Tips of the Trade to Glowing Skin
Tip no.1: Stop Smoking
Everyone knows smoking is bad for health. It is bad for the lungs, for the heart, and even for the skin. Smoking leads to premature ageing, wrinkles and makes the skin pale, giving it an unhealthy yellow paleness. There are more than a 1000 harmful toxins in cigarettes and every time you light one up, your collagen levels go down and the elasticity and youthful appearance goes out the door. People who smoke a lot also tend to look older and of courser paler.2
Tip no.2: Get Your Beauty Sleep
Sleep helps the skin with cellular regeneration. Like sleep is important for you to function during the day, it is just as important for the skin to regrow its cells and repair the damages. You should get at least 8 hours of sleep for the skin to work in its optimum. If you receive less than 8 hours, your skin breaks down the collagen and causes the skin to look tired, dry, lack luster, and causes minor skin imperfections like graininess and small bumps. In addition, lack of sleep causes dark circles under the eyes, which result in dilated blood vessels. 3
Tip no.3: Put a stop to Stress
Our fast paced lifestyle causes a lot stress. Stress can have a detrimental effect on your skin because it leads to the production of a hormone called cortisol. This increases the production of sebum, the oil found in your skin. As a result, your skin may become oily or spotty. Of course, stress can also worsen existing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn to manage stress with meditation, relaxation exercises, breathing techniques and/or yoga. Also take regular holidays and remember to make time for fun.4
Tip no.4: Exercise More
Grab your gym gear and get moving if you want to improve the health of your skin! Sweating helps to flush impurities and clears pores. Cardiovascular exercise also improves circulation, which encourages the transport of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This will result in fresh, glowing skin!
Tip no.5: Water is your Potion to Youth
You know that your skin is the biggest organ of the body but did you know that your cells are ALSO made up of water? If your skin is not receiving sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry and flaky. Dry skin also has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. So drinking enough water daily is important for overall good health because water not only helps with recharging and rehydrating the skin and flushing out the toxins, but it also aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion.5
Tip no.6: You Are What You Eat
Last and most importantly, a poor diet is almost always bad news for your skin and can result in dehydration, dryness, premature ageing, puffiness and clogged pores. For some people, it may even contribute to acne. The state your gut is in will impact the way your skin looks and feels. Also incorporating probiotic supplements into your diet will ensure good gut health since we don’t always get all the nutrients from the foods we eat. Natural supplements are an extension of your diet so taking them can be very beneficial.
For those who don’t have acne, following a diet that is rich in protective nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and dietry fibre is good. For those who do have acne, following a low-GI (low glycemic diet) diet will help better your skin.