9 Practical Tips for Healthy, Youthful Skin

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What does your skincare regimen look like? The skin acts as a physical barrier against infection-causing germs, preventing bacteria and viruses from entering your body. If you neglect to care for your skin, though, it won’t be able to perform this job. You can easily promote healthy, youthful skin by following the nine tips listed below.


#1) Wear Sunscreen Lotion

When staying outdoors for longer than a half-hour, wear sunscreen lotion. Ultraviolet (UV) sunlight can dry out or even burn your skin, the latter of which is particularly concerning since sunburn is a risk factor of melanoma skin cancer. By applying sunscreen lotion on your skin, you’ll protect it from UV damage. Just remember to choose a lotion with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF), as this reflects the level of protection it offers against UV sunlight.


#2) Drink More Water

The amount of water you drink in a typical day can affect your skin health. Water hydrates your skin to increase its elasticity. As a result, it’s less likely to dry out or crack open. Unfortunately, only about one in three Americans drink enough water, leaving them vulnerable to chronic dehydration. If you’re among this crowd, you may notice your skin feels dry or rough — a telltale sign of dehydration. To achieve healthy skin, drink plenty of water throughout the day.


#3) Wash Your Face Twice Daily

Try to get into the habit of washing your face twice a day, preferably in the morning and again at night. Over time, dirt, oil and other micro-sized particles of debris can become embedded deep inside the pores on your face. In addition to causing acne breakouts, clogged pores such as this can lead to an infection. If bacteria gets trapped inside a pore, it may reproduce while creating a skin infection. Washing your face twice a day, however, will eliminate bacteria from your pores before it’s able to cause an infection.


#4) Eat More Fruits

Adding more fruits to your diet may have a positive impact on your skin health. Whether you prefer blueberries, strawberries, apples, kiwis or bananas, fruits are loaded in beneficial vitamins and nutrients. More importantly, some of the natural compounds in fruit act as antioxidants by protecting against cellular skin damage.



#5) Turn the Heat Down When Showering and Bathing

When you shower or bathe, avoid using excessively hot water. Although it feels nice during the winter months, hot water will dry out your skin. You don’t have to shower or bathe with ice-cold water. Rather, use a comfortable lukewarm temperature that’s not too hot but not too cold.


#6) Wash Your Pillowcase

Don’t forget to wash your pillowcase. When you sleep at night, some of the oils and debris from your face will fall onto your pillowcase. If you rarely or never wash your pillowcase, your face will be exposed this oil and debris every night. By washing your pillowcase at least once a week, you’ll create a cleaner sleeping environment while promoting healthy skin in the process.


#7) Eat More Nuts

In addition to containing a high concentration of protein, nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids that rejuvenate the skin. When consumed, omega-3s work to suppress inflammatory skin conditions. If you suffer from rosacea, rashes or other forms of skin inflammation, eating more nuts may offer relief. All nuts are loaded in omega-3s, including walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pistachios and pecans. Just remember to consume them in moderation, as nuts have a high caloric content and may cause weight gain when consumed in excess.


#8) Exfoliate Your Face

Exfoliation is essential to healthy, youthful skin. While washing your face with soap or cleanser will remove superficial oils, dirt and debris, it doesn’t clean deep inside your pores. Exfoliation, however, is the answer to this problem. Consisting of a semi-abrasive scrub, exfoliation products are designed to clean deep inside pores to flush out stubborn oil, dirt and debris.

While exfoliating can help you achieve healthier skin, you shouldn’t do it too frequently. The semi-abrasive nature of exfoliation products can stress your skin. So, don’t exfoliate your face more than once or twice a week.


#9) Avoid Foods to Which You Are Allergic

If you are allergic to a specific food, don’t eat it. Even if it the reaction is relatively mild, it could trigger adverse skin reactions like rashes or hives. How do you know if you are allergic to a specific food exactly? Unless you’ve been diagnosed with a food allergy, you may have trouble spotting the symptoms. Many people with celiac disease, for example, assume their symptoms are the result of indigestion, so they continue to consume gluten even though it causes an allergic reaction. If you believe a food allergy is causing you skin problems, consult with a medical professional to get tested.


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