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More than Skin Deep: How to Achieve Your Best Skin Health

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There is no right age when it comes to skincare. Although you must pay attention to your skin as you get older, it doesn’t only involve keeping skin problems like wrinkles and unsightly pimple marks at bay. It will also help make you look more glowing and younger.

That is why you should not take anti-aging skincare routines for granted. These routines are not for vanity reasons—it is an integral part of taking care of yourself! By following these simple skincare tips, you won’t have to rely on filters to make yourself look better in photos.

What to do for perfect-looking skin

First of all, what even is glass skin? If you are a fan of Korean culture, you may be familiar with this concept. A 10-step skincare process is required to achieve glass skin like famous Korean celebrities.

When you have glass skin, it means your skin looks poreless, dewy, and translucent. You’ll not feel conscious when the camera zooms in on you or when you talk to someone less than a foot away because there’s no blemish in sight.

Having glass skin will not only make your skin look healthier and younger, but it also boosts your confidence. This beauty trend may have started in South Korea, but other countries caught on and changed their lives for the better. Thankfully, many skincare products are already available in the market that promises healthier and more radiant skin.

However, skincare is not just about doing the 10-step Korean skin regimen every day. It is also about what goes inside your body. Therefore, to achieve perfect-looking skin and overall health, adopt healthy habits.

When it comes to health, one must not only focus on finding the most expensive treatments and brands in the market; you should also include regular exercise, eat the right food, and drink eight glasses of water daily.

  • Daily exercise

Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. You don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership to get your regular workout. You can also watch videos and use apps to work out in the comfort of your home. But if you are not a fan of exercise, you can take daily leisurely walks—there’s no excuse not to get moving!

  • · Eating habits

Aside from getting “physical,” you should also know what gets inside your body through a balanced diet. This means eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer sweets. Also, don’t worry about chocolates causing acne because it is not true. So, go ahead and indulge—just don’t eat an entire pack in one sitting!

They say that you are what you eat, and it will show through your body. Often, you think about calorie count and how food can affect your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. However, you do not often realize how it can affect your skin. You should include these food items in your diet for better skin.

  • Healthy fats

Not all fats are bad for the body. Eat these healthy fats for better skin:

  • Avocados (contains oleic acid that can help reduce inflammation)
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna (rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E)
  • Dark chocolate (antioxidants, iron, magnesium, and fiber)
  • Full-fat yogurt (for healthy probiotics to improve digestive health and weight management)
  • Eggs (contains choline and protein)
  • Nuts (high in fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (high in oleic acid)

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  • o Fruits and vegetables

Consider including these food items, too:

  • Blueberries (contains anthocyanins that aid in fighting free radicals)
  • Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, lettuce, etc.)
  • Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables (carrots, apricots, squash, etc.)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Tomatoes
  • Lentils, peas, and beans
  • · Drink your water

Bottoms up—on water, that is. A study revealed that dry skin causes your body to secrete excess sebum, which causes oily skin and acne. Water is the cheapest skin-clearing beverage that is also hydrating and refreshing. You can also infuse your water with fruits and some mint.

  • · Get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep will result in puffy eyes and undereye circles and make your skin look old and unhealthy. Not to mention it can also affect your cognitive and mental health. Ensure to get regular shuteye and take care of your skin first before calling it a day. Wash your face and drink your water for better skin health.

  • · Use sunscreen

Too much exposure to sunlight can also take a toll on your skin. Using sunscreen is a major part of the popular Korean skincare routine. Find one that hydrates and protects your skin, and won’t make you feel sticky. Good thing there are sunscreen brands that are lightweight and water-based with maximum sun protection. Make sure to use one before stepping outside.

  • · Other important skincare routines

Taking care of your skin and health should not be as expensive as you think. However, investing in skincare products is also a must as you get older. This includes a gentle cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, exfoliator, and face mask.

A gentle cleanser will help clean your face and get rid of impurities that can clog pores. Meanwhile, an exfoliator helps remove dead skin cells and reveal fresher skin underneath. Skin experts suggest using an exfoliator once or twice a week. Opt for toners with natural ingredients and pH levels that won’t harm or dry out the skin.

A serum can also help in achieving Korean glass skin. Choose a face oil or serum that is not sticky on the skin and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, or hyaluronic acid to prevent premature aging and bring out that natural glow.

Moisturizing your skin is also essential. Lastly, make it a habit to use face masks, as it can lessen the appearance of pores and keep your skin looking plumped and hydrated.

What NOT to do to your skin

Whether you like it, there will always be bad skin days. It could be because of hormones, exposure to air pollutants, and seasonal changes. Some skincare products may not also work for you, which can add to the frustration.

While these factors are beyond control, you do have control over what you eat. You should NOT eat these foods (or lessen consumption, at least) and follow other tips for better-looking skin.

  • Too much alcohol and caffeine

Go easy with your coffee and alcohol. While these can warm up your insides during cold weather, too much intake can dry up your skin. As with other things, do everything in moderation.

  • · Lessen consumption of fried foods and dairy

Fried foods and dairy (milk and cheese) are tasty and hard to resist but can also take a toll on your skin, as they will cause excess oil production and acne problems. You can still enjoy delicious dishes without the oil by grilling, baking, or roasting your food instead. Meanwhile, consume dairy in moderation.

  • Take it easy on high-sodium food and sweets

This includes processed meat such as cold cuts and canned goods. A high-sodium diet can cause puffiness, water retention, and unhealthy skin. Opt for fresh meat that you can cook at home and more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Also, stay away from processed fruit juices, store-bought donuts, and other sweets, as they are loaded with sugar. A high-glycemic diet (high sugar intake) can wreak havoc on your skin. Water is still the best beverage out there, but you can also make your fruit juice from fresh fruits. Opt for healthy snacks like nuts.

  • · Use moisturizers carefully

While moisturizing skin is a must, make sure not to overdo it. Heavy creams can feel sticky and block pores, doing more harm than good. Opt for lightweight and water-based products suited for all skin types.

  • · Stop smoking

Smoking may lower your skin’s elasticity due to collagen breakdown. It has also been found to reduce blood flow, which means your skin gets less oxygen and nutrients. For better skin, quit smoking—your lungs will thank you, as well.

  • · Remove makeup before sleeping

Never sleep without your makeup on. Doing so will lead to breakouts and skin drying. Wash your face thoroughly before you hit the sack and call it a day. Also, never attempt to pick on your blackheads or pimples, as they can cause scarring or infections. Use blemish or acne creams or gels to deal with annoying zits.

Skincare: One step to a better health

Skincare is not only about using the most expensive brands or treatments in the market. It is also about adopting a healthier lifestyle through regular exercise and eating the right food.

You cannot control air pollutants, mood triggers, and seasonal changes. However, you can control what you put on your skin and in your body. The abovementioned tips should help you achieve the best skin and overall health yet!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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