healthy skin
  1. Do not dry shave
    • Shaving legs or underarms dry can cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor burn
    • To avoid irritation caused by dry shaving, soften it in the shower for about 10 minutes. Then apply a layer of shaving cream and shave in long strokes. Slather on body lotion post-shower
    • Do not use soap. Soap will dull the razor and invite cuts
  2. Wear sunscreen every day
    • Wear a daily SPF lotion formulated for the face
    • Use sunscreen even on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through clouds
  3. Exfoliate your skin every day
    • A buildup of dead skin cells can cause itchiness and rashes
    • Dry weather worsens the itchiness and rash
    • Scrub daily with a puff, a loofah, or a grainy exfoliator to help sweep rough skin away
    • After exfoliating, use moisturizer to lock in softness
    • Frequent exfoliation will cause skin irritation
  4. Avoid the sun between 10:00am and 3:00pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest
  5. Use lip balm with sunscreen
    • Your lips contain no melanin and will burn easily
  6. Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric so the sun can’t slip in
  7. Avoid reflective surfaces, such as water and sand
    • Water and sand can reflect as much as 85 percent of the sun’s rays
  8. Be aware that certain medications, including some antibiotics, dramatically increase sun sensitivity
  9. Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection
    • Sunglasses with 100% UV protection will help to prevent eye cancer or cataracts, which may result in blindness
  10. Do not cradle the phone against your face
    • Cradling the phone against your face will cause jaw-line acne
  11. Do not sleep in your makeup
    • Wearing makeup overnight causes a dull morning complexion
    • Clogged pores and breakouts will occur
    • Eye makeup may creep into your eyes overnight, triggering irritation
    • Wearing mascara overnight can cause broken eyelashes
  12. Wash your skin after a workout
    • If you don’t wash your skin after a workout, clogged pores and breakouts will occur
  13. Do not chew on your nails
    • Chewing your nails damages the nail plate which can cause infection
  14. Do not use old makeup
    • If you use makeup that is old, the preservatives that prevent bacterial growth, become less effective

Change your diet for healthy skin

We are all familiar with the old saying that “You are what you eat.” While this statement isn’t literally true for people who do not practice cannibalism, there’s sound science behind it: the things that you eat do provide the building blocks for everything else in your body. If the building blocks you provide are weak, inadequate, or missing something important, then the same problems will be true of your body as well.

Of course, different structures need different building blocks. As a result, even if you have a general idea of how to eat for a healthy lifestyle, you may not have a clear idea of how to alter your diet to get highly specific results. If, for example, you’re looking to have healthier, clearer skin, there are specific foods you should eat— as well as foods you should avoid.

Eat more foods with antioxidants

Antioxidants are extremely beneficial to the health and well being of your skin, because they repair your skin and strengthen the blood vessels, which make it easier for your body’s circulatory system to provide nutrients to the dermis and take away pollutants and waste. Additionally, antioxidants combat the damage brought on by sun, pollution, wind, and temperature changes, and fight off free radicals.

Foods that are high in antioxidants tend to protect the skin from damage. So if you’re looking to give your face a little armor, it’s best to eat a diet high in blueberries, pomegranates, spinach, tomatoes, beans, salmon, carrots, nuts, peas, kale, apricots, mangoes, and other foods high in vitamins A, C, and E.

Eat less fat and carbohydrates

Just as eating the right foods can be beneficial to your skin, it’s important to avoid eating foods that would be detrimental to your skin if you want to keep it happy, fresh, and supple. Foods that are particularly greasy or low in vital nutrients— sometimes referred to as “empty calories”— take up room in your stomach without providing your skin the tools it needs to fight off free radicals and stay radiant. Some research and studies have shown that a diet high in carbohydrates and fat intense food can actually accelerate the skin’s aging process by a considerable amount— an effect which can be exacerbated by not drinking enough water. After all, the only thing worse than not having enough of the right nutrients to feed your skin is not having the delivery system to get the nutrients to your skin in the first place.