Our skin is a fickle organism. Sometimes it’s overly sensitive to the most benign products, and other times it seems like it could take nuclear waste without the slightest bit of problem. Life happens to all of us, so none of us can keep the perfect child skin complexion we were born with. When exposed to too much sun or too many chemicals, blotchy skin discoloration spreads across various parts of our body. We break out in acne, get scars from accidents, or age spots as we grow older. No matter what your skin type or texture, however, there are a few things everyone can do to even out your skin tone for a healthier skin complexion.
I know we all hate to hear those words, but when it comes to skin complexion and detoxification, there is nothing more helpful than changing some simple things in your life.
- Drink a lot of water. This helps cleanse the skin and even prevents wrinkles. Start with eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day for the greatest benefit to skin tone and complexion.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Too much UV exposure can give the skin a blotchy discoloration and uneven skin tone. Use sunscreen every day, no matter what. Go for SPF 30 for ultimate protection.
- Exercise to the point of sweating. This clears your body and skin of any toxins, which will create a healthier, shinier skin complexion.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables have a variety of antioxidants, as well as essential vitamins and minerals that help to even out skin tone and brighten complexion.
- Exfoliate and moisturize on a daily basis. Evening out your skin tone is going to take some serious cleansing and exfoliation in order to remove skin blemishes and create a healthier environment for your skin cells to rejuvenate. Dead skin cells build up to create skin blemishes and dryness that many often relate to aging. Sloughing off these dead skin cells, along with following the other steps will go a long way in evening out skin complexion.
While tips one through four are self-explanatory, exfoliation needs a bit of expansion. You don’t want to add too many extra chemicals, as that can actually worsen skin complexion and make blemishes and discoloration worse. Here are some tips to look out for when choosing an exfoliant:
- Seek the advice of a dermatologist as to what product would be best for your skin type, especially if you have a history of sensitive skin.
- If you’ve never used an exfoliant before, don’t be surprised if you need to test a few out before you find the right one for your skin type and texture.
- Make your own exfoliant by mixing sugar and honey. Rub the mixture into your face in small circles, then rinse with warm soapy water. The natural antibacterial properties of honey and the grainy sugar texture makes for a great option for natural skin exfoliation. You can also substitute the sugar for oatmeal for a softer exfoliant.