There are many articles out there that push the latest and greatest options for skin care but many can be extremely intensive or way too expensive. According to Mayo Clinic, there are 5 tips for healthy skin that are easy to follow and very effective when included in your regular skin care routine. 

1. Sun Protection

We all know that we should wear sunscreen at the beach or the swimming pool but don’t limit yourself. Granted, you will need to use more during these water-filled summer activities but using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is an important part of your daily skin care routine — even in the winter!  You can also be very mindful of seeking shade occasionally and wearing protective clothing that is capable of blocking the sun’s harmful UV rays.

2. Put Down the Cigarettes

Smoking has negative effects on your body in a plethora of ways but your skin is maybe the most outwardly noticeable effect. Smoking makes your skin look much older and contributes to the formation of wrinkles.  Your skin may also look paler due to decreased blood flow to the outermost layers of skin. Additionally, smoking damages collagen and elastin which also contributes to wrinkles, especially around your mouth and eyes. 

If appearance isn’t reason enough, smoking increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer.

3. Be Gentle

Even the most basic skin care routines can take a toll on your skin. Hot water and long showers remove essential oils from your skin so you should use warm water instead! You should also use mild soaps and cleansers to avoid stripping away your skin’s oils. Another tip is to gently pat your skin dry with your towel so that some moisture remains. If you do end up with dry skin, use a moisturizer that suits your skin type — for daily use find one that contains SPF! 

4. Eat Healthy

A healthy diet can boost the way you look and feel in numerous ways. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to achieve a balanced diet and receive all the nutrients that your body (and skin!) needs. Avoid sugary treats, unhealthy fats (think saturated and trans fats) and refined carbs to promote healthier, younger looking skin. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fresh water every day to keep your skin hydrated! 

5. Don’t Stress!

Finally, encourage healthier skin by managing your stress and balancing your mind. Stress contributes to hormonal changes that can trigger breakouts or bad habits that lead to breakouts such as indulging on unhealthy comfort foods. Get plenty of sleep, simplify your task list and make time to do things you enjoy. Not only will your skin thank you, but your whole body will be happier as well!