Wondering how to get better skin? Follow these 6 easy steps and you will see results!
By Chere Di Boscio
One of the main beauty concerns we all share is how to get better skin. Maintaining a youthful glow, no matter what your age, may seem to be difficult – but it isn’t unachievable.
Whether you’re worried about overall tone, fine lines, or sagging skin, there are surefire ways to reduce the signs of ageing and to keep your visage looking vital.
And the best part? You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on creams. Some of the ways to get healthier skin are as easy as improving your daily habits.
Don’t believe me? Try at least three of these six easy skincare steps and let me know if you DON’T see a change!
How To Get Better Skin: 6 Easy Steps
1. Increase Your Water Intake Dramatically
Are you drinking enough water, really?
According to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, adult males should consume around 3.7 litres of fluid every day, while women should aim for 2.7 litres. It seems like a lot, and it is! But the good news is, you can get some of this fluid through food. However, the majority of it should be through good quality, non-fluoridated water.
Few people actually drink enough water, and this is often reflected in their skin. When your skin isn’t properly hydrated, it becomes dry, damaged and ages more quickly. If you’re looking for easy and sustainable ways to maintain a more youthful appearance, simply start by increasing your daily water intake.
All the top models I know are well aware of this tip, and they’re religious about drinking tons of water every day. I promise that once you start consuming more fresh water regularly every day – be it in the form of pure water, more water-rich foods, herbal teas or fresh juices – your skin will be noticeably firmer and more voluminous, with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Use MedTech
Many women spend a fortune on luxurious serums, masks and creams, but the truth is, modern medical technology can impact your skin much more positively, much more quickly.
I’m not talking about your typical fillers and Botox; I’m referring to loads of other, less invasive treatments such as LED light therapy, microneedling and laser therapies.
By working at a cellular level, these non-invasive treatments stimulate collagen and elastin production to give the skin a much firmer and more supple appearance that lasts. Although collagen has many functions, one of its most important roles is to maintain the skin’s elasticity. This prevents sagging and keeps the skin looking and feeling younger. However, collagen levels naturally reduce as we get older, which is one of the main reasons we experience sagging skin and reduced volume in our faces.
Unlike fillers and Botox, these treatments won’t alter your face; they’ll just preserve and improve the skin you have. The trick here is finding a reputable clinic, such as Rodeo Surgical Art, to do your treatment. Badly handled lasers and microneedling devices can do serious damage to your skin!
3. Go Organic
Think about this: your skin has a natural microbiome layer that keeps it healthy. Sometimes called the skin’s flora, it’s home to thousands of bacterial species and up to 80 different fungi species that protect our skin. Each microbiome differs with age and gender.
A healthy skin microbiome protects against infection in much the same way a good gut microbiome does, and it prefers a relatively acidic environment (a pH of around 5.0).
But when you use skin creams that are packed with preservatives, you kill your microbiome off a bit, and alter your skin’s pH. It makes sense: preservatives are designed to kill bacteria, right? And that includes the good bacteria on your skin. The use of antimicrobial hand sanitisers and soaps is even worse for your skin, but we don’t use those on our faces, at least!
Your natural microbiome helps to heal your skin, minimises oxidative damage, and keeps the skin plump and moist. In fact, new research shows that it can protect us from harmful UV rays, too. Damaging it every day with harsh chemicals in skincare products can lead to inflammation, redness, psoriasis, allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis, acne, poor wound healing, skin ulcers, rosacea, and of course, accelerated skin aging.
Creams, toners and masks made from natural ingredients without preservatives, on the other hand, allow your microbiome to thrive and constantly protect your skin. In addition, such products can give your skin the minerals and nutrients it really needs to glow.
In short, using organic skincare products isn’t just a trend that’s good for the planet – it’s essential if you want your skin to maintain a more youthful radiance.
4. Use An SPF Daily
We’ve known about the harmful effects of the sun for decades, but we still don’t always give our skin the protection it needs.
As well as causing potential health problems, excess sun exposure can cause significant damage to the skin. If you enjoy sitting out in the sun, be prepared for your skin to age more quickly than your peers, particularly if you don’t use adequate sun protection.
Covering up with a chic hat or a lightweight, linen shirt will allow you to enjoy the warmth of the sun without exposing your skin to potential damage. Of course, you won’t want to cover your face in the same way, so it’s essential to use products with a high SPF on your face and neck.
There IS a catch, though – as with the point about using organic products above, the same is true for sunscreens. Unless you’re using an organic one, you may be doing more harm than good to your skin. This is especially true given the fact that many sunblocks contain an ingredient called Oxybenzone, which can not only irritate skin and cause allergic reactions, but even cause more serious health issues.
It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s super effective.
Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. This is true for your epidermis as much as it is for your brain or your muscles. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. Getting a good 7-9 hours of sleep not only helps your skin to heal from environmental stressors, but also improves cellular turnover.
As many of us already know, not sleeping well truly does show up on your face. In fact, research even says that one night of poor sleep can cause:
- hanging eyelids
- swollen eyes
- darker under eye circles
- paler skin
- more wrinkles and fine lines
- more droopy corners of the mouth
And not only will you look older and more knackered, but others will notice it! A 2017 study found that two days of sleep restriction negatively affected participants’ perceived attractiveness, health, and trustworthiness.
To ensure optimal anti-ageing of your skin, remove all makeup and pollutants by washing your face well before bed. Apply a good moisturiser (your body loses water as you sleep), elevate your head and try to sleep on your back, as opposed to your side. For more advice on how to get a great night’s sleep, click here.
6. Feed Your Face!
The basis of good skin starts with what you eat. Eating the right foods can protect your skin from free radical damage, and can even help it produce more collagen.
Free radicals are unstable atoms that can cause damage to the body’s cells. When this happens, it quickens the ageing process and can even lead to illness. To combat the effect of free radicals, you need to consume antioxidant foods. These interact with free radicals and prevent them from having a harmful effect on cells.
There are various types of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which is known for its beneficial effects on skin. As well as boosting collagen production, vitamin C minimises inflammation and allows the skin to repair and heal itself.
Vitamin A is another powerful antioxidant. It’s important for cellular renewal and repair, as well as collagen production, and is found in oily fish, cheese, liver, leafy greens, squash and sweet potatoes.
All collagen starts off as procollagen. Your body makes it by combining two amino acids: glycine and proline. This process uses vitamin C. You can help your body produce this important protein by making sure you get plenty of the following nutrients:
- Vitamin C: Large amounts are found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries
- Proline: Large amounts are found in egg whites, wheat germ, dairy products, cabbage, asparagus, and mushrooms
- Glycine: Large amounts are found in pork skin, chicken skin, and gelatin, but glycine is also found in various protein-containing foods
- Copper: Large amounts are found in organ meats, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, cashews, and lentils
In addition, your body needs high quality protein that contains the amino acids needed to make new proteins. Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, legumes, and tofu are all excellent sources of these acids.
If you’re serious about keeping a youthful glow, it’s important to take a strategic approach to your skincare and beauty regime. By combining healthy eating, effective products, expert treatments and healthier lifestyle habits, you can hone a regime that is perfectly suited to improving not only your skin, but your overall health, too.