The most elusive of all dates on the calendar, leap year graces us with its presence once every four years, with the next one being February 29, 2020. While leap year helps keep our modern-day calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolution around the Sun, taking pause on this extra day of the year to focus on yourself (and your skin), could help you make changes that will have your skin glowing in a way you never knew possible. Get ready to leap into younger-looking skin in 2020 with these tips, because while the date itself is rare, younger, healthier-looking skin is definitely within reach.
Go Natural: Less Makeup is More
So, is wearing less makeup better for your skin? You might surprise yourself and notice you are actually more comfortable and confident on the days you are wearing less. You might even discover that after several days of not wearing makeup, your skin actually looks better, break-outs are few and far between, and you’ve saved time, money and energy.
Go Plant-Based: You Are What You Eat
Chances are, you’ve been hearing “you are what you eat” for years, but when it comes to your skin it’s true. If you really want to give your skin what it needs, consider adopting a plant-based diet. Plant-based products give you a denser nutrient profile––adding more vitamins, minerals and healthy nutrients to your body. Suddenly you are infusing your body with more vitamin A, C, E, and antioxidants––all things your skin is craving. Plus fruits and veggies are much more hydrating than grains or meats.
Go Protected: Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not a seasonal thing. The best way to fight fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and of course skin cancer is by wearing sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY. Look for one that is broad-spectrum and protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30. It’s best applied in the morning, after your moisturizer, but before your makeup. And don’t forget to apply to your hands, ears, and neck too.
Go Sugar-Free: It’s an Acne Fighter
Did you know that by eliminating sugar, you may be able to decrease the amount of insulin your body makes? And as a result, you also decrease oil and acne production? Basically, sugar influences two major acne causes hormones and inflammation. Refined foods and processed carbs such as sugar have a direct impact on both. So just say no to sugar––your skin and your waistline will love you for it.
Go with Quality: Invest in Good Skincare Products
Not all skincare products are created equal, and the reality is your skin is only as good as what you put on it. The truth is your skin will benefit in the short and long term from investing in quality products, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get the good stuff. Look for products that use high concentrations of all-natural ingredients such as plant extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins that will feed your skin from the outside in.