Have you ever stared at yourself in the mirror and wondered what it feels like to have flawless skin?
No, you don’t need to put a dent in your wallet by investing in all those expensive beauty creams because they may provide you with a temporary solution, but they won’t be effective in the long run.
What you primarily need to do is come to terms with the fact that there is no magic* formula out there that will make your skin issues vanish. Instead, look at it this way; your skin reflects who you are; therefore, if you want perfect skin, make sure you follow a healthy lifestyle.
Mentioned Ahead Are Some Tips To Help You Out With It:
1. Think Before You Eat
“The skin is a reflection of your total body health,” says a spokeswoman from American Academy of Dermatology. Hence, a balanced diet is what your skin really needs.
We know it’s hard, but you do need to ditch all those cookies and ice cream since high amount of sugar intake increases* insulin levels in your bloodstream and research suggests that insulin is the culprit behind acne.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) daily Food Guide, a balanced diet  should comprise at least 3 ounces of whole grain breads, rice, or cereals, lots of fruits and dark green vegetables.
It should also include low-fat dairy products and lean meat such as poultry and fish. Not really tempting, but well, such is life.
While we are at it, let’s not forget an important, yet often neglected, component of a balanced diet i.e. vitamins. While vitamin E and vitamin C protect* the skin from the sun and free radicals, vitamin A is responsible for repairing the skin tissue.
Vitamin B complex is another vital element that contains Biotin, which helps with the formation of nails and skin.
In fact, lack of vitamin B can cause dermatitis. So, top up your food with daily supplements and let the vitamins do their job.
2. The Sun Is Your Enemy Avoid It!
Yes, sun exposure is essential and it’s your ideal source for that valuable vitamin D your body requires. However, too much exposure to the sun can cause sunburn and even skin cancer.
According to Dr. Barnett S. Kramer, a cancer prevention expert, “The more sun exposure you have, the earlier your skin ages.”
UV rays from the sun damages the fibre in the skin called elastin, which causes the skin to sag.
The time duration between 10 am and 4 pm is the worst for your skin. For this reason, try to avoid sunlight as much as you can during these hours.
Also, never forget to protect* your skin with a spf and always wear sunscreen before going out, even if it is not sunny outside.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher and for extended outdoor activities, it is better* to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
3. Hot Showers Are A Bad Idea
A long hot bath at the end of the day may be very relaxing, but it does not only damage your hair but also your skin.
Baylor College of Medicine suggests showering for only 10 to 15 minutes with lukewarm water during winters since high temperatures cause dry skin and long-term damaging effects.
Moreover, the founder of DrBaileySkinCare.com and a dermatologist, Cynthia Bailey says that hot water robs natural oils from the skin and increases* blood circulation, which increases* the chances of rashes and itching.
Also, spending too much time in the bath tub is probably not the best place to make your decisions.
So, save time and wrap up your shower quickly. Also, apply some lotion after you are done to ensure your body stays moisturized and hydrated.
Later, you could sip on a cup of soothing herbal green tea to unwind after a strenuous day while you catch up with your favourite series or read a few pages of your recently purchased novel.
4. Keep It Clean – It’s That Simple
Sounds like a very simple advice, doesn’t it? But are you doing it the right way? Before you get your hands on just any product, make sure that you know your skin type.
You can also take care of your skin with some natural and low-on-the-pocket ingredients such as honey. Honey moisturizes your skin and keeps it safe from bacteria.
On application of Aloe gel, skin produces* an antioxidant protein that fights against free radicals. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Want your skin to be smooth and radiant? Exercise. This might sound clichéd, but exercise plays an important role in your skin’s health.
Workout leads to increased blood circulation, and rapid breathing oxygenates your skin, which makes it healthy and adds to its natural glow as well.
British Skin Foundation spokesperson, Dr Emma Wedgeworth, says that enhanced* blood flow helps the skin flush out toxins and regenerate cells.
Also, this improves* pore blockage the first stage in acne. In fact, exercise has multiple benefits; it also reduces* the stress hormone, cortisol. So it is only a matter of choices; a run in the park sounds easier than dealing with acne every day.
6. Let Go Off Your Worries
Last but not the least, let go off your worries because all that stress tends to show up on your skin.
What’s more, it has also long been suspected as the culprit behind acne. However, it was only 10 years ago that a well-controlled study conducted on students confirmed that stress worsens acne conditions. In a survey, 67% medical students reported that stress triggers their acne.
Moreover, stress causes cortisol levels to rise too, which increase* oil production and hence lead to oily skin and acne.
Stress also impairs skin’s barrier function, which dehydrates the skin and reduces* its ability to repair itself.
So, don’t let the worries of your life take a toll on your skin because honestly life is too short to keep worrying about pimples.
In A Nutshell…
Implementing good habits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle may seem challenging. However, once you start with them, you will feel good about yourself and see clear changes in your body as well as skin. Hopefully, the tips discussed in this article will make it a bit easy for you to get started for a healthier, more radiant skin!
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