Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and while you spend time showering loved ones with praise and affection, don't forget to love yourself! Particularly, your skin :). Here are 8 super simple ways to love your skin.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while you spend time showering loved ones with praise and affection, don’t forget to love yourself! Particularly, your skin :). Here are 8 super simple ways to love your skin.

Cleanse your face properly and consistently.

  • Use a gentle cleanser and avoid products containing harsh exfoliants, alcohol, acids, and coloring agents as these can irritate and damage the skin
  • Use lukewarm water
  • Don’t forget about the neck and hairline
  • Pat skin dry with a towel (do not rub!)

Eat good things! Things like…

Pomegranates: full of polyphenol antioxidants, pomegranates help fight free radicals and regulate blood flow to the skin.

  • Pomegranates: full of polyphenol antioxidants, pomegranates help fight free radicals and regulate blood flow to the skin
  • Greek Yogurt: the protein in Greek yogurt can help skin become firmer and more resistant to lines
  • Walnuts: The omega-3 essential fatty acids found in walnuts can boost collagen production and improve skin’s elasticity

Drink more water, or better yet, lemon water.

Not only does drinking water throughout the day help keep your skin hydrated, the vitamin C as well as other antioxidants in lemon help to combat free-radical damage.

  • Not only does drinking water throughout the day help keep your skin hydrated, the vitamin C as well as other antioxidants in lemon help to combat free-radical damage.

Protect against damaging UV radiation.

 Protect your skin by wearing broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen on all exposed areas (don’t forget to reapply) and using UPF 50+ sun protective clothing.

  • Exposure to UV radiation leads to premature skin aging, wrinkles, sun spots, and possibly skin cancer. Protect your skin by wearing broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen on all exposed areas (don’t forget to reapply) and using UPF 50+ sun protective clothing.

Turn down the heat on your shower head and set the timer.

Taking shorter showers with warm water (NOT hot) will prevent excessive moisture loss and irritation to your skin.

  • Taking shorter showers with warm water (NOT hot) will prevent excessive moisture loss and irritation to your skin.

Give Dry Brushing a try!

Get more sleep.

 Not getting enough rest limits this repair process and results in more fine lines, drier skin, and can cause your skin to look drab or lifeless (they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!)

  • According to WebMD, each time you sleep your skin goes through a “repair process” where it creates new collagen that helps to prevent sagging and maintain skin elasticity. Not getting enough rest limits this repair process and results in more fine lines, drier skin, and can cause your skin to look drab or lifeless (they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!)

Additional Sources:

The Truth About Beauty Sleep

The Good-Skin Diet: 10 Foods for Healthier Skin