There are many ways to look beautiful. One of them is using cosmetic products that can rejuvenate the skin and make the face more radiant. However, cosmetics are not the only solution. If you're allergic to cosmetics, have sensitive skin, or don't like wearing makeup, there are several options for achieving smooth looking skin with an even tone.
Part 1 of 3: Doing Skin Care Routine
Step 1. Wash your face every morning, evening, and after exercising
As part of daily skin care, you need to wash your face with a mild soap twice a day: in the morning and before going to bed. It's important to remember that mild cleansers shouldn't contain alcohol, as this can cause dry, flaky skin. You should also wash your face after exercising to prevent sweat from clogging your pores and causing skin irritation.
- Always use warm water, not hot water, to wash your face. Hot water can cause dry, peeling or irritated skin.
- Do not rub the skin. Use fingertips and a gentle touch when washing your face. This will minimize the risk of irritation, dry skin, and uneven skin tone.
Step 2. Moisturize skin every day
Using a moisturizer can help prevent skin problems such as dryness, uneven skin tone, tightness, and peeling. Moisturizing the skin properly can also help reduce acne. Apply moisturizer after washing your face to keep the skin's natural moisture.
If you have oily skin or clogged pores, choose a moisturizer labeled "non-comedogenic" to help keep your skin clean
Step 3. Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week
Exfoliating will remove dry, flaky skin cells leaving skin looking younger and glowing. Exfoliating scrubs often contain micro-granules or fruit seed powder to scrub pores and remove dead skin.
If you have skin problems like rosacea, hypersensitivity, or acne, there's no need to exfoliate. Exfoliating scrubs can be irritating to this type of skin
Step 4. Take a shorter, colder shower
Hot showers can strip your skin of its natural oils and dry it out, making it look older and less healthy. Bathing with warm water and not too long will keep facial skin healthy like skin on other parts of the body.
Step 5. Use sunscreen every day
Using a sunscreen with SPF 30 every day will help prevent skin damage such as the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Sunlight can also make acne worse. Apply sunscreen every few hours if necessary, especially if you sweat or engage in water activities.
If your pores tend to clog easily, you should choose a sunscreen labeled “non-comedogenic”. That means the product is non-oil based and can reduce the problem of clogged pores
Step 6. Use an anti-wrinkle cream
Don't think an anti-wrinkle cream will get rid of wrinkles. This cream can lighten it up a bit, making the skin look smoother and younger. Don't put your hopes too high on an anti-wrinkle cream, but this product can help your skin look healthier for a while. Look for products that contain ingredients such as retinol, tea extract, niacinamide, and vitamin C. These ingredients can help improve skin elasticity and get rid of damaged skin cells.
Step 7. Don't touch your face
Touching your face can spread bacteria and oil all over your face. This behavior can lead to acne, infection, or scarring. If you want clean, smooth, and glowing skin, don't touch or rub your face.
Step 8. Never pop a pimple
You may be tempted to get rid of pimples by squeezing them. However, this action can actually cause more acne and increase the risk of scar tissue forming. You have to be patient and let the pimple heal by itself. In the end, your skin will be healthier and look better.
Part 2 of 3: Implementing Healthy Habits
Step 1. Try to stay away from direct sunlight
Sun exposure not only increases the risk of skin cancer, it also makes the skin more prone to wrinkles, wrinkles, and spots. To maintain healthy and beautiful skin, use sunscreen with SPF 30 every day, wear a hat, protect skin with clothing, wear sunglasses, and try to be in the shade. Avoid the sun between 10am and 2pm as it has the most damaging effect. So, be careful on that timeframe.
Step 2. Quit smoking
Smokers are more prone to wrinkles than nonsmokers. Smoking slows the body's ability to heal wounds, which can cause scar tissue to form. Nicotine also constricts blood vessels so it doesn't allow the skin to regenerate properly. In addition, smokers' facial expressions (such as pursed lips) tend to cause wrinkles to form around the mouth. Quitting smoking allows the skin to heal and look younger and healthier.
There are many other reasons that can encourage you to quit smoking, such as the fact that smoking increases your risk of cancer, including skin cancer. This is not only a matter of beauty, but also of health
Step 3. Avoid nutrient-poor foods
Your diet affects the appearance of your skin. Eating foods that increase blood sugar can cause acne, wrinkles, and irritation. In addition, sweet foods can also reduce skin elasticity so that the skin becomes loose. Avoid processed foods that contain a lot of flour and added sugar.
Avoiding nutrient-poor foods is easier if you fill your fridge with healthy and delicious foods. Ripe berries can satisfy cravings for sweets, while toasted almonds can satisfy cravings. Include fruits and vegetables in your daily diet and add them to your favorite foods such as oatmeal, pizza, or sandwiches. The more healthy foods in your daily menu, the less likely you are to eat unhealthy, nutrient-poor foods
Step 4. Eat foods rich in antioxidants
These foods are an important part of a healthy diet. Examples of antioxidant-rich foods include fruits and vegetables, which are often brightly colored. Blueberries, green vegetables, nuts, and carrots are excellent foods for maintaining healthy skin. This type of food is not only healthy, but also helps reduce free radicals in the body thereby minimizing skin damage.
