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Develop Good Skincare Habits
We are all creatures of habit and developing the right habits can significantly impact the quality of our day-to-day lives. Studies show it takes a month to build a new habit into your daily routine. If you’re trying to get healthier skin, you need to make time to develop some good skincare habits. Here are some are some of the best habits for healthy skin.
1 – Know Your ABCs
Knowing what different products do is an important first step in getting your skin looking its best. A great starting place is to learn the ABCs:
- A – Antioxidants – These products prevent damage from photoaging, sun damage, pollutants, and other irritants.
- B – Barriers – These products place a physical barrier between the skin and sunlight, chemicals, oils, debris, allergens, and other environmental elements that can damage the skin.
- C – Vitamin C – Using products that contain vitamin C and consuming vitamin C in the diet boots collagen production as well as preventing and addressing the signs of aging, especially fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots caused by UV damage.
2 – Protect Skin from the Sun
If you only do one thing every day, it should be putting on sunscreen. It’s essential to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 every day.
3 – Beauty Sleep Is Real and Necessary
Inadequate sleep raises cortisol levels. Cortisol causes inflammation, like when your eyes and face look puffy from lack of sleep. Chronic inflammation can also lead to accelerated signs of aging, including the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
4 – Stay Hydrated
Skin hydration starts from the inside out. It’s essential to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. This makes skin cells healthier, more resilient, and better looking. Keep in mind that the skin receives water after all the other bodily organs and systems, so the more water you take in, the more water gets to your skin.
5 – Perform Regular Skin Self-Exams
Regular self-exams are really important. They help to minimize the risk for serious and advanced forms of skin cancer when people notice and report early indicators to their dermatologist. Regular self-exams can help you become more familiar with your skin, so you know right away if there are changes, ensuring you can work with a dermatologist at the first signs that something may be wrong.