As time takes its toll on our bodies, many of us turn to elixirs purported to rejeuvenate or even go under the knife. But could there be a much easier and cheaper way to youthful looking skin?
To have young and healthy looking skin you don’t need to resort to chemical peels, Botox, or expensive lotions and potions. With a few changes to your life style you can have fresh, glowing skin while suffering much less pain and financial loss.
Stay hydrated – As soon as you’re dehydrated, it will start having an impact on your skin, causing it to look dull, saggy and loose. So drink plenty of water to help rid your body of toxins and aid cellular renewal.
Protect yourself from the sun – Exposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, as well as cancer. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply every two hours. Seek shade and wear protective clothing. Some sun is necessary though for a number of reasons including the production of vitamin D but just don’t get too much.
Eat a healthy diet – Antioxidants are the best resources available for your body to fight disease and aging. Great sources of antioxidants include: blueberries, pomegranates, spinach, raspberries, nuts and even chocolate – so long as it has a 70% or more cocoa content. Eating a wide variety of food is also important, in order to get the full range of antioxidants that the body needs as well as the essential fatty acids that are crucial for young looking skin.
Eat organic foods to prevent the consumption of aging toxins and try to get enough vitamin C in your diet. Studies have shown that vitamin C exposure increases collagen production in the skin leading to fewer wrinkles. Wrinkles can be avoided too by cutting out sugar which diminishes the elasticity of the skin. Sugar is also responsible for causing spots.
Be gentle to your skin – Choose natural skin products, avoid strong soaps, shave carefully using cream lubrication and use moisturiser on dry skin. Hot water can leave skin dry or even cracked by removing oils so have fewer long hot baths and go for a warm shower instead.
Sleep well – Skin mostly repairs and rejuvenates itself at night time so try to get eight hours of quality sleep every night.
Get active – Exercise helps by toning the muscles and increasing circulation of oxygen and nutrients. Sweating also rids the body of damaging toxins leading to clearer, healthier skin.
Avoid stress – Stress is a big cause of acne and other skin problems. Take steps to manage your stress, avoid stressful situations and try to find time to enjoy yourself – in fact smiling even improves circulation and is a great workout for all the muscles in the face.
Don’t smoke – Smoking reduces the blood flow within tiny blood vessels in the skin, depleting it of oxygen and nutrients, and leading to wrinkles and aging. Smoking also damages the elasticity of the skin and wrinkles can be caused by the repetitive facial expressions made when smoking, such as from pursed lips.