NEW YEAR HEALTHY SKIN HABITS
With the start of a new year and the excitement of a fresh start, it is the perfect time to incorporate new habits into our life. Many a time, our skincare routine does not make the list. However, your skin deserves some of that enthusiasm as well. I really believe that if you take the time to give your skin the attention it deserves, your complexion will be reflective of that (think glowing youthful skin). This doesn’t have to be a time intensive routine, but simply introducing one or two goals can make all the difference. Like with anything, consistency is key and the results will follow. I thought I would share some healthy skin habits to start now (which I swear by) that can transform your skin:
SKIN GOAL #1: EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE
Shedding dead skin cells stimulates cell turnover to reveal a complexion that is glowing. Incorporating an exfoliant into your routine can help refine skin’s texture, stimulate collagen synthesis, prevent acne, and help other skincare products to penetrate deeper. Exfoliation has been a gamechanger for me – I have always battled dark spots, acne and large pores and now add aging to the roster. I make sure to exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times a week and notice that my skin has been the better for it. I consistently include it as part of my routine with the NAVA JUNGOL Detoxifying Jungle Mask and find that my dark spots have evened out and my skin is radiant.
SKIN GOAL #2: DRINK CHLOROPHYLL
Incorporate drinking chlorophyll into your daily routine. Chlorophyll aids in promoting red blood cell production, which means it may also help promote the delivery of oxygen to your tissues which results in fresher, healthier looking skin. This green elixir has potent anti-aging benefits and reduces inflammation with the added bonus of getting a boost of energy. First thing in the morning, I add it to my water with a spritz of lemon and drink. When I go a few days without it, I definitely notice my skin looking dull. Keep up with this daily habit for a few weeks to really see the difference.
SKIN GOAL #3: FACE MASSAGE
The advantages of face massage have been lauded for centuries by many cultures, making it an important part of one’s skincare routine. I adamantly believe it is a skincare must. This ancient technique helps to increase blood flow, reduce puffiness, it facilitates lymphatic drainage, tones the face, and visibly reduces the signs of aging. Stimulating the skin also helps to kick-start the collagen production which increases elasticity and prevents premature aging. The more elastic your skin is, the less prone it is to sagging and wrinkles. Make time at night to dedicate a few minutes to massage your face, this is the perfect way to decompress while reaping the benefits it has to offer. I usually massage my face 4 to 5 times a week using our PRANA Face Oil and enjoy the immediate lift my face gets.
SKIN GOAL #4: YOUR PILLOWCASE
When thinking of your skin, your pillowcase is usually not something that comes to mind, although you spend hours with it every day. I recommend choosing a natural detergent to reduce the number of chemicals that you come in contact with. This can help reduce the amount of breakouts, rashes and allergies you may experience. Next, choose natural fibers when selecting your pillowcase, preferably silk. Silk absorbs less moisture than cotton— leaving your skin more hydrated. It also creates less friction leaving less creases (these creases are believed to settle in as wrinkles over time).
SKIN GOAL #5: HYDRATE
Anyone who knows me knows I am BIG on drinking water. Sometimes I am crazy enough to think it can be a panacea for many issues. I am always armed with a huge water bottle that follows me everywhere I go. Staying hydrated will rejuvenate your skin and helps carry nutrients to the skin’s cell so it is healthy and radiant. It improves elasticity, flushes toxins that lead to free radical damage, and hydrates the skin for a natural glow. For those who deal with oily skin, increasing your water intake can be helpful in controlling the situation. For some, insufficient hydration can trigger the body to create even more oil to make up for the dryness. When you drink the right amount for your body type and weight, you may see your skin become less oily over time. Results will not happen overnight, but they will happen. Plan on consuming eight or more glasses of water each day for at least a couple of weeks before you notice an obvious difference.
Stay diligent. Try sticking to these habits for a month to really see the benefits. Most days I am exhausted (especially after putting the children to bed) that I have to muster energy to do anything. So I have a post-it on my bathroom mirror that helps remind me on those days. Do what works for you. Your skin is a direct reflection of the care you give it.
Love + Light,