In this day and age, it seems that we’re always in this imaginary “competition” with models in ads or other celebrities that we see on television. In this mythical world, where common skincare challenges don’t seem to exist, it can be difficult to look in the mirror and see a blemish — any type of blemish — no matter how small or how noticeable.
However, your connection with your skin can mean a lot more than just whether or not you have breakouts or flareups. And the sooner you begin to realize that, the quicker you can begin to “love the skin you’re in.”
Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you get started!
Pay Attention to Your Diet
If you’ve ever heard the expression “you are what you eat,” it’s much more than just an old adage. In fact, it can greatly affect the relationship that you have with your skin.
You see, the lifestyle choices that you make every day can often be the differentiating factor between whether you’ll have healthy, glowing skin, or if you’ll be plagued with a dull, dry or oily complexion. So, what kind of diet should you follow to love the skin you’re in?
For starters, do your best to “eat clean.” What this means is eating fresh foods that are not processed or contain additives. Sticking to a diet that restricts dairy and sugar, but is high in unsaturated fats and fresh vegetables, will also do the trick.
However, for specific skincare needs, you can also try the following.
To tighten your skin – Foods rich in Vitamin C have actually been shown to help tighten the skin, especially oranges. They also contain collagen, which can help slow the skin’s aging process.
To help clear your skin from blemishes – According to Healthline, there is a whole list of foods that can help keep your skin clear, including:
- Brown rice
- Sweet potatoes
Go a Little More Natural
By now, you probably already know that makeup can clog your pores, which can then lead to breakouts and all sorts of other skin challenges. But, learning to love your skin means that you love the way your skin looks — naturally.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you must choose to never wear makeup, but start looking at makeup as a way to accentuate your particular skin, rather than cover it up.
If you work from home or have lazy Sunday afternoons, give your face a “makeup break,” and instead, pamper it with an all-natural face mask, or splurge on that moisturizer that you’ve had your eye on for a while now.
Steer Clear of Stress
When you’re making a real effort to pamper your skin, one of the most important things you can do is avoid stress — quite like the plague that it is. Of course, there are always situations where moments of stress can’t be avoided. However, if you can minimize it as much as possible, then you’re on the right path.
Worrying about your skin can cause stress, and stress can cause skin breakouts. So, as you can see, it’s a bit of a vicious circle. Try to surround yourself with people who are positive and give you plenty of reasons to love yourself — including your skin. If you follower influencers on any of your social media platforms, be sure to take tips from those who are body — and skin — positive. Never hate your skin again!
Stop Poking and Picking At Your Skin
We saved this one for last because, unbelievably, it’s actually the most difficult habit to overcome when it comes to your skin. When you see a pimple or a blackhead, your first instinct is probably to start squeezing and popping, even though it’s causing damage to your skin. However, avoiding this at all costs is a skincare must!
The lengths that people will go to when they don’t like their particular skin tone is too extreme, especially when they actually consider bleaching their faces. And, to the other extreme, many bronzers can be harmful to your skin and, you guessed it, can severely clog your pores. We all know where that leads now, don’t we?
Instead, treat any skin blemishes with all-natural solutions, whenever necessary. Using harsh skincare products with questionable ingredients is also not a good idea. Sometimes, all your skin needs is to be washed with warm water and a gentle cleanser, patted dry, and topped off with a good moisturizer. Easy, right?
As mentioned, understanding how to love the skin you’re in requires that you completely revolutionize — from within. Take a step each day to appreciate the uniqueness of your skin, whether it be your freckles or the radiant flush you may experience when you’re happy. Chances are that these are all things your loved ones have already noticed. Now it’s your turn!