It’s normal to be self-conscious about your physical appearance. While looks ideally should not matter, there are specific situations when they do, like getting a job, entering the dating market, and attending a boot camp workout with full-wall mirrors. In these cases, you want to look your best, whether you’re swole, trim, lean, overweight, or average in all aspects. You can’t really force your body to grow taller but you can control your skin and body weight.
Best of all, you are not alone in your journey. The skin-care market is forecasted to grow $45 billion by 2023, per Technavio. One trend sees consumers focusing on protecting their skin from UV rays to combat premature aging and damage. The market insights report also expects the market for organic and natural skin-care products to expand as consumers prefer fewer chemicals in their cosmetics.
1. Skin Detox
Bring out a naturally glowing complexion by starting the cleansing and rejuvenating of your skin from the inside. In skin matters, free radicals take center stage because these reactive or unstable atoms mainly cause signs of aging (like wrinkles and fine lines) to appear, inflammation, and hyperpigmentation. Studies have identified antioxidants such as vitamin C and E to fight these free radicals, delay cell damage, and prevent skin cancer. These vitamins are ever-present in beauty products.
Here’s how to take care of your skin from within:
- Hydrate by drinking lots of water, fruit juice, and tea. The liquids will replenish the water that the body loses throughout the day. If you consume little to no water, your skin becomes dry and flaky. Overall, hydration will aid in your body’s normal functions, like digestion and excretion.
- Include fruits and vegetables in your diet. They are rich in antioxidants and a big part of a healthy lifestyle. When you regularly consume fruits and vegetables, you also develop lower risks to certain diseases, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) notes. Smoothies, shakes, and healthy concoctions like lemon water are great additions.
- Steer clear of food items that will lead to sebum production, which can trigger acne and breakouts. Dairy products, chocolates, and white foods or bad carbs are examples of food items to avoid.
- Add fiber to your plate to control blood sugar, which can precipitate acne. Specific types of fiber can remove toxins. You’ll see this nutrient in apples, legumes, pears, mushrooms, and cereal grains.
- Take supplements that contain ingredients rich in antioxidants such as matcha green tea, milk thistle, and selenium. They cleanse the skin and body, including the liver and kidneys.
- Exercise burns fats that can store toxins. These elements are then released and moved to organs for cleansing and removal via urine, etc. As you sweat from moving your body, you also get rid of waste products.
2. Daily Skin-Care Routine
Whether it is made up of 10 steps or the bare essentials, adopt a regular skin-care regimen. Healthy skin requires diligence and monitoring.
The three basic yet best skin-care practices you need to adopt are the following:
- Wash. Use oil or a foaming cleanser to remove sebum and pollutants. If you are too tired to wash up at night, try no-rinse cleansers.
- Use a face toner. This product will eliminate excess oil and dirt and restore your skin’s PH after washing. Specific facial cleansers can be too harsh to irritate or cause dryness. This can result in the body overproducing oil and causing pimples.
- Exfoliate. Scrubs or chemical exfoliators found in beauty products get rid of dead skin cells on the topmost layer of the skin. When you scrape off this layer once or twice a week, the younger skin can reveal itself. However, try not to over-exfoliate because it can strip the skin’s natural moisture and cause redness and irritation.
3. Protect and Hydrate
Dry skin can be red and itchy to the touch and possibly an easy target for blemishes. Many factors cause the skin to dry, including the sun, which sucks up moisture.
Against this backdrop, use a moisturizer to hydrate the skin. The face is typically the focus of moisturizers, although lotions can have moisturizing properties. Straightforward moisturizers for men and women are often a single product for the whole body, including the face.
In choosing a lotion or a moisturizer, consider the following:
- Goes well with your skin type
- Has the right consistency to provide coverage
- Does not feel greasy, oily, or heavy
- Contains natural ingredients
These hydrating products can contain SPF, but understandably on a lower level. You may have to purchase a separate product to get a higher number. Having a higher SPF does not make you immune from the harmful effects of the UV rays. You still have to wear protective clothing and reapply when out for prolonged periods.
Detox of Another Kind
With the roundup of tips, do you feel more confident now to face the world, including potential employers and HR personnel?
A new job can entail various pre-employment requirements from the mechanical tasks, like submitting documents, to the more serious ones, like passing a drug test. Depending on your exposure, you may have to detox your whole body from drug toxins that can manifest in your urine or blood. Detox plans for this endeavor can combine dietary fiber, liquid, and tablets.
Preparation and timing are everything. Do what you can to flush out the unnecessary elements that can blemish your skin and record.