We’ve got a secret… 5 of them actually.
And if your skin is less than perfect (Whose isn’t?), you’re going to want to learn them. This list of little-known skin care secrets could make the difference for clearer, younger, healthier looking skin.
You won’t have to add expensive products to your routine either. These are all shortcuts to better skin that you can take advantage of without turning your world upside down.
#1. End Showers Cold
Cold showers actually provide a ton of health benefits. The chilly water increases circulation, helps hair retain moisture, and may even marginally promote fat loss.
The cold also causes your skin to constrict blood vessels and tighten pores. This is especially beneficial for skin that is prone to acne, as the skin is less exposed to bacteria following the daily shower where pores are typically wide open.
If a cold shower sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to you, then simply try to end your showers on a cooler note. Ending showers cold still provides great benefits for your skin. It’s also a good idea to avoid extremely hot showers. Too much heat can cause your skin to lose the natural oils that protect and maintain it.
#2. Get A “Food Tan”
Skin health is greatly affected by what we eat. That’s no secret, of course, but it may be surprising to learn that our skin color is more appealing when we consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Diets high in fruits and vegetables increase the natural levels of yellow in skin, a result that occurs regardless of race because of a class of chemicals called “carotenoids” found in high concentrations in these healthy foods. This increase in yellowness of skin makes us seem healthier and more vibrant to others. Apparently, our skin sends a message about how well we’re taking care of ourselves.
How significant is the change?
Researchers have found that the impact of high fruit and veggie diets is actually greater than a suntan on how attractive we appear. If you’ve ever thought about joining a tanning salon, just opt for the extra serving of carrots instead.
#3. Broad Spectrum Or Bust
We all know that too much sun is bad for our skin, especially over the course of time. We should be applying sunscreen as regularly as possible to minimize both cosmetic harm, and the risk of skin cancer.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) tells us just how protective each sunscreen product is. The SPF indicates how good a sunscreen is at blocking UVB rays, which is where sunburns, and a lot of the sun’s damage comes from.
The problem is that SPF designations don’t take into account UVA rays. UVA rays won’t cause a burn, but they penetrate deeper affecting collagen, and aging the skin. UVA rays are also associated with increased risks of skin cancer.
Make sure that your sunscreen filters UVA rays by looking for the words “Broad Spectrum” on the labeling. Broad spectrum is the only designation for indicating if a sunscreen blocks UVA rays, and it may be the most important thing to look for when purchasing.
#4. Make Dandruff Shampoo A Multi-Tasker
Dandruff is a common issue, so you’re likely to have a dandruff shampoo lying around the house. Lucky for you, this product has more than just one use. The same formula that works to reduce flaking on your scalp can be applied to other areas of skin.
If you have particular areas that tend to get dry and flaky, adding a small drop of dandruff shampoo can make the difference. A common area for this type of issue is on the sides of the nose around the nostrils. Try adding a small amount of dandruff shampoo, and you may be surprised at how quickly the problem areas become a thing of the past.
5. Change Your Pillowcase Compulsively
For those that struggle with acne, changing your pillowcase each night should become a routine. In fact, this simple step could be the most effective of these skin care secrets.
So many of us spend big bucks on creams and cleansers, and add significant time to our personal care regimens in order to banish the blemish. But how many of us lay our freshly scrubbed faces onto fabrics that have been soaking up oils and bacteria night after night.
Why do we make this simple mistake?
Part of the problem is that we aren’t conscious for the long hours that our faces are in contact with the pillow. That makes the problem easier to ignore, but after a single night, a pillowcase can become a harmful environment for acne sufferers.
By nightly rotating a stock of pillowcases, you ensure that you’re pressing your face against a clean surface during the hours of your rest.
Those are our skin care secrets. Why not take a moment and share some of your own skin care secrets in the comments below?
If you’re looking for even more helpful skincare advice click here to read our article “Caring for Aging Skin: Everything You Need to Know”.