What You Can Do to Achieve Beautiful Skin
Many women feel so rotten about their skin. If it's not dry, it's older-looking. Ouch. Since most of what the world eats eat today has played a role in the skin's lackluster, the idea of eating "more natural" has become very appealing. But have you really given your skin what it needs to glow beautifully?
No matter how well you dress when the skin is sick, you still can't look beautiful. That is a big truth. So what is the secret to glowy skin? Let's talk about it.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is one of the nourishing substances in the world. It is the best way to keep the skin moist with the greatest ability to cleanse the body of impurities. However, drinking plenty of water is often overlooked.
If body lotions are the synthetic ways to soften and smoothen dry patches of the skin from the outside, water is the natural way to get your skin detoxified and hydrated from the inside.
Water enhances the benefits of vitamins and other antioxidant nutrients in your body. It works to make your moisturizers and sunscreens work better by providing adequate hydration and helping return your skin to suppleness.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Eating fruits and vegetables is one component of a healthy diet and necessary for the overall health of your skin.
Foods rich in beta-carotene are the number one beauty food group. They have that distinct yellow and orange colors responsible for those rosy cheeks and a nice golden hue to tanned skin. It is rich in phytonutrients that are easily absorbed by the body and converted into retinol which is the most potent and active form of Vitamin A.
Foods such as carrots, pumpkin "squash", sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupes, mangoes, watermelon, grapefruit, melon, papaya, cherries, plums and turnips are rich in beta-carotene. Don't forget broccoli, collar greens, mustard greens, lettuces, kale, and chilies.
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are the fruits with the highest total antioxidant capacity of any food. They work hard in the repair of sun-damaged skin.
Take Vitamins for the Skin
Vitamins ACE are the known "beauty" vitamins and the skin's favorite.
Vitamin A is essential for the well-being of the skin's soft membrane. It helps heal scar tissue and acts as a strong "barrier" that protects the skin against UVA rays. Vitamin A helps even out skin tone, reduces pore size, diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. This vitamin aids in the production of collagen, which supports skin tissues.
Natural sources of this vitamin are egg yolks, milk, dairy products, and fish oil, along with foods that are rich in beta-carotene.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage. Known as ascorbic acid, it is also the key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels for firmness. Vitamin C has the ability to rejuvenate, moisturize, soften, exfoliate and cleanse the skin.
This is why some night creams contain vitamin C to help the skin fade out freckles and sunspots while you're sleeping. Providing your skin with this night skin regimen along with the real and soluble vitamin c thoroughly moisturizes and repairs skin tissues while you're asleep. It's getting both ends of the world!
Vitamin C is naturally found in citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, berries, melons, and peppers.
Plus Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant that promotes skin elasticity. It is an essential nutrient your skin needs to retard the aging process by keeping the lipid and collagen fibers oxidized.
One of the benefits of vitamin E is providing a chemical known as d-alpha-tocopherol (the natural vitamin-E). It works with beta-carotene, lycopene, and other carotenoids in protecting the skin from the influence of external factors like free radicals pollution, dirty air, gas fumes, and garbage.
Get the Right Amount of Sleep
Sleep nourishes the skin by allowing it to rest so cells can regenerate properly and give out fresh, new skin cells to replace the old ones. This process happens quicker at night compared to daytime.
When your skin is bombarded with UV rays and environmental factors during the daytime, it dehydrates, and produces lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. It is when you sleep at night that the skin repairs itself to reverse the damage. So if you give your skin plenty of sleep, all the night’s work is done more efficiently. The next day, your skin is better able to protect itself.
Many claims that the concept of “beauty sleep” is a part of the old wives' tale. Well...
Tale or truth, your skin doesn't lie. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin will show it.
Get Moving - Exercise
When your heart rate increases during exercise, it spreads oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. In this process, your skin cells breathe happily. Regular workouts also increase blood flow and stimulate the production of your skin's natural oils so your complexion stays nourished, smooth, and supple.
Exercise is one of the keys that will keep your skin healthy and vibrant. According to WebMD, a session of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system. Therefore, you can think of it as a cleansing regimen for your skin from the inside.
Moisturize a Lot!
Skin moisturizers quench the top layer of skin cells. It attracts and seals moisture in between cells and retains the skin's smoothness. To help you find the right moisturizer, know your type of skin so you'll find the one that works for you. Are you normal or dry skin?
One great way to support moisturizing the skin is to keep your showers short and avoid harsh bath soaps. Excessive washing dries the skin as it strips away the natural oils found on the top layers. If you're living in a cold area, a humidifier can be very helpful to your skin.
Reduce Alcohol and Caffeine
To drink alcohol is not bad at all when in moderation. Coffee? Let's see.
Alcohol is said to dilate the pores of the skin which is an opportunity for blackheads, whiteheads, skin papules, and eventually acne. When not treated properly, this can lead to permanent scarring. Although red wine's resveratrol acts as an antioxidant and helps rid the body of harmful free radicals - too much of it is a no-no.
Caffeine similarly has a dehydrating effect. Drinking more than 3 cups a day may lead to a toxic build-up and premature wrinkling of the skin. Unless you're drinking plain black coffee, your cups may also contain plenty of sugar which is not healthy.
Being tricky helps you to enjoy both your coffee breaks and party drinks. Pay it off by drinking more water to hydrate the skin when drinking alcoholic beverages. See to it that you have a full meal prior to drinking for somehow less potent side effects.
To ensure you are doing the right thing, talk to your physician or a health medical expert.
Did you know that a lot of stress could deplete your skin's natural moisture supply? The more anxious you are, the more it impairs the protective outer layer responsible for protecting the skin as well as preventing water reserves from evaporating.This water loss makes the sensitive skin more prone to dryness, itchiness, and chapped appearance.
Your system also releases stress hormones that make an impact on the cells and affects the skin's surface. Over time it brings skin aging or wrinkles.
© 2011 Tonette Fornillos