Last year I moved to Florida. Before that, I lived in Massachusetts. Obviously, neither of these states’ extreme environments is conducive to healthy skin. However, my experience living in these states has also afforded me many tips on how to maintain an even skin tone. The products that I use to keep my skin clear and even can be found at Wal-Mart, so you won’t have to empty your pockets to get the great skin you deserve.
1. Water, water, water! No matter where you live, water is absolutely essential to maintain clear and beautiful skin, as well as overall health. Good hydration promotes youthful and wrinkle-free skin, plus it cleans your skin from the inside out. Aim to drink at least two glasses with every meal. And while we’re on the subject, cut out fizzy sodas and other sugary drinks, as they have a correlation with breakouts.
2. Moisturize. This is important if you live in a frequently cold and dry climate. I apply Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream on my face and body directly after coming out of the shower (since showering actually dries out your skin). You may prefer a tinted moisturizer to better match your skin tone, or moisturizers tailored to combat oily or cracked skin.
3. Sunscreen. I have extremely pale skin, so it wasn’t long after moving to Florida that I developed a sunspot on my face. At first I used lightening cream products, but found that sunscreen is the all-around better choice. As sun damage is one of the top causes of an uneven complexion, you should be using a sunscreen of at least 15SPF to adequately protect yourself. I personally opt for Coppertone lotions, as they provide UVA/UVB protection.
4. Exfoliate. I only exfoliate once a week, as I find it’s harsh on my skin and can cause inflammation. However, the removal of dead skins cells is importance as it revitalizes your skin and unclogs pores. St. Ives is my exfoliant brand of choice.
5. Eliminate or reduce foods containing gluten. This tip is fairly subjective, but I found that it actually worked quite well for me when I discovered that I had a gluten sensitivity and had to cut this food out of my diet. Along with my digestive health, my skin noticeably improved, although I recognize that it may be because many of the junk foods that exacerbate oil buildup contain gluten. However, you may want to get yourself tested for gluten allergy if you find your skin breaking out after meals containing wheat.