by Henry Rant
Good skin care and a healthy lifestyle can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Here are seven simple, and effective tips you can implement into your daily routine to get you started.
Tip 1: Protection from the sun
One of the easiest and most important ways to preserve and protect your skin is to minimize exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. A lifetime of sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and a multitude of skin problems, including an increased risk of skin cancer.
So what steps can you take to protect yourself from the sun
1.Use sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Apply it generously and frequently, preferably every two hours or more, depending on your activity level
2.Try to avoid being outside between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, as that is when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Tip 2: Don’t Smoke
Smoking ages the skin and contributes to the proliferation of wrinkles. . Smoking narrows the blood vessels that are closer to the surface of the skin, depleting them of blood flow, thus contributing to less oxygen and nutrients reaching the skin.
Smoking also damages the fibers collagen and elastin, which give the skin its strength and elasticity.
Tip 3: Get Regular Sleep
In today’s busy, busy world, achieving eight hours of sleep seems more and more like a luxury. Unfortunately, the importance of sleep cannot be emphasized enough. Regular sleep optimizes the secretion of human growth hormone, which promotes collagen production.
Tip 4: Exercise Regularly, Meditate Frequently
Exercise increases circulation and the flow of nutrients to the skin. Try and aim for 30-45 minutes of exercise, for 4-5 days a week.
In addition, activities like yoga and meditation helps keep stress in check, which thereby reduces the production of stress hormones, which are to blame for acne, eczema and rosacea.
Tip 5: Drink Lots of Water
Drinking plenty of water is important for your body to function at peak performance. Dehydration takes a toll on your skin, causing it to look dull, flaky, saggy and loose. Water gives your skin a more radiant, healthy, and younger complexion. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day. Increasing water intake has show to decrease occurrence of acne. The effects won’t come overnight, so be patient.
Tip 6: Eat your Way to Healthy Skin
Most of our favorite skin care products contain naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients. Know what else contains these vitamins and nutrients? Our food, of course! Start by implementing more fruits and vegetables into your diet, on top of your skin care products to see the most benefit. For starters, incorporate more foods containing Vitamin C, such as Oranges, Strawberries, Broccoli, and Sweet Potato, and Vitamin E, such as Avocadoes, Almonds, and Hazelnuts. Least but not all, incorporate more Zinc into your diet, which can be found in fish, lean read meat, shellfish, whole grains, and poultry.
Tip 7: Be Patient
As much as we would like to see our skin bounce back to its youthful look in a short period of time, it won’t happen. It took years for us to damage our skin, so it is only logical to assume it will take time for our skin to heal and recover. Be patient and be consistent with you skin care regiment. Don’t be discouraged when you don’t immediately see results.