It’s never too late to start a skincare program. The signs of aging can be lessened, acne can be cleared up, and skin can look radiant, even after damage has been done. Three things determine if you will have great skin: First, your genes. Second, taking care of your body inside. And the third, is how you treat your body outside.
Scientists believe you would not see your first wrinkles until age 60 if you adhered to the following skin care basic guidelines. First of all, your health really does influence how you look. It’s no secret that celebrities often stick to strict diets which maintain their slender figures and energy levels. Many follow a low-fat, high fiber, mainly vegetarian diet, rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and soy products. Remember, when you are feeding your body healthy foods you are also feeding your skin, hair, and nails. Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar, iodized table salt, sodium nitrates and sodium nitrites. These foods, as well as some drugs such as iodides and bromides, are thought to aggravate acne.
Drink lots of water for great skin. Start your water-drinking regimen today. Your aim should be six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This works to give skin an overall glow by improving circulation. For variety, try adding lemon, lime or orange slices.
Another way to boost circulation is to do aerobic exercise for at least three 30-minute sessions per week. Try a workout DVD, take a walk, swim, ride your bike, or dance. Keep it fun and you’ll keep it up. Exercise brings more oxygen to the skin cells.
Get a good night’s sleep – an average of 8 hours a night. Sleep in a dark room with as little noise as possible. A satin pillow case is better in the prevention of wrinkles than cotton or linen.
Try to maintain a regular schedule of going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day.
Drinking, smoking, and drug use all have effects on skin. These activities send toxins through the body in the form of free radicals, which will harm healthy cells. Smoking speeds up your skin’s aging by six to ten years. Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin, and also sends out enzymes which directly attack skin tissue. There are many anti-smoking aids that can help you kick the habit. The more you drink, the worse off your complexion will be. Although it is obviously better to not drink, if you do, it is good to drink a lot of water the next day, to give wastes that extra little push out of your system. Any type of drug use (even prescription drugs) may trouble the skin.
Excessive stress also plays a role in the skins’ condition. Learn to relax. Try some meditative soundtracks, such as those available on CD from the Synchronicity Foundation, Inc. A favorite soundtrack is called “Time Off.”