Getting perfect skin doesn’t have to be hard. Follow these seven steps each day until they become a habit and your skin will naturally return to its healthy state. No need to spend a fortune trying to get healthy skin. It’s just a matter of getting back to simpler times and going more natural.
1. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Burning the candle at both ends and staying up until the wee hours of the morning will results in a tired, worn out look for the skin. In addition to dark circles under the eyes, you’ll also notice that your skin breaks out more, and these blemishes seem to last for days and days.
Sleep therapy is in order if any of these apply to you: You get eight hours but it’s not near the hours of 10pm-6am, you get less than 8 hours on a regular basis and try to make up for it on the weekends, you’re sleeping more than 8 hours because you feel you need more sleep.
What It Does: According to Ayurvedic principles, you’ll get the most healing effect when you’re asleep during the hours of 10pm to 2am. Going to bed early and waking up early is one of the best ways to see a noticeable improvement in your skin.[
2. Work Up a Sweat
Getting daily exercise to the point of sweating is good for a number of reasons, and of particular interest is how it benefits the skin. Unfortunately for many of us exercise has become something that we do only sporadically, or perhaps not at all. It’s no surprise that the skin has suffered from inactivity.
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is capable of absorbing and storing toxins that can make your skin look tired and ragged. A daily sweat helps to release these toxins and gives your skin a new and improved look. Not only that but you’ll just feel better and have more energy as long as you don’t work yourself too much. Your workout should be just enough to get you sweating while still leaving something in the tank to finish the rest of your day or evening.
What It Does: It’s all about the blood flow. By exercising every day you’re oxygenating the blood and improving blood flow throughout the entire body, which improves the shape of skin cells and helps them function at their best.
3. Use an All-Natural Cleanser
Keeping your skin clean is essential, but if you’re using a cleanser that is made up mostly of chemicals you’re doing your skin a disservice. Consider that most cleansers will use different acids and other chemicals in an attempt to “clean” your skin and instead end up causing breakouts and damaging your skin in the process.
While cleanser shopping, look for products that contain organic ingredients, and make sure you recognize and can pronounce any other ingredients that aren’t organic. Also consider the soap that you’re using for the rest of your body, and make that that it does not contain ingredients you wouldn’t want in your body, because that’s where they end up.
What It Does: Getting your skin clean is paramount to perfect skin, and using an all-natural cleanser means you’re getting rid of the problem without causing another one.
4. Use an All-Natural Toner
A toner helps to soothe your skin which should always be included in your daily skincare treatment. Therefore you wouldn’t want to use a store bought toner that is not made with natural ingredients. Go with one that is made with natural fruit and vegetable extracts that will nourish your skin instead of wearing it out.
Avoid toners with harsh chemicals in them that are meant to be used as an astringent. Often they will leave behind redness or dry out your skin, working against you and causing you to use other products to try to cover up the redness or handle the dryness.
What It Does: A toner provides the essential go-between for a cleanser and a moisturizer, and can be the key to flawless looking skin if you use the right kind. Don’t be afraid of using a good quality toner, even if you’ve been scared off by low-grade toners.
5. Use an All-Natural Moisturizer
If you’ve gone moisturizing shopping you’re probably aware that a vast majority of moisturizers have a lot of ingredients in them that you can’t pronounce. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s most assuredly a chemical, and doesn’t belong on your face.
Remember, your moisturizer should pamper your skin, so look for ingredients that have a calming and moisturizing effect. Each ingredient should serve a purpose and even better should be something that you could eat. The skin is very absorbent, so when you’re rubbing moisturizer all over your body you don’t want that moisturizer to contain things that are harmful to you.
What It Does: Depending on the type of moisturizer it will either add moisture to your skin, help protect the moisture that’s already there, or both. When the skin is properly moisturized it looks its best and has that special glow to it that you’re after.
6. Drink Enough Water
Being in a dehydrated state is a surefire way to limit how good your skin can look and feel. Aside from making you more energetic and helping your entire body feel better, staying hydrated will provide your skin with the moisture it needs to look and feel its best.
While there’s some debate over how much water you should drink each day to stay hydrated, the best calculation we’ve seen is to take your body weight, divide it in half and drink that number of ounces of water each day. As an added bonus, when you drink more water you help get rid of excess water weight, which will give you a slimmer look and make you feel better all over.
What It Does: Keeping your body hydrated helps to keep skin supple and smooth. Dry body, dry skin, so be sure that you’re getting your recommended daily water. If you’ve been dehydrated for a long time, increase your water intake gradually to give your body time to adjust to the changes.
7. Use a Face Mask
Don’t save face masks for a once-a-week thing, they should be used daily because your skin has different needs each day and masks can address them.
The best way to treat your skin using a mask is to have a list of face masks to choose from so you’ll be ready for anything. These one-ingredient face masks use all-natural ingredients that you can eat, but that provide plenty of benefits to your skin. Pick the one that goes with the problem you’re experiencing with your skin and you’ll notice a difference overnight.
What It Does: There are different masks you can make depending on what you skin needs that day. There are hydrating masks, masks that can lessen redness, and others that can help even skin tone. Use them each day so that you’re always giving your skin what it needs.