You don’t have to live in the Spa to get that flawless skin care you always craved. It only demands a few sacrifices to get you in that direction. With only a few exceptions, we all have to work a little hard to get that flawless look.
In this comprehensive guide, I will be sharing many of my favorite flawless skin care hacks The good news is that these hacks work on all kinds of skin.All of these hacks don’t require those expensive therapies. These beauty tips are really amazing. Do read on to get the tips and tricks you need for your flawless skin care treatment.
You just have to figure out how to tweak it a little in your direction.
And so, let’s get it started!!
Genetics and getting that flawless skin ( Skin type)
Before we begin sharing those tips, let’s get to the basics of your skin type.
According to scientists, there are over 20,000 to 25,000 different genes. The difference between my skin type and yours is simply your DNA. Your skin is predisposed to act or react to certain conditions because of the kinds of genes you have. So, those biggest skin conditions that have always been a source of concern for you comes from your family tree.
We have 5 different skin types including:
- Dry – With this skin type, your skin will fill tight and itchy all the time. This almost feels like you just can’t get enough moisture into it.
- Oily – This skin type products lots of oil. It’s always oily or greasy. With this sky type, you will be more prone to blemishes.
- Normal – There’s really no such thing as normal. But this skin is not too dry or oily. It’s somewhere in the little of both. And off course there are some blemishes to deal with.
- Combination – With this skin type, you have had a bit of the normal affair around your jawline and cheeks. But areas around the nose, chin, and forehead will be more oily.
- Sensitive – This skin type is prone to irritation. It can be dry, red or itchy when exposed to different weather conditions. Even a light dab of your favorite fragrance can put you in hot water.
B. Inherited skin conditions
As said earlier, we can also inherit skin challenges from our family tree. These are usually more specific concerns and they will come and go from time to time. People across all skin types will experience these conditions. Some of them include:
- Keratosis Pilaris
There’s even a study that genetics may also play a role in the possibility of getting some skin cancers. In addition, if you have freckled skin, you should wear more sun protection, because your skin type burns easily which poses a higher risk of skin cancer.
We inherit how fast we age. There’s almost nothing you can do about it. But you can definitely slow it down by taking more time to give your skin the right care. Generally, the oily skin produces more sebum which may help prevent wrinkles. However, some other studies suggest that rapid wrinkling is more noticeable on people with a fairer skin than those with darker or olive complexions.
D. Our Skincare actions
Yup, genetics do go a long way. It is general knowledge that we pick up the habits of our siblings and parents unconsciously. But it’s time you separated those annoying habits that are doing you more harm than good. For instance, do you find yourself visiting the markets without even an inch of sun protection simply because your mum got away with it?
Do you always go to bed with layers of makeup merely because your older sister got away with it? Smoking, binging on alcohol and junk food are just the little things that are wrecking your skincare routine.
You must understand that there’s no amount of expensive skin care regimen that’s going to work for you if you went on with those habits.
Nutrition: What to eat to get a flawless skin
Ever heard the saying “You are what you eat” Well, that’s actually true. If you battle with skin problems, brittle nails, pallor complexion and consistent dark circles around the eyes, you should pay closer attention to your diet. Let’s face it. Your food has a lot of effect on your skin. You should ease on the sugar, junk food, and trans fat. These food problems are not only liked to serious health problems. They also have some relationship with acne, eczema, aging, and wrinkles.
Let’s look at the kind of food you should eat more and what you should eat a lot less.
- Yellow Veggies: Squash, Pepper and many more
- Green Veggies: Chard, Broccoli, Arugula, Kale, spinach, etc.
- Protein: Lean Red Meat, tofu, lamb, chicken, salmon, shrimp, lentils, beans
- Nuts & Seeds: Walnuts, flax seeds, almonds.
- Whole grain: Pasta, Bread etc
- Berries, pomogranites
- Citrus fruits: limes, lemons, oranges etc.
- Processed meats: Weiners, lunchmeat, etc
- Diary: milk, cheese
- Highly processed foods
- soda pop
- White: Bread, pasta, flour, etc.
- Sugar: Candy, molasses, jams, jellies, syrups, soda pops, etc.
18 Foods that can give you flawless skin
Beyond your diet plan, there are certain food substances that are targeted towards that natural glow. They can guard you against dark spots, wrinkles, and acne. These vitamin-packed foods have been proven scientifically to aid your skin health. Why not try them out today.
This food gives you an amazing blast of Vitamin A which is important in generating new cells. A daily dose of about 1.4 cups of this healthy food is just enough for you.
Cucumbers contain about 96% of water which is very good for keeping you hydrated. In addition, they have silica which helps your body produce, hyaluronic acid, a compound that helps cells retain their moisture keeping your skin plump and fresh.
