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How to Get and Keep Beautiful Skin

Updated on August 24, 2014

There are many products and advice out there for beautiful skin, so much so that it can be overwhelming. I have sifted through the hype and have found what works for me; I hope that my experience will help you as well.

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your skin that is very good advice. Do you want to have beautiful skin for a lifetime? The very first things you should do is to prevent bad skin. Here are 6 things you can do while you are young that will prevent bad skin and encourage beautiful skin for the rest of your life:

Preventative Measures for Beautiful Skin:

  1. Stay Out of the Sun

  2. Don't Smoke

  3. Exercise

  4. Eat non-processed healthy whole foods

  5. Stay away from Tanning Booths

  6. Don't drink too much alcohol


SUN DAMAGE

Sunbathing is the fastest way to ruin your skin for the rest of your life. Have you ever noticed the quality of skin that has been in the sun for years? It looks like shoe leather, moreover, there is nothing that can fix years of sun damage to the skin. Excessive sunbathing can cause age spots, freckles, wrinkling and accelerated aging as well as lead to skin cancer later on in life. The best thing you can do for your skin is to stay out of the sun in the first place. If you have to be out in the sun wear a hat and use sunscreen.


DON'T SMOKE


Do you want to have beautiful skin, don 't smoke! Smoking dries out the skin and causes wrinkles at an early age. Also, if you are fair it will be even worse, beautiful skin and smoking do not go well together. Not only does smoking cause premature aging but it also affects your voice and can give you cancer. Put down the cigarettes if you want beautiful skin for life!


EXERCISE


Exercising helps to get blood to the skin. It eradicates toxins through sweating and give the skin a fresh healthy glow. Try to exercise to the point of breaking a sweat everyday.


WHOLE FOODS


They say “You are what you Eat” and this is especially true when it comes to your skin. Whole foods that are either grown, milked or butchered are the best things for your skin. If it comes in a box or in plastic and can sit on a shelf for years don't eat it, it's a simple as that!


TANNING BOOTHS


Tanning Booths are just as bad for you as cigarettes and sunbathing. Some studies have suggested that teens who regularly use tanning beds are eight time more likely to get skin cancer. Also, some people think that tanning booths are safer than sunbathing, however, studies have shown that long term effects of tanning salons are actually worse than sunbathing. UV rays from tanning salons are actually 2 to 3 times more powerful than from the sun, stay away from them! Instead of using a tanning booth why not get a spray on tan, you'll look just as nice and you won't have to worry about the damaging effects of a tanning booth on your skin.


ALCOHOL


Alcohol also dries the skin. You may not notice it when you are young but over the years excessive drinking can have a markedly detrimental effect on your skin, much the same as smoking cigarettes. So if you must drink, drink in moderation if at all if you want to have beautiful skin.

Now that we have established preventative measures to keep your skin beautiful what are some products that can help heal your skin if it is already damaged?

I have found 3 products that have worked for me and can help any age group.


Healing Damaged Skin:

Pro-Active

Chemical Peel

Vitamin E Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

Coconut Oil


PRO-ACTIVE


Pro-Active products are simply the best products I've ever found to combat acne. I wish that it had been around when I was a teenager. If you have problems with acne I would highly recommend using their products on a regular basis. If Pro-Active doesn't help then I would suggest going to a dermatologist.


SALICYLIC ACID


The next item is Salicylic Acid for a home-made chemical peel (the product is available on this website). This product helps to eradicate the skin of black-heads, age spots, oily skin and clogged pores. It is inexpensive and can be done at home. It is a great product but must be used according to the directions as it is a powerful acid, but it is inexpensive and easy to use. I highly recommend it.

VITAMIN E OIL


Finally, Vitamin E Oil is a great moisturizer and I've found that it makes my skin look fabulous over-night (there aren't very many products that one can see a marked difference over-night!). I put vitamin E oil on my face at night before going to sleep and in the morning I look fabulous. I use this maybe 2 or 3 times a week.


APRICOT AND COCONUT OIL


I've recently discovered Apricot Kernel Oil. This oil has been used for centuries to prevent wrinkles, it also is very inexpensive as is Coconut Oil.

I've used all the advice here and all the products and I must say that my skin looks great. I am over 50 years old and I hardly have any wrinkles and have been told I look much younger. So, if you are trying to figure out what works and what doesn't I hope this article helps you to have beautiful skin as well.


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    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      5 years ago from Manhattan

      Try it and see how your body does with it, everyone's different but I know that Olive Oil is very good for your skin.

    • watergeek profile image

      watergeek 

      5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      I use it in a bath once a week, and had wondered about using it more often, especially on my face. I'm starting to massage my face at night in bed, especially after a long night at the computer. Do you think that work?

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      5 years ago from Manhattan

      I use olive oil too but mostly on my hands.

    • lucaslady94 profile image

      lucaslady94 

      5 years ago

      I drink plenty of water but I will share my beauty secret. I use olive oil all over my aging body. It keeps my skin soft and smooth. I use it on my neck down to my feet. You can also add a half cup to your favorite lotion for starts! I am 50 and I have no crows feet! yet! I have been using olive oil for years cook, eat and apply it daily. I also use vitamin e oil around my eyes at night it keeps my skin refreshed! ALso witch Hazel can be used as astringent to clean pores.

    • watergeek profile image

      watergeek 

      6 years ago from Pasadena CA

      I did do a search, but for long. I'll note the topic and check it out when I have time. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Interesting concept..have you googled the idea, sounds like you might have the makings of an interesting article.

    • watergeek profile image

      watergeek 

      6 years ago from Pasadena CA

      I've been wondering about the role of oxygen lately. Our bodies are made up of 65-75% water (H2O) and oxygen is 90% of water's weight. So it would make sense that one result of not getting enough oxygen in our bodies might be shriveled body cells, especially in the dermis. What do you think?

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      The pic was taken when I was 48 so I guess I'm fudging a little :) But the advice is all good, glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting.

    • Docmo profile image

      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Really useful and succinct article on skin care- its good that you reinforce the messages about avoiding the worst enemies of skin. Can't believe you are fifty! You do look considerably younger in your profile pic .perhaps that's the best evidence for following your advice! Voted up!

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