Back to Basic Skin Care Tips by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert

Back to Basic Skin Care Tips

Back to Basic Skin

Are you tired of the barrage of beauty products coming at you from different directions? Here are a few back to basic ways to help you achieve beautiful, healthy, glowing skin.

Do you ever get sick and tired of the endless barrage of beauty products coming at you from different directions? Each one with a grander promise of making you look younger and more gorgeous. I turn on the television and it seems like commercial after commercial has the solution to all of my beauty problems. From lipstick to nail polish, from hair spray to body lotion, from basic facial cleansers to anti-aging miracles straight from the fountain of youth – is all of this really necessary in the name of beauty? Or, are there some simple, back to basic tips we can all follow in our endless pursuit of healthy looking skin?

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Don’t get me wrong, I am a die-hard fan of beauty products and I will try just about anything on the market just to see if it works. But are there little, back to basic practices we can all follow to help us achieve beautiful looking skin so we don’t have to spend countless hours trying the latest foundation shades, powders, tinted moisturizers and bronzers? I love my skin and I want to show it off, but some days it needs a bit of help. And I now realize that what I put on my body and what I put in my body are equally as important. And the best looking skin isn’t always found in a bottle.

Here are a few popular practices to help us achieve beautiful, healthy, glowing skin.

Catch some zzzz’s in the name of beauty

I know I’ve said this a million times, but my favorite beauty advice has always been to get plenty of beauty sleep. Remember, it’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason and if you are well rested, it is reflected in your skin. On the other hand, if you are tired, your skin looks tired. Unfortunately, tired skin looks old, dull and sallow. A lack of sleep leads to stress which can directly effect how the skin functions. And not in a positive way. In fact, a restless night of sleep can make any current skin conditions you have appear even worse. So, get into a nighttime routine, turn off your devices, TV, phone and your mind and try to get some much needed zzzz’s!

Kick the bad habits

Healthy habits = healthy looking skin. Bad habits = not so healthy looking skin. Remember to always follow the obvious rules of skincare. Too much alcohol is dehydrating to the skin. Smoking depletes the oxygen from our skin, which can age it. Lying in the sun without broad-spectrum sunscreen will not only burn the skin, it will age it faster than you can imagine. And eating a diet of junk food and grease will only lead to skin that looks, well, like junk food and grease. So try to kick the bad habits all together if you can. If something isn’t healthy for our bodies as a whole, it certainly isn’t healthy for the skin. The only difference is we can see the effect on our skin and can’t see what’s happening on the inside.

Avoid germs at all costs

The skin is our first line of defense against all things physical, chemical and environmental. And it also helps to keep germs from entering our body. Germs and bacteria on our skin can cause irritation, blemishes and breakouts. We need to be very conscientious of where those pesky little invaders are and destroy them. Carry hand sanitizer with you at all times and, use it. Every time you touch your face you run the risk of transferring germs from your hands to your skin. So hands off. Only dry your skin with a fresh, clean towel and be sure to clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis. Wipe down your cell phone with a bit of hand sanitizer to keep your cheeks free from skin ravishing germs.

My favorite hand sanitizer is in a spray form so not only can I keep my hands free from germs I can spray everything around me to make sure I am thoroughly protected in the name of beauty.

Take a walk

If you want your skin to look healthy and invigorated then exercise is a must. Take a briskwalk every day to help increase circulation and blood flow. When you do this more oxygen is delivered to your skin cells and the increased blood flow allows for cellular waste to be carried away. Take a good look in the mirror after a good workout. Your skin will definitely have a more youthful glow.

Keep it clean

This is the most obvious tip of all, but skipping it can be disastrous for your skin. Everyone, man, woman and teen, must wash their face every morning and evening before bedtime. Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, makeup and germs from the skin. By keeping skin clean and free from impurities you are more likely to fend off breakouts and dull looking skin. Choose a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type and wash away the grime from the day for beautiful soft, smooth, clean skin.

Are there any other basic steps we can take in the pursuit of healthy skin? Sure there are. Take a daily multivitamin. Cut back on sugary and fatty foods, and choose nutritious ones, instead. And, of course, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This helps hydrate the interior, living layers of skin. It’s all about going back to the basics in the pursuit of healthy looking skin.

We all need to implement a healthy skin care regimen into our daily routine and skin care products are essential. But these simple, back to basics beauty tips can kick your appearance up a notch and complement your skin care regimen. They are common sense practices that can make a difference in your complexion. Sometimes the obvious things are the ones we tend to forget. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at HerbalifeDiscover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.
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