Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to Have Great, Beautiful, Youthful-looking Skin

Many factors contribute to the detriment of our skin, but just a few changes can help a lot.


    • - Water. Skin needs to be hydrated in order to maintain its suppleness. Have you seen how dry, eroded terrain looks like? That's more or less what happens to our skin if we don't hydrate properly. Remember every time you drink a caffeinated drink, or any diuretic beverage such as alcoholic beverages you have to compensate by in-taking more water than usual.
      - Green tea. Green tea is probably the greatest thing out there for our health and skin. You should drink it without sugar (sugar causes wrinkles!). Aim for at least 2 or 3 cups a day, you will immediately feel its detoxifying effect.
      - Minimize jink foods and aim for balanced meals that include lots of fiber and vegetables. This is critical, anyone who has tried eating healthy after leading a life filled with junk food will tell you the big difference this makes on the appearance of your skin.
      - Healthy fats. Skin needs fat. However, there are two main types of fat and the good fats should compose the majority of our fat intake. These should mostly be omega-3 sources such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna. Salmon is affordable is you buy the canned wild salmon version, if it's from Alaska it's even better since you don't have to worry about mercury contamination. Also the canned wild variety is actually better than fresh, farmed salmon. Other sources of good fats are olive oil, canola oil and almonds.
      Vitamin E and Zinc. These are great for improving the condition of the skin. Zinc actually helps with the production of collagen.
    • - Sweat. Exercise is great for detoxifying the body. By exercising you maximize how much impurities leave the body through sweat, and therefore you prevent these impurities from leaving the body through other outlets such as pimples, acne or blackheads.
      Good soap. What you lather on the skin also matters. Soap should be glycerine-based. Olive oil is a great addition, as is oatmeal.
      Sunblock and sunglasses. Finally, make sure you protect yourself from the sun's rays, wear sunblock whenever you go outside, a cloudy day does not preempt the negative effects of the sun and neither does winter. It helps if you wear sunglasses and hat to minimize squinting and exposure of skin.

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