Skin is the barrier between the environment and us and it should be able to function
at maximum efficiency.
This is why, as we grow older, we still need to take care of it as much as we take care
of our general health.
There are many ways to keep our skin healthy and it’s best to start early if we want
less wrinkles, sun spots and dry skin.
Healthy Help for Your Skin
Water, drink plenty of it, no matter what season it is.
During the winter people tend to go for coffee or hot cocoa to keep them warm and
forget about water.
Water promotes skin circulation and hydrates it from the inside which in turn makes
your skin keep that summer glow during the winter months.
Omega-3 rich foods like flax seeds and avocado, are not only healthy for you, they also
lock moisture in your skin.
No matter what season it is or what type of weather we are encountering, everyday the
sun is above us in the sky.
This means that we should use moisturizer with spf in it all year round to keep your skin
soft and young.
Warm, Not Hot
It is well-known that hot water dries the skin, stripping it of its natural oils.
So even though you may be freezing in this winter weather, lukewarm water is better for your
skin in the long run.
With this is mind, choose warm showers instead of long baths (or at least try to, nothing compares
to a relaxing bath from time to time) and use a gentle cleanser that won’t be too harsh on your skin.
Ground coffee is the perfect natural skin exfoliant because of its light grittiness and natural anti-
inflammatory acids that help reduce acne.
But, be careful!
Don’t let too much coffee go down the drain because it might clog it.
While it’s still wet, your skin is now ready to be moisturized, so don’t skip this step and apply the
cream within 3 to 5 minutes of showering.
Many new moisturizers protect your skin against UV radiation, so you can actually get two things
for the price of one.
And even if the sun isn’t shining, UV radiation is still around.
It might look good, it might feel good, but it’s definitely not good.
If you’re still smoking when you’re over 65, you must be really passionate about it.
Still, if you think you can find the power within, quit.
Except for the well-known potentially deadly side-effects of smoking, there are other downers that
can ruin your old days.
Cigarette smoking contributes to wrinkle forming, it damages elastin, it increases the risk of getting
psoriasis, damages hair and makes wounds heal slower.
Smokers recovering from surgery also heal at a slower pace, which is quite alarming for the elderly,
and the risk of cataracts in people who smoke on a regular basis is increased.
Because of the carbon monoxide in the cigarette, skin becomes dry and discoloured.
Change Your Plans
There are little things you can do to improve the condition of your skin.
For instance, wearing natural, soft fibers.
Cotton and silk are better for your skin because they let it breathe and absorb sweat.
Wool, polyester or other synthetics can be irritating to your skin.
Beware of jewelry too!
Many diamonds and gems are synthetic too, which means they are created through chemical
processes, which may have an effect on your skin.
“If you start early and incorporate healthy rituals
in your day to day life, that’s exactly what’s
going to happen–you’ll look better without
feeling like you worked on it.”
In the end, skin “maintenance” shouldn’t be a drag.
It should be part of your lifestyle, not an effort.
If you start early and incorporate healthy rituals in your day to day life, that’s exactly what’s
going to happen–you’ll look better without feeling like you worked on it.
And, who knows, maybe that hat can become your trademark.
About the Author
Cassie Brewer is a journalist based in Southern California. Her interest in health and beauty when she started working as a makeup artist. Since then, she has dedicated her time to writing about diet and wellness in order to help others not only be beautiful on the outside, but radiant on the inside. @cassiembrewer Blog: http://cassiembrewer.weebly.com/
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