How to Get Great Skin

Top Tips

Rather than creams and lotions, looking after your skin is the best way to achieve a perfect, blemish free complexion. While there’s no magic solution for clear skin, there are several common sense health tips to keep you glowing.

Things to do



Eat properly

If you want good skin it is essential that you eat a healthy balanced diet, eating at least five portions of fruit or vegetables a day to keep your vitamin and mineral levels up. If you don’t think you are getting enough, take a multivitamin and mineral supplement available from any pharmacy – though this shouldn’t be a replacement for a proper diet. Try to avoid greasy, high fat or sugary foods which will just cause spots.

Drink water

Water is essential for the hydration of the skin to keep it moist, soft, supple and clear – loss of moisture is one of the main culprits for causing wrinkles. You should aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Exercise

People who are physically fit look good and feel good. Exercise brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin so that it is firmer and better nourished. It is also thought that regular exercise can help slow down the aging process.

A regular exercise program will help to lengthen your life, improve your appearance, build your self-confidence and reshape your figure. Exercise also benefits the skin by helping to boost your circulation, calming the nerves and promoting a deeper, more revitalising sleep.

Sleep

Most people can vouch for the fact that a lack of sleep is bad for your skin.

If you don't get enough rest or sleep it will make you tired, affecting the appearance of your skin, making your eyes puffy and your skin look dry and dull. Most people need about eight hours sleep for a good night’s rest but many people only get around five or six hours.

Cleanse, tone and moisturise

Having a regular facial routine can really help keep skin healthy. You should cleanse your face every day, ideally by using three different products. These include a cleanser to keep the pores free from grease, grime and pollution, a toner to close the pores after they have been cleaned and a moisturiser to add elasticity and keep skin hydrated. Be sure to use products designed for your skin type, whether you have oily, dry or combination skin.

Things to avoid



Smoking

As well as all the other damage that smoking can do to your health, smoking cigarettes will rob your skin of its vitality making it less smooth and attractive. It also restricts blood flow and toxins to and from the skin while free radicals in smoke particles cause cellular damage to skin making it age prematurely, making it look pallid and tired as a result.

Excessive alcohol

Alcohol can dehydrate the skin and impede circulation, thus robbing the skin of precious moisture and depleting the body of vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy complexion. If you do drink, make sure that you drink a lot of water to help rehydrate your skin and body.

Stress

In addition to being mentally damaging, stress can affect you physically too. One of the first places that it will manifest itself is in the form of facial spots, eczema or psoriasis. This can cause inflammation and sensitivity as well as leaving your complexion looking dull.

Sunbathing

Soaking up the sun may give you a great tan, but the links with skin cancer and premature aging massively outweigh the benefits.

A good fake tan, with an SPF, is by far the best way of achieving a healthy glow. However, if you insist on sunbathing, then do it in a controlled manner. Avoid sun rays during the hottest part of the day – usually between 11am and 1pm – and always use a high factor sunscreen with an SP15 or higher.

Sunbeds are no better than sunbathing – they do not eliminate the risks of skin cancer and will still make you look old before your time, as well as dehydrating your skin, making it look dry and dull.

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