Most of us aren’t blessed with clear and radiant skin past the age of 20. Those who look like they do, know what they’re doing to maintain a youthful glow. Discover the five daily skin care steps you can do for a better complexion.
Cause of Complexion Problems
At the heart of skin care are two primary proteins. Collagen and elastin. Collagen is naturally produced by the body and gives strength to connective tissues, organs and your skin. Elastin is what gives your skin bounce – the ability for it to bounce back after stretching.
After the age of 20, collagen production levels decrease by an average 1% per year. The effects of this slowed process of collagen production isn’t visible in a 21-year old, but at the decline rate of 1% per year, the problem will be visible by the age of 40, when collagen levels are 20% lower.
In addition to the body naturally letting your skin complexion lose radiance, external factors play a role in healthy looking skin. Sunlight exposes your skin to UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays will damage your skin cells, but it’s the UVB rays that cause sunburn and directly damage the skins DNA.
As there’s no way to avoid exposing your skin to sunlight every day, the best preventative measure is to use a sunscreen, especially when you’re outdoors around noon, which is when UVB rays are the strongest, therefore; the most damaging.
Key to improving your skin complexion is a combination of preventative measures to mitigate the risk of damaging your skin at the cellular level, and by giving your skin the same attention you give your teeth. Attention every day with just five things.
The 5 Things to Do Daily to Improve Your Skin Complexion
Facial Muscle Stimulation
The face, like all other parts of the human body has muscles, and as is the case with all muscles, you either use them or lose them. There are 43 muscles just in the face and hundreds of lymph nodes. When the lymph nodes become congested, collagen production reduces, effecting your skin complexion.
There are two methods you can use regularly to increase the activity of your facial muscles…
- Facial acupressure
- Facial tapping
Facial acupressure works like acupuncture only without the needles. You only need to use your index finger to apply gentle pressure to these six acupressure points to increase blood flow around your face, leading to better skin complexion. The main pressure point is the third eye, located between your eyebrows.
Or you can use a tapping technique around your face to activate muscles and improve blood circulation. The tapping technique works by starting with your two index fingers between your eyebrows and gently tapping across your forehead, then around your face. The technique helps stimulate blood flow around the face.
Rest Up Smarter
Beauty sleep isn’t theory. It’s real. When you sleep, your body stays working in the background to help your entire body recover. When you don’t get enough shut-eye, it is noticeable in your complexion. Additionally, a lack of sleep affects your stress levels and when those are high, so too are your cortisol levels, causing your skin to become dry.
Hydrate and moisturize
Your body is 60% water and your skin is an organ that’s made of cells. Unfortunately, when you hydrate, your vital organs are hydrated first and your skin gets water last. Drinking less than 8 cups of water per day can leave you with dry and flaky skin that lacks glow. If you drink less than 8 cups of water per day, up your daily water consumption and you could see visible improvements to your skin complexion within a day to two weeks.
In addition to water intake, you can also get water to your skin externally by using a moisturizer right after you come out of a shower or bath.
Did you know that long showers and hot water dry your skin?
By applying a moisturizer right after a shower or bath, your skins pores will be able to absorb the moisturizer more effectively.
Sweat is the skin’s best detox
There’s no way to eliminate toxins from your environment. They are everywhere – indoors and outdoors. Indoors, you can take measures to improve your air quality such as using a dehumidifier or introducing air plants to soak up toxins from the air you inhale.
The problem with toxins is they will clog your skin pores. The best way to expel toxins from the body is to sweat it out, so regular exercise at a level that increases perspiration will help to cleanse your skin.
Nutrition for radiant skin
Just as water provides nutrients to your body’s organs including your skin, so do certain proteins. In particular, foods containing collagen such as bone broth or gelatin. You can also benefit from egg whites in your diet as those contain glycine and proline – two amino acids the body needs to produce collagen.
Radiant skin is the result of collagen. It’s abundant in our younger years, but by the time most of us reach of 20 to 25 years old, collagen production levels decline. To maintain a youthful skin complexion devoid of the visible appearance of early aging, nutrition plays a vital role in helping your body increase collagen production, helping to keep the skin tight devoid of wrinkles, age spots and saggy skin.
A daily skin care ritual can give you back the complexion you once had. Facial acupressure and facial tapping will activate the muscles around your face, helping to increase blood flow. More exercise, more sleep, more water, fast application of a skin moisturizer after a bath/shower and more foods with collagen or amino acids to help your body produce more collagen will give your skin a better complexion when you give it time every day.
Follow these tips daily and you will certainly have a beautiful complexion.