Our skin is your best protection your body has yet it can be your worst enemy at times. It shows the stories of your life from a sun kissed tan to the glow of pregnancy. Or the less welcoming times like teenage acne or purple bags under the eyes from lack of sleep. Your skin can tell you a lot about your health and is the most important barrier between the environment and your body.
A lot of focus with skin is how to protect it from the sun’s rays, but there are many other simple ways to keep your exterior in fabulous shape for years. When you look in any women’s magazine or watch television commercials, there are always advertisements for the best skin creams that often times easily run over $100 for a small jar. These creams/gels/facial peels supposedly hold the potion to magically keeping your skin looking young and fresh. They should work for the price and some probably do, however I did my research on some things you can be doing daily for almost no cost at all to help improve your skin and maintain its youth.

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that teenage girls who consume a lot of dairy are almost 30% more likely to have acne than those who don’t. Experts believe the same holds true for adult women prone to serious breakouts as well. Scientists still do not completely understand why dairy products can lead to acne, but it is thought the natural hormones present in dairy may be to blame. While cutting back on dairy won’t solve acne problems single-handedly, it may make a difference for those who suffer severe breakouts.

While you are sleeping, our skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action. In contrast if you are sleep-deprived, this puts stress on the body causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems. Studies also found that insufficient sleep is a significant risk factor for acne among adolescents. Getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye is an easy way to allow your skin to repair properly.

You’ve probably heard how omega-3 fatty acids have a heart-healthy impact but the benefits also go skin deep. Many skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are made worse by inflammation in the body. Omega-3’s not only reduce inflammation but our bodies need these good fats to help produce its own natural oils to help keep moisture in for soft, hydrated skin. These good fats are found in many foods such as salmon, walnuts, fresh tuna, flax seed, and soybeans.

The benefits of exercise go beyond burning calories and gaining muscle. Exercise increases circulation making it easier for nutrients to reach the skin. Proper nutrition to the skin allows it to heal conditions like acne and can you’re your skin a nice glow. Exercise also reduces the stress hormone epinephrine which causes your blood flow to decrease and can lead to blotchy red looking skin. Just remember to wash your face before and after you workout to keep pores clear of sweat and dirt.

Moisturizing your skin can help plump it up, making it look smoother as opposed to dry skin which highlights wrinkles. Think of a grape versus a raisin- the only difference is water. A natural, inexpensive skin moisturizer is coconut oil. It has become popular to use it for cosmetic purposes to improve the health and appearance of skin and hair. Studies show that when applied to dry skin, it improves the moisture and lipid content making it soft and hydrated.

With these tips you can still pamper yourself without putting a dent in your bank account. Proper skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and keep you looking your best!

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