Last Updated on October 5, 2021
We get so obsessed with buying new skincare products that we often forget to follow the habits that actually help us get healthy skin. The key to clear, glowing skin is to be gentle and keep the skin well-nourished.
If you too are having troubles with the way your skin looks and feels, here are some changes that will help you take care of your skin in a better way.
Healthy Skin Habits That Will Help Transform Your Skin
1. Use A Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is an all-time star skincare ingredient that will help fix several skin-related issues. It can protect your skin from free radical damage, lighten dark spots and scars, stimulate collagen synthesis and maintain your skin’s firmness and glow.
I am currently using the Vaunt Vitamin C Water and loving it completely. You won’t realise the difference a good Vitamin C serum can make in your skincare routine until you use one.
2. Exfoliate With Caution
Of all the healthy skin habits, this one often goes wrong. Exfoliation can instantly make your skin smoother and brighter, hence we easily tend to go overboard with it.
So practice the healthy habit of choosing an exfoliator with mild granules. And don’t apply too much pressure on your skin while using it.
If you want to try chemical exfoliators, start with the lowest concentration available and gradually buildup the intensity.
3. Wear Sunscreen Everyday
Raise your hands if you are guilty of skipping sunscreen every day too. Using sunscreen is one of the best healthy skin habits as it is an important tool in protecting your skin from harsh UV rays.
Regularly using sunscreen will also prevent signs of photodamage like fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots etc. from forming.
Come rain or shine, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 every day.
4. Be A Minimalist
Using too many products at the same time is not going to give you faster or even better results. It is a healthy habit to have only a few products at a time and keep your skin routine as simple as possible.
This is especially crucial when you are working with active ingredients like vitamin C, retinol or chemical exfoliants. It’s best not to use all of them in the same routine.
Use them on an alternate basis and give your skin time to adjust to these ingredients.
5. Dodge Random Internet DIYs
The internet will sell you the idea of applying any random product in your house to get rid of that zit overnight. But don’t fall for these reckless DIY hacks as they can severely irritate the skin.
Also, stop the following advice of influencers who tell you to apply raw lemon juice, sugar scrubs or undiluted essentials on your face. Y
If you do like DIYs make sure you getting recipes from credible sources.
6. Know When To See A Dermatologist.
OTC prescriptions and skincare products solve a lot of skin issues. But when they fail to make an improvement in your skin or you have a bad reaction to a product, don’t be shy to see a dermatologist.
They know about skin more than any blogger or influencer out there and will give you a proper diagnosis. If you like using natural products, chat with them to see if they can recommend any natural alternatives that you can use.
7. Nourish Your Skin From Within
Topical Skincare Products only help fix your issues temporarily. But to cure them, you need to pay attention to your eating habits.
I know avoiding processed and junk food completely is not easy these days. But you can definitely incorporate more fresh veggies, fruits and nuts in your meals.
The food you eat is the key source of all the nutrients required for healthy functioning of skin. No amount of skincare will ever replace it.
8. Moisturize When Your Skin Is Damp
This healthy skincare habit is especially for people who you have dehydrated skin. When you apply moisturizer on slightly damp skin, it seals that moisture within your skin to keep it hydrated for longer.
So apply your body lotions and body butters straight after towel-drying your skin. And apply your facial moisturizer before the toner completely evaporates and see the difference in your skin’s hydration levels yourself.
9. Reduce Sugar Intake
Eating too much sugar in your diet aggravates acne and inflamed skin. It also breaks down the collagen in your skin leaving you with wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin in the long run.
If you want clear and healthy skin, make it a habit to limit the number of desserts and processed foods you eat every day. Use natural sweeteners instead like honey, jaggery, stevia leaves or even fruits.
10. Stop Following The Herd Mentality
Do you buy products just because they are trending all over the internet? This habit does good only to the companies creating these products.
Beauty trends are deliberately started as a PR exercise by brands to boosts sales. So before buying a product, think whether your skin will actually benefit from it.
Also, recreating an influencer or friend’s exact skincare routine is not going to give you healthy skin. Your skin is unique and needs a customised skincare routine based on your skin’s own tolerance levels.
11. Stop Using Wet Wipes As Cleanser
Unless you are on a long road trip with no water access, you should not be using wet wipes to cleanse your skin. Not only do they have a negative effect on the environment, but they are also bad for your skin too.
Wet wipes are heavily scented with fragrances that irritate the skin. They are also inefficient at properly cleansing your skin and disrupt the pH balance.
If you want healthy skin, make it a habit to use proper cleansers and makeup removers instead of wet-wipes.
12. Get A Separate Face Towel
This is one of the most important healthy skin habits for people with acne-prone skin. Using the same hand towel on your face that your entire family wipes their hands with is highly unhygienic.
Hand towels are full of bacteria and dirt and also made with coarse fabrics that are harsh on your delicate facial skin. So get a separate towel in a softer material and use it just for drying your face and nothing else.
13. Don’t Over Do It!
Don’t over-cleanse or over-moisturize or layer too many products at once. All these unhealthy habits will just mess your skin’s protective barrier and lead to more breakouts and redness.
And unless you are a blogger or beauty editor, you really shouldn’t be trying out new products once something get’s over.
If something works well for your skin, stick to it instead of trying out new stuff every time. Consistency is the key when it comes to building a healthy skincare routine.
14. Nail Down the Basics
A good CTM routine is the foundation to getting healthy skin. So find a cleanser, toner and moisturizer for your skin type that your skin absolutely loves and then stick with it.
Don’t jump to using active ingredients unless you nail these basic steps. And make it a habit to follow this CTM routine twice every day no matter how lazy you are feeling.
15. Switch To Clean Beauty
A few years ago, we didn’t have many options in India when it came to choosing clean and safe products. But now with several high-performance sustainable and clean beauty brands popping up, you have zero excuses to keeping using that cheap stuff corporates try to sell you.
Speaking from my personal experience, my skin has transformed so much in the last 2 years since I started using clean products. They are gentler on the skin, show better results over time and are environment-friendly too.
16. Be Patient With New products
Your skin takes about 4-5 weeks to regenerate itself completely and shed the top-most dead skin layer. And that’s how long it would take for active ingredients to show their effects.
Also, natural ingredients take a bit longer to give you results. So instead of trashing a product after a few uses, give it more time to work on your skin.
17. Pick Quality Products.
Quality does not always mean expensive. It is okay to stick with affordable brands if you cannot afford high-end ones. Even I use affordable brands all the time.
Just make sure the products you pick are actually formulated well and in proper manufacturing conditions. Ask the brand whether they have the necessary certifications to prove their expertise in skincare formulation.
And the last and best healthy skincare habit of all-
18. Listen to Your Skin
Always, always, always pay attention to how your skin reacts to different ingredients, temperature changes etc. Even if a certain product is super hyped about by everyone you know, don’t use it if your skin shows signs of trouble.
Just because it works for someone does not mean it will work for you too. So make it a habit to be gentle with your skin and listen to what it is trying to tell you. Even if it means letting go of a product you love.
Believe me, when I say your skin will thank you for following all these healthy habits later on. Can you think of more healthy skin habits that can be added to the list? Do comment below and let me know.
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