There is no shortage of skincare items that promise you the best skin of your life, some of which really come close. However, all of those pretty little bottles on your shelf could be going to waste if you aren't following these other tips to healthy skin. Sometimes it’s hard to know if all of your hard work is effective, if other factors are reducing they're potency. We’re constantly exposed to by marketing hype and advice from beauty gurus, but what should you be doing?
Keep Your Stress Levels Low
Stress is natural, and so is acne, but it's also natural to not want too much of either. A 2013 study concluded that acne severity correlated with stress, "emotional stress from external sources may have a significant influence on acne." Find ways to relax, during the day and keep your stress at bay. Try adding breathing exercises or elixirs to your routines.
Keep it Clean
Cleaning your face morning and night is always recommended. However, if you are following that up immediately with putting dirt and grime back into your pores, all that work goes to waste. Bed sheets and makeup brushes collect oils, dust, and dead skin every day. If not routinely and properly cleaned, they can re-deposit all of these things back on your face, namely your pores. Regularly laundering your sheets and deep cleaning your beauty tools can help prevent breakouts.
Watch out for Sugar
This study revealed that eating a low-glycemic diet could lead to fewer breakouts. This includes those hidden sugar foods, like processed carbs, and the obvious sodas and sweets. Low glycemic foods include things like legumes, fruits, and whole grains.
Drink Lots of Water
Obviously, water is essential. But, drinking the right amount can lead to visibly brighter, hydrated skin. A study done in 2015 found that increased water intake results in healthier skin both in appearance and physiologically.