Guest Blog by Katreena Sarmiento

Your skincare routine should be something that brings you joy. While not everyone starts a regimen for aesthetic reasons, allowing yourself to devote time to a daily skin routine is the first step in better understanding how regular skincare may impact your wellbeing. A good skincare routine is a therapeutic activity that can help you feel wonderful inside and out.

Because of the wide variety of products, chemical peels, lasers, and other treatments available, taking care of your skin may appear costly and overwhelming. But getting healthier skin doesn’t have to cost you hundreds of dollars or take up a lot of your time. Some skincare steps require less time and work than you may think, and they provide visible results over time, such as smoother, softer skin.

Here are a few simple lifestyle changes that will help you transform your skincare routine from a time-consuming chore to a rewarding self-care ritual.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Moisturizing every day can help prevent excessive dryness. Even if you have oily or acne-prone skin, your skin still requires a day cream. Moisturizing your skin keeps it looking young, soft, and smooth. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and other blemishes, and enhances the texture and overall appearance of your skin. Moisturizing also helps to maintain your skin’s protective barrier, keeping your skin healthier and more resilient to damage and infection.

Every morning, use a light facial moisturizer with sunscreen. In the evening, use a night cream specifically formulated for your skin type. Remember to apply it right after bathing to lock in the moisture.

Exercise Early and Regularly

Add exercise to your morning ritual to give your mind and body a boost of energy and to improve blood flow. This will nourish your cells and eliminate toxins from your skin.

When you work out, the blood vessels in your skin expand to bring warm blood to the surface, allowing heat to be released out of your body (sweat) and into the air.

In general, blood flows to your brain and key organs first. When you exercise, you get blood pumping all the way to your skin. Your skin receives the oxygen and nutrients it requires to be healthy, and you will get that naturally flushed glow. 

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Sync Your Skincare Routine to Your Cycle

Syncing your skincare regimen to your cycle can help you manage hormonal acne. Cycle tracking and monitoring changes in your body can also help you make healthier choices, control mood swings, and manage cravings.

For example, by assessing your prior cycles, you can anticipate when to expect an acne breakout or drier skin. Schedule some self-care during your period, arrange for a facial treatment, drink a lot of water, and get plenty of rest.

The length of each phase of the menstrual cycle varies from person to person. Using a journal or a period-tracking app such a Clue, and making notes on how your skin changes from oily to dry during the different phases of your cycle can help you identify the best skincare routine for you.

Get a Facial Massage

The health benefits of massages are incredible and plenty, including reducing stress, muscle soreness and tension, improving circulation, and increasing relaxation. Facial massages may help you relax while also improving your skin’s health. They promote blood circulation, reduce the appearance of acne, and decrease puffiness under the eyes.

Facial massages boost the flow of oxygenated blood to your face, kicking off lymphatic drainage to flush out waste and toxins, reduce skin irritation, and keep your skin looking fresh and clean from the inside out. Moreover, they enhance facial muscle structure and contours, remove dead skin cells, and brighten the skin.

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Have a Good Night’s Rest

Getting sufficient sleep is unquestionably important for good health. There’s no difference when it comes to your skin. Because the skin restores itself at night, the more sleep you get, the more time your skin has to repair itself.

Aim for at least seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Sleep deprivation has a noticeable effect on your skin appearance, often causing puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. When you don’t get enough sleep, your cortisol levels rise, which accelerates collagen breakdown and causes those dreaded eye bags.

Pair a good night’s sleep with a quality night cream that provides intensive hydration and concentrated ingredients to boost collagen in your skin and combat symptoms of ageing and other concerns. Night creams are typically thicker than daytime moisturizers, have exfoliants to improve skin texture, and contain more hydrators to replenish all the moisture you lost during the day. The result? You wake up with visibly clearer, softer, and supple skin.

Final Thoughts

Like any other form of self-care, a skincare routine reaps many health and wellness benefits. Spending a few minutes each day to nurture your skin has a positive effect on both your mind and body, helping to boost your mood and confidence as you face (no pun intended) a new day.

A huge thanks to Katreena Sarmiento for writing this guest post