Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is also the first line of defense from germs, pathogens, and physical injuries. Due to this, it is a good visual indicator of our underlying health conditions.
In addition to being a health indicator, it is also a source of psychological confidence or being self-conscious of oneself. Whatever it might be, we need to take care of our skin and maintain its hygiene to avoid health disorders or even one’s self-esteem.
In this article, we will provide you a simple routine to keep your skin hygienic and glowing. But, before that, let us look at the small factors that are affecting our skin on a daily basis.
Factors that affect your skin on a daily bases
Below are some of the most common factors that affect the skin on your face or body on a daily basis and should be avoided.
Touching face with hands constantly:
Our hands come in contact with a number of items like our mobile phone, laptop, or a doorknob at a public place. These things harbor numerous germs like bacteria and allergens on their surfaces. These germs in turn are transferred to our hands and then onto our face when we touch it.
This damages the skin on our faces and eventually results in acne breakouts. While not touching our faces throughout the day is next to impossible, we can always reduce the number of times we touch our faces and regularly wash our hands with soap.
Excessive washing of the face:
Most people have the habit of excessively washing their faces in the belief that it will keep their skin healthy and acne-free. However, it is totally incorrect.
Excessive washing of our face dries the skin and this in turn makes the glands under the skin to generate more oils to compensate for the dryness. This results in frequent acne breakouts and also results in other skin issues like rashes and other skin problems.
Dermatologists recommend washing your face once in the morning after waking up and also washing it before going to sleep for a healthy and glowing face.
Usage of products with harmful chemicals:
One of the most common skin issues in today’s world is due to the usage of hair and skin products that contain harmful chemicals.
Most products are made with harsh chemicals like parabens, skin irritants, and even cancer-causing ingredients.
It is safe to use natural or less chemical products. Also, remember to not use excess products on your body or skin.
Not washing clothes and other fabrics:
Most people choose their clothes for the day by using the sniff test. If they do not find any odor from the clothes, they deem it fit to wear. However, unknown to most people, if clothes are not washed regularly, they accumulate our body oils and this in turn messes with our skin by causing infection, zits, or body acne.
In addition to our clothes, our bed sheets and pillow covers must also be washed at least once a week.
Unhealthy eating or eating from unhygienic places:
Nowadays, people, especially teens and young adults have developed poor lifestyle choices mainly in their eating habits. Whether it is due to lack of awareness or lack of options and time in today’s fast-paced world, a majority of these people tend to eat food outside where most of it is considered junk.
These food habits, in addition to affecting ones overall health, also affect the skin in the form of allergic reactions or itchy rashes.
Another form of unhealthy eating that affects ones skin is to eat excessively spicy food or foods that contain an excess of sugar and salt. This also affects the health of the skin in the long term. Therefore, remember to eat outside or processed food in moderation and always eat healthy homemade food.
Not drinking enough water:
Not drinking enough water or keeping your body sufficiently hydrated throughout the day is perhaps the most common mistake you might be committing every day. If you are dehydrated, your skin will become dull, dry, and uneven, and this will lead to itchiness and wrinkling.
Keeping your body well hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day or by eating foods rich in water content not only keeps your skin healthy and glowing but also detoxes your body.
Stress and anxiety:
Finally, a lesser-known factor that can affect your skin on a daily basis is by getting stressed and anxious. Stress imbalances the hormones in our body and eventually result in more skin issues. It also aggravates skin problems like Eczema, Psoriasis, and Acne.
Simple daily routine for healthy and glowing skin
Now that you understand some of the common factors that affect your skin health on a daily basis, let us look at a simple daily routine for a healthier, hygienic, and glowing skin on our body and face.
Drink water as soon as you wake up:
During the 6-8 hours of sleep during the night, your body tends to deplete its water resources and gets dehydrated by the time you wake up. Therefore, it is essential that you drink lots of water as soon as you wake up.
In addition to keeping your skin healthy and glowing, it also flushes the toxins out of your body.
Wash face and body with a toxin-free product
Once you are well hydrated, the next important thing to do is to clean yourself. It is extremely important that you bath using toxin-free products for both your body and face.
The manufacturing of a majority of today’s cosmetic and bath products is done using harmful and sometimes even cancer-causing chemicals to maintain the price of the product competitively. Using such products on your sensitive skin harms it as well as causes other skin disorders. So, make sure you use natural or products with fewer chemicals.
TIP: Check the ingredients of the product before purchasing it. The fewer, the better.
Workout regularly to release the stress hormones from your body and in turn to keep your skin healthy. It also helps in improving your body’s blood circulation which improves the supply of oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin and rejuvenates it.
Wash hair regularly
Most people do not wash their hair regularly. This results in the accumulation of dirt and oils in their hair and this eventually causes dandruff. While this might be an issue related to hair and scalp, the itchy flakes from the exfoliated scalp scale down onto your face and body to cause itchy red patches and inflammations on the skin.
Therefore, wash your hair regularly, at least twice a week, and not more than thrice a week as it will overly dry your hair and scalp. Also, remember to wash your hair before sleeping if you have used any hair products to style it.
Exfoliate your body while bathing
Exfoliating your body while bathing by using a soft or natural scrub is an effective way to remove the dead skin from your body. This gives your skin a smooth and glowing texture.
However, do not do the same to your face as the skin on your face is much sensitive compared to the one on your body. You may use other gentle and softer exfoliators available for face or simply use a good face wash to clean your face.
Use moisturizers or sunscreen lotions
If you have the problem of drying skin after bathing, always use a moisturizer to avoid it from becoming flaky and dull. Also, remember to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 minutes before stepping out as it takes time for the sunscreen to activate.
Eat clean throughout the day
As mentioned above in the things that affect your skin health, it is essential that you eat good food for healthy skin and also to reduce any skin issues.
In addition to eating clean home-cooked food, you must eat fruits to increase the water level in your body. Fruits are also rich in fiber content and it helps in flushing out the toxins from your body.
Consult a Dermatologist if unsure
In spite of following the above routine, you might still face issues with your skin. It is important to take an expert’s opinion in that case.
With the advent of the internet and the number of Do-It-Yourself hacks available online, people these days are self-diagnosing blindly. This might work in a few cases, other times it might just aggravate the issue. Therefore, it is always safe and important to Consult with a Skin Expert or Dermatologist even if you have the slightest doubt.