Keeping your skin healthy is important in reducing the effects of skin damage and aging. Here are 10 tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily life to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
It can’t be said enough times or with enough emphasis, always use sunscreen.Not only does exposure to the sun cause damage, such as premature aging, it is also known to cause skin cancer. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Use it daily on your face and every time you spend time outside; it’s not just for the beach!
Moisturize your skin
The best time to moisturize your skin is whileit is still damp after bathing or showering because the moisturizer will be absorbed easier. You can choose from either water-or oil-based moisturizers. Oil-based moisturizers provide better protection in the winter.
Remember all of your skin when you moisturize
Feet, legs, arms, back, hands– your skin doesn’t end at your face. Pay special attention to your neck and chest; the skin is especially thin and delicate there. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so there is a lot to moisturize!
Keep your inside healthy in order to keep your outside healthy
If your eyes are windows to your soul, your skin is the window to your insides.The results of an unhealthy diet can take away the glow from your complexion, a possible visual indication of other health issues. Stay hydrated and enjoy organic greens, vegetables, nuts, fruits and other healthy choices to keep your body and skin in top shape.
Use tobacco and alcohol in moderation
Limit your alcohol intake and don’t smoke. Both habits are dangerous to skin health, causing the skin to loose moisture. Also, smoking causes capillaries to constrict, which leads to more dryness and a dull complexion, as well as premature aging and wrinkles.
Use antioxidants in abundance
These natural substances help to counteract DNA damage that often comes from exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals derived from plants. You can eat foods rich in antioxidants, use it in cream form or as a supplement.
Include vitamins and supplements in your diet
Many vitamins and supplements can improve and sustain skin health. Vitamins C and E protect from skin damage and cancer; Coenzyme Q10 enables cell growth, reducing damage from cancer; Retinoic Acid (a form of vitamin A) helps in a whole host of ways – and there are many more. Always consult a doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements as some can interact with medications and certain health conditions.
Your skin needs exercise too
You’ve probably noticed that not only do athletes have lean, fit bodies, they also have beautiful skin. The synthesis of collagen, which helps prevent the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin, is stimulated by physical activity.
Read the labels on your skin care products
Read the labels on all skincare products before you buy. Avoid excess chemicals and look for soaps, lotions and moisturizers with ingredients that you are familiar with.
And the best tip of all…eat chocolate!
The cocoa in chocolate is chock full of flavonols, a great antioxidant. Eating a few squares a day of 70 percent cacao chocolate will help keep your skin hydrated and glowing. It is also available in a body cream; rub it directly on your skin to decrease puffiness.
Written by Jo Northop