We can take a lot of measures to give our skin a healthy and smooth appearance. It begins with a healthy diet, a good night’s sleep, a consistent skin care routine and sun protection. A lot of it also depends on our genes and how we mature over the years.
5 Tips from the Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic breaks it into five simple but important steps:
- Sun protection with consistent sunscreen use, protective clothing and avoiding sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Not smoking, because it contributes to wrinkles, damages collagen and elastin, and increases your risk of skin cancer.
- Gentle cleansing and moisturizing – using warm (as opposed to very hot) water, gentle cleansers and moisturizing.
- Healthy diet – featuring plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated will keep the skin glowing and plumped, smoothing wrinkles.
- Managing stress, which can trigger acne and other skin problems. Setting limits on what you can reasonably do in a day, getting enough sleep and making time for the things you enjoy can have a positive impact on your skin.
Adhering to some simple, daily routines will make a noticeable difference in the appearance of your skin. Following a consistent skin care routine with a gentle cleanser, exfoliation and moisturizing will help keep your skin clear, bright and supple. Its cells repair when we sleep, so don’t skip on your rest. And engaging in sex releases endorphins that also provide a special glow to skin.
What You Eat Shows on Your Skin
It is true we are what we eat. Our diet shows up on our skin. Here are the main foods to add to your eating habits to help your skin look its best:
- Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, mackerel and herring
- Avocados, which are high in healthy fats and a good source of Vitamin E
- Walnuts for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C and E, selenium and protein
- Sunflower seeds for skin-boosting nutrients, including vitamin E, selenium, zinc and protein
- Sweet potatoes for provitamin A and beta-carotene
- Red or yellow bell peppers for beta-carotene, vitamins A and C for collagen production
- Broccoli for its zinc, vitamins A and C, lutein and sulforaphane
- Tomatoes for carotenoids and vitamin C
- Soy for isoflavones that help with elasticity and wrinkles
- Dark chocolate helps hydrate and smooth skin and protect from sun damage
- Green tea for its anti-aging and sun damage-protecting properties
- Red wine for resveratrol for anti-aging
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