Everywhere you turn, you see new advice on what you can do to make your skin look better. People are doing everything from pore stripping to juice cleansing to taking expensive skin-rejuvenation retreats.
Getting better skin doesn’t have to involve one single huge investment, but a series of small steps in the right direction will really take your skin a long way. To get and keep a radiant, youthful glow, all you have to do is take four simple steps right in the comfort of your own home.
1. Drink Your Way to Better Skin
This is the easiest step, and the one that will put you on the fast track to an airbrushed complexion. Drink more water, because right now, you might not be adequately hydrated. Replace your daily morning cup of coffee with a cold glass of lemon water and your pores will thank you by the end of the month. Water is what keeps your skin cells looking so full, firm, and youthful in the first place, so the natural first step is to make sure that your cells are getting enough water in the first place.
2. Feed Your Skin Well
Your skin reflects how you treat your body. Although they taste like treats, processed and low-nutrient foods don’t do your body any favors, and it shows on your skin. High sugar and dairy intake especially can wreck your skin, no matter the products you use. Like the rest of your body, your skin requires certain nutrients that can only be found in whole foods that haven’t been heavily processed by machines. While your soul appreciates the decadent dessert, your skin appreciates whole, natural foods in order to be in its best, most radiant state.
3. Keep a Natural, Clean Skin Routine
Not only do the things and the effort that you put in to your body matter, the things and the effort that you put on your body are just as important. When you start your day, it is important to realize that your skin needs protection from everything from the sun to your makeup, so protect it with natural sunscreens and primers. When you end your day, keep the same all-natural feeling in your face wash and be sure to use a paraben-free moisturizer so that your pores aren’t clogged by harsh man-made chemicals.
4. Sleep It ON
Your mom told you to do it every time you had a cold when you were little, “Sleep it off.” But when it comes to skin, you can sleep it on. When you’re asleep, your body is hard at work repairing and assisting cells that were damaged during the day. This applies to every cell, but you will see the most results in your skin cells. The water that you drank the day before will be distributed to dehydrated cells, the cleansers and moisturizers will seep into your pores and take charge, repairing cells abused by the day before. You will be amazed at the healing powers of a good night’s sleep!