Making Healthy Skin A Lifestyle

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Clear, healthy skin can easily be achieved with simple tweaks to our lifestyle. 

The obsession with healthy skin has brought on the creation of bizarre products all around the world, bringing the use of creams and unnatural remedies into our lives. In South Korea, where I hail from, the Bubble Peeling Masks, Rubber Masks, Blackhead Silk Finger Balls (Essentially, a silk finger thimble designed to destroy blackheads) have made their way into the lifestyles of many. These products have also successfully made their way outside of the Asian skincare market. 

The little known fact about getting clear, healthy skin is that it can actually be done without the use of these products. Of course, a face mask here and there will most definitely give your skin a boost with nutrients that it doesn’t always come into exposure with on a daily basis.

Fortunately, the list of the main nutrients we need for healthy skin actually consists of what we can easily have access to from a grocery store near us.

It’s a known fact that drinking water is the key to having healthy skin. Unfortunately, there is a lack of evidence that supports this highly advertised claim. This is mainly because it is difficult to find funding for a study based on the benefits of water. At the end of the day, pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent and sell water, meaning there would be no profit for these companies in the long run, according to Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a dermatologist at  Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City (Women’s Health Mag).

Despite the lack of studies conducted, consistent hydration keeps the skin plump, balancing out necessary oils for the skin. This will also help with keeping unwelcome irritations at bay.

Aside from the importance of drinking water, consistent exercise and a well-rounded diet are necessities for keeping skin nice and supple. The antioxidants from fruit and vegetables will protect the skin from cellular damage caused by pollution and sunlight. Certain fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, will be a natural moisturizer for the skin while providing a needed dose of vitamin E.

Aside from what you put in your body, a simple skincare routine in the morning and the evening is crucial. Washing your face with water in the morning and a gentle cleanser at night will help with giving tired skin a release at the end of a long day.

The pressures of having clear, healthy skin is very real. One must never forget how simple it can actually be.

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Ji Hyun

Ji Hyun is a New York-based writer. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as a Dramatic Writing major with a concentrate in television writing. She continues to explore her love for sitcoms and Korean culture.