Women are forever trying to find ways of keeping their skin looking good, and preventing the effects of aging being too obvious. The problem is that some of the facial treatments in beauty salons are so expensive that not many can afford them. You will still see women who look much younger than they are though, and that is not because they have spent a lot of dollars, but because they have put the effort in maintaining a good skin while living on a budget.
Detoxify Your Body
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it is affected by what you eat and drink, just like all the other parts of your body. You need to remove as many processed foods from your diet as possible. They are often high in sugar and have preservatives in the form of chemicals that are no good for your body at all.
The toxins you consume with these foods are not helping the state of your skin and can make it look less beautiful.
Change to fresh foods, and include as much fruit and vegetables as you can. Keep your intake of carbs low too, but make sure your diet is varied enough to have all the vitamins and nutrients you need.
When you first start to detoxify you can feel a bit unwell and your skin can suddenly have lots of spots and blemishes. This is just all the toxins leaving your body. Do not give up because in just a few days your body will have expelled them all and you will be so much better.
Nourishing your skin from the inside by what you eat is vital. As well as the fruit and veg, nut and whole grain foods are good. Plant rich foods and ones rich in fatty acids such as omega-3 can have a great effect on the quality of your skin.
One of the worst things for us though, and it is in many things we eat, is refined sugar. Do your best to eliminate this from your diet totally, and only have the natural variety.
Hydrate Your Body
While we are talking about what you should be putting into your body to be more beautiful, let’s mention water. You should consume lots of it to keep your body and skin hydrated. If you do not like plain water, try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange to give it some flavor. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they both cause dehydration.
Some foods such as many salad greens have high water content, and that can help you get enough of it into your body.
To help keep your skin hydrated you could also use products that include hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1000 times its own weight in water. It is found naturally in our bodies, but its largest concentration is in our skin.
If you are asking yourself ‘What is Hyaluronic Acid?’ that is because not too many people have heard about it, or its great effects on your skin. You can buy it in creams, gels, powders, or supplements and none of them are overly expensive.
Clean Your Skin
You should clean your skin each morning and night. Do not use anything too harsh as that can dry the skin out and make it look dull. A gentle cleanser will do the job, and take great care with the skin around your eyes. It is more delicate in this area, and can easily be damaged if it is pulled or prodded too hard.
Never go to bed with your makeup on, no matter how tired you are. The night-time clean is very important so that it is all removed. If you go to sleep in makeup it can clog your pores and that will show in the skin of your face the next day. Those clogged pores can also contribute toward spots and infections, and then you will wish you had taken your makeup off before going to bed.
This will remove dead skin cells and give your face a healthy glow. One of the most natural products to use for this task is oatmeal. You just mix a cup of oatmeal with about a third of a cup of warm water and spread it all over your face. Leave it for a few minutes to dry, and then rinse off with more warm water.
Another great product for tackling this job is organic apple cider vinegar. You mix it with an equal amount of warm water and apply to your face on a cotton ball. Leave it for about 5 minutes then rinse your face in clear, warm water.
Exfoliation has a great effect on your skin, and by using these products that you may already have in your larder, it will only cost a few cents.
There has been much information in the media in recent years about how the sun can cause skin cancer. Even if it does not do that to you, it will dry out your skin and make it age more quickly. You need to protect yourself from it at all times. Adding a coating of sunscreen to your face should be part of your daily routine, even if it looks a bit grey outside. It only needs the sun to peep through the clouds for a few minutes for your unprotected skin to feel its effects.
Your skin does need sunlight for vitamin D, but you are betting taking a supplement of this rather than allowing yourself to be in the sun unprotected.
You should also protect your head from the sun by wearing a hat, as it can cause headaches and migraines.
You need to build some activity into your daily life. That could involve taking the dog a walk, going to the gym, training for a marathon, playing netball or some other sport, or running around the garden after the kids in a game of tag. You should aim to have a total exercise tally of at least 3 hours a week. This you will find keeps your body in a better state, you will be more mentally alert and your skin will benefit.
Apart from helping to stave off some very nasty health problems, exercise can improve your blood circulation, which in turn will put more color in your cheeks. A rosy glow looks good and certainly makes you look healthier.
Get Enough Rest
Although exercise is crucial, so is rest, particularly sleep. When we go into a deep sleep it gives our body a chance to repair itself and prepare for the next day. This also applies to our skin and our brain. A lack of sleep can contribute to mental health problems, sluggishness, no energy, and bad skin.
Most adults should try to get between 7 and 8 hours every night. Of course, there will be times when this does not happen because of an evening out maybe, but make it an exception rather than a regular thing if you do not want sleep deprivation to affect you.
If you are having trouble getting to sleep, try turning off your TV and digital devices at least an hour before you go to bed. This will rest your brain before you retire for the evening, and you will be more likely to doze off without a problem. You should also avoid reading in bed, as your brain needs to be trained that bed is for sleep, and doing other things while lying there will undo the reinforcement.
Do Not Use Too Much Makeup
Keep the use of makeup to a minimum and do not use it every day unless you really have to. One of the benefits of a healthy looking skin is that you should not need so much makeup. You will not have so many spots or blemishes you want to cover, and your skin will have a natural glow that will look better than any makeup.
There are organic makeup brands that will be less harmful, but why use these even if you do not need to.
There are several things mentioned above that affect us in different ways. For instance, a healthy diet is important to lower the risk of obesity and all the diseases associated with it. Exercise is healthy for so many different reasons, many of them the same as the diet we eat. Water and hydration also affect our health on a daily basis, as does having enough sleep.
All of these things can also affect our mental health, which some people do not always associate with feeling depressed or anxious. However, more and more physicians are suggesting these lifestyle changes as a way of helping to combat them.
They also all affect the quality of our skin, which really just goes to show that the old saying, ‘you are what you eat and what you do’ is very true, and that if we all ate the right things, and did the proper amount of exercise we would be a much healthier and better-looking nation.