Stress, uncertainty, boredom as well as environmental factors can have a severe impact on the condition of our skin. Now, more than ever, we need a strategy to combat this attack on our body's largest organ. Here are 6 ways you can protect and maintain healthy skin, and prevent further damage.
Eat fresh foods.
It’s not uncommon for us to want to load up on comfort food during times of stress and uncertainty. You’ll be doing yourself a big favor if you put down that extra slice of pizza, or extra spoonful of mac and cheese and bring out the fresh foods. Vegetables, fruits and lean meats will give you the energy and nutrition to fortify your body during these stressful times.
Put away the alcohol.
This can be a tough one. Especially when you’re feeling a little vulnerable. As pleasing as it is to unwind from the day with a cold refreshing beverage, alcohol can actually be harmful. The added calories and sugars play havoc on your skin, causing more inflammation, dehydration, and dullness. Instead of alcohol, opt for a good old glass of water.
Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air is always good for your skin. Providing, of course, that you’re wearing sunscreen as protection. Whatever your method of exercise, whether doing yoga, walking, running, biking, hiking, or swimming, try to put in at least 30 minutes a day, or more if you can. Your heart, lungs and joints and skin will thank you.
Never skip your skin care routine.
There’s no replacement for a good consistent routine, especially when you’ve seen the results a skin care regimen can do for your skin. Even when you’re roughing it at a campsite or RVing, you should bring along your skin care. A complete skin care regimen only takes a few minutes, and the long-term results are worth it: skin that doesn’t reflect your age!
Always wear a clean face mask.
Treat your mask like your underwear. Many Mothers have told their kids to always wear clean underwear, because you never know if you’ll get into an accident or something. Well, a mask, although very different from underwear, is there to protect you and others from the unwanted airborne particulates. You need to be aware that bacteria and other contaminants trapped inside your mask would love to live on your skin. Just like removing the daily dirt and grim from your skin through cleansing, your face mask needs to be cleaned (cloth masks primarily). It’s okay to toss your disposable masks after wearing because they aren’t meant to be worn multiple times and they won’t hold up to washing.
Get regular skin treatments.
Skin care experts will tell you that when we are stressed, the skin is much more prone to break outs, irritations and acne. To keep your skin in check, it’s important to seek the professional touch of an esthetician who will help guide you on your skin care journey. Through a proper evaluation, you’ll get to know what your skin needs to create the harmony it seeks.
When you’re not sure what to do to keep your skin healthy, remember that routine is the key. Whether it’s following a healthy diet of fresh foods, exercising, drinking plenty of water, putting on a clean mask every day, having a regular skin treatment and always using your home care products, you’ll want to do these with regularity. By far, this strategy is an effective way to protect, maintain and prevent your skin from being ravaged by stress, harmful environmental factors and mask-wearing.