A new year has arrived—at last! For better or worse that means it’s the time of year for reflection and resolutions. Big changes can be tough to keep up longterm but there’s good news when it comes to skin care: a few small daily rituals can get you to a better place. Here’s our roundup of the 5 best skincare tips for clear and healthy skin.
Have you heard? Beauty sleep is real.
When we don’t get enough it puts our bodies into a state of low-grade stress. This triggers the release of cortisol, our fight-or-flight hormone, which produces inflammation throughout our body and that’s bad news when it comes to skin. It compromises our immune system, affecting moisture levels in your skin and aggravating conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.1
While there’s no magic bullet when it comes to sleep, you can take a big step in the right direction by keeping to a consistent sleep schedule and powering down your devices much earlier.
This isn’t another endorsement to drink gallons of water a day. In fact, studies have shown that drinking 8 glasses of water a day won’t actually do much to enhance the quality of your skin.2
All that said, what goes into your body can have just as much of an effect on your skin as what goes on it, especially if you’re dealing with persistent acne.
There are two food categories in particular to watch out for: the first of these is refined sugar. It can lead to a spike in insulin levels, which can stimulate activity of the androgen hormone. That can encourage oil production and inflammation, which—you guessed it—can lead to acne.3 Studies have also found a link between dairy consumption and increased acne levels.4 So if breakouts are top of mind try cutting back to see how it affects your skin.
Over the course of the day dirt and bacteria collect on your face and can settle into your pores, triggering breakouts and inflammation. Washing your face daily helps to prevent this, but we often forget about all the other things that come into contact with our face on a daily basis; our phones, glasses and makeup brushes should also be sanitized regularly.
But a major sleeper suspect when it comes to breakouts is your pillowcase. The oils from your face, product in your hair and dirt from the day transfers onto it each night. So make sure you’re changing your sheets, and specifically your pillowcase at least once a week. For more tips on keeping ’em out here.
We’ll admit: there are few things more satisfying than picking at your skin. But if you’re a picker then you already know that nothing good ever happens when you mess with your pimples. So we’re ending with one of the more difficult rituals: when you feel the urge to pick or pop, step away from the mirror. You’ll prevent those pimples from becoming inflamed and you’ll help stop new ones from forming.
It’s the best of our skincare tips. We drone on and on about SPF because adding a great one to your daily ritual will do more to improve the long-term health of your skin than any other skincare product. And we know it can feel unnecessary or maybe even annoying if you’re just headed out to pick up some groceries. But research shows that UV damage continues even after you’re no longer directly exposed and all those minutes add up.5
Finding the right SPF—one that doesn’t feel greasy, sticky, thick or too heavy—is of course the hard part. But that’s where we can help. To find the best SPF for your unique skin and preferences, you can skip the guesswork. Head to kuraskin.com, take our quiz and choose a budget and we connect you with your best match.
- Sustained Sleep Deprivation Impairs Host Defense [PubMed]
- Nutrition and water: drinking eight glasses of water a day ensures proper skin hydration—myth or reality? [Clinics in Dermatology]
- Implications for the Role of Diet in Acne [PubMed]
- Dairy Intake and Acne Vulgaris: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of 78,529 Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults. [PubMed]
- Sun Damages DNA in Skin Cells Long After Exposure [Scientific American]