In our previous post, we talked about health habits that can make you look older. Now, let’s talk about some health habits that can contribute to better skin.

Hydration: Any dermatologist will tell you that good skin starts with getting plenty of water. The axiom that we should all drink eight glasses a day is not necessarily true for every single person, since a very petite woman probably needs less water than, say, the forward on a basketball team, but it isn’t a bad place to start. You should try to drink water consistently throughout the day, and increase your consumption if you drink soda or coffee (because they’re diuretics, meaning they flush water out of your system) or exercise, which causes you to lose moisture through sweating. The bottom line is, you’re probably drinking less water than you should be.

Regular facials: You should be using a gentle cleanser each morning and night, amply moisturizing and avoiding too much sun. Even with that skin care regimen, it’s a good idea to get a facial about every four weeks. Facials clean more deeply than face-washing does, and it’s good to have an aesthetician really examine your skin and use products on your face that you cannot or don’t necessarily need to use daily.

Proper Diet: You are what you eat. If you eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, you’re helping your body get the nutrients it needs, and that contributes to a glowing, healthy complexion. We all fall off the wagon from time to time, but if you eat poorly for too long a time, you will start to notice that your skin looks lackluster.

Ample Sleep: If you get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night, it’s less likely that you will have unsightly bags under your eyes, and your skin may feel more taut and supple. A word to the wise: wash your pillowcases often. Your skin secrets natural oils onto your pillowcase as you sleep, and rubbing against that night after night isn’t good for your skin.

To learn more about how to care for your skin, you are welcome to contact us at any time.