Skin Care 101: Tips for a Glowing and Smoother Skin

Our skin serves as our protection against harmful microorganisms and environmental drafts, so it is important to take good care of it. As we age, our skin is exposed to different problems such as acne outbreaks, dryness and other skin problems due to environmental factors such as pollution, stress and toxic chemicals. But how do we keep our skin healthy and smooth? Heredity plays a major role in the quality of our skin, but we should still take some healthy steps like having a good diet, keeping stress levels down, proper exercise, and appropriate use of skin products to attain a glowing and healthy skin. Let us talk about tips you can do to protect your skin.

Fruits and vegetables are not only good to protect your body from diseases but they are also the best food for your skin. Banana, apple, lemon, berries, papaya, peach, pomegranate, and kiwi are healthy for your skin. Eating kiwi and pomegranate ensures a clear, beautiful and healthy skin. Papaya is a natural exfoliant. To help the skin retain strength and moisture especially for dry skin, fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and trout are high in mega-3 fatty acids for a moisturized skin. Consume sweet potato, avocado, oysters, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. For a moisturized and tone skin, try eating avocado, sweet potato, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. Take note that dairy products are not good for the skin. Foods that can trigger inflammation and hormonal fluctuations include processed breakfast cereals, white bread, white rice, pretzels, cookies, potato chips and other high glycemic or high in sugar containing foods. The important nutrients to prevent dry skin include potassium, sodium, vitamin D and vitamin E found in potatoes, squash, tomatoes, pickles, olives, cereals, corn, sunflower oil, carrots, oats and wheat germ.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is produced when we are stressed, and this hormone makes your skin oilier, thus increasing the likelihood of having acne breakouts. It is essential to teach yourself some important stress management such as learning breathing exercises, being optimistic, consulting an expert as needed and researching on other forms of stress reliever. Another simple way to achieve a healthy and glowing skin is getting a good night’s sleep because this is how our bodies regain energy and strength, and the best time for the skin to repair itself from stress and damage. Sleep deprivation can cause your body a great deal of extra strain, with the increased production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Sunlight can be beneficial to your skin, but it is still important to use skin products with an SPF factor for protecting your skin from too much sun damage.

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