Ten Steps to Healthy Skin
When it comes to appearance, few things are as coveted as glowing, healthy skin. Cosmetic and skincare companies spend millions of dollars each year to convince consumers that the secret to enviable skin can be found in the contents of their bottles. The reality is that truly healthy and beautiful skin comes largely from within. Follow these ten simple tips to transform your skin.
Getting plenty to drink helps to flush out toxins and keep skin looking soft and supple. Remember that what you drink matters for healthy skin though. Skip sodas and juices in favor of water and herbal teas to truly reap the benefits of hydration.
Skip the Sugars
Sugars create internal inflammation that will accelerate the effects of aging on the skin. Look for natural alternatives to sweeten your food, including; honey, dates and cinnamon.
One of the most important things you can put on your skin each and every day is a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. The sun’s damaging rays not only lead to wrinkles, but can also contribute to skin cancer. In addition to sunscreen, wear protective clothing and hats to block the sun and stay out of sunlight from 10 am to 2 pm when the sun is at its brightest.
Aim for Antioxidants
An antioxidant rich diet benefits you inside and out. Antioxidant rich foods like blueberries and dark leafy greens fight off the damaging effects of free radicals to your skin.
Do Not Over Wash
Washing your skin more than once or twice a day can strip skin of its natural pH balance, creating excess oil and shine. If washed your face the night before, try just rinsing with cold water the next morning to maintain balance.
Work Up a Sweat
Getting regular exercise helps boost circulation to draw out toxins, resulting in a clearer complexion.
Think Outside the Medicine Cabinet
Many of the healthy staples you have in your kitchen offer great benefits to your skin—internally and externally. Coconut oil makes a terrific moisturizer, cucumbers can reduce under eye puffiness, and ground oatmeal makes an excellent exfoliator.
Avoid Processed Foods
The abundance of artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and other similar ingredients found in processed foods can take their toll on your skin. These harsh ingredients can contribute to clogged pores and dull skins.
Go Easy on Caffeine
While a little bit of coffee is fine, excess amounts of caffeine can have a dehydrating effect on skin. Additionally, some experts believe that excess caffeine intake can exasperate breakouts.
Make Fat a Friend
Healthy fats, like those found in avocados, salmon, and extra virgin olive oil, help keep skin looking soft and can reduce inflammation from acne.