Who doesn’t want great skin? Nearly everyone has at some point in their lifetime purchased some type of acne scrub or facial cleanser for a clearer, more rejuvenated glow. But what many people don’t know is that you don’t have to shell out a lot of money on products and equipment to enhance your skin; there are actually very simple precautions you can make to ensure a better profile. Check them out!
Drink Water...A Lot
Skin is an organ made up of cells that are composed of water, therefore drinking water has quite the effect. According to research, drinking water improves circulation. Water is more like a every-fits-all for the body. It’s good for your general health, so when your body is healthier, so is your skin. Be sure to not drink the majority of your water intake all at once. Experts say by doing, you simply urinate most of it. For best results drink a lot water throughout the day. Disclaimer: drinking a lot of water won’t prevent wrinkles, however.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is extremely important to our health. The more sleep deprived you are, the more likely you’ll encounter bad health and feel less rejuvenated. Doctors recommend that we get at least seven hours sleep to ensure a more glowing look. Not getting adequate rest can contribute to uneven skin tone, fine lines and overall make you look and feel less healthy and more tired. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing.
Reduce Sugary Foods From Diet
What you eat is important, which is why doctors suggest that people cut down on sugary foods, which spike your insulin levels and can cause inflammation throughout the body, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. Rather than eating foods that are high-glycemic such as white bread and candy, opt for more low-glycemic foods like brown rice and vegetables.
Don’t Wipe Your Face After Showers
Vigorously wiping your face after a shower eliminates the skin’s natural oils. For best results, pat down your face rather than wiping. By doing so, you avoid dry skin - particularly during the Winter. It’s also suggested that you use warm water to shower rather than steaming hot, water.
Reduce Sun Exposure
By now we should all know the damages the sun does to our skin. While Vitamin D is great for the skin, too much skin exposure causes skin burn, skin cancer and premature aging. Be sure to wear hats and sunglasses, and apply SPF when going outside under the sun. Also, try to limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which is when when ultraviolet radiation peaks.
Don’t Pop Your Zits or Pimples
One of the worst habits you can have is to pop or squeeze your zits/pimples. While you may not like that giant bump on your forehead, your best route is to use facial products, cleaning products and to let nature run its course. Popping those pesky zits can lead to scarring and blemishes, as well as infection. Just don’t do it.
Having great skin sometimes boils down to the basics - simply smile! A 2011 study found that smiling actually makes you appear younger. So if you’re looking for a cheat sheet on having a more youthful look, find something to be happy about and smile, or if you can’t, simply fake it. It’s worth the effort.
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