10 Tips for Healthier Skin
There are many factors including genetics and nature that control the condition of our skin, however we can do a few things to help the largest external organ of our body look its best.
Following are my top 10 tips for healthier looking skin!
1- Use a sunscreen lotion daily
Use sunscreen lotion, especially on your face. A lotion tends to be lighter and less greasy than a creamy sunscreen.
2- Get your ‘fats’ right
Healthy unsaturated and Omega-3 fats, that are found in foods such as salmon, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, reduce inflammation and promote skin elasticity and radiance.
Saturated and trans fats on the other hand, are found in foods like butter, ghee, fried foods, fatty meats, full fat dairy products, crisps, chocolate and biscuits, are pro-inflammatory. This means they increase the risk of developing acne, enlarged pores and cellulite due to excess oil and sebum build up beneath the skin.
3- Reduce sugar intake
Refined and high Glycaemic Index (GI) carbohydrates are made up of very simple sugars. These sugars are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream once ingested. This in turn increases your insulin levels, and over the long term can lead to insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is a condition where the body starts to secrete a larger amount of insulin than is usually necessary in response to intake of sugar. The side effects of this condition include acne and uneven skin tone.
Fruit and low GI carbohydrates, such as wholegrains, should be included in a balanced diet as they do not have this negative effect on insulin levels. They are also rich in antioxidants and fibre which are necessary for healthy skin cells.
4- Increase your water intake
Drinking six to eight cups of water per day will prevent your skin from becoming dehydrated and looking dull.
5- Avoid smoking
As well as not being good for your internal organs, tobacco smoke increases the levels of cell damaging free radicals in the body.
6- Avoid drinking too much alcohol
Alcohol dehydrates the body and depletes nutrients which are important for skin health.
7- Eat plenty of wholegrain foods, fruits and vegetables
Wholegrains, fruits and vegetables are high in fibre which is important for cleansing the body of toxic substances. Fruits and vegetables are also a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
8- Drink two to three cups of tea per day:
Tea is a very generous source of antioxidants. Black and green teas have the highest concentration and are the best for you. Green tea offers some other amazing health benefits on its own.
9- Get plenty of sleep
Everyone has different sleep requirements, however you should aim for seven to eight hours of good quality sleep per night. This will keep your skin and face looking more relaxed and refreshed.
10- Reduce your stress levels
Stress literally leaves an impression on your skin. Frown lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet are all created or worsened by our day to day worries and stressors. If you’re looking for some ways to combat stress, how about keeping a daily journal, including your emotions and how you dealt with situations. This will help you identify potential stressors in your life so that you can address them and work towards a solution to reduce your stress levels.