Updated: Aug 28, 2022
Hopefully, I am not alone here when I say, I was definitely lazy in 2020, and between me and you; I LOVED IT! But through all of my laziness, I am proud to say that I actually improved on my skincare routine. 2020 allowed me time to actually focus more on myself and put my skin first. Now that 2020 has come to a close; I vowed to keep my skincare routine consistent throughout 2021. I am always looking for ways to improve skin health for myself and others. If you are with me on this, here are 5 ways to improve skin health in the new year.
1. Consistent Skincare Routine/ Get a Facial
This is probably the most important of the list, that’s why it’s at the top! Finding a skincare routine that works for your unique skin can be difficult; so I always say start off simple. Cleanser. Toner. Moisturizer. Once you’ve gotten in the habit of using these 3 daily; it is now time to add in the good stuff. Exfoliant. Mask. Serum. These 3 add a little spice to your routine and gives your skin that "glow" that everyone's talking about. If you're new to the skincare game and not exactly sure what your skin type is or just simply need a little guidance; I recommend going to a licensed, knowledgeable esthetician for a facial. Getting a facial gives your skin a deep cleansing. They also promote blood circulation for healthier-looking skin and it gives your skin a good detox. Try getting a facial once a month; your skin will forever be grateful to you.
Collagen is what the skin needs to stay strong, elastic, and full. IT’S WHAT KEEPS THE WRINKLES AND FINE LINES AWAY! And I mean, who wouldn’t want that? As we age our bodies produce less collagen which leads to the formation of wrinkles. Studies show that collagen supplements may slow the aging of skin. You can buy collagen from your local health store. It comes in capsules or powder form that makes it easy to add to any beverage or soup.
3. Green tea
Not only will I be drinking green tea; I’m also going to apply it directly to my skin. Green tea has been incorporated into different skincare products, such as; masks, exfoliators, and toners. One of my favorites is Herbivore's Jasmine Green Tea Oil Control Toner $22. Green tea contains antioxidants our bodies need in order to fight off free radicals; which cause cellular damage that can be linked to cancer. Another benefit of green tea is premature aging. Green tea contains vitamin B-2 which can help keep your skin looking more youthful. Vitamin B-2 also has the ability to maintain collagen levels.
Other benefits of green tea include: redness and irritation reduction, treats acne, moisturizes skin and it contains vitamin E. Bottom line green tea can do wonders for your skin and body.
4. Rice Exfoliator
Rice on your face? Yes, I know it sounds a little strange, but once you hear the benefits I think you may reconsider as I have. Rice flour contains phytic acid which can help treat acne and hyperpigmentation. Phytic acid is an ingredient used in chemical peels to reduce the appearance of dark spots and scarring. Rice flour has the ability to absorb excess oils and minimize the appearance of pores. It is also perfect for a gentle exfoliator by helping to shed dead skin cells. Two of my favorite rice exfoliators are Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator $59 and Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder $65.
Ahh a stress reliever. If you’re looking to become more active in 2021, try yoga. It’s a great way to relieve stress, and it's been said to give your skin an amazing glow. Yoga increases blood circulation to the skin which in return provides nutrients and oxygen for healthier-looking skin. Consider doing yoga before bed to help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep for a good night's rest.
More benefits of yoga: decrease the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, improve mental health and mindfulness, encourage healthy eating, weight loss, and quality sleep.