Medically reviewed by Katelyn Hagerty, FNP
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 8/2/2021
Skin health is important. It’s a literal fact that your skin makes up a big part of who you are. This organ is present from the very top of your head, down to the little covering that protects your pinky toe from outside intruders.
Because the skin makes up such a large part of your appearance, it’s a given to want it to always appear its best.
However, with a maze of blog posts, products and ever-changing trends to navigate, finding the right routine designed for healthy skin can be a challenge.
It’s worth taking the time to learn some of the basic dos and don’ts of skincare, including some basic practices that can help to improve the appearance of your skin, as well as necessary changes to be made in your daily habits to help you take better care of your skin.
Whether you’re dealing with oily skin or dry skin or a little bit of everything, there are things you can do to make healthy skin your priority.
Being beautiful on the inside and out isn’t the easiest thing to achieve, no matter what those catchy pop songs try to make us believe.
While you already have the inside portion covered, getting your skin to match up with a glowy look and healthy feel can be achieved using the following steps:
There’s a reason sunscreen is getting so much good PR lately — it’s because your skin absolutely needs that bottle/tube of sunblock to stay healthy!
Sunscreen helps protect against the dangerous UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun. These rays are linked to everything from sunburns to wrinkles, fine lines and even help lower your risk of skin cancer.
To get appropriate care from sunscreen, make sure to layer on an appropriate amount on days where you plan to spend time outdoors.
Look out for sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection (which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays) and be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a minimum SPF of thirty.
Carrying out 12-step routines day and night sounds like an appropriate amount of sacrifice to get your skin to a point where you’d like.
However, according to the American Association of Dermatology Association (AAD), that may be nine steps too many for everyday skincare.
Per the AAD, using too many products can sometimes cause irritated skin. This is why cutting down to the basics of warm or hot water, a gentle cleanser applied in a circular motion, facial moisturizer and, of course, daily sunscreen, can provide the necessary care your skin requires.
Also don’t forget to use an exfoliant from time to time to help get rid of those dead skin cells that can contribute to acne.
Just like every other part of your body, the lips require extra care and attention to present their best, most unchapped versions.
To achieve this, choosing non-irritating lip products like lip balm or lipsticks can help maintain the healthy appearance of your lips. Likewise, dry lips can benefit from using lip balm on a regular basis.
This lip balm should also come fortified with a minimum 30 SPF to protect against sun damage. Staying hydrated and avoiding picking or biting your lips can also help prevent dry and chapped lips.
If you’re in search of how to take better care of your skin, one of the easiest ways is to use products that are specially formulated to care for your skin type.
This means taking the time to first understand whether you have normal, oily, combination, sensitive or dry skin.
When you’ve identified your type, looking out for products that won’t sting or burn after use when you have sensitive skin, or leave your skin looking flaky if you live with dry skin etc., can help with proper care.
If you’re curious to learn how to take care of your face skin, one easy hack is to keep your hands away from it.
This means no picking at scabs, squeezing breakouts or otherwise touching your face unnecessarily.
Constantly placing your hands on your face leaves room for the transfer of bacteria, dirt and oil to the skin surface.
Watching your skin start to loosen or produce wrinkles and fine lines at the ripe age of 30 can be pretty disconcerting.
This is why taking appropriate care to prevent premature aging is a very important step when caring for your skin.
In particular, taking the time to use daily moisturizer, having fewer baths while using mild soap, using a humidifier at home or wearing protective clothing can help prevent the things that make your skin dry.
In addition, hers’ anti-aging cream contains ingredients like tretinoin and niacinamide that help to improve the texture of skin and the appearance of fine lines.
It may not always seem like it, but there’s a direct link between your diet and certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis or even skin cancer.
Likewise, a diet high in white bread, sugar, white rice, and other high carbohydrate meals may increase the production of oil in the body and worsen acne.
Eating foods that are less likely to worsen blood sugar levels can help manage the appearance of acne on the skin.
Similarly, this skin condition may be managed using topical acne products with hard-hitting ingredients like tretinoin and azelaic acid, or even ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, depending on the severity of your skin concerns.
Likewise, following a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, cereal, fish and unsaturated fats has been shown to treat psoriasis as well as its risk for causing cardiovascular disease.
Observing a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has also been known to help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
Taking care to eat nutritious foods is one of the most trusted ways to get your skin to look better from the inside out.
Now that we’ve covered what you can do to take care of and improve the appearance of your skin, it’s important that we look at certain ways you may be sabotaging the texture and feel of your skin.
The following are some of the most important don'ts when it comes to taking care of your skin:
A lot could go wrong in your body when you routinely pop out for a smoke. While we won’t be focusing on the potential cancer and cardiovascular issues this habit is linked to, you should know that smoking may cause your skin to hit fast forward when it comes to aging.
That menthol stick could also cause your wounds to take longer to heal, and is associated with worsening skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Every time you use a tanning bed, you put your skin through a process that causes it to age prematurely. This process can also worsen your chances of developing skin cancer.
To avoid this risk, using alternate measures such as self-tanner can produce the same results without the complications tanning beds can generate.
Worrying over a stressful situation may give your mind something to do, but in the long run, it does little to solve the situation, and can also be damaging to the skin.
When a person is really stressed out, skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema have been known to make their debut appearances. Likewise, acne and rosacea may flare up in stressful situations.
Finding healthy ways to cope with stress can help to manage the damaging effect it can have on your skin.
Your skin is the first thing people see about you — for better or worse. Dealing with skin issues is never fun, but taking the time to invest in your skin’s success is worth the time and effort.
To give a great first and subsequent impression, taking proper care of your skin should be a top priority.
To improve the appearance of your skin, wearing sunscreen, washing it with warm water, eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, not smoking and managing stress properly are simple changes to achieve this purpose.
To learn more about caring for your skin, check out our guide on the correct steps to apply your skincare routine.