Skin Care 101: Tips for a Smoother and Glowing Skin

Our skin serves as our protection against harmful microorganisms and environmental drafts, so it is important to take good care of it. As we age, our skin is exposed to different problems such as acne outbreaks, dryness and other skin problems due to environmental factors such as pollution, stress and toxic chemicals. What is the best way to take good care of our skin? Our genes play a huge factor in the quality of our skin, but we should take healthy steps such as proper diet, reducing stress levels, exercise, and proper use of skin products in order to achieve a glowing and healthy skin. Let us discuss some ways to take good care your skin.

When it comes to your diet, remember that fruits and vegetables are no just good for your overall health but also to your skin. Banana, apple, lemon, berries, papaya, peach, pomegranate, and kiwi are healthy for your skin. Consumption of kiwi and pomegranate fruit is good for achieving a clear, beautiful and healthy skin. Papaya is a natural exfoliant for a toned skin. To help the skin retain strength and moisture especially for dry skin, fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and trout are high in mega-3 fatty acids for a moisturized skin. Achieve a moisturize and toned skin by also consuming avocado, sweet potato, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. Take note that dairy products are not good for the skin. There are foods that can trigger inflammation and hormonal fluctuations such as soda, processed breakfast cereals, white bread, white rice, pretzels, cookies, potato chips and other junk food and high glycemic or high in sugar containing foods. There are important nutrients needed for a moisturized skin, preventing skin dryness such as potassium, sodium, vitamin D and vitamin E found in pickles, olives, cereals, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, corn, sunflower oil, carrots, oats and wheat germ.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is produced when we are stressed, and this hormone makes your skin oilier, thus increasing the likelihood of having acne breakouts. It is essential to teach yourself some important stress management such as learning breathing exercises, being optimistic, consulting an expert as needed and researching on other forms of stress reliever. Sleep is way our bodies regain energy and strength, and it is also a good time for our skin to repair itself from the sun’s damage, toxic invaders and other problems it experienced from a long day of work. If you lack sleep, your body produces more stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline causing a great deal of extra strain. Sunlight can be beneficial to your skin, but it is still important to use skin products with an SPF factor for protecting your skin from too much sun damage.