Like some other parts of your body, your skin is equipped with natural abilities to heal itself. Whenever it sustains moderate damage, your body will respond by routing a bit more nutrients and blood to the area while also expediting the production of skin-renewing collagen and new skin cells.
All that being said, ongoing wear and tear can still take quite a toll on your skin. If you want to make sure you’re keeping your skin youthful-looking, dewy, fresh, and supple, you’ll need to protect and pamper it all throughout the year.
Here’s a quick look at a few strategies to keep your skin looking great.
Protect It from the Sun
You should invest in an eco-friendly, high-quality sunscreen and ensure that you wear it whenever you’re outside. If you’ll be swimming, wear UV protection swimwear too. You can also don a large, wide-brimmed hat whenever you’re chilling on the beach, gardening, or even just taking the children to the park to make sure that you’re not exposing yourself once your sunscreen wears off.
While you wear sunscreen when you’re outside, what do you do when you’re indoors? Many of today’s homeowners are investing in UV resistant protective coatings for their sliding glass doors and windows. These home additions are relatively low cost and can keep you safe from the sun and the damage it can do to your skin even when you’re inside.
Youthful looking, healthy skin can often be the result of making sure that your body remains hydrated. This is even true for combination skin. See, when your body doesn’t get enough of the fluids it needs, the hair, lips, and skin are the first things to show it. You can ensure you get enough water if you carry a large water bottle with you and sip from it throughout the day.
Eat Foods that Provide Optimal Support
Fresh veggies and fruits that are rich with phytonutrients and antioxidants are great for supporting optimal skin health. If you want to protect your skin and ensure that it always looks its best, make sure that you’re loading up on things like tomatoes, watermelon, dark leafy greens, and colorful berries.
These things don’t just have enough vitamins in them to support the renewal of your skin cells, they’re also full of water. Because of this, they make it easier to remain hydrated without you having to worry about getting your electrolytes out of balance.
Incorporate Controlled Damage
Believe it or not, small amounts of controlled damage that are caused at the surface of the skin can trigger its ability to self-heal. This is commonly done at skincare salons all over the world. You can do this with aggressive exfoliation, micro-needling, microdermabrasion, or dermabrasion. Yes, you can go out and pay someone for these treatments, but you can also purchase the necessary tools that will allow you to perform them yourself in the comfort of your own home.
The goal of treatments of this nature is to gently slough off the damaged, dry, and dead skin cells while boosting nutrient and blood delivery to the area that’s affected. This will also allow things like moisturizers to penetrate deeply into the dermis to deliver optimal benefits.
Finally, stop wasting your money on those first-rate skincare products that weren’t formulated to work with the type of skin you have. Many people will choose their skincare products based on things like cost, brand, or some other factor. These things don’t make the products relevant to you. Remember that you’ll have your skin for the rest of your life, so make sure you take good care of it.