Great Skin Care Tips for Healthy Skin
Great-looking skin begins and ends with making healthy lifestyle choices. By making healthy choices, it’s possible to delay your body’s natural aging process. Good skin care, especially if started at an early age, can help prevent many, if not most of the various skin care problems that come up throughout life.
Always Eat a Healthy Diet
By eating a healthy diet you will not only feel better and healthier, it will also enable you to look your absolute best. You should make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Fruits and vegetables are essentially natures vitamins. Plus, they are usually low-calorie, thereby helping you control your weight as well. Some studies suggest that by eating a diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats that are unhealthy, may not only result in having younger looking skin, but might also reduce acne. Conversely, many studies also suggest eating a lot of junk foods, such as oily potato chips, will lead to an increase in acne. Eating healthy is without a doubt, one of the best things anyone can do for skin care
Protecting Yourself From the Effects of the Sun
At a time when so much is known about the harmful effects of sunlight, it’s surprising how many people still don’t use sunscreen. Any time you’re going to be out in direct sunlight, you should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15, and a higher SPF is even better. It’s important that you reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. If you’re engaging in physical activity that causes you to perspire, you should reapply more often. And of course, that includes when you’re swimming.
Whenever possible, you should make sure you keep your skin covered with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts and long pants. You might also consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat. There are many stylish, attractive looking hats available that can enhance any outfit. There is also the option of wearing special sun protective clothing. This is clothing that is designed to specifically block the ultraviolet rays of the sun. And of course, there is also laundry additives that give your existing clothing, additional ultraviolet protection, at least for a few washings.
Quit Smoking or Better Yet, Don’t Start at All
Smoking is without a doubt, one of the absolute worst things you can do, that is known to make your skin look older. In addition, it will also contribute to having more wrinkles. The way in which smoking negatively effects your skin, is that it narrows the tiny blood vessels that are in the outer layers of your skin. This severely reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are so very important to the health of your skin. Smoking has been shown conclusively to damage the collagen and elastin in your skin. These are the fibers that provide your skin with strength and elasticity.
There are many highly effective programs available to help people quit smoking, and I can’t stress enough how important it is, not only to the health of your skin, but to your overall health as well, to quit smoking. The benefits of quitting can’t be stressed enough.
Managing Your Stress
Many people are not aware of the negative effects that stress can have on your skin. Stress can cause your skin to be more sensitive in many aspects. Stress has also been shown to trigger acne breakouts, as well as other skin problems. There are so many stresses in most people’s lives these days, it can be difficult to control it. You should make every effort you can to identify the stresses in your life, which will help you reduce stress.
Stay Hydrated by Drinking Enough Water
This goes hand in hand with making healthy choices. Not only will staying hydrated allow the outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis, to maintain elasticity, it will also reduce the rough feeling your skin gets when it’s dry. However, with that said, there truly isn’t enough research that shows a direct correlation with drinking enough water and skin appearance. There is lots of research however, that shows rather conclusively the benefits of staying hydrated.
Some of the steps you can take that will help you maintain hydrated skin are; avoid contact for prolonged periods with hot or chlorinated water. Never use products for skin care that contain alcohol, as this will dry your skin excessively. Try to avoid continued exposure to dry air. When out in the cold air you should wear a scarf and gloves, as this will reduce moisture loss. You should avoid using soap, and instead use a gentle cleanser. And of course you should always moisturize your skin immediately after taking a shower or bath, and continue to moisturize regularly throughout the day.
By following these skin care tips, you will remain ahead of the curve in maintaining healthy skin.