Popular actress Megan Fox (who happens to boast a naturally radiant and beautiful skin) was once quoted as saying: “I try to live with the idea that karma is a very real thing. So I put out what I want to get back.” The very same caution we apply towards karma in our everyday lives should be applied to our skin as well. The simple principle of cause and effect is very apparent when it comes to our skin. The effort we make to establish a good skincare routine, together with our daily routine, has a direct impact on the condition of our skin.

While good choices will leave us with healthy, beautiful skin, poor decisions and habits will have the exact opposite effect. Thankfully there are always things we can do to abolish bad skin karma in a way that will not only leave your skin looking and feeling significantly better, but improve your skincare habits in the long-run as well.

Add an SPF to your skin care routine

If you spend extended periods of time in the sun without using sun protection, karma is going to hit back by giving you skin that is marred by everything from severe dryness and uneven skin tone to premature aging and even skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer before the age of 70. To negate this extremely bad karma, it is essential to add a suitable SPF to your daily skincare routine.

You should be applying SPF every morning before you leave the house regardless of what the weather looks like outside. You can choose to apply sunscreen prior to your moisturizer or use a moisturizer that has a good SPF in it. It is a good idea to include sun protection in your normal beauty routine even if you do not plan to spend time outside, as the sun’s UV rays are even able to penetrate home and car windows. Finding a SPF that doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or overly primed is also a good idea to ensure healthy, breathable skin.

Nourish your skin from within

Did you know that the average American woman is believed to spend as much as $313 a month on various beauty products? While it is certainly admirable that a lot of people are choosing to take care of their skin, all the skin care products in the world won’t be of benefit if you don’t nourish your skin from within. If you want to experience good skin karma, you need to fuel your body with healthy food and beverages while steering clear of things that can be detrimental to your skin and health in general.

Water is without a doubt your skin’s BFF and you should aim to drink at least 8 glasses away to stay well hydrated. If you battle with acne, cut down on your dairy intake while loading up on leafy green vegetables that will render your skin smooth and radiant-looking. Be mindful of your caffeine and sugar intake and make the effort to consume plenty of healthy sources of Vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Don’t overdo it with the beauty products

It is completely natural to get somewhat carried away when trying to establish a good skincare routine. While a 10-step regime may sound like a very good idea, it is hardly ever necessary and can end up causing more harm than it does good. When we over-stimulate our skins with too many skincare products, chances are good that our skin will protest against it, resulting in dryness, redness, or even an unsightly acne breakout.

Instead of investing in every beauty product you can lay your hands on, stick to the basics and only opt for a few high-quality products. For daily use, you really only need to have a good cleanser and moisturizer in your arsenal with serums, exfoliators, and masks being used less frequently. Always use natural products, where possible, as the chemicals contained in many commercial brands often have an adverse effect on the skin.

Whether you are superstitious or not, it is always best to not take any chances as far as karma is concerned. By making smart skincare decisions that entail healthy eating habits and the use of quality skin care products, you can, for the most part at least, effectively get rid of any negative skin karma that you may have been exposed to.