This article was created in partnership with HUM Nutrition.
Finding the right combo of products and treatments for your skin can feel like cracking a mysterious code. Some moisturizers leave skin refreshed, while others turn your T-zone into a zit party that could put your high school yearbook photo to shame.
Since everyone's skin requires personal attention, we partnered with HUM Nutrition to figure out a few simple, reliable things you can do to bring uncooperative skin back to life. With more than 30 plant-based, sustainably sourced supplements to choose from, HUM helps you boost hair, skin, and nails from the inside. HUM even has a team of top dietitians and nutritionists who can create a customized beauty plan just for you.
Ready to revive and refresh your skin? Take a quick look in the mirror, then come back here and start at the top of this handy-dandy chart:
Good news—you're on your way to healthy skin. Want to take your knowledge a step further? Keep reading.
Dry or Dull Skin
A vitamin-rich diet is key for radiant skin, but it's also important to stay hydrated. The quickest way to check if you're drinking enough water is to count your bathroom breaks (registered dietician Miriam Jacobson says you should be peeing roughly once per hour). Dehydration is of the main causes of dull skin—so drink up.
Also at fault? Sun exposure, stress, fried foods, and pollutants like smoke. To bounce back quickly, Courtney Phillips, M.D., recommends using a moisturizer containing ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
Simply put, breakouts are caused by a domino effect starting in your pores, says Joel Warsh, M.D., M.S. Follicles get clogged with dirt, skin, or oil; start to breed bacteria; then get inflamed. And the result is acne. But while it might seem like a strictly topical issue, the problem isn't just skin deep. Inflammation caused by stress or certain foods can also show up as acne.
In addition to cleansing daily and taking HUM Flawless + Fearless, Jacobson suggests upping your intake of anti-inflammatory turmeric. Then treat existing bumps with antimicrobial lemongrass or patchouli oils, Warsh says.
Puffiness (a.k.a. Undereye Bags)
Say it with us: Water retention is not hydration. If your body is not getting rid of fluids properly, you'll see a buildup that results in a balloon-like squishiness, Warsh says. You're most likely to see this in the morning. Other potential culprits are sun exposure, dry skin, and smoking.
Once you've worked more water- and nutrient-rich fruits and veggies into your diet, you can also de-puff undereyes with a light massage. If you have more time, try placing chilled green tea bags over your eyes for five to 10 minutes. The tannins and caffeine will wake up skin while reducing inflammation.
Those raccoon-esque circles appear when skin thins and reveals the blood vessels beneath—or when there's extra melanin production, which can darken skin, says Phillips.
Sometimes life deals us an annoying hand, like a genetic predisposition to dark circles. The rest of us can blame lack of sleep, stress, poor circulation, dehydration, an unbalanced diet, or the sands of time (a.k.a. aging).
Fight those circles from the inside with HUM Wing Man. Phillips also says products that contain arbutin, kojic acid, licorice, vitamin C, and daisy extract can help reduce those pesky shadows.
The experts interviewed for this piece are not affiliated with HUM Nutrition.