Healthy, glowing skin is everybody’s dream, especially since it is how we are perceived. The skin gives away our state of being. Happiness, tiredness, stress or contentment – our face reveals it all. Ageing wears our skin. Sun exposure or smoking hurts it. Unhealthy eating and lack of sleep cause it to puff up. And sometimes we are left feeling less than ourselves.
The tips I describe here in this week’s blog post are all natural and easy to implement. They ensure that we show our skin the same love and attention that we do to everything else in life. If done right, the results could be transformational and dramatic. And a new you could emerge – one who is confident and renewed, and one who has that perfect skin everybody only dreams of.
1) Drink Plenty of Water
This is one tip with zero side effects. And it is nothing but good. Yet we slack. Drinking water flushes our system, detoxifies it and hydrates it. It causes the skin to be buoyant and healthy.
Additionally, intermittently washing the skin gently with water, rose water, or water with cucumbers sliced into it can refresh and cleanse the skin. Washing the skin at night to rinse off the remnants of the makeup is an essential habit to follow.
2) Limit Your Sun Exposure
Direct sunlight can damage your skin. Prolonged sun exposure can burn the skin, cause acne, wrinkles and even skin cancer. Take in a dose of daily sunlight in the mornings or evenings when the sun is not harsh. This helps the body with its vitamin D requirements. But beyond that wear sunscreen, a large brimmed hat and your sunglasses when stepping out. This precaution is necessary to protect the skin from incurring permanent impairment.
3) Consume Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Blueberries, pomegranates, acai berries and goji berries, are rich sources of antioxidants. They help the body fight disease and inflammation. Avocados, olive oil, flax seeds, and fish contain good fatty acids. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit are great sources of collagen. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a compound that helps with skin elasticity. Walnuts and macadamias are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Munching on all these food varieties will help your skin look youthful and nourished.
While purchasing food, keep in mind that buying organic, sustainably sourced and environmentally safe produce goes a long way in ensuring our health, as well as the health of the planet, is protected.
4) Relieve Stress Through Yoga, Meditation and Exercise
Light exercise such as brisk walking or aerobics is a must for healthy skin. It helps with the circulation of oxygen which in turn revitalizes the body. Toxins are released through sweat and this makes the skin clear and firm. Yoga and meditation are great ways to de-stress and eliminate the worry lines from your face. Smiling a lot, thinking happy thoughts, indulging in spas and massage treatments, letting go of worries and talking to friends and family, and generally being happy with your state of existence will help you reduce stress even further.
5) Sufficient Sleep
An undisturbed sleep at night for a stretch of 8 hours gives your body the rest it requires. Aptly called ‘beauty sleep’, during this time, the body heals itself, the mind is cleared and you have the energy to begin another day with renewed focus and zest. Switch off your smartphones and televisions at night. The soft glow from the screens and the distracting sounds from the beeps and rings can interrupt your sleep.
There are plentiful ways to further improve the health of your skin, like reducing the intake of sugar that damages the collagen and causes wrinkles to appear and using natural skin products that nourish the skin without harming it. But whatever steps you uncover, these five points listed above are fundamental. There may not be a fountain of youth, but we can control how our skin looks and feels to a considerable extent through relatively simple means if we only try.