Have you ever looked at a woman’s skin and thought she must have been born with that beautiful skin? We are all born with beautiful skin but some of us neglect our skin, as we grow older. We strive for the best suntan so we lie in the sun for hours or run to the tanning bed. Others are so busy that they neglect their diets, which can affect our skin as well. Still others wait until the damage is done to begin using products to nourish and protect our skin. Now is the time to begin taking steps to prevent damage to your skin before it is too late. It is not that difficult to have healthy, glowing skin and the steps that you take will not only improve your skin but they will improve your overall health as well.
1. Protect, protect, protect
The sun damages skin – – that is a fact that we cannot deny no matter how much we would like to do so. We should wear sunscreen EVERY time we are outdoors to protect our skin. Sun damage causes skin cancer, age spots and wrinkles. To protect your skin, and keep that healthy glow, use a good sunscreen like ultraGuard from Coopertone. This sunscreen has a high SPF of 70+ with a broad spectrum UVA/UVB for maximum protection.
2. Hydrate & Sleep
Skin needs lots of water to remain healthy. The average adult does not consume enough water in their diets to replenish what their skin looses each day. Make sure that you hydrate each day for a healthy and glowing appearance. You must also get your rest in order to look healthy. If you do not get enough rest, your skin will look tight and drawn rather than healthy.
Moisturizing is a key factor in having healthy skin. Many people neglect to use lotion as part of their daily routines and this leaves skin undernourished and dry. This can cause wrinkles and the appearance of fine lines. Women should use a moisturize specifically designed for face and necks each day. For the body, use a good moisturizer with vitamins and minerals after your shower each day. Pat skin dry and apply a sufficient amount of lotion to cover the entire surface of your skin and rub in thoroughly. I like using Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Moisturizing Lotion because it has soy, which moisturizes without being greasy.
4. No Smoking
Smoke is bad for your lungs but it is also bad for your skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, smoking will increase the rate at which skin ages and cause wrinkles to be more apparent. Furthermore, smoking will cause the blood vessels near the surface of the skin to narrow and cut off oxygen to the skin. This will also cause skin not to receive the vitamins and nutrients that it needs thereby aging the skin and making it appear damaged and old.
5. Healthy Eating
Yes, what you eat can affect how your skin looks and feels. If your diet is poor then your skin will show this instead of having that healthy glow that comes from a good diet. Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits and green tea are excellent to combat skin aging and damage. Because many of us are busy, we grab what we can to eat and may not be getting the nutrients that we need. Taking a vitamin supplement such as Herbalife Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex will help maintain healthy skin. This multivitamin contains antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that are essential for healthy skin.