Things that You Can Do for a Healthy Glowing Skin
Healthy glowing skin is a reflection of your lifestyle. Eating healthy, exercising, and sleeping well all contribute towards making your skin radiate with good health.
Your stress levels also affect the health and appearance of your skin. Here are things that you can do to achieve healthy glowing skin.
1. Include Food for Healthy Skin in Your Diet
A well-balanced diet is essential for healthy glowing skin. Include colorful vegetables and fruits in your daily meals.
Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin. It is responsible for repairing damaged skin cells. Low-fat dairy products are rich in Vitamin A.
Antioxidants protect skin cells from damage due to free radicals and keep the skin healthy by fighting off infections and aging of the skin. Green tea, fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and plums are rich in antioxidants.
Green tea also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help to fight infection and inflammation of the skin.
Fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 are essential for strengthening the skin. The best sources of fatty acids are canola oil, flax seeds, walnuts, and fish.
Healthy oils such as extra virgin olive oil are a good source of essential fatty acids. These oils help to keep the skin supple and moisturized.
Selenium is a mineral that protects the skin from the harmful UV radiations of the sun. When selenium content is high in skin cells, the damage of the skin due to UV rays is lessened considerably. Whole wheat bread, muffins, cereals, turkey, tuna, and Brazil nuts are good sources of selenium.
Water is essential to keep the skin soft, supple and moisturized. Drink water to keep your skin hydrated.
2. Use a Sunscreen
Exposure of skin without sunscreen for a long time can damage skin cells and cause the appearance of wrinkles and age spots on your skin.
Choose sunscreen lotions with a broad spectrum of SPF 15. Apply sunscreen on all parts of your body exposed to the sun. Apply generously, every two hours if you are outside. Remember to apply sunscreen immediately after swimming.
Avoid the sun during 10 am to 4 pm because this is the time when UV radiation from the sun is at its peak. Apply sunscreen even when it is cloudy or when you are in a room with glass windows.
3. Dress to Protect Your Skin
Wear clothes that will give you maximum protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Clothes made from cotton will wick away the sweat and help your skin breathe.
Use an umbrella, put on a wide-brimmed hat and wear sunglasses when going out on a bright sunny day.
4. Cleansing Your Skin
Skin cleansing is an important skin care routine to maintain healthy skin. Exfoliate to remove dead cells from your skin. Use a gentle loofah to exfoliate your skin while bathing. Loofahs help to remove the dead skin cells. Choose a gentle facial scrub for the face.
After exfoliating apply a moisturizer. Use a moisturizing lotion after a bath to lock the moisture in your skin. Remember to apply a moisturizer even after washing your face. Use cosmetic products that suit your skin.
Before going to bed remove all makeup to prevent infections and breakouts.
5. Stop Smoking and Drinking Alcohol
Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layer of the skin and reduces blood supply. When blood flowing to the skin cells reduces enough oxygen and nutrients do not reach the skin cells to keep them healthy.
Smoking damages the collagen and elastin fibers that are responsible for the strength and elasticity of your skin.
Do not consume alcohol. Alcohol can cause dry skin and make your skin appear red and bloated. Alcohol can reduce the Vitamin A content in your body. Vitamin A helps to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface and produce new skin cells.
Lack of Vitamin A can cause dry, flaky skin and can lead to your skin taking on shades of grey. In order to prevent the start of lines, wrinkles and dull skin stop drinking alcohol.
Exercising improves blood circulation and helps to keep the skin healthy. Make exercise a part of your daily routine.
Blood circulation is essential for healthy skin because nutrients and oxygen required for skin to be healthy are delivered to the skin through the blood.
7. Sleeping Well
Have a good night’s sleep. Dark circles can appear under your eyes if you do not get enough sleep.
Sleep helps to relax the facial muscles, smoothes the lines on your face and prevents the appearance of wrinkles.
Following a healthy lifestyle is vital to keep your skin in the best of good health,
© 2011 Nithya Venkat