Some people think your skin is your best accessory. That’s a matter of opinion, but you can’t deny there’s something to be said about clear, youthful-looking skin. While a clear complexion is easy to manage when you’re young, it can be harder to maintain flawless skin later in life. That’s because your skin is influenced by so many different things, from age to the outside elements.
Hormones, allergies, and day-to-day activities can wreak havoc on your skin. But that doesn’t mean having a fresh face is impossible. In this article, we list a few tips you should take with you into 2022 to maintain your complexion.
1. Check With a Doctor
Sometimes even with your best efforts, you might still struggle to keep your skin clear. If that’s the case, you should consider consulting with a doctor who can prescribe something to help.
For instance, oral antibiotics can help reduce the bacteria in your body that’s causing your acne. Birth control and retinoids are also great acne treatment options. Some birth control pills contain both estrogen and progestin, which are effective hormones in treating acne. Retinoids unclog your pores, reduce fine lines, and can even help your other skin care products work better.
2. Buy the Right Skin Care Products
Speaking of skin care products, it’s important you’re using the right ones for your specific skin type. In this age of social media, we’re constantly being influenced to buy certain products. It’s important to keep in mind that influencers on social media are getting paid to advertise these skin care brands. That doesn’t mean they won’t work, but they might not work for you.
Everyone’s skin is different. You could have oily skin, dry skin, or a combination of both. Maybe you have sensitive skin and are prone to acne. Or maybe you’ve never had a pimple. When shopping for products, read the labels and look for ones meant for your skin type.
3. Wash Your Face Often
How often do you think you should wash your face? Regardless of your skin type, you should wash your face at least once a day. Some experts recommend twice a day.
It might sound simple, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t wash their faces every day. Or if they do, they wash their face in the morning instead of at night. That’s a big no-no. Wash your face at the end of the day to ensure you remove the day’s dirt and bacteria. Don’t forget to apply a light, oil-free moisturizer before you turn in.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with washing your face a couple of times a day. This is especially true if you spend most of your day outside or exercise in the middle of the day. Use a mild cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. Then follow up with a light sunscreen to protect your face from sun damage.
4. Exercise When You Can
Believe it or not, exercising can actually help your skin. Yes, really! Exercise increases your blood flow which brings oxygen into your skin. Oxygen helps keep your skin fresh and looking dewey.
Exercising also increases your body’s ability to produce endorphins (aka the “feel-good hormone”) and reduces your stress levels. Stress isn’t good for your skin. According to research, chronic stress can wreak havoc on your skin and even cause certain skin conditions like acne and eczema. One of the best things you can do in 2022 is find ways to lower your stress. Doing so will help your skin continue to glow.
5. Get Enough Sleep Every Night
Have you ever heard of “beauty sleep”? Sleep is crucial for healthy skin. When we sleep, our body produces collagen which is responsible for keeping skin tight so it doesn’t sag. As you get older, your body doesn’t produce as much collagen. That is why getting a good night’s rest is so crucial both now and as you age.
How much sleep do you get at night? According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should get anywhere between seven to nine hours of sleep every night. While that might not always be possible, do your best to create a schedule that makes your sleep a priority.
6. Consider Your Allergies
If you struggle with acne, you might also struggle with a digestive problem. Your gut microbiome, the bacteria in your intestines, impacts your entire health. It can especially affect your skin. This is one of the reasons why people say it’s important to eat clean. What you put in your body doesn’t just impact your weight, it impacts your entire body and how it functions.
If you experience constant digestive comfort, visit a gastroenterologist to determine whether there’s a problem with your gastrointestinal tract or liver. A doctor can also work with you to determine whether you have a food allergy that could be causing your issues.
The truth is there’s no magic way to achieve glowing skin. And that’s because everyone’s skin responds differently to products. What works for your friend might not work for you. If you’re trying to bring your skin back to life, be patient. It’s going to take trial and error to determine what skin care products work and what kind of regimen you should follow. But don’t worry. The tips above will help you get started.