Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

I. Introduction

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? That should make it clear immediately why it is so important to take good care of your skin. Healthy skin means a healthy mind and body. Healthy skin makes one confident in themselves. Having healthy skin is an overall protection for your body. It protects you from sickness, changing weather conditions, and sun rays and regulates your body temperature.

To maintain healthy skin you need to have a proper skincare routine. A skincare routine is important as it lets you have glowing skin free from acne, marks and early signs of wrinkles.

A healthy skincare routine boosts confidence the most and helps you look radiant.

Talking of healthy skin, so let us see what steps you can follow for a proper skincare routine.

Let us get started.

II. Tip 1: Cleansing

Cleansing is the first step to healthy skin. It absorbs all sorts of dirt, dust particles, excess oil and other harmful pollutants that can set themselves on our skin due to the harmful environment. 

It is important to choose the right cleaners accordion to your skin type to get healthy skin.

Confused how to do so?

We make it easier for you. 

1)Normal Skin- If you have a normal skiing type, use a foaming cleanser. Use it in the mornings and at night for deep cleansing and moisture. 

2)Oily Skin- If your skin is oily or acne-prone, gel cleansers can help you get healthy skin. It removes the excess oil and reduces acne marks. 

3)Dry skin- Cream cleansers are made for people who have very sensitive or dry skin. It gives you the right amount of moisture for a healthy-looking skin.

After getting to know the right cleanser according to your skin type the question arises how often to cleanse your face?

It is recommended to cleanse twice a day for healthy skin.  Cleansing once in the morning and once at night is necessary. Make sure you hit the bed with a clean face only!

III. Tip 2: Hydration

Hydration nourishes your skin from within. It is necessary to make your skin look nourished. It helps maintain healthy skin by making it soft and makes the skin look glowy. 

Since our body is made of 60% water, it is necessary to maintain the proper percentage to make your skin smooth. Water is essential for healthy skin as it removes toxins from your body. By increasing the water intake, you can move forward towards healthier skin. You can also drink other healthy fluids. This will give you the extra plumpness that your skin needs.

Apart from keeping yourself hydrated through water, you can also use moisturisers to give yourself healthy skin. In an environment where our skin is exposed to dust particles and harmful sunrays, moisturising is a must. You can moisturise your skin after taking a bath to absorb the moisture that was lost.

IV. Tip 3: Sun Protection

The ultraviolet rays of the sun have harmful effects on your skin. It can cause skin burns. It can sometimes affect the skin cells or even kill them by reaching the inner layers of your skin. So it is very important to protect yourself from exposure to the sun. 

To protect yourself from the sun, it is essential to use sunscreens. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) protects you from UV rays. You should use it daily while you are out in the sun. Different types of SPF are:

1)SPF 15- blocks 93% of UV rays

2)SPF 30- blocks 97 % of UV rays

3)SPF 50- blocks 98% of UV rays

Therefore, it is important to select the right SPF for maintaining healthy skin.

Applying sunscreen before stepping out of the house is important. Have a clean face before using sunscreen. You need to apply a little bit amount of sunscreen only. If you wear makeup, apply your makeup over the sunscreen. 

V. Tip 4: Nutritional Support

Want healthy skin? What you eat can help you in having healthy skin.

Having healthy food reflects your health inside out. It not only ensures you have perfect fitness but also helps in making your skin smooth and fresh. 

Eating the right food with the essential nutrients can make your skin a healthy and natural shine to it. The types of food you can eat for maintaining healthy skin are as follows:

 1) Fresh fruits and Vegetables- We have been hearing it from our childhood to eat our vegetables right. You might as well eat it now because fruits and vegetables can give you a healthy glow! Fruits and vegetables have rich antioxidants and vitamins needed to keep your body and skin fit.

2)Green Tea- Green tea takes out the toxins from your body and helps you maintain healthy skin. Green tea lowers the damage of UV rays and gives your skin a shine.

3)Sweet potatoes- They are high in vitamins and are needed to keep up with healthy skin. It is important for overall health and fitness.

VI. Tip 5: Consistent Skincare Routine

For having healthy skin, following a consistent skin routine is essential. It helps your skin get into a better condition day by day. You should establish a morning and evening skincare routine. 

