As the founder of a skincare line, people are always asking me what is the secret to having great skin? What can I apply that will instantly reverse dull, tired skin and make it luminous and youthful?
Well, I'm here to tell you that there is no quick fix, no single product or treatment that will give you the perfect glass skin. I would love to sell you any of my products and say "apply this daily and it will give you the best skin of your life" but that would be unethical and the last thing I want to do is mislead anyone. Yes, I do make top tier skincare products (if I do say so myself) but topical products alone are not enough to give you flawless skin. That being said, the cause is not hopeless.
Beautiful, healthy skin is the result of many consistent actions that you adopt and practice every single day. It is a commitment and very much a lifestyle. Healthy skin and also strong hair and nails are the result of a holistic approach to wellness. When you eat well, sleep enough, and are adequately hydrated your skin will reflect on the outside how healthy your body is on the inside. You cannot cover up or moisturize away bad health habits. Maybe you can in your teens and early twenties but as we move through life our lifestyles catch up with us.
The absolute most important things you can do for your skin are as follows:
1. Eat Your Nutrients. Supplements and multivitamins are great but our bodies are designed by nature to pull our nutrients from food. Eat well as best as you can with a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and also rich in protein. Proteins are important as the building blocks of muscle in our bodies and they also support collagen production. Regardless of how you get your protein do not skimp on this precious nutrient. Avoid processed and sugary foods as much as you can. Unfortunately in today's world it is hard to get away from processed foods but we're looking for improvement over perfection. Do your best and limit what you can. You'll be surprised at how much of a difference it will make.
2. Sleep Like a Baby. I personally know this is much easier said than done. Sleep is absolutely essential for our bodies to recover as well as our skin to repair and renew itself after each day. A good night's sleep looks different to everyone but on average we adults need between 7 and 9 hours of restful sleep to be at our best. When we consistently don't get enough sleep it reflects in our skin and is written all over our faces. Skin will become dull, premature fine lines start to form, and you may also get breakouts. The under eye area will darken and can become puffy from fluid retention when we don't sleep enough. Treat sleep as sacred and create a bedtime routine that you can stick with.
3. Adopt an ESWB (Emotional Support Water Bottle). Drink up and stay hydrated all day every day. I'm not going to sugarcoat it, you'll probably be peeing all the time, but your skin will thank you. A good portion of our skin is water and we need to always be replenishing it. We lose that water through our skin barrier as well as our biological functions throughout the day. Well hydrated skin will naturally be plumper simply due to the volume of water in it. Most skincare users know about how hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Our skin naturally contains hyaluronic acid that's why it will appear plumper when we're well hydrated. If you don't know how much water you should be drinking, pay attention when you use the bathroom. If your urine is yellow then you need to drink up and if it appears clear then you're drinking enough.
These three lifestyle habits will do so much for your skin. They may seem like simple changes but they are essential for skin health and overall wellness. Anything you do extra in terms of your skincare routine is just icing on the cake. When you get your skin to a healthy baseline then you can look into specific solutions for any additional skincare concerns you may have. Like everything in life, you need to start with a good foundation.