8 Steps to Healthy Skin at Every Age
Protection from the Sun
Wearing a good sunscreen can protect your skin from the harmful rays. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Make sure that you use a water-resistant and sweat-proof sunscreen, if you're at the beach or exercising outside.
Drink Lot of Water
Water plumps up your skin cells and makes your skin look fresh and bright. When you're dehydrated, your skin starts to dry out. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to keep your skin healthy.
Prefer Cool Shower
Rinse off your skin with cool water. Hot water is hard on your skin and causes it to dry out and toughen, while cool water tightens and tones your skin. Even after a cool shower, effectively use your moisturizers to maintain the skins’s moisture levels.
Keep it Clean
Washing your face twice a day with warm water, a clean wash cloth and soap or a cleanser removes dirt and oils and keeps your skin clean and healthy. Avoid strong, scouring soaps, and limit the time you spend in the bath or shower.
The best time to apply a moisturizer is right after you step out of the shower or bath. With your skin still damp, apply the moisturizer so your skin will keep that moisture in. You can also apply after you wash your hands and before going outdoors for extended periods in cold weather.
Shave carefully using a lubricating gel or foam, and pat dry with a towel after cleaning instead of wiping, this will keep some moisture on your skin. However, washing your skin too often, especially your hands can cause damage. Look for the most gentle soaps you can find and apply them regularly.
Foods rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin D help keep skin smooth and healthy. Vitamins A and C are particularly helpful if you want smoother skin. A healthy balanced diet is one of the most important necessities to have smooth skin. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish and antioxidants and vitamins from tea, fruits and vegetables may help preserve smooth skin and protect it from disease.
Healthy lifestyle activities like exercise increases the circulation in the body, delivering more nutrients to the skin and the rest of your body while carrying away toxins. It also helps the body produce collagen, which minimizes wrinkles. Smokers have more wrinkles around their eyes and mouths, and tobacco and chronic alcohol abuse can cause the skin to turn a yellow or brown color.
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