Protecting Your Skin
- Created: April 7, 2013
- by: admin
Sun-soaked skin might sound nice, but it may actually be doing more harm than good. Read this quick guide about how to keep your skin happy and healthy.
Our skin protects our body. It serves as an armor and the first line of defense to protect our vital organs. When healthy, it’s a source of beauty. The choices you make every day — what you eat, where you go, how you feel — affect how your skin looks.
Want healthy skin? Watch your diet. Higher intakes of vitamin C and a lower intake of fats and carbohydrates are associated with the appearance of your skin as it ages. Changing your diet will help your appearance. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as fish, fruits and vegetables, seem to help protect skin. To avoid breakouts, go for complex carbohydrates (like whole grains and pasta) and healthy protein.
Exercise benefits every part of your body — including your largest organ, the skin. Exercise also improves circulation, flushing toxins from your skin. Enhancing blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to your body and may help your skin produce collagen, which staves off wrinkles. Wash your face right after a workout and avoid tight headbands, which can trap sweat and irritate skin.
In addition to eating right and exercising, getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night will keep your body and skin in top shape. The restoration and healing process of our body kicks into gear only when we fall asleep. Sleeping gives your skin the periodic boost that it needs to rejuvenate itself. Our skin cells regenerate at a faster rate while sleeping.
The more time you spend you spend in the sun, particularly without the necessary protection, the worse off your skin is. Increased exposure to the sun also increases your risk of skin cancer. Protect skin by always wearing broad-spectrum sunblock
To improve aging skin, exfoliate to remove dead skin, use non-drying soap, and moisturize often. Use over-the-counter retinoids or vitamin C creams to reduce fine wrinkles, or ask your doctor about a prescription version.
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