Skin Care: Five tips on how to maintain a healthy skin


Taking good care of one’s skin together with gentle cleansing and sun protection can keep it well and shining for years ahead of him or her. If you don’t have the time for exhaustive skin care, get familiar the nitty-gritty. Taking good care of the skin and choosing healthy lifestyles can help by delaying the natural-aging process besides preventing numerous skin problems. Below are five tips that can help you keep a healthy skin.

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Shield your skin from the sun
This is among the most important ways of good skin care practices. A lifetime of