The 7 Most Important Habits of Women with Great Skin

It’s a simple fact that skin that is healthy naturally looks younger. Regardless of the condition that your skin is in today, cultivating positive habits and maybe even breaking some old ones will do wonders for your complexion. Wondering how to get great skin? The professionals at Lexli have long worked with women – and men – to ensure their skin is its very best and along the way we found a few commonalities among those with truly amazing skin. What we’ve learned is this: having great skin doesn’t take a lot of time or money but it does require discipline and consistency.

Read on for the top habits for healthy skin:

1. Those with great skin stay out of the sun

Prolonged sun exposure is the main cause of premature aging to the skin but since avoiding sun exposure altogether is nearly impossible, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 like Lexli Sunscreen Spray before leaving the house.

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2. Those with great skin have a consistent and simple daily skin care routine

Working skin care into the schedule is non-negotiable when it comes to having healthy and beautiful skin.

  • Be sure to wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleansing lotion to remove dirt, excess oil and bacteria from the skin.
  • Exfoliate with a glycolic acid exfoliator as often as your skin can tolerate.
  • Moisturize both morning and night with an effective moisturizer that will not only soften your skin but prevent moisture loss that occurs both day and night through a process known as trans epidermal water loss (TEWL).
  • Protect your skin from the sun through the use of sunscreen.

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3. People with great skin fill their diets with healthy skin-friendly foods

Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants are important for maintaining skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in foods like salmon, shrimp, walnuts, edamame and kidney beans, reduce inflammation (which can cause redness and acne) and keep skin thick, supple and moisturized. Antioxidants fight free-radical damage, which can break down our skin’s collagen and elastin, the proteins that give our skin its strength and elasticity. Foods that are high in antioxidants include blueberries, strawberries, spinach, beans, dark chocolate, and pecans.

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4. Those with great skin handle their skin with care

Be gentle with your skin. Don’t tug when removing make up, stop using harsh and drying products (like soap) on your face and stop popping pimples (or if you’re going to do it, at least learn how to pop a pimple the right way.) Look for products that do not contain water as the primary ingredient but rather a therapeutic base ingredient, such as aloe vera like that found in Lexli’s aloe vera skin care products.

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5. People with great skin avoid smoking

It goes without saying but smoking is just plain bad for your skin. It narrows the blood vessels, thus reducing the flow of blood to the skin while causing it to become dry and discolored. The toxins and chemicals in tobacco smoke also damage collagen and elastin, which lead to sagging skin and premature wrinkles.

6. Those with great skin drink less alcohol

Drinking alcohol in excess not only dehydrates the skin but also leaves the skin looking dull and discolored while enlarging pores and creating fine lines.

7. People with great skin get plenty of sleep

Your body repairs and rejuvenates itself while you sleep, which is why it is recommended that you get at least seven hours each night for optimal skin health. Furthermore, studies have found that sleep-deprived women not only show signs of premature skin aging but also a decrease in their ability to recover from skin damage, like that from sun exposure.

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