Thursday, December 16, 2010

Five tips for Healthy Skin

The skin is one of the most powerful indicators of health. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle options can help delay the natural aging process and prevent many skin problems. Given below are few tips that can lead to a great looking skin.

1. Protect yourself from the sun
The most important way to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause freckles, wrinkles, age spots and rough, dry skin. It can also lead to skin cancer. Hence, avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun's rays are the strongest. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats while going out at this time.Apply sunscreen when you're in the sun. 

2. Don't smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as vitamin A, that are important to skin health.

3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin, so keep it gentle. While bathing, use warm instead of hot water. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin. Don’t use strong soaps, as they may strip oil from your skin. Instead, opt for mild cleansers. In case you have dry skin, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft.

4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Drink ample of water.

5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To have a healthy skin and a healthy state of mind take steps to manage your stress.
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