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Skin Care 101: 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. As we age, our skin is exposed to different problems such as acne outbreaks, dryness and other skin problems due to environmental factors such as pollution, stress and toxic chemicals. But how do we keep our skin healthy and smooth? 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 ways to take good care your skin.

Dermatologists encourage high consumption of fruits and vegetables for a healthy and glowing skin. Apples, banana, berries, lemon, papaya, peach, pomegranate, and kiwi are good for your skin. Consumption of kiwi and pomegranate fruit is good for achieving a clear, beautiful and healthy skin. As we all probably know, papaya is a great exfoliant. For dry skin, the best foods include tuna, salmon, trout and other fatty fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, helping to retain strength and moisture. Achieve a moisturize and toned skin by also consuming avocado, sweet potato, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. Dairy products are not good on your skin. High glycemic or foods with high sugar content like processed breakfast cereals, white bread, white rice, pretzels, cookies, potato chips and other junk foods encourage acne, triggering hormonal fluctuations and inflammation. Potassium, sodium, vitamin E and vitamin D are the most important nutrients to prevent skin dryness and these nutrients can be 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. It is essential to teach yourself some important stress management such as learning breathing exercises, being optimistic, consulting an expert as needed and researching on other forms of stress reliever. It is important to get a good night’s sleep because this is how our bodies regain energy and strength, and the best time for the skin to repair itself from damage and stress. Cortisol and adrenaline production are increased because of sleep deprivation causing a great deal of strain to your skin and body. Sunlight can be beneficial to your skin, but it is still important to use skin products with an SPF factor for protecting your skin from too much sun damage.

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