Attempting to sift through the bombardment of beauty advice in modern lifestyle magazines or blogs can easily make someone overwhelmed. Quite often, the ubiquitous “best practices” for skincare are not only confusing, but contradictory. Sigh.
Here’s a standard to live by- take extra care of your skin regime, and worry less about having to rectify mistakes later on with additional makeup or other means. Achieving holistic beauty isn’t as complicated as we deem it to be, as long as you play by the rules.
1. Sunscreen for days
“There are two reasons why we age, the first is due to genetics, which is out of our control, and the second is due to environmental factors and how nicely we treat our body, which we can definitely control” says Dr. Jacquelyn Dosal, a Board-Certified Dermatologist in South Florida. “Of these outside factors, sun is the most aging of all the things we encounter on a daily basis. It’s the low-level daily sun exposure that adds up to create wrinkles, blotchiness, dull skin, and brown spots. Twin studies show the twins that wear sunscreen or avoid the sun look almost a decade younger than the sun indulgent twin by late middle age. I’m not saying to stay indoors all the time, but I absolutely recommend everyone wear an SPF of 30 or more every day. In order to avoid foundation and concealer, this is a must. It can’t be done any other way.” If you’re looking back with 20-20 vision and have already accumulated some sun spots, try Kristal Cosmetic’s beloved Multi-Vitamin Spot Corrector.
2. You are what you eat
Self-care is about more than what cleanser you use. “Beauty comes from inside” says Eva Claiborne, Master Aesthetician from Budapest. “If you take care of your body, eat organic fruits and vegetables, drink at least 8 glass of water, exercise, and meditate, it will show on your skin.” Jacquelyn Dosal, MD, shares the same sentiment. “One of the best things you can do for your skin is to eat well, sleep, and exercise. Eating a diet full of colorful veggies and good fats, such as olive oil, salmon, and avocados can do wonders for your skin. Fish oil is a great way to get good fats in your diet if you don’t eat a lot of fish. Most importantly, avoiding sugar, and even dairy, keeps skin radiant. The problem with sugar is that it attaches to our collagen, and makes it fragile and crispy, instead of soft and supple. Try cutting out sugar or any white foods like white bread or white rice from your diet for three weeks, and you will be amazed at the results.”
3. It’s all about self-love
Holistic self-care also means managing your emotions. When you neglect the negativity in your life, your cortisol becomes affected and you are more prone to developing skin aggravations. Anxiety and other negative stressors can express itself in surprising ways. Many researches have concluded that there is a strong correlation between skin conditions and our mental state, so don’t be surprised when your internal conflicts show up in the mirror the next morning. Kristals Cosmetics is understands the power of connecting your inner and outward sense of self through gemstones.
3. Treat yo self
“Regular facials help to stimulate blood flow, clean out pores, and allows access to high quality and concentration of beneficial ingredients” recommends Dr. Dosal.
4. Give it a break
When you over-wash your skin, you’re inadvertently doing more harm than good. Be sure to stay away from astringent cleansers that foam, and opt for oil based cleansers instead. Dr. Jacquelyn Dosal recommends using a gentle cleanser one to two times per day. “It shouldn’t make your face feel tight, but be just enough to remove your makeup. You can also use a facial wipe if needed to remove any left-over makeup.”
5. Cleanse, then sleep
After an exhausting day of work, working-out, making dinner, walking the dog, et cetera, it can be tempting to fall into bed with a face full of makeup. Don’t. Allowing the makeup, dirt and pollutants to build up in your pores is bound to cause acne and potentially wrinkles. Michaela Schmitz, a certified Aesthetician, can’t stress enough how vital it is to fall asleep with a clean face. “While your body is resting, your skin needs to rejuvenate. It needs to be nourished at night, and not smothered. Although beauty wipes can be good for removing eye makeup, and is better than nothing after a late night, they do not replace a cleanser. Beauty wipes only clean the surface of your skin, while a cleanser lifts impurities out from your pores and balances your ph levels. Plus, wipes are usually loaded with alcohol perfume and synthetic chemicals that over time can dry your skin.” Want to feel young again with a quick wash of the face? Try our Rock Crystal Cleansing Milk, which will stabilize the structure of your skin and give you a vivacious glow.
6. Antioxidants are your friends
“I think antioxidants used in skin care are a must for self-preservation” says Schmitz. “Vitamin C is my personal favorite, as it slows down the rate of free radicals, unstable molecules that promote dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Its antioxidant properties also limit damage induced by exposure to UV light. Whether you use it topically or ingest it, Vitamin C will promote collagen production that is essential for healthy skin, hair, joints and eyes.”
7. Get your beauty sleep
When you skip out on sleep, your body will instinctively enter a stress mode and secrete an overabundance of cortisol. Sometimes referred to as the “death hormone”, too much cortisol, will cause your tissue and skin cells to breakdown, accelerating or prematurely kicking-off the aging process. But get an adequate amount of sleep, and your skin will stay elastic and firm. They don’t say to get your beauty sleep for no reason after all.