Your Official Guide to Flawless Skin


| LAST UPDATE 10/16/2022

By Rose Fairchild
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There have been tons of folks out there who have struggled with their skin. From the best-prescribed medicine to facials, scrubs, and creams, nothing seems to do the trick… for longstanding results, at least. However, although it might take a little longer, it turns out the key to healthy skin is not as complicated as we thought.

Skin problems can be genetic. Yet, outstanding factors contribute to the condition of our skin. From the foods we eat to the amount of water we drink, sun exposure, and stress levels. Sunlight, in particular, plays a vital role in our skin health. The UV rays or even artificial lights, e.g., tanning beds, can contribute to skin damage and the rate at which our skin ages. Still, these are avoidable by using more skin protection and reducing our hours in artificial sunlight. One striking factor that contributes to skin health is the type of hair removal method we use. Where shaving can cause skin irritation and ingrown hairs, opting for waxing can reduce these damaging effects, such as inflammation. Other methods, such as sugaring or threading, are also great options, but make sure to exfoliate for any unwanted irritation afterward. 

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Regarding our intake, the amount of food and water contributes to perfect skin! Using food as a variable of glowing skin is essential, but it shouldn't take over your diet completely. Certain, and especially colorful foods, promote and encourage better skin due to their powerful antioxidants. So, try prioritizing the foods enriched with vital vitamins, like strawberries and oranges, for Vitamin C, boosting collagen in the skin. As well, avocados and oily fish are full of Vitamin E. These healthy fats protect the skin from oxidation, preventing dehydration. Think of these foods as natural moisturizers; the same goes for water. Our beloved H2O is our best friend, and drinking at least 8 cups a day should plump our skin just enough. Especially during the winter months, try avoiding the temptation of taking long hot showers, as this can quickly dry out our skin. Lastly, physical and mental health might not be visible, but its effects are. Reducing habits like smoking can sublimely improve our daily complexion, whereas cognitive factors like stress can lead to poor sleep, dark circles, and dehydrated skin. Meditation and other preferred relaxation techniques can contribute to better sleep and less stress.

So, while those skincare routines can add shine or glow to reduce those dark circles, you might skip a day or two only to realize the short-term effects. So, as the cold winter approaches, focus on the more beneficial routines that can easily fit into your lifestyle for healthier-looking skin. 

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