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Five steps to a healthier skin



Who doesn’t desire a healthier and clearer skin? We all can admit trying numerous products and remedies recommended by friends, doctors and endorsements, and, at times have been hard on our skin too. Well, skincare doesn’t always need to be so extensive.

In this article, we take you to the basics of taking care of your skin with these 5 simple steps.

1. Always treat your skin gently

Good skin care and appropriate lifestyle changes may help delay natural aging and prevent certain skin problems. Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin, therefore limit your bath time as hot showers or long baths can strip oil from your skin and also make sure to shave carefully. Gently pat dry your skin after washing or bathing and use a moisturizer if you have a dry skin.

Another important point to consider is to protect yourself from the sun. Apply sunscreen generously as a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems. Cover your skin with long sleeved shirts, long pants and wear wide-brimmed hats.

2. Not smoking

The outermost layer of your skin is layered with tiny blood vessels, which narrows down considerably when you smoke. This leads to decreased blood flow and makes your skin look paler. Smoking also results in reduced oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin. It also impairs collagen and elastin, which are fibers necessary to keep your skin strong and elastic. The facial expression one makes while smoking, that is pursing the lips and squinting the eyes, contributes to early wrinkling of the skin. Hence, if you want your skin to look healthy and well-nourished, one of the quick actions towards it should be to quit smoking.

3. Follow a healthy diet

A healthy diet is good for the complete body, including your skin. Consume ample amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and lean proteins for a younger looking skin. Drinking plenty of water is a must to keep your skin hydrated. You should limit intake of foods that are high-glycemic or have high sugar. Foods with unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might make you look older than you are.

4. Manage stress

Have you ever realized that you break out more often when you are stressed? Stress can trigger a chemical reaction in your body and make your skin more reactive and sensitive. When you are stressed, a hormone called cortisol is produced that hints at your skin glands to make more oil, which most of the time results in an acne breakout or other skin problems.

The way to a healthier mental and physical state is physical activity like jogging, yoga or exercising, communication with friends and family, sleeping adequately, and doing more of whatever makes you relaxed and happy.

5. Get enough sleep

Get a full night’s sleep as the skin repairs itself while you’re snoozing. If you’re sleep deprived, you’ll end up having dark circles, puffy eyes, fine lines and acne, to name a few. In order to prevent this, make sure you get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep to improve your skin condition.

To get the perfect glow or clear skin you’ll have to take care of your body. In the market there is no product available to make up for a lack of sleep, unhealthy diet or stress.

Disclaimer: Indian Health Bureau does not claim any responsibility for the information contained in this article. The information may not hold good for everyone. The post is for general awareness only and should not be construed as a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Please consult your doctor to know what is good for you.

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