Step 5. Try to relax
There is a link between stress and the appearance of the skin. Stress can make the skin more prone to acne, wrinkles, and bags under the eyes. Relaxing will prevent you from frowning so as not to cause unsightly wrinkles. If you're having trouble dealing with stress, consider the following:
- Meditation. Meditation can help minimize stress and restore balance in your life.
- Go for a walk outdoors. A 20-30 minute outdoors walk, especially on sunny days, can help you feel more relaxed and happy. However, since you should avoid sun exposure as much as possible, be sure to apply sunscreen, wear a hat and UV-resistant clothing, and try to stay in the shade whenever possible. If you walk outside before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m., the risk of sun damage is reduced.
- Take a deep breath. Find a quiet place in your home that allows you to sit comfortably with the correct posture. Try to inhale slowly through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth. Do it for 10 minutes every morning to refocus and release stress.
Step 6. Exercise regularly
A toned body will make the skin look younger and not slack. Several studies show that people who exercise have healthier and younger skin. It is not known how much exercise should be done to get younger skin. However, in general, it is recommended to do at least 75 minutes of intense aerobic exercise per week and strength training twice a week.
- Intense aerobic exercise includes running, swimming, and cycling. You can get the same benefit if you do twice as much low-impact aerobic activity, such as 150 minutes of walking per week.
- Don't forget to shower and wash your face after exercising because sweat can irritate your skin and cause clogged pores.
Step 7. Make sure you stay hydrated
Drinking 8 glasses of water every day can help reduce the risk of tight, dry, and peeling skin. Although the direct relationship between hydration and the appearance of the skin is not clear, keeping the body hydrated is very beneficial for overall health and certainly does not harm the skin.
Step 8. Try to get a good night's sleep
The idea of “beauty sleep” is not entirely a myth. Lack of sleep can cause sagging skin, bags under the eyes, discoloration, and signs of premature aging. During sleep, the skin regeneration process occurs, and that means you have to give your body time to heal and recuperate. Try to sleep at least 7-8 hours every night to keep your skin young and glowing. If you have trouble sleeping, do the following:
- Set a regular sleep schedule and make sure you stick to it.
- Avoid bright light sources, such as cell phones, televisions, and computers, before bed.
- Do not consume caffeine and alcohol before bed.
- Sleep in a cool, quiet and dark place.
Part 3 of 3: Dealing With Skin Problems Without Makeup
Step 1. Try to reduce acne without makeup
There are several ways to reduce the redness and size of pimples without relying on cosmetic products. In fact, makeup can sometimes make acne worse. If you have acne problems, try these steps:
- Apply a cold compress or ice cubes. Cold temperatures can help reduce the redness and inflammation of the pimple.
- Use green tea bags. Green tea extract can help shrink acne.
- Apply tea tree oil ointment. Tea tree oil contains natural antibiotics that can help prevent the spread of acne.
- Use preventive measures. The most effective way to minimize acne is to prevent possible acne breakouts. Keep skin clean, use moisturizer, and stay away from irritants to get a beautiful skin look without makeup.
Step 2. Recover eczema without makeup
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) causes dry, flaky, and itchy skin. There are many ways to reduce eczema attacks, treat dry and red skin without using makeup. For example, you can do:
- Bath with oatmeal. Soaking in water mixed with baking soda and raw oatmeal can soothe irritated skin and reduce redness caused by eczema.
- Keep skin moist. Apply moisturizer twice a day, apply a humidifier at home, and apply a damp compress to the inflamed area. All of these methods will keep your skin moisturized and prevent you from scratching your skin, which will make the condition worse. Choose a moisturizing product that doesn't contain fragrances or salicylic acid, as these chemicals can make skin conditions worse.
- Talk to your doctor about corticosteroids. Oral creams and corticosteroids can help relieve itching and reduce the intensity of eczema inflammation. However, these drugs have side effects and many are not over the counter. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist to see if taking corticosteroids is right for your condition.
Step 3. Recover rosacea without makeup
Rosacea is a condition that causes redness and bumps on the skin. This condition cannot be completely treated, but it can be controlled medically. The most important thing is to avoid things that can make rosacea worse, such as sun exposure, alcohol, fragrances, and exfoliating scrubs. You can also take a warm shower instead of hot water to protect your skin.
Topical antibiotics such as metronidazole will help with mild rosacea. Consult your doctor about the possible use of this drug
Step 4. Done
Have confidence. If you look happy, healthy, and confident, those around you will notice these qualities and may not even notice that you're not wearing makeup
- Make it a habit to always read the label on the packaging following the instructions given. Some skin care products can irritate your eyes, interact badly with other products, or increase your risk of sunburn.
- There are some skin conditions that cannot be treated at home. If you have cystic acne, rosacea, warts, and other skin conditions, it's best to consult a dermatologist to design a specific skin care routine.
- See a dermatologist immediately if skin care products cause irritation, redness, or rash. This may be an allergic reaction and you should consult your doctor about alternative products.