We all have good skin days and bad skin days. We all go through periods of time where our skin is dry, oil, breaking out, or generally feeling dull.
Just like bad hair days, skin ups and downs are part of being human. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it!
If you’re feeling down about your skin, here are five things you can do to feel better about it right now.
1. Eat a low-glycemic meal
Did you know that the health of our skin is directly tied to our hormones? It’s true, and that’s especially true when it comes to a hormone called insulin, which is released when you eat sugar and simple carbs like pasta, white bread, soda, and baked goods. Having excess insulin can cause your skin to produce more oil, which can contribute to breakouts. Instead, opt for foods full of healthy fats like nuts, fish, and olive oil, which will not only be great for your insulin levels, they’ll be great for your mood too.
2. Break out the jade roller
Many of us would consider a massage if our bodies need a little extra love and attention. So why not do the same for your face? Enter: The jade roller, which is a derma roller made of—yep, you guessed it!—jade. According to skin care expert and facialist Abigail James, “A jade roller gives a cool surface that’s super smooth and allows you to access into muscles and tissues with a pressure.” It means to increase circulation and blood flow. Plus, it helps you carve out a mindful minute to step away from the phone and computer, and invest in self-care. If you’re new to jade rolling, here’s a how-to video tutorial you can follow.
3. Drink water
Your skin is the largest organ, and that means it needs hydration just as much as the rest of your body. As they explain on the Forefront Dermatology website: “Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health. Water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even rids the body and skin of toxins.”
4. Apply a sheet mask
Try this Facial Sheet Masks bundle from RAEL; it contains five collagen sheet masks, five vitamin C sheet masks, five tea tree oil sheet masks, and five hydration sheet masks—basically, a sheet mask for whatever you’re currently dealing with. These masks are suitable for all skin types and they’re made with eco-friendly bamboo yarn. Sounds like a win-win, right?
5. Get some fresh air
Studies have linked pollution to decreased skin health. And did you know that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air? It’s true. Taking a walk outside will get you into nature, away from the mirror, and breathing fresh air, which might very well benefit your skin health.
6. Know that you’re not alone
Anyone that’s ever struggled with a skin issue, whether it be hormonal breakouts, acne scarring, discoloration, peeling, or conditions like eczema or psoriasis knows that effective treatments are hard to come by. Many people feel like they’ve tried everything and still struggle with their skin. If you can relate to this, know that you’re not alone.
7. Buy from brands that promote skin positivity
If you’re struggling with your skin, chances are you’re also comparing yourself to models you see in advertisements and the celebrities you see on the front cover of magazines. This is a recipe for unhappiness; mostly because those photos are massively altered, airbrushed, and photoshopped. Instead, try buying from brands—like Spktrm Beauty—that don’t photoshop the skin of the models in their adds. Or, look for the CVS Beautymark banner, which is given to brands that don’t use photoshop.
Struggling with your skin can greatly affect your mood and confidence. But it’s important to remember that there are always ups and downs—and there are still things you can do right now to shift your perspective and feel better about your skin, stat.