Your pregnancy glow might be gone, and you likely spend most of your day with a newborn attached, but you can still have radiant, healthy skin. Even better, there’s no need to spend a fortune or dedicate massive amounts of time to your skin care regimen. Just incorporate these 5 easy skincare practices into your daily skincare routine.
- Hydrate Your Skin with Water and a Healthy Diet
Healthy skin is best achieved by nourishing your body from the inside-out. Hydration is key. So is your diet. Drink lots of water – at least 8 glasses per day (more if you’re nursing). Struggling to include that much water in your diet? Try drinking infused water; it tastes better and supplies your skin with added nutrients.
You may also want to consider substituting your morning coffee for a shot of chlorophyll (or at least delay it until you’ve had your morning dose of green). Also, be sure to fill your diet with lots of colorful fruits, vegetables, and a good dose of healthy fat proteins, such as avocado and nuts.
Your skin (and the rest of your body) will thank you for taking the time to eat a well-balanced diet.
- Choose the Right Skincare Products
After birth, your body goes through significant changes. The composition of your skin may be one of them. In fact, many moms go from having super oily skin to seriously dry skin after childbirth, so be mindful of these shifts in your hormones. Choose a skin care regimen that coincides with it.
Avoid using chemically-laden products in your skincare routine, as they are the most likely to cause a reaction. Instead, opt for natural products, such as an oil cleanser for dry skin or a charcoal cleanser for oily or acne prone skin. Focus on moisturizers that supply your skin with nutrients without the use of unnecessary chemicals. Products that contain honey, vitamin C, or coconut oil are all great options.
- Always Wear Sunscreen When You Go Outside
Sun rays can damage the skin and cause premature aging, sun spots, and skin discoloration. Avoid the nasty consequences of sun exposure by ensuring you wear sunscreen whenever you go outside, rain or shine. If it’s extremely sunny outside, wear a hat or visor to protect the sensitive skin of your face. Also, be sure to use products specifically designed for the face; a lot of sunscreens are too harsh for this sensitive area of the body, and they can lead to an allergic reaction or skin irritation.
- Use a Gentle Exfoliator Regularly
To promote healthy skin, you’ll want to remove any dead skin cells on a regular basis. They dull the appearance of your skin and promote acne and blackheads. Incorporate exfoliation into your skincare routine at least once a week, but no more than twice per week (over-exfoliating can do more harm than good).
When choosing an exfoliator for your skin, opt for something natural and limited on chemicals. Avoid products that forcefully pull the skin (such as hardening, pull-away masks) as these can over-stretch the skin, which can promote premature aging. Instead, opt for gentle exfoliators, such as coconut oil combined with coffee or sugar. Gently rub it in circular motions and then rinse away.
Another good option is an exfoliating sponge. Rub gently in a circular motion for just a few seconds. If you opt for this method, clean your sponge after each use to reduce the risk of bacteria growth.
- Get Plenty of Rest
Skin rebuilding and repair tends to happen at night, while you’re sleeping. That’s why so many skincare routines recommend nighttime moisturization. Get plenty of rest and your skin will be more radiant and supple. You’ll also avoid those unsightly circles under your eyes.
As a bonus tip, do your best to keep your hands away from your face, as this promotes bacterial growth. Picking at your skin or popping zits can also lead to scarring and premature wrinkles.
A good skincare routine doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. All you need is a well-balanced diet, good hydration, lost of rest, sunscreen, and a few natural, simple ingredient skincare products.