The Best Optimal Skincare Routine in 8 steps
A good skincare routine is the best way to promote the appearance of your skin health. Using products containing more natural ingredients can actually aid the skin in numerous ways such as skin tone, reduce skin damage from the sun, reduce irritation and hyperpigmentation, soothe and improve eczema and dry skin and many other benefits. We should look after our bodies which we have been blessed with and following these 8 steps for an optimal skincare routine will help:
Step 1: Cleanse
We all have natural oils on our skin which help keep the skin moisturised, soft and protect it. Use a natural cleanser without any alcohol, so that it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Many people tend to use face washes or cleansers that may contain sodium laurel sulphate or something similar which is a foaming agent which strips the skin. This can irritant the skin and also strip the skin of its natural oils, so people may feel that their skin becomes taut and dry. By stripping the skin of its natural oils, it also becomes more prone to irritation and can cause more breakouts.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliating is great to help remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating aids to promote a healthy and radiant appearance. However, many people exfoliate too often, once a week if fine if you have dry skin and 2-3 times a week if you have oily skin. Ensure the exfoliation is not too harsh or abrasive.
Step 3: Tone
Not everyone will need to use a toner. Toners are particularly useful for oily skin and can help unclog pores. Drier skin types may find they don’t need to use a toner. Try to avoid toners that contain alcohol as these tend to strip the natural oils from the skin. Once these natural oils are stripped from the skin, the skin may overcompensate by producing more oil which leads to outbreaks.
Step 4: Moisturise
This is one of the most important parts of your skincare regime. It is important to use a good quality natural moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. Skin that is constantly dehydrated is more at risk to developing premature signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Ensure you are using a moisturiser with a good SPF to protect against free radical damage from the sun, which accelerates skin ageing, age spots and wrinkles. Try to go for a natural ingredient sunscreen such as zinc oxide rather than ingredients such as oxybenzone.
Step 5: Nutrition and healthy eating
No matter what we use on our skin. Our skin shows what is really going on inside our bodies. Those prone to breakouts or eczema is usually a sign that something isn’t quite right internally. In order to really achieve glowing, healthy and radiant skin, diet and nutrition is important, as well as gut health. It’s important to eat a balanced diet full of antioxidants to protect skin against free-radical damage, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins such as A, B,C, E, K which support skin tissue regeneration and healthy nails.
In addition, try and minimise your intake of refined sugar and processed foods and refined flours and opt for more wholegrain foods. Try and eat more organic and whole foods and cook more from real foods rather than quick packet options. It is amazing how just a little change in diet can produce a positive result on your skin health.
In addition, ensure you have enough fibre foods from fruits and vegetables daily to ensure all the waste is regularly expelled from your body.
Step 6: Exercise and sweat
Regular exercise promotes sweat which helps rid your body of toxins and helps cleanse your internal system. Exercise also promotes overall well-being and helps keep your muscle and bone strength and your cardiovascular health in check. Exercise releases the feel-good hormones, such as endorphin, serotonin and dopamine, which makes you feel positive and happy. This helps people who suffer from anxiety or depression, and when you feel good inside, it usually shows on the outside and your skin looks more radiant. Usually, people prone to anxiety and depression have dull-looking and less-glowing skin.
If you do not sweat enough, it is harder for your body to get rid of toxins. Use a sauna regularly if possible.
Step 7: Dry brushing
Believe it or not, dry brushing is an excellent way of invigorating the lymph nodes to remove expel toxins in the body. Using a dry brush (like a shower brush), brush your body before a shower or bath, in slow circular motions, a couple of times a week. In essence, this works as a massage and exfoliation, the firm bristles stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which helps your body get rid of toxins. Ensure you are drinking enough water and are sufficiently hydrated to expel the toxins. Dry brushing has been known to get rid of cellulite (although this may not be permanent). During a year of dry brushing, I have personally noticed the disappearance of cellulite around the thighs and buttock area.
Step 8: Hydration
Keeping hydrated and drinking enough water daily helps flush out toxins and keeps the skin looking fresher and smoother. Aim to drink at least 6-8 glasses of pure filtered water daily.
Step 8: Sleep
It is important for your overall health and skin health to have adequate sleep. Try turning off your computer, television and phone a couple of hours before you sleep, to help you have a more restful and regenerative sleep.
Working towards having beautiful, radiant skin and protecting against signs of premature ageing is an on-going process. It’s about taking the necessary steps to improve your health and your skin. As long as you persist, step-by-step you will notice a difference in your skin and your overall health.
Wishing you all the best for your journey to improved skin-health and overall well-being.
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