We all want to look good and have better skin, and it’s not as difficult as it sounds. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on special treatments either. If you take a more holistic approach, and pair it with Restore’s Cryoskin Facial® or HydraFacial™ good skin and a better complexion are just days away. Here are a few helpful tips to a better complexion and a more youthful glow!
1. Cleanse, gently
Some of us are drying out our own skin by over-cleansing it. We’re not saying: Stop washing your face! But there are oils in the skin essential for keeping your skin moisturized. If we cleanse our faces with harsh cleaners, we’re stripping away those oils and leaving our skin dry, which triggers your skin to produce more oils. So, a balance needs to be achieved. Not too oily, not too dry. To achieve this, try to use a gentle, sulfate-free face cleanser, which will rid the skin of excess oil without stripping away moisture. The most ideal sulfate-free products contain natural and botanical ingredients that are gentle on your skin, so choose wisely. Pay attention to labels and avoid ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate. And while you’re at it, look for the cruelty free label!
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
If you’re not drinking at least eight glasses of water per day, you’re shortchanging your skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it’s made up mostly of water. If your skin isn’t properly hydrated, it will become dry, tight and more prone to aging. And because our bodies lose a large amount of water throughout the day, we’ve got to replace it often. Water also helps your skin retain elasticity, fighting off wrinkles and puffiness in the process. And lastly, being properly hydrated reduces pore size, helps to clear acne and reduces itchiness associated with dry skin. By properly hydrating each day, you’re not only doing your face a favor; you’re doing your entire body a favor!
3. Get sun exposure responsibly!
Get outside, but be responsible about it! Proper sun exposure is essential to a healthy wellness routine. Getting sun exposure in the morning and late afternoon can help set your inner sleep cycle on the right track, and sun exposure has also been shown to lower blood pressure, improve heart health and lighten your mood. But proper sun safety precautions should also be taken because overexposure to the sun over a brief period of time leads to dry skin and sunburn. So soak up those rays, but do it responsibly. Remember to apply SPF 30 sunscreen at least every other hour, and try to cover up if you’re going to be exposed all day long. This is a slightly double edged sword: We need sun exposure, but because we spend so much time inside, our skin is not acclimated to sudden, prolonged bursts of sun exposure.
4. Eat clean!
If possible, do your best to remove heavily processed foods, refined carbs and sugar from your diet. Antioxidant-rich foods can help your skin glow, so try to eat more yellow and orange fruits and vegetables (carrots, peaches), along with leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, berries, fatty fish and nuts. Drop the fast food and energy drinks. And go light on heavily caffeinated beverages and alcohol, both of which are diuretics, which remove salt and water from your body. Your complexion will thank you!
5. Stop smoking!
Smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients. Smoking can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles, hair loss, cataracts, psoriasis and crow’s feet. We know smoking can be detrimental to health in the long term, but its short term effects definitely register in your youthful complexion.
6. Try Cryoskin Facial® or HydraFacial™
Cryoskin Facial® is a service that leverages cold temperatures that may increase blood flow and oxygen, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pores while improving tightness and firmness of skin. Meanwhile, HydraFacial™ is a non-invasive treatment extracts impurities and exfoliates, then infuses restorative ingredients like nourishing antioxidant peptides to leave you looking and feeling radiant. It can replenish dehydrated skin, reduce clogged pores and blemishes and bring back your youthful glow!