Keeping your skin healthy and glowing can prevent various skin problems and also delay the aging process of the skin. Even if you don’t have time to pamper your skin intensively on regular basis, following some basic skin care tips will help you to maintain a healthy and spotless skin.
Tips To Keep Your Skin Healthy
Protect Your Skin
Most essential way to keep your skin healthy and glowing is to protect it from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun. Lifelong sun exposure is the major cause of wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems. For sun protection, use a broad-spectrum sun screen that contains SPF 15 while going outdoors. Sun blocking agents should also be used every 2-3 hours if you are perspiring or swimming.
Avoid direct rays of the sun by wearing wide-brimmed hat, scarf etc. and cover your body by wearing full sleeved shirts and long pants when sun rays are at its strongest (10a.m to 4pm). Wear sun glasses to protect your eyes and avoid squinting.
Along with sun protection, it is also necessary to protect the skin from extremely harsh weather like cold and dry winds, dust storms and from harsh chemicals. Protecting your skin from these elements is essential for keeping skin healthy.
For keeping your skin healthy and younger looking, ensure your skin is getting optimal nutrition and for that you need to eat a healthy well balanced diet. Being the largest organ of our body, our skin can benefit from the same healthy and nutritious food that we need for a healthy body and mind. In fact, eating food rich in protein, vitamins and minerals can delay the aging process of the skin and make your skin glow for years to come.
You need to cut those sugary, fatty foods from your diet and replace them with whole grains, wide variety of vegetables, fruits, lean protein like fish, poultry, eggs and low fat dairy products, nuts, flaxseeds etc. No topically applied nutrient rich cosmetic product can provide results like a nutrient rich diet can.
Hydrate Your Skin
Drink plenty of water and fluids to keep your skin supple and healthy. During winters, don’t take long hot baths.
This can make your skin dry. If you can’t give up bathing in hot water, add few drops of bathing oil in water. Use glycerin soap to cleanse your skin.
Keep Your Skin Clean And Clear
Establish a routine skin care ritual at night time. If you have dry and sensitive skin, use non-stripping gel cleanser to cleanse your skin. And if your skin is oily and acne prone, use a gentle gel formula, especially made for your skin type. Use non-alcoholic toner.
You can use product that contain alpha-hydroxyl acids for getting smooth and soft skin. Exfoliate your skin at least once a week using gentle, grainy scrub if you have normal skin. But if your skin is sensitive, avoid scrubbing. Steam your face at least once a week using few drops of tea tree oil in boiling water, instead of using harsh medications. For exfoliating dead skin cells, use a soft wash cloth. Use a good moisturizer to hydrate your skin, especially in winter. For oily and sensitive skin, use an oil-free cream.
Smoking deprives the skin from getting nutrients that are essential for healthy skin. Smoking damages the collagen and elastin that provides your skin elasticity and makes it look older by forming wrinkles. If you want healthy skin, quit smoking.
For healthy skin, you need to have a healthy body and mind. Regular exercise for 30 minutes will help to relieve your stress and improve blood circulation, which is essential for keeping the skin healthy.
Your skin also needs rest for better cellular repair and look. When your body is tired, your skin looks dull. Sleeping on your back is good for your skin health.