Learning The “Secrets” of Wellness

Skin Care: Tips for a Glowing and Smoother Skin

Our skin serves as our protection against elements and harmful microorganisms so it is important to take good care of it. Everyday our skin is exposed to various problems such as dryness, acne outbreaks, and other skin problems due to environmental factors like stress, pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals. So how to we take care of our skin? Heredity plays a major role in the quality of our skin, but we should still take some healthy steps like having a good diet, keeping stress levels down, proper exercise, and appropriate use of skin products to attain a glowing and healthy skin. Let us discuss some important tips you can do in order to properly care for your skin.

Fruits and vegetables are not only good to protect your body from diseases but they are also the best food for your skin. Apples, banana, berries, lemon, papaya, peach, pomegranate, and kiwi are good for your skin. Consumption of pomegranate and kiwi fruit helps in ensuring a healthy, clear and beautiful skin. Papaya is a natural exfoliant for a toned skin. To help the skin retain strength and moisture especially for dry skin, fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and trout are high in mega-3 fatty acids for a moisturized skin. Consume sweet potato, avocado, oysters, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. For a moisturized and tone skin, try eating avocado, sweet potato, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. Take note that dairy products are not good for the skin. Foods that can trigger inflammation and hormonal fluctuations include processed breakfast cereals, white bread, white rice, pretzels, cookies, potato chips and other high glycemic or high in sugar containing foods. The important nutrients to prevent dry skin include potassium, sodium, vitamin D and vitamin E found in potatoes, squash, tomatoes, pickles, olives, cereals, corn, sunflower oil, carrots, oats and wheat germ.

Our bodies produce a stress hormone called “cortisol” and this can make your skin oilier, predisposing it to acne because of decreased immunity, so it is best to reduce your sources of stress in order to decrease your body’s cortisol production. Learn how to manage your stress through breathing exercises, having a positive disposition in life, talking to an expert as necessary, and research on other forms of good stress reliever. Sleep is way our bodies regain energy and strength, and it is also a good time for our skin to repair itself from the sun’s damage, toxic invaders and other problems it experienced from a long day of work. Cortisol and adrenaline production are increased because of sleep deprivation causing a great deal of strain to your skin and body. Use skin products with SPF factor to protect your skin from too much sun damage.