What woman doesn't want healthy, glowing skin without having to spend a ton of money and time? Guest contributor Emily Milton is here with her list of small changes that will make a big difference in the health of your skin!
While natural imperfections are beautiful in their own right, smooth, glowing skin is considered a universally attractive and highly coveted asset at every age. Fortunately, there are many small changes that you can make to your diet and skin care routine that will ward off everything from imperfections to wrinkles, without the need for harsh, pricey cosmetics or surgery.
1. Dark Greens
Broccoli, spinach, and kale are full of various nourishing vitamins and antioxidants that ensure that your body is able to fuel and repair itself properly, after coming into contact with both environmental and ingested toxins. As a result, less dirt and oil is expelled through the skin, thus reducing breakouts.
2. Essential Fatty Acids
These are found in a few different foods; primarily salmon, flax seeds, nuts, olive oil, and coconut. The omega fats found in these foods serve as a barrier against harmful free radicals, help absorb nutrients into the body, and assist the skin in retaining moisture.
Oranges, carrots and other similarly colored fruits and vegetables provide beta carotene, an especially powerful antioxidant that perpetuates rapid skin healing. If nothing else, be sure to get a daily dose of this nutrient.
4. Dark Berries
Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries provide a number of health benefits, and are chock-full of vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes. These skin-loving fruits are known to greatly reduce aging by making skin more supple and elastic.
Water is an all-purpose liquid that lubricates organs, maintains skin elasticity, and flushes skin-harming materials out of your system. The more you drink, the healthier your skin will look and feel. Water is more beneficial for your skin than applying lotion, as hydration from within the body is more potent and longer-lasting. Eight cups is the daily recommendation for adult women.
6. Cut out or Cut down
Avoid sodium, saturated fats, and carbs in large quantities. The insulin spike your body receives from carbohydrates messes with hormone levels, which play a definite role in causing breakouts. This doesn't mean you should deprive your body of any of these, as that would cause more harm than good. Just be sure to enjoy these foods in moderation.
7. Leave out the Chemicals
Use makeup products that are free of harsh chemicals and oils that can otherwise rapidly deteriorate your skin. Be sure to wash the makeup off your face every night, as this gives your pores time to breathe and heal. Invest in a gentle face wash and never settle for sub-par hand soap; the contents are harsh and not suitable for delicate facial skin.
8. Treat Blemishes Immediately
Once you notice what you consider to be a flaw on your skin, research quality ingredients and products that will help your particular case. If you’re experiencing other flaws, such as dark circles under the eyes or emphasized wrinkling, look for beauty lines that carry skin care and anti-aging creams, like Isomers sold through ShopHQ. Often, acne scars, dark spots and blemishes can be treated by mixing simple household ingredients, so a little research can go a long way in keeping your skin clean and clear.
9. Avoid Harsh Rays
Wear sunscreen when out and about on sunny days, particularly in high exposure situations like the beach. Apply every hour, and be sure that the brand of sunscreen is long-lasting with a high SPF, as well as waterproof. To avoid heavy, oily creams, try a powerful yet subtle lotion from Neutrogena. Wearing a sunhat and shades can also go a long way toward preserving the youth of your skin; not to mention, it’s a great way to accessorize a bathing suit.
10. Keep Moisturized
Apply lotion generously. Rubbing in a new layer of lotion at least twice a day – morning and night – is a good way to keep your skin hydrated and resilient. Even those with oily skin should apply moisturizer after washing your face or showering, as this strips away natural oils and leaves skin dry (although it may not feel like it).
11. Post-Workout Care
Give your skin a quality cleanse on hot days or after a workout. Sweat is one of the many ways your skin expels oils, toxins, and sodium. Removing this layer before it has a chance to sink into your skin and clog your pores is advisable. You don’t have to splurge on a facial to receive a deep clean, as facial soap from brands like Clinique work just as effectively as any high-end «miracle» item.
12. Reduce Stress
While keeping your stress levels in check is imperative to your overall health, doing so directly affects the skin. Keeping your body in a state of high anxiety reduces its ability to heal, as your energy is being quickly spent while operating in survival mode, rather than maintaining normal functions. A deep sleep, warm bath, and light exercise, meditation or scheduled «me» time will reduce wrinkles, improve your skin's pallor, and calm you down!
Pay close attention to your skin, and with the proper upkeep you will notice improvements. Red blotches, intermittent acne, hard lines and wrinkles can be prevented and even eliminated by maintaining your body’s health. Skin renews itself every 28 days; this means that just one month of consistent health and skin care can leave you with a glowing, even complexion. Why not start now?