Having a morning skincare routine can keep you fresh. Having evening skin care can remove all the dirt you carried all day long.

In your skincare routine, two things are of utmost importance:

1)Exfoliation- It helps you remove the dead skin cells of your skin keeping it a healthy glow. It makes your skin look radiant. You can incorporate exfoliation into your routine once or twice a week.

2)Face Masks- For healthy skin, face masks are essential. It removes excess oil and dirt from your face and it gives it a natural glow. Face masks can be applied once or twice a week depending on the type of your skin.

As the weather changes, our skin needs also change. In summer, opt for a routine with more gels and cleansers. During winter, a skincare routine with an extra gallop of moisturising can make your skin adapt to the chilly conditions.

VII. Lifestyle Factors for Healthy Skin

Your lifestyle can determine whether you have healthy skin. What you do in your daily life has a big impact on your healthy skin.

3 things should be kept in mind to incorporate them into your daily life:

1)Adequate sleep- Adequate sleep is something that can happen without having to the extra work. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep is a must for healthy skin. It keeps your skin fresh and makes it look radiant when you are set for work the next day.

2)Stress Management- Yes, you heard it right. It is probably difficult to manage stress in such a hectic schedule but it is important. If you have less stress or try to take no stress, it reflects directly on your skin. Stress management can give you relaxed skin. Negative emotions and stress can affect your skin’s capacity to heal itself naturally.

3)Reducing smoking and alcohol consumption- Studies have shown that excessive smoking and alcohol consumption can lead to premature ageing of the skin. Eliminating smoking and alcohol can help prevent damage to your skin.

VIII. Tailored Skincare for Different Skin Types

Healthy skin is essential for all skin types. It is important to identify your skin type to have a skincare routine that suits your skin.

1)Oily Skin- If you have oily skin, use a gentle facial cleanser with normal-temperature water. It removes the excess oil from your skin giving it the right amount of glow. If you have oily skin, try dabbing your face with tissues from time to time.

2)Dry Skin- For getting healthy skin if you have dry or sensitive skin, you should use cream and moisturisers which are fragrance-free. Avoid using soaps as they can be harsh on your type of skin.

3)Combination Skin- Using fragrance-free gentle cleansers and moisturisers can help a combination type have healthy skin. Try to avoid harsh soaps. It is important to keep in mind to use moisturisers with no oil in them.

IX. Don’t Forget About Your Body

Facial care is essential but taking care of your body is as essential. While taking care of your face do not forget to take care of your body for healthy skin. Body skin also is prone to dryness, ageing and itching and irritation. 

Regularly hydrating your whole body is an essential part of the skincare routine. Moisturise your body according to your skin type. If you are someone who spends most of the time outdoors, use SPF and sunscreen.

Treating common body skin issues like dryness, body acne and stretch marks is a part of keeping healthy skin. Shower regularly, avoid tight dry fit clothes, and hydrate regularly for avoiding body skin issues.

X. Seeking Professional Advice

For maintaining healthy skin, it is important to look even for the slightest changes in your skin conditions. If you identify problems like acne, rashes, irritation and inflammation in your skin for quite some time, that is your sign to visit a dermatologist or a skin care specialist. They will help you in identifying the cause of the issue and how to prevent them easily before it gets too serious.

Persistent skin issues like acne, eczema, and vitiligo can give you a lifetime issue in your skin and body. Regular checkups with skin care professionals will lead you to healthy skin. 

For maintaining healthy skin, laser therapies, and chemical peels can be important. It helps your skin move towards the betterment of your skin. Follow up with your dermatologist or skin care professional for the maintenance of healthy skin.

XI. Conclusion

In this guide, we have explored the skincare steps you should follow according to your skin type. For a long-term commitment to healthy skin, following the five essential steps is essential. 

Starting from cleansing followed by hydration, sun protection, nutritional support and following a consistent skincare routine is a must for healthy skin. 

The routine may look like a task but it requires patience and effort. Remembering the small details and little changes in your lifestyle routine will make your skin thank you. A journey to healthy skin requires being patient as maintaining healthy skin is a long term commitment.

So, here we presented you with the steps for natural and healthy skin. Therefore, a consistent and patient routine will get you long-term healthy skin with natural beauty!

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