1. Drink lots of water
According to dermatologists, dehydration is a leading cause of wrinkles and dull skin. Dehydration does not just affect dry skin types but can harm oily skin too. In addition to using a daily moisturiser suitable for your skin type, also ensure to drink plenty of water each day.
2. Exercise outdoors regularly
Any activity that gets you sweating is great news for your skin. Sweating is nature’s way of removing toxic chemicals that can accumulate up underneath the skin.
In addition, regular exercise keeps up healthy circulation and blood flow all around the body, including the skin.
3. Invest in Fruits
Apart from warding off diseases, the vitamins contained in fruits also aid in the renewal of skin cells to keep us looking youthful and vibrant. Fruits like bananas, almonds, lemons and pawpaw’s are very popular for their use a moisturisers.
4. Reduce your alcohol intake
One glass of wine at the party is always acceptable, but excessive drinking has been proven to enlarge the blood vessels near the surface of your facial skin.
5. Moisturize appropriately
Change moisturizers every time the seasons change. Your skin needs more moisture in the drier seasons than in more humid or wet climates. Also, invest in a moisturizer that contains skin-repairing humectants. Humectants attract humidity when applied to the skin and aids in improving its hydration. Good ones include glycerin, urea, and propylene glycol.
6. Keep your face clean
Wash your face with warm water, about three times daily. Stay away from soaps, and ensure that any cleanser you use contains alpha hydroxyl acid or beta hydroxyl acid.
7. Cook with garlic daily
A 1996 Danish study uncovered that skin cells that were grown in a culture dish and treated using garlic had about seven times the life span of cells grown in a regular culture. They also looked healthier and younger than untreated cells.
8. Be wary of scented lotions and perfumes
While you’re outdoors, certain scented products can lead to blotchy skin when exposed to the sun. Check with your dermatologist before trying out these products.
9. Don’t forget to exfoliate
The skin regularly replaces old cells with new ones, and as these new cells surface, dying ones can build up on the skin’s surface, leading to dry, dull skin. Frequent exfoliation is important for removing these old cells to leave your skin looking brighter and also allow skin moisturisers to penetrate the skin more effectively.
10. Get enough sleep!
While we sleep, our skin cells refresh themselves and collagen production increases, helping to keep your skin looking beautiful, healthy and youthful. To get glowing skin with very little effort, try to adhere to a regular bedtime and get up to seven or eight hours of sleep per night.