The temperatures are warming up outside, which means you may be showing more skin soon. The worst feeling you could have is not feeling comfortable in your skin, it’s the worst feeling. Whether it’s acne, eczema or dry skin, it’s time to get your skin picture-ready. Here’s six tips to create a skincare routine that leaves you with a healthy glow.

Hydrate Regularly

It’s well known that staying hydrated is essential for many bodily functions, including skin health. By drinking water, along with other alternatives, like coconut water and green tea, you’re helping your skin maintain its elasticity. You are also improving your skin tone, promoting healing, reducing puffiness, maintaining pH levels and preventing itchiness. Aim to drink at least eight glasses a day to maintain your healthy glow.

Prioritize Quality Sleep

If you have ever woken up to find dark circles under your eyes or acne breakout on your skin, you know the importance of a good night’s rest. As you sleep, your body repairs itself and restores the cellular tissues that affect the appearance and vitality of your skin. A lack of sleep also decreases collagen production, which prevents premature aging and wrinkles. Seven to nine hours of sleep is ideal for the reduced chance of skin breakouts.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Your complexion will reflect what you eat. A healthy diet that contains omega-3 fatty acids, cruciferous vegetables, soy and red grapes can reduce acne, prevent aging and reduce UV damage. Eating a balance of fruits and vegetables will provide antioxidants that will protect your skin from cellular damage caused by free radicals that come from smoking, pollution and sunlight. 

Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure

Time outside provides necessary nutrients, like Vitamin D, for the skin, but too much sun exposure can cause damage. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can cause premature aging, sunburn and skin cancer. You can protect your skin from overexposure with the proper wardrobe and by wearing sunscreen with SPF values of 30 or higher every day.

Take a Collagen Supplement

As you get older, collagen loss can cause wrinkles and lack of skin vitality and elasticity. One simple way to promote a glowing complexion is to replenish your collagen levels. You can do this with collagen supplements. There are a number of options from tablets to powders. Whatever form you choose, collagen supplements aid in skin hydration and preservation. 

Manage Your Stress

If you want a glowing complexion, try better managing your stress levels. It might sound overly simple, but stress hormones can inhibit the cell renewal that creates healthy skin. Increased stress levels can also lead to inflammation, breakouts, acne and eczema. Try managing your stress with self-care activities like yoga, time in nature, journaling, or mindfulness practices.