Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s also the organ that’s subject to the most use and abuse. Every day, your skin is exposed to irritants like dirt, pollution, UV light and more. You might not be helping matters either, if you regularly subject your skin to harsh scrubs, cleansers and other products that strip it of its natural protections.
There’s no secret or magic formula when it comes to getting healthy skin. Typically, if you treat your skin with care and respect, it will repay you by looking and feeling great.
Figure Out What’s Going On With Your Skin
The first step to take on your journey to healthy skin is to figure out if there are any ongoing issues with your skin. In some cases, the problems are easy to see. You might have visible acne, scarring, or hyperpigmentation. However, the damage to your skin may be beneath the surface and might not be so obvious.
The Visia Skin Complexion Analysis can let you know what’s going on with your skin beneath the surface. It takes a picture of your skin and can let you know how many wrinkles you have, how many skin cells are damaged and how much bacteria is present on the surface of the skin. Using the information provided by the analysis, you and your provider can put together a plan to help you get the healthiest skin possible.
Eat a Healthy Diet
It’s not just what you put on your skin that affects how it looks and feels. What you put into your body also plays a critical role in your skin’s overall health. Certain foods are better for your skin than others. For example, vitamins such as A, C, and E, are known for the role they play in helping to keep skin moisturized, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin and reducing redness and hyperpigmentation.
Eating a diet that contains a variety of vegetables and fruits will help you get enough of the vitamins your skin needs for optimal health. Foods such as eggs, nuts, and fish can also be excellent sources of vitamins that promote skin health.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
One of the leading external causes of wrinkles and skin damage is exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sun damage doesn’t just lead to wrinkles, it can also cause uneven skin tone and dark spots.
Sunscreen is a key ingredient in the recipe for healthy skin. Don’t just wear sunscreen on days when you’ll be spending lots of time outdoors. You want to get in the habit of wearing it every day. Choose a lotion that contains an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it throughout the day to get the greatest amount of protection.
Give Up Smoking
If sun exposure is one of the leading causes of aging in your skin, smoking is the leading cause of skin damage. Smoking decreases blood flow and limits the amount of oxygen that can reach your skin. It also slows down cell turnover, so that dead skin cells linger, creating a dull and dry-looking complexion.
Plus, the facial movements you make every time you take a drag on a cigarette can lead to the formation of tiny lines and wrinkles around the mouth, aging you much more quickly.
Choose the Right Products
It’s pretty easy to go overboard when it comes to using skincare products. You want the best for your skin, so you figure that trying everything is the way to go. In reality, you want to take it easy with the products you use. More doesn’t always mean better, especially if you’re using a mixture of strong ingredients, such as retinol or alpha hydroxy acid. If you’re not sure what products are appropriate for your skin, it can be worth your time to sit down with an aesthetician and discuss your specific concerns.
There are plenty of products out there that treat a range of skin concerns, from wrinkles to acne. The trick is finding the ones that work for you.
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas offers a variety of medical-grade skincare products as well as the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis. To learn more about what you need for healthy skin, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation today.