With your natural, transitioning or locked hair, have you ever felt like natural hair brought more emphasis to your face? This is one of the most common feelings for women with natural hair, especially those in the TWA stage or contemplating the big chop. These feelings are completely natural and I’m here to tell you that having clearer, brighter, healthier skin is more attainable than you can imagine.
Now you may wonder how gaining clearer skin can possibly be easy. For one, do not pay attention to infomercials on television! There are things you may already do in your daily life that aid in having healthy skin and many of the rituals we may do daily for the health of our body, may create healthier skin and hair. Even if these are not in your routine, they are easy to adopt, not time consuming and easy on your wallet.
Check out my top three tips for clearer, brighter, healthier skin:
1. Drink Water.
Drinking water is one of the most essential elements for overall health. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs and carries nutrients to your cells.¹ I try to drink at least two 16 ounce bottles of water per day, which is half of the once-recommended 64 ounces of water. Beyond water, I drink 100% juice or I throw in low calorie drink mixes into my water, such as Crystal Light, for flavor. There is varying information on how much water to drink daily; however, every source can agree that your body needs water in order to be healthy and a healthy body can produce healthy skin.
2. Take a Daily Multivitamin.
Multivitamins provide nutrients that we may not receive daily from our food and beverages. Many women’s multivitamins contain a good dosage of two great vitamins for healthy skin, which are biotin and resveratrol. Biotin is commonly known for its use for healthy skin, hair and nails. Resveratrol is a newer vitamin that is derived from the skin of grapes.² It has been linked to providing heart health and anti-aging.
A multivitamin contributes to overall health and having those two vitamins is an extra punch for healthy skin. Nature’s Way provides several forms of multivitamins that fit the varying needs of women, and provides essential vitamins for women including biotin and resveratrol. Since I need a boost of energy throughout the day, I take Nature’s Way Alive! Women’s Energy vitamins. Just one a day and I’m out the door.
3. Develop a Skincare Regimen.
When people ask me for advice on skincare, I always put emphasis on the importance of washing your face twice a day. Washing your face twice a day is one of the most effective ways to achieve brighter skin. [I even included a picture of my bare face below!] What’s even more important is what you choose to wash your face with. Your skin regimen needs to include cleansing, lowering the skin’s pH and then moisturizer with SPF; this can commonly be equated to washing your face, exfoliating and then applying lotion.
The importance of lowering the skin’s pH is that it allows the skin to renew itself faster and it closes your pores to prevent dirt from entering your skin. Moisturizer with SPF also helps protect your skin. It is also important to wash your face before bed to wash away any dirt it may have accumulated throughout the day and allow itself time to renew overnight.
One of the most popular three step skincare regimens being offered today, and my everyday must-have, is Clinique. Clinique takes the time to learn your skin type and then provides products for your skin type. Their system can be purchased for under $40 and lasts up to three months.
Another popular skincare system is Mary Kay’s Timewise. Like Clinique, they have products specialized for your skin type; however, they do not provide a toner. Their cleanser is already enhanced to lower the pH of your skin so a toner is unnecessary.
These three steps are a great foundation for healthy skin. It’s valuable to remember that one of your best accessories is your skin and simple steps today can lead to lasting results tomorrow.