Cleansers, face masks, moisturizers, serums, oils—everyone wants healthy-looking skin, and while some products definitely have the upper hand, the key to glowing skin goes well beyond the beauty cabinet. Using store-bought skin care products can only do so much for you if you’re sacrificing sleep for your ‘to do’ list and living on coffee during the day. Here are our top recommendations for caring for your skin, without using more products:
Get More (Beauty) Sleep
Just like your body needs sleep to feel rested, your skin does too. At night, the skin is in repairing mode so it’s no surprise a sleep study showcased in Arianna's Huffington's book showed that people who got less than six hours of sleep, compared to eight hours of sleep had 40% more visible lines.
Drink Your Way to Hydrated Skin
Don't underestimate the power of water—science tells us that if the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn't contain enough water, the skin will lose elasticity and feel rough. Drinking water will hydrate your body from the inside out.
Revamp Your Internal Skincare Regime
Tea is a superstar in the natural skincare world: rooibos, white tea, green tea, nettle, spearmint, chamomile, and hibiscus are all rich in skin-loving nutrients. Also, incorporating probiotics like kimchi, yogurt, sauerkraut, and whole foods high in beta-carotene carrots, spinach, and dark leafy greens go a long way toward that external glow.
Accelerate Your way to Luminous Skin
You’ve heard it a thousand times before that exercise is good for you—but when it comes to having skin that looks fresh and luminous, regular cardio workouts literally pump more blood around your body and help to bring fresh oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
Check Your Barometer, Get Aligned
Clear skin is much more than just a nice outcome—it’s a way to measure how in balance you’re feeling with life’s demands both inside and out. Check your “tension barometer” and get connected to how at peace you feel day-to-day. Often when tension clears up and you get your body and mind back to balance, often so do the skin troubles.
Lathering up in one of the many thousands of “age-defying” products can make you feel like you’re taking action towards having beautiful skin, but too often we forget that beauty isn’t found in a bottle. Fortunately, caring for your skin doesn't have to be complicated—simply approaching it in a gentle, consistent, thoughtful way means you can get on top of your skin game and support our body’s largest organ to reflect our best health, both inside and out.