Beauty

4 Ways To Keep Your Skin Looking Fantastic!

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Although cosmetics, creams and potions can help the overall look of your skin, it is important to protect and nourish your skin from the inside too. The food you eat will have a huge affect on the condition of your skin, as will the fluids you drink and the amount of sun your skin is exposed to. If you look after your skin from a young age you will be less likely to show the signs of aging prematurely. Often it is genetics which controls the overall condition of our skin, however environmental factors will affect it too.  

As we age our skin has a tendency to lose elasticity, this can cause crepey skin. The following article will look at ways of ensuring you skin remains at optimal condition. This will hopefully lower the chance of resorting to painful and expensive surgery.The diet we choose affects the appearance of wrinkles, spots, blemishes and dark circles. It is important to include a variety of foods that are nutritious for our skin due to its mineral and vitamin content, as well as essential oils such as omega 3.

Which foods are known to promote healthy skin?

Foods which contain vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for the healing process it encourages blemishes to heal properly and is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is also an important vitamin for supporting our immune system. Try to include lots of foods in your diet containing vitamin C such as strawberries, blueberries and citrus fruits. Broccoli is also high in vitamin C.

Broccoli

In fact broccoli is often described as a superfood, alongside blueberries. Broccoli is crammed with essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and iron. Astonishingly broccoli has anti aging properties, due to it providing sun protection effects. The sulforaphane and lutein contained in broccoli is thought to have anti cancer properties.

Oily fish

Oily fish contains omega 3, which is fantastic for skin health. The fatty acids in omega 3 helps your skin to stay supple and moisturised. Inflammation is lowered and healing is assisted with omega 3. Fish which contains omega 3 includes sardines, herrings, salmon and mackerel.

Honey

Honey has fantastic healing properties and hospitals use dressings which contain honey to facilitate the healing process. Honey helps to retain moisture, it is a powerful antibiotic and is totally natural!  

Seeds and nuts

nuts and seeds contain one of the most powerful antioxidants, selenium and linoleic acid. These help keep the skin moisturised and supple. Walnuts contain high levels of omega 3 and zinc which has been successful in the treatment of psoriasis. Sunflowers are also packed with a number of skin supporting minerals and vitamins.

Eggs

Eggs are a major source of vitamin A, which helps the skin heal itself. Egg yolks contain vitamin B complex vitamins, which are needed for healthy skin and nails. There are lots of benefits to using egg on the skin, for its skin tightening effect, eggs whites make a fabulous facial ingredient.

Stay hydrated

Your skin is the first organ in your body which shows if you are dehydrated. You can check your hydration levels by pinching your skin, if the skin is slow to ping back into shape it is likely that you are dehydrated. Young skin looks hydrated all the time, but as we age our skin tends to become much drier. A dehydrated body will affect further the drieness. Dehydrated skin also has a tendency to look dull as well as wrinkly and dry.

Keeping hydrated allows your cells in the body to work at their optimal ability. Try to hydrate yourself with water or unsweetened fruit juices. Tea and coffee has a diuretic affect which may further exacerbate dehydration and sugary, fizzy drinks are not recommended if you are hoping to care for your skin.    .

Sun protection

The sun affects the skin in several ways. If you are trying to protect your skin in order to retain a more youthful appearance sun protection is the most important way. Exposure to the sun causes skin to become dry and wrinkly, it also causes uneven pigmentation. However the most concerning effect of too much sun on the skin is the increased risk of developing skin cancer. It is essential to protect children from sunburn as damage to the skin which causes skin cancer normally occurs when under the age of 18. It takes 20 years or more for skin cancer to develop following initial exposure.

Thankfully exposure to the sun isn’t all bad news. Sunshine allows our bodies to produce vitamin D, which is essential for our energy levels, bone and muscle development and enhances our mood. People who suffer from severe eczema and psoriasis often find that their skin is better in the summer than winter.

To protect your skin from sun damage it is essential to wear a sunscreen everyday, even when it is cloudy. Many daily moisturisers contain UV protectors, which saves the inconvenience of having to apply separate creams.

As your face is the part of the body which is exposed to the skin most often, extra care and attention needs to be made. Sun damage is cumulative and the more sun exposure you have the more the damage. Some skin is more susceptible to damage than others. If you have fair freckled skin, you need to take extra care.

Creams, potions, lotions and supplements

Once you have done all you can on the inside to protect your skin, you can help further by developing a good skin care routine. Ensure you carefully remove all traces of makeup prior to going to bed and get advice on creams suitable for your age and skin type.

There are also many salon treatments available, all with the aim to helping your skin to glow! If cash is an issue recreate the salon treatments at home.

It is a good idea to start a good skin care regime as early on in life as possible, this will keep your skin in tip top condition as you age.    

 

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