“Successes are made, not born”. Of course there are always people who were born with healthy skin and they just look naturally good. Yup, that’s true! But also remember that healthy skin is also for everyone, and it needs to be maintained, especially when pollution is around the corner and delicious-but-unhealthy foods started to kick in.
Truth to be told, having healthy skin is not difficult yet not easy. It takes investment in time, willingness and consistency.
These are few steps to attain healthy skin based on my experience:
This is an extremely important step and should not be overlooked. Considering the worsening-pollution and UV-radiation, our skin needs to be protected.
Okay ladies, SUNSCREEN is a MUST! No matter if it is winter or summer, cloudy or sunny, your skin needs protection. Beware that UV radiation could lead to premature skin aging (wrinkle, black spot, etc) and even skin cancer.
There might be people who just focuses on putting on the best covering foundation, bb cream or powder to cover up blemishes and spots. But bear in mind, that all of those products might worsen your skin if it is not taken care of and cleansed properly. Isn’t it better to have healthy skin that you don’t have to cover up so much rather than spending your time to find the best covering-foundation?
Well, to my experience, I prefer Korean Skincare Routine, as it is quite affordable and natural. If you have ever heard about it, Korean women tend to invest in their skins. And as the result, they have the one of the best skin that is the envy of all women. I will elaborate more about my Korean Skincare Routine in the next topic.
Exercise, exercise and exercise! Regular exercise will boost your blood circulation. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the working cells of your body, including your skin. Moreover, the sweat from your exercise will also remove toxins from your body, which would have caused acnes, otherwise.
Exercising regularly is also stress-relieving, so it doubles up your skin advantage. So, if you could do one thing that will really benefit, why not? By regular exercise, you could have healthy skin, healthy mind and healthy body. Sounds like a great deal! Remember to use sunblock when you exercise outdoor, and avoid the peak sunshine between 10 am to 4 pm.
Yes, we know that chocolates, biscuits and fried food are sweet-a-licious. But always remember, “You are What You Eat”. Foods contribute significantly to worse or healthier skin.
Include fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C and antioxidant such as blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, carrot, pumpkin, tomato and spinach in your diet. Also, go for fishes that are rich in Omega-3, such as salmon, sardine [and herring if you want to go real Dutch 😉 ].
Having trouble controlling your craving for Chocolate and Snacks?
Your problem is my calling! Go for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of nutrients and it contains antioxidant. Not only is it good for health, dark chocolate is also good for skin. It eliminates free radicals from your body, which slows down the aging process, and it is also believed to be able to protect your skin from UV radiation.
Substitute your sinful snacks with almond or walnuts. These delicious-and-powerful nuts are rich in Vitamin E, B and Omega-3.
Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day is good for overall good health. Of course drinking enough water could not be linked directly to wrinkle-free-skin. But it is always good to have your skin hydrated, so it helps to sustain the moisture of your skin. It also flushes out toxins and waste products from body, and keeps your body hydrated.
Sleeping Beauty? Yes! The fairy tale teaches us something 😉 Remember to have your body and mind rested for 7-9 hours at night to lock that healthy-and-radiant-looking-skin. When we are asleep, our cells renew and rebuilt themselves, and the body’s hydration rebalances.
SET YOUR GOAL
It means you have to know what you want to achieve, and why. Set a vision for your long-term goal and be consistent. Change your habit little by little, and do not overdo it. For example, it is much better if you slowly change your diet to healthy food in order to achieve your long-term goal (healthy skin), rather than an extreme change of menu. Trust me, you will go back to your daily routine or even worse by focusing on short-term goal.
Well, take baby-steps at a time, but make sure you do it CONSISTENTLY! This is the most important element of all. No matter what you do, be consistent, be patient and do not rush it. The result will show up for sure 🙂 Oh, it would be very helpful to have your family or friend to help you (mental support or diet-sharing) in your pursuit of healthy skin and healthy life. Good luck!
~ Stephanie ~