Taking care of your skin can be expensive sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be so. As summer comes to an end and the autumn sets in, you need to know how to protect your skin accordingly. By doing some very simple things, you can keep your skin healthy and glowing. Let’s see some ways to do that.
1. Get plenty of sleep
The autumn brings with it cooler and windy weather and you need to get better sleep for your skin’s sake. According to top dermatologists, to maintain healthy skin, you need to have enough sleep. But as it turns out, many people do not get much sleep. Sleep is important for all the body’s systems to function properly. The stress hormone, cortisol, is released when you skip sleep, which causes inflammation in the skin, experts say. Not having enough sleep can result in the development of wrinkles and dark circles around the eye. That’s because while you sleep, your body delivers the needed fluids to the organs and tissues to replenish them and removes excess fluids from other areas. Sleep-deprived people often have under-eye bags because this process is cut short. Skimping on sleep raises inflammation levels and stress hormones which disrupt the immune system, causing skin problems like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
2. Fruits and vegetables for skin protection
There are some fruits and vegetables that must be in your diet if you want to have better skin. Fruits such as watermelon and blueberries are good for your skin. Carrots, Spinaches, and kale are also great as they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables protect your skin from wrinkles and skin cancer. This will help get the optimal levels of the nutrients, such as vitamin C and E, zinc, selenium, and beta carotene, that are important for radiant-looking skin.
3. Stay fit and active
The cold winds of the autumn normally bring a calm that makes people slow and lazy. To escape this slowness, you should exercise to keep your energy levels up and to keep your skin healthy. Exercise helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin by improving blood circulation and getting the heart rate up. This keeps the skin healthy, promotes the growth of new skin cells, and collagen production, which helps keep the skin glowing. It also helps in anti-aging. Before exercising, try not to put on makeup or other skin-care products as they may clog the pores and prevent the sweat from clearing them out. The post-gym glow often talked about is as a result of increased blood flow, which promotes circulation and releases endorphins during a workout.
4. Use sun protection
Although the hot and sunny days are almost over, the sun’s rays are still strong, and skin protection is still necessary. You may think sunscreen is not important. But just as you will realize hearing aid benefits when you start losing your hearing ability, you will realize the benefits of sunscreen when you start having sunburns. So, use sunscreen to keep your skin healthy as it blocks and absorbs UV rays. Physical particles like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect UV radiation from the skin. Certain chemicals in sunscreen also react with radiation before penetrating the skin and absorb the rays, releasing the energy as heat. Blocking and absorbing UV radiation helps combat the effects, such as skin cancer, which is caused by UVB rays.
5. Drink a lot of water
The average adult body is made up of 60% water, while the blood is 90% water. Drinking water flushes out toxins that cause acne and gives you glowing skin. Studies have shown that drinking just a few cups of water can increase the flow of blood to the skin, give it an even tone and increase elasticity in the skin as it is moisturized for a longer period. When skin elasticity is increased, sagging is delayed, and there is no premature appearance of wrinkles or fine lines. Drinking water speeds up the healing process in case of sunburn. Also, the water and oil content in the skin on your face is balanced when you drink a lot of water. This prevents excess oil and sebum secretion, meaning fewer clogged pores and acne.
6. Exfoliate regularly
Exfoliation involves the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. You can exfoliate mechanically by using abrasive scrubs on the skin, or it can be done chemically by using specific acids that dissolve and remove dead skin. Cell regeneration slows down as we age, and the body is slower in shedding skin cells and generating new ones. The old skin piling up on the skin surface leaves the skin looking rough and dull. Blemishes and acne can also result from the build-up of dead skin cells because of excess oil and clogged pores. Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of skin cells clogging the skin, and the fresh new cells are uncovered. Moisturizing products can then penetrate the skin better, making them more effective. Therefore, exfoliate regularly to maintain radiant skin.