How can I take care of my skin at home is all down to ingrained habits. The wonderful thing is that it is never too late to start.
If you are asked about your beauty routine, do you list your face care products? What about your body?
Or do you only ever apply something when the skin feels stretched or irritated? Or perhaps you do something at the beginning of the summer, to eradicate this crocodile skin before the beach.
There are a wealth of skin products, but the basics are very simple. Delay aging, exfoliate, massage, moisturize and nourish your skin, and keep it clean. Consistency is key and no amount of expensive ingredients will help if you don’t use them continuously.
Read on to learn why consistency is key for great skin, and why it’s really easy to do.
Table of Contents
- 1 How can I take care of my skin at home by daily routine? Introduction
- 2 How can I take care of my skin at home: Conclusion
How can I take care of my skin at home by daily routine? Introduction
For a healthy and comfortable skin over the long term, it is important to take care of your body on a daily basis, and here are 5 tips to put you on the right path:
Delay the aging of the skin
Move, breathe and relax
The skin is a genuine reflection of our physical and psychological state.
Logically, sport (such as cardio training) is a precious ally in taking care of your body.
A special mention goes out to yoga, and remember that getting enough sleep is also essential for cell renewal.
Beware of the sun
This friend-enemy relationship deserves special attention.
With the sun, our skin is luminous and receives the vitamin D essential to its renewal, thus fighting eczema or psoriasis.
But the sun’s UV rays accelerate its aging, make brown spots appear, alter its elastin and collagen and can even cause lesions and cancers.
In short, a reasonable relationship with the sun is essential for a long-lasting healthy skin.
On a daily basis, forget creams with integrated sun filters, which are irritating and not really effective, and go for plant-based active ingredients with an anti-UV action (Coconut, Olive, Raspberry, Wheat germ).
Moderation, always, and the best possible sunscreen is imperative when it comes to sunbathing!
Fill up on antioxidants
In your cosmetics, baobab, borage, carrot, centella asiatica, pomegranate are all top of the line of a long list.
Several body care products are particularly rich in antioxidants, but when your needs are more intense, to repair your skin and boost its firmness, you can enrich them with a few drops of regenerating plant oil synergy, a powerful antioxidant.
Diet wise, adopt anti-aging foods and, more generally, a balanced diet rich in fresh and organic seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Exfoliate in moderation
A classic body routine: exfoliation.
Proclaimed to be essential for renewed, deeply cleansed skin, etc. In reality, most skins have more to lose than to gain.
Our epidermis is an ecosystem in which bacteria, fat and even dead skin do not necessarily have to be eradicated. Their role? Protection.
Aggressions, infections, diseases, … Aggressive scrubs disturb skin balance. It can even create new problems: mechanical acne, micro-injuries, dryness, etc.
- Forget scrubs, exfoliation, dry cleaning in the case of fragile and very dry skin, sensitive, acne, eczema, psoriasis, shingles… Our skin needs all its thickness in the heart of winter and in the middle of summer.
We prefer natural homemade scrubs, meant only for the strongest skins. Apply them without rubbing, mainly on rough areas, at most once a week at the end of summer or winter.
Tip: For coffee-based homemade scrubs, check out the Best coffee scrubs to combat cellulite.
Massage is the answer to (almost) everything
Combined with good active ingredients, massage is the secret to healing your body and taking care of it.
Don’t have any of these problems?
Massage yourself anyway to tone and smooth the skin, activate circulation, stimulate collagen and elastin.
In fact, get a massage if you like it. It is also a great way to fight stress and many different types of massages exist to relax your body.
Think exfoliation or dry cleaning to boost cell renewal, just do it gently.
- Do you have more specific concerns? Take it to the next level with a massage twice a day and the following tips and tricks:
- Against cellulite: forget lymphatic brushing, opt for lymphatic drainage by palpating and rolling, which is just as effective against orange peel skin and fatty deposits, but without damaging the epidermis. By hand or by suction cup, always with an oil in order not to irritate the skin.
- Against stretch marks: As a preventive measure, massage the affected areas (like your breasts with stretch marks on) with a very nourishing cream, rich in vegetable butters (Shea, Cocoa) and protective oils (Avocado, Baobab). Add a few drops of healing, regenerating plant oils containing healing, restructuring and collagen-boosting active ingredients such as rosehip oil, daisy macerate, calophylla, argan.
- Treat yourself to regular treatments with botanical oils for a luminous finish and a sweet fragrance. If your skin does not need too much in summer, you can use it instead of your milk.
- Apply your moisturizer with broad, wraparound smoothing motions followed by light, draining pressure.
Tip: You can even massage with a homemade cellulite cream, as explained in our article 14 Amazing homemade cellulite cream DIY recipes.
Moisturize and nourish the skin
Unless you want to give up well-fed skin capable of defending itself, skipping the essential moisturizing is out of the question.
Taking care of your body means drinking enough. At least 0.4 liquid gallons of low mineralized water. Your epidermis draws most of its resources from it.
Moisturizing your skin also means helping it retain this water by offering it good fats to strengthen its lipid and hydrolipidic film.
Only the lipids of vegetable oils and butters, in close affinity with ours, are capable of doing this. While nourishing our skin with nutrients, it’s a real double hit!
At least daily, ideally after washing, apply a suitable care product:
- Your routine is not fixed once and for all. Change of season (such as when autumn is about to kick in), swimming, the sun, pregnancy, etc. Respond to its more intense needs with more frequent application and/or richer care.
- Your moisturizer should be sufficiently nourishing. But not too rich, at the risk of causing imperfections. So, moisturizing milk, nourishing cream or emollient balm? Listen and observe: tightness, crocodile skin or itching, your epidermis knows when and where it’s not working.
- For the body: face, body, hands, feet have specific needs, and each one has its own moisturizer.
We wash for hygiene, of course.
But it is also the basis of healthy skin, get rid of the oxidizing particles that attack it, of the bacteria and dirt that clog its pores, cause inflammation, and hinder its cellular renewal.
On the other hand, washing badly can be disastrous. Unsuitable methods and products can leave you with a stripped hydrolipidic film and the skin exposed.
Taking care of your body by washing is easy!
Just pay attention to:
- How you wash yourself. Soap yourself preferably by hand, dry meticulously by dabbing.
- Time and temperature. Go for the warm toning shower as opposed to a prolonged boiling bath (especially filled with petrochemical foam). Screw up some courage, finish off with a cold blast of water because it is the best way to tone, improve circulation and fight against dimples.
- Do not overdo it. Armpits, genitals, feet, face and hands are washed daily. But daily showers are not essential, especially in winter. Your skin will thank you for sparing it from the drying hard water.
Finally, the choice of products is essential:
- Pimples on the back or neckline? Reinforce the purification of your skin with a natural soft purifying cleansing gel.
- The best is a surgras soap rich in vegetable oils, cold saponified in order to keep their nutrients intact: vitamins E, A, squalene, phytosterols, terpenes make it a real soft, nourishing, restructuring, softening body care.
- Forget conventional gels and soaps full of sulfated agents and other substances that are at best irritating, such as preservatives, perfumes, synthetic dyes, etc. Go for natural skin care products instead.
How can I take care of my skin at home: Conclusion
Do yourself a favor. Relaxation and happiness, nothing is more effective for better skin all over.
Provided, of course, that you avoid counterproductive products that are disastrous for collagen and health, especially alcohol, tobacco, and refined sugars. Yes indeed, also sugar causes premature skin aging!
It’s up to you, find out what makes you the happiest and go for it! Your skin will thank you!