Wow, I have REALLY big teeth. I don't ever notice them much until a photographer just gets right up in my grill. My mom has big teeth, too. She actually had her front teeth filed down because she was self-conscious about it.
Uhhh, that's not really what I wanted to talk about. Moving on…
One thing I've always been really proud of is my skin. I rarely ever break out, I don't have a ton of wrinkles, and in general my skin and I get along. I treat it well, so it treats me well. I was taught to take proper care of my body and, as we all know, the skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It's important. Here's what I do to keep mine healthy.
What's Good For Your Skin?
Your body is a reflection of what you put in it. When I put crap in my body, my skin rebels by getting all oily and bumpy and just plain gross. Feed your skin what it wants by eating lots of fruits and vegetables as well as a good amount of lean protein, like chicken. Sugar tends to cause breakouts, and we all know to stay away from toxifying substances like cigarettes (they zap much-needed oxygen out of your pores).
This is one I struggle with occasionally, because I honestly don't get enough sleep and I tend to rely on coffee to stay alert. Coffee dehydrates, which eventually makes your skin look old and saggy and tired. Drink more water and your skin will perk on up.
Get Professional Help
I see a skin professional and get a spa facial at least once every year or two. It's minimal, but it really does make a difference. It's good to just have someone really focus in on your skin and deal with any ongoing issues or flare-ups, as well as point you in the right direction in terms of products you should be using and things you should be doing differently.
Develop a Routine
I wash and moisturize my face once daily. Some people need to do it twice. Experiment with different face washes and products made for your skin type, and you'll eventually determine what the best routine for your skin is. If your skin is too dry, you're probably washing too frequently. And be sure to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen to protect your skin from long-term damage.
Stress rears its head in many ways. One way it affects you is by wreaking havoc on your skin. So slow down, set healthy limits, and get your beauty sleep (yes, I know, I need to take my own advice).
Use Natural Products
Unless you have extreme skin issues and need certain medicated treatments to get your skin in balance, it's best to avoid any harsh chemicals that can dry your skin out and rob it of valuable nutrients. I use natural products as much as possible.
When it comes to makeup, I prefer to use products by companies like Pür Minerals because they contain more skin-boosting natural extracts and less man-made synthetic materials like dyes or oils. Pür Minerals makeup uses natural mineral pigment that is very concentrated so you don't have to use a lot, and it contains important vitamins like A, C and E and lactic acid that helps renew your skin. I'm downright obsessed with their 4-in-1mineral tinted moisturizer, which is a moisturizer, primer, foundation and SPF all in one. That means I don't have to apply as many products to my skin, which means there's less stuff to clog up my pores.
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This post is sponsored by Pür Minerals. All opinions are my own.