It’s time to swap all that red meat for something healthier and low fat. 3 oz of Turkey can give you just about a quarter of the zinc you need daily for protection against aging and UV rays.
This nut craziness is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid. These essential acids limit the loss of nutrients and water from the skin cells. It can prevent inflammation. However, they are high in calories, so you should only eat about 1/4 cup per day.
Avocado is a miracle food. You can start your kids on this meal from 3 months after birth to prevent the preference for sweet things. This yummy goodness gives you the right amount of essential oils while helping you maintain your body weight.
Yup, freshly grounded coffee beans are good for you. They contain antioxidants which can guard against UV damage and dark spots. Feel free to start your day with your favorite brew. But take it easy on the milk and sugar!
My favorite!. This high water content is packed with lycopene, a fantastic antioxidant for you. Just hope you ain’t slicing away those white layers anyway.
You can find them everywhere. Eat one every morning and it just might be enough to take over your expensive skin regime ( I’m just saying). Oranges contain vitamin C and a lot of wrinkle-fighting collagen.
They are not really popular in Nigeria. But vegetarians use them as egg replacements. Flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fats which promote hydration and fight inflammation. Inflammation is one of the problems stopping you from that flawless skin
If you watched the cartoon, Popeye the sailorman, then you would have an idea just how much of superfood properties in this veggie. A cup of spinach as a side dish to your mornings will boost your Vitamin A levels and help you fight against skin damage.
I’m not talking about those heavily boiled or processed variety. Tomatoes should be eaten fresh or as a part of your salad. They are packed with skin-protecting carotene pigments which are your best defense against UV rays.
It’s the season of Corn anyway, so enjoy a lot of it. Yellow corn contains beta carotene which can give you that fresh glow. Yellow corn also has less sugar than the white counterpart. If your acne is induced by sugar, this can be your best way of fighting it from the inside.
Yup! Nigerians love Chicken. So eat more of it. This staple poultry contains selenium and zinc. They are great in maintaining your hormone balance and collagen production. They also prevent those period induced acne breakouts.
Shellfish, Salmons, oysters, lobsters, clams, and zinc will keep your skin elastic and plump for a very long time. It’s no wonder the people from the waterside areas of Nigeria can swear to the amazing skin glow.
These little legumes contain just the right amount of protein you need to keep your skin firm. Feel free to replace your dairy needs with Soybean drink. Soybean drinks are classic here in the country. Incorporate it in your flawless skin care regimen and watch the difference within the following weeks. However, be very careful. You don’t want to pack up weight as well.
These are packed with Vitamin E. They aid in fighting skin aging free radicals.
Papaya is also packed with Vitamin C. You know what that does to your skin. Yumminess at its best.
These contain beta-carotene which the body can convert to Vitamin A. They help with your natural exfoliation process.
Bonus tip! Spice up your food
We all know that fruits and veggies pack a lot of punch in terms of skin health. But new research has shown that spices pack the most punch when it comes to vitamins. Herbs and spices like the Tumeric, Nutmeg, Ginger, Garlic, curry and other lovely additions can provide a lot of antioxidants.
10 Habits of People with Flawless Skin
So what differentiates your skin regimen from those individuals you see out there, whose skin you desire. Habits!.
These individuals have their entire life focused on some key actions which contribute to the health of their skin, hair, body, and mind. Many of these habits are quite simple. But a good number of us seem to have problems getting these actions into our normal routine. Well, these are the routines that will get you that flawless skin you’ve always craved.
They have about 7 hours of Sleep every day
Get your beauty sleep! You can’t catch up on a flawless skin without it. Even if you have a team of makeup artists around you. Without a pretty good base skin. It’s usually a nightmare. It’s hard to look youthful and gorgeous when you have raccoon eyes and zits around your face. A 2010 research showed that you only become more attractive, when you have has about 8 hours of sleep every night.
2. They slather on protection every other day
You need a bit of sunlight on your skin. Its really good for you to come out between the hours of 7 and 10 am in the morning. The rest won’t work at all and will contribute to skin thinning, wrinkles, facial lines, freckling and even the development of skin cancer.
You must protect your skin daily against the sun. Appy sunscreens with UVB and UVA light. Make sure to reapply every two hours, if you will be spending a lot of time under it. UV rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
Supplement with protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You should also know that even on a very cold and cloudy day, you are still susceptible to the sun-rays. Those hours of 10 am to 4 pm has the sun right in the sky whether there’s direct sunlight or not.
3. They know the proper way to relax
How do you find your zen zone? I do know that a good number of us are not Chinese and may not even know what I do mean. I’m asking where do you find rest. Where, how and when do you seek to get that balance. It’s not about when you drop off to bed in exhaustion. According to Mono Gohara, Stress can worsen many kinds of skin problems especially rosacea and psoriasis. It brings about higher levels of cortisol, which breaks down elastin and collagen ultimately leading to wrinkles. Find a proper spot for rest. This can be your bedroom or just a little corner of the kitchen. Decorate that corner with the things you love. It may be with scents, crafts, books or even a splash of color.
4. They moisturize regularly
Sustaining the water content in your skin is crucial to keeping it healthy. When you moisturize, you slow down the process of losing water and strength your skin barrier. If you have a sensitive skin type, try using products that contain ceramides or other kinds of lipids. In the dry winter, slather in a lot of moisturizer on all areas of your body. In the warmer months, you can ease up on this use, maybe moisturizing only at night.
No matter your skin type, it is very important you keep your skin moist and soft.
5. They’ve got a regular workout routine
For a lot of our mothers who spend the whole day outdoors selling their wares. They seem to feel that they are doing a lot of exercises. But the reverse is the case. When you check out the fact that you have got cortisol (fat) stores around your stomach and hip, you may want to reconsider your definition of exercising.
Exercises and stress are entirely different. Exercises get your body and heart working and burning away stuff. Stress may induce sweat and discomfort, but it increases your fat levels rather than help you lose them. Take out 30 minutes every day and go jogging or skipping. It will help you lose a lot of weight.
6. They wash their faces at night
The Sun is not the only environmental factor that works against us. You also have to deal with dirt, winds and other kinds of air pollutants. In our country, you will be dealing with smoke and many cancer-causing organisms.
It is important you take a special time to clean your face thoroughly before taking your bath. I mean, your face should have a dedicated cleaning time and cleaning materials. When you allow all that yucky debris to stick to your face, you may be weakening your skin.
7. They don’t indulge in that Excess Sugar
We all love a sugar-coated food from time to time. But this daily candy habit will not only damage your waistline but age your face. High glycemic food like white carbohydrates and sugary sweets increase your cortisol levels. Get rid of the extra sugar in your diet. Use healthy fats like olive oil, antioxidants ( veggies) and vitamin C ( berries and citrus fruits).
8. They don’t prick or pop pimples and blemishes
Many of us have indulged in popping or picking blemishes. These habits disrupt your epidermis leading to a little bleeding that might create a permanent scar on your skin. Rather than force them to open up, steam them and apply a bit of medication to avoid burns and permanent damage. If your pimple looks too stubborn, then you should see a dermatologist, who may inject you with a diluted cortisone injection.
9. They are gentle on your skin
Scrubbing your face may look as though you are actually getting it clean. But its the reverse scenario. When you work too hard on your skin, you increase inflammation which leads to swelling on the surface, clogged pores, and increased blemishes. Treat your skin gently, and limit exfoliating to one a week.
10. They don’t give in to every fad diet
There’s always one latest hot product out there but are they really worth it. The key to getting your skin on track lies in the little things. People with flawless skin, save their money for real products. They buy sun protection, medications (proven to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles) including moisturizers.
The Best Order for applying your Skin care products
We have talked about quite a lot of treatments. So how do you get all of this into your skin and in what order? No worries! In this section, I will quickly outline your day and night care.
Skin care morning routine
- Antioxidant use
- Eye cream
- Acne cream
Night time skin care routine
- Eye cream
- Treatments ( Retinol, Clay Mask, AHA Peel, Anti-aging serum)
- Face oil or hydrating mask
- Moisturizer or Night cream
Natural Skin care options for flawless skin
If you don’t want to to get the skin care products out there due to the fear of metallic and carcinogenic products, then you can go natural. Here are some natural skin care products you can try.
Natural Make-up Remover
Coconut oil or plain olive oil can be used to get rid of makeup from your skin. But if you have oily skin, then these oils may not be good for you. For oily skin, try out Liquid castile soap in water to remove makeup.
2. Moisturizers and Lotions
Pure coconut oil contains collagen which can be great for moisturizing your skin. If you also have acne prone skin, use coconut oil to get its natural anti-bacterial properties.
3. Natural Exfoliators
You can try a sugar/oil scrub for most skin types. All you need is to mix white or brown sugar with equal parts of olive or coconut oil. However, if you have oily skin, use plain baking soda to exfoliate your skin.
4. Natural Anti-Aging
There are tons of anti-aging products but the best source of collagen is the use of Vitamin C. Support your collagen product internally by taking Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin C, and Gelatin.
Getting flawless skin does not take too much. It may look a little bit hard but no worries by taking a slow but steadily dive, you will get to your destination pretty soon. Your flawless skin care regime demands careful planning. Do not stop out trying out some of these options. Plan your day and skin care regimen. If you sit a lot during the day. Try exercising 30 minutes at a time, twice a day. Take walks, Do yoga and enjoy your environments. In everything, do the things you love. You will be getting that flawless skin in no time.