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Skin Care 101: Tips for a Smoother and Glowing Skin

Our skin serves as our protection against elements and harmful microorganisms 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. But how do we keep our skin healthy and smooth? Heredity plays a major role in the quality of our skin, but we should still take some healthy steps like having a good diet, keeping stress levels down, proper exercise, and appropriate use of skin products to attain a glowing and healthy skin. Let us discuss some ways to take good care your skin.

Dermatologists encourage high consumption of fruits and vegetables for a healthy and glowing skin. Apples, banana, berries, lemon, papaya, peach, pomegranate, and kiwi are good 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. High glycemic or foods with high sugar content like processed breakfast cereals, white bread, white rice, pretzels, cookies, potato chips and other junk foods encourage acne, triggering hormonal fluctuations and inflammation. 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.

When you are stressed, the body produce more cortisol which is a stress hormone, and this can make your skin oilier, decreasing your skin’s ability to fight bacteria causing acne, so it is best to reduce your sources of stress in order to decrease your body’s cortisol production. 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. Another simple way to achieve a healthy and glowing skin is getting a good night’s sleep because this is how our bodies regain energy and strength, and the best time for the skin to repair itself from stress and damage. Sleep deprivation can cause your body a great deal of extra strain, with the increased production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. 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.