone teenager, but I didn’t listen. She was right. Piling on the products can just exacerbate the problem.
- USE SUNSCREEN. My doctor also pointed out to me the skin on the inside of my arm, and how pure it is. That’s because it is not exposed to the sun like my face is. Sun protection is one the most important things we can do to preserve our skin and help the aging process go smoothly.
- Quit makeup. It’s not good for your skin, end of story. A facialist once asked me if I wear makeup, and when I said “No”, she said “Good.”
- Speaking of facialists, have you had your yearly facial? Call me vain or whatever you like, but I make a point to get a facial once a year. You get your teeth cleaned regularly, so why not your face? An aesthetician can point you in the right direction for products and routines. Plus, a regular facial can help you maintain great skin for years to come. It doesn’t have to be pricey. I spend about $75 for an hour long session, which is not bad at all considering it’s only once a year.
- Consider cutting back on dairy. What? What did I just say? Yes, I stop eating dairy this summer, and I believe my skin looks a little better because of it. It’s the hormones in dairy that can wreak havoc on our innocent skin. Now, I drink almond milk, eat dairy-free Ben & Jerry’s ❤ , and eat cheese only on salads on the rare occasion I’m at a restaurant.
- Ask for help when you need it. There was a point in my late teenage years where I was having very bizarre breakouts flare up on my forehead. Absolutely nothing worked to clear it up. And it was only in that one spot. Finally, my mom suggested I see a dermatologist. Normally I would have said that was not necessary, but I was at my wits end. So I saw a dermatologist, and she was able to prescribe something that cleared it up in no time. I’m glad I got help when I did, because it made me feel so much better about myself.
- Fruits and vegetables can change your life. To this day I don’t understand what flipped the switch in my head, but about 4 years ago I became very dedicated to eating healthy and cutting out things like bad carbs and sugars. And in the past 3 months I’ve been eating about 80% fruits and vegetables, and I believe that I have never looked better. It is a simple fact, if you eat bad, you’ll feel and look bad.
- Sometimes, natural and organic isn’t always better. Don’t take that the wrong way, I try to live as naturally as possible. But sometimes when it comes to skin, you need something that is more effective. That said, Cetaphil is a wonderful cleanser.
- Green tea. It’s wonderful for your skin, plus it has a myriad of other health benefits.
You could spend all day in the grocery store looking at skin care products, and it seems there’s a new miracle potion on the market every day. But it’s when we get back to basics and get to the root of the problem that we see results. It may take time and dedication, but it is worth it.