As a makeup artist, no canvass is better than a smooth, healthy, glowing skin. While heredity may determine how your skin looks, behaves, and ages, you can improve it by taking good care of yourself. Here are my 5 tips to properly care for your skin.
1. The health of your skin begins with a good diet. Remember to look for “ACE” vitamins: A to help prevent aging, C to promote clarity, and E to protect against the environment.
A: carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, melons, egg yolks, dairy
C: citrus fruits, peppers, berries, tomatoes, broccoli
E: leafy greens, nuts, whole grains
Ever since I was little, we were taught to eat all kinds of vegetables and fruits. Aside from the health benefits, I just love the colors, textures and most importantly the taste. For those who are haters, start with small amounts and gradually add more to your meals as the weeks pass by. Call me weird but I think of them as beauty vitamins.
2. Exercise is a skincare essential. Raising the heart through vigorous exercises increases blood flow, brings more oxygen to the skin, and cleanses impurities from the body through sweat.
I’m obsessed with HIIT. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is a method of exercise in which low to moderate intensity interval are alternated with high intensity intervals. It is considered to be more effective than normal cardio because the intensity is higher and you are able to increase both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat. For more information, follow HIITPH on Instagram.
If you’re just starting a workout program your goal shouldn’t be to get buff or lose weight. The first step is getting to a fitness level where you get excited to workout. And for that, all you need is consistency. I can’t believe I’m saying this but “there’s always time for fitness”. Haha
3. Excess sun exposure is skin’s number-one enemy. It causes wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as the increase risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your face and body with an SPF of 30 and above.
I’m an avid fan of sunscreens. The standard rule accepted by most dermatologists is to use an ounce of sunscreen or what would fill a standard shot glass for head-to-toe coverage. For the face and neck, liberal application is approximately ¼ teaspoon, and if exposed, the same amount for the chest area.
With technology nowadays, makeup products such as moisturizers, foundations, pressed powder and the like have SPF in it. Make it a habit to put on every day to keep your skin looking young and to reduce the risk of brown spots, sagging and most importantly, skin cancer!
4. Smoking and excessive alcohol intake can cause the skin to age prematurely. Lessen it or just quit. It severely damages your skin and lungs and is common cause of cancer. Plus, it makes you smell and robs color from your skin and lips.
It’s hard to quit smoking, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting and staying a non-smoker, you need to know what you are up against, what your options are and where to go for help – so do your research.
I used to be a social smoker a few years back. I stopped smoking when I became a makeup artist since I don’t like my clients saying that I smell like an ashtray. Haha Quitting is one of the best things I have done and I’m super proud to be called a non-smoker.
5. Uncontrolled stress can cause acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin and a healthy state of mind, take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy.
I’m a planner. I like to jot things down and make sure that I do everything that needs to be done that day. Every year I buy a planner to keep work and social activities organized. That’s a good trick to keep yourself on track.
Vacation helps shrink stress and anxiety while also boosting the mental and physical health. Every year I make it a point to go on trips with my loved ones. Taking a break from the fast paced world is important to renew the mind, body and spirit. Think of it as a brain break and a timeout from technology.