The sun, cold, and dry air can attack your skin, making it rough and dry. Making a few daily and lifestyle changes can soften and tone the skin over time. Read on to learn about the methods you can use to get the shiny, healthy skin you desire.
Method 1 of 3: Do daily skin care
Step 1. Start each day by rubbing your skin dry
Dry scrubbing is an ancient exfoliation technique designed to remove dead skin and stimulate circulation in your body. Dry rubbing every day immediately makes your skin look more shiny and if you get used to it your skin will start to glow.
- Choose a stiff brush made from natural fibers, rather than plastic picks. Natural hair will not have such a rough effect on your skin.
- Brush your body using quick, firm strokes from the outside towards your heart. Brush your legs, torso and arms. Use a softer, smaller brush for your face.
- Always start on dry skin, with a dry brush. Brushing your skin while it is wet will not have the same effect.
Step 2. Take a cold shower
Rinse your skin with cold, not hot, water. If cold water is not pleasant for you, try lukewarm water and gradually switch to cold water. Hot water is not good for your skin, it dries up and hardens it, while cold water tightens and tones your skin.
- When washing your face, spray it with cold water rather than hot water.
- Reserve hot baths for special occasions. They are good for your state of mind, but not necessarily for the skin.
Step 3. Don't use too much soap
Commercial shower gels and scrubs, as well as many bar soaps, contain detergents that dry out the skin and leave a residue that makes it appear dull. Use a natural, oil-based soap or forgo soap and just use water.
Step 4. Moisturize your skin
As soon as you dry yourself off after showering, apply a moisturizing lotion or other repairing product to your skin to hydrate it and protect it from dry air throughout the day. Try these moisturizers for shiny, healthy skin:
- Coconut oil. This pleasant-smelling substance melts into your skin and gives it a nice glow.
- Shea butter. This moisturizer is particularly recommended for fragile facial skin. You can also apply it on your lips.
- Lanolin. Sheep produce lanolin to keep their wool soft and dry and it acts as a great defense against the cold winter air.
- Olive oil. When your skin needs a deep treatment, apply olive oil to your body and let it penetrate for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
- Lactic acid lotion is available from pharmacies. It leaves the skin dry and flaky with the feeling of supple and soft skin.
Step 5. Take into account your skin type
Some people have dry, flaky skin, others have oily skin, and many have a combination of the two. Know which parts of your body need special care and be sure to take this into account on a daily basis.
- Treat acne, whether on the face or the body, with special care. Avoid dry brushing on acne, and don't use soap or chemicals that could make it worse.
- Eczema, rosacea and other problems associated with dry skin should be treated with care. Use products that don't irritate your skin further and talk to your doctor for a prescription to treat your skin if necessary.
Method 2 of 3: Choose a healthy lifestyle
Step 1. Start exercising every day
Exercising tones your skin and improves your circulation. It also improves your general health, which shows on your skin. Incorporate the following exercises into your routine three or more times per week:
- Cardio exercises such as brisk walking, running, cycling, or swimming. These exercises keep your blood flowing and give your skin a healthy tint.
- Exercises with weights such as dumbbells. Strengthening your muscles improves the tone of your skin, making it smoother.
- Yoga and flexibility exercises. These types of exercises tone your muscles and make your skin firmer.
Step 2. Eat a balanced diet
When you don't have the nutrients you need, it shows on your skin. Get glowing skin again by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole seeds. Eat foods that are particularly healthy for the skin, including the following:
- Avocados and nuts. These contain healthy fats that your skin needs to maintain elasticity.
- Plants rich in nutrients. Focus on products that contain vitamins A, E, and C, like sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, broccoli, mangoes, and blueberries.
Step 3. Drink lots of water
The water swells the skin cells and leaves your skin feeling fresh and luminous. When you are dehydrated, your skin begins to dry out. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to maintain healthy skin. If you don't like drinking glass of water after glass of water, these options will also help you stay hydrated:
- Fruits and vegetables rich in water, such as cucumber, lettuce, apples and berries.
- Herbal tea and other teas that do not contain caffeine.
- Try a glass of soda with a squeeze of lemon as a refreshing alternative.
Step 4. Avoid substances that attack the skin
Regardless of whether you religiously stick to your skincare routine or not, the use of certain substances will hinder you in your quest for beautiful skin. Limit or completely reduce these skin-damaging substances:
- The tobacco. Tobacco stains the skin and causes premature wrinkles. When it comes to damaging the skin, tobacco is the worst enemy.
- The alcohol. Too much alcohol can stretch the skin, especially around and under the eyes, as it causes the body to retain water. Limit alcohol to a drink or two a few times a week.
- Caffeine. Drinking a lot of caffeine dehydrates your body, which has a negative effect on your skin. Limit your coffee intake to one cup per day and accompany it with a full glass of water.
Method 3 of 3: Develop habits that prevent your skin from looking dull
Step 1. Use sunscreen every day
Sun exposure can temporarily add glow to the skin through tanning, but in the long run it is extremely damaging. Leaving your skin to burn or tan all summer can lead to wrinkles, spots and the possibility of skin cancer.
- Apply sunscreen to your face before you leave home, even in winter.
- Use sunscreen on your neck, shoulders, chest, arms, and any areas that tend to be the most exposed. When wearing shorts or going to the beach, be sure to protect your legs as well.
Step 2. Do not wear makeup to sleep
Leaving makeup on your face overnight is bad for your skin because you allow chemicals to seep in overnight. In the morning, your skin has completely absorbed the makeup and this is probably the worst thing about the wear and tear on the skin. Use a makeup remover and rinse off the traces with cold or lukewarm water every night before going to sleep.
- Do not rub makeup on your face, as this can irritate and damage the skin. Use a good makeup remover and dab with a towel instead.
- Try this trick for removing eye makeup: Rub a cotton swab dabbed in petroleum jelly on your lashes and around the eyes. The makeup will go away right away. Remove the petroleum jelly when you are finished.
Step 3. Protect your skin from harsh elements
Skin hardens in response to exposure to chemicals, temperature extremes, and abrasive materials. Keep skin soft and sensitive by taking the following precautions:
- Wear gloves during the winter to prevent your hands from chapping. Protect the rest of your body with appropriate warm clothing.
- Wear gloves when cleaning with harsh chemicals.
- Protect yourself against calluses by using knee pads, heavy work clothes, and proper safety gear when working in harsh conditions.
- Don't sleep with makeup on.
- Use lotion every day.