Having healthy skin is so important because we all want that glow. When your skin is looking good then you have all the confidence in the world because I feel like it's the most noticeable thing on your face. I have been through my ups and downs over the years since I was a teenager of dealing with breakouts and acne and then trying to keep my skin looking the best it can. So I have learned a few things of what has helped me and hopefully these simple tips will help you as well. I loved learning that November is national healthy skin month and Aveeno has invited me to participate in their #AveenoDailyChallenge to try out their body wash and moisturizing lotion together to get your skin looking and feeling it's best. I have been trying these two out and I have to say that they've been a great addition to my daily routine. I love how their products feel really light on my skin and natural rather than something that would clog my skin. I am pretty picky about what types of lotion I use and body wash so I'm really glad that these are something I would recommend as a great duo. If you want to try them out for yourself then take the three week challenge of getting healthier skin and post about it with #AveenoDailyChallange. I'd love to hear what you think!
SIX STEPS TO HEALTHY SKIN:
1 | WASH YOUR FACE MORNING AND NIGHT [my mom always taught me from a young age how important it is to wash your face before going to bed and when you wake up so I have pretty much been doing this since I was a teenager and I feel like my skin would really suffer if I didn't. There is so much dirt and toxins that get on your skin throughout the day that it's so important to wash everything off, including all makeup before you sleep and so your skin cells can re-build. And washing your face in the morning is a great way to freshen up and start with a clean face from any germs or bacteria that could have gotten on your face from your pillow or sheets at night. Your makeup will go on so much smoother with a clean face - and don't forget to wash your makeup brushes about once a month as well. It's also a good idea to keep your hands off your face as much as you can. Oil and other germs on your hands can get into your pores on your face and cause breakouts. I love washing my face with a facial cleansing brush like this one , it cleans my face so much better than my hands alone can.]
2 | DRINK LOTS OF WATER [I know we hear this all the time how important it is to drink 8oz of water a day, but really it is everything!! Drink as much water as you can and it will help your body in so many ways. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it needs to be hydrated so when you are drinking enough water, your skin will look and feel better. You will also feel better when you drink water instead of lots of other drinks. I always carry a water bottle around with me and it helps me to drink water if I have it right there.]
3 | GET PLENTY OF SLEEP [this is one that I'm working on by trying to go to bed earlier because I feel so much better when I go to sleep early and wake up early. I can totally tell in my body when I am getting enough sleep or not because everything comes crashing down when I have a lot of late nights in a row. I wake up with my skin looking so much more refreshed and clear when I have a full-nights sleep.]
4 | EAT HEALTHY AND EXERCISE [we've all heard the phrase that you are what you eat, and as much as I don't want to believe that when I'm craving some in-n-out burger, it really is true. If you feed your body with healthy meals the majority of your day then your skin is going to reflect that and look so much healthier . When I am eating more fruits and veggies, I feel like my skin has a better skin tone and coloring to it and I can tell my overall health is better. I really notice a difference in my skin when I am drinking green smoothies regularly as well. You can find a great recipe here.]
5 | MOISTORIZE AND WEAR SPF EVERYDAY [as I get older I realize the importance more and more of protecting your skin from the sun. I always wear a moisturizer that has SPF in it and since we are outside or at the beach so much, I try to wear a hat as much as I can because sometimes you can only protect your face from so much and it just needs to be covered. It's also a good idea to have makeup that has SPF in it. I always put lotion on my entire body after I shower and my face after I wash it, this has made such a difference in the softness of my skin.]
6 | RELAX [this one is big because we all know that stress is a huge cause of breakouts on our face. And we all want to look younger and carefree without stress lines, right?! I think to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle, it's important to find ways in your life to release your stress and just let yourself unwind. We have so much pulling at us in the world from a busy work schedule with deadlines and so much social media that's constantly there and so many things in the world fighting for our time and attention, that it's important sometimes just to unplug and unwind and to take a moment for yourself. I love having quiet mornings where I can pray and meditate while reading my scriptures. Just find something that you can do to take time for yourself to relax - maybe some tea and a bubble bath is your thing. I also think taking yoga is a great way to release and relax with your body. And don't forget to take times to pamper yourself with massages or facials because these help to achieve an overall healthy body.]