The skin is the human body’s largest organ. As such, it functions best when hydrated properly. However, water circulates to other organs first before it can benefit the skin. Luckily, you can make your skin look better with these five simple ways.
Know When to Wash Your Face
Washing your face multiple times a day is only necessary when your dermatologist recommends it for certain skin problems such as acne. Otherwise, you should only wash it once a day. The preferred time is in the evening or at night because you want to remove pollutants that collect on the skin during the day. If you feel strange about giving up your early routine, just rinse your face in the morning and skip the soap.
Add Coconut Oil to Your Skin Regimen
While coconut oil has been shown to improve mild to moderate xerosis (abnormally dry skin), it can benefit all who use moisturizer. Additionally, it won’t interfere with other products you might use.
Know When to Moisturize
Moisturizer doesn’t work the way most people think it does. It can’t add anything to skin. Instead, it inhibits water on your skin from evaporating by trapping existing particles. That’s why you should moisturize within three minutes of showering or bathing. However, when you’re cleaning your face at the sink, pat your face dry and moisturize immediately.
Clean Skin from the Inside by Exercising
Increased blood flow leads to more vibrant and healthier looking skin because blood transports nutrients and oxygen to active cells. This circulation also helps carry away free radicals and other waste products. One healthy way to enhance blood flow is by exercising. A bout of activity can help get rid of cellular debris. Just remember to avoid outdoor exercise between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. because of sun exposure.
Modify your Sleeping Patterns
If you wake up with puffiness and dark circles, your pillow could be to blame. When you sleep with your face buried into the pillow, blood vessels become restrained and the circulatory system causes congestion within their walls. You might not notice this when you’re young because fresh skin bounces back easier than aged skin. When skin ages, it becomes less elastic and loses collagen. To improve your skin’s appearance in the morning at any age, keep your head raised above your body and get used to sleeping on your back.