I had a fantastic facial yesterday. My skin feels smooth, clean and I had a few zits popped away to infinity. The massage is the best, including décolletage, arms and hands. It took me a solid 10 minutes to be fully awake after, and the feeling of relaxation can't be beat.
But facials are just a small part of keeping the skin looking and feeling great. There are many other ways to maintain a healthy glow.
Many women (myself included) feel that a good night's sleep can knock 10 years off the face, so sleep is crucial. Lack of sleep can cause the skin to have a grayish pallor and the eyes to look smaller and creased. And nutrition is so important because it feeds the skin from the inside out (as well as fruit and herb inspired facials from the outside).
The Washington Post interviewed Meagen McCusker, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, who is a staunch advocate of good nutrition for the skin. She blames the sugar so many people consume for many of their skin problems.
"'Foods that keep your blood sugar low are also good for the skin,' McCusker says. 'The first thing I tell people is avoid sugar — which includes refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup – and processed foods.'"
She also noted that certain foods contain natural skin cleansers like salmon that contains omega-3 fatty acids and nuts that offer plenty of healthy fats. Vegetarians can take an omega-3 supplement derived from plant algae.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are great for healthy skin, as well as healthy oils in our diet. Sunflower seeds and flaxseed are a great option for the skin too. McCusker also believes dairy should be limited because it can cause acne and other skin troubles.
She recommended taking a daily probiotic. A clean diet and clean living can transform the skin but she noted that this can take time.
For someone coming from a diet of processed and fast foods, not getting optimal sleep or hydration (lots of water!), achieving good skin can take time, but can definitely be achieved.
A morning and nighttime routine of cleansing and moisturizing should be part of every woman's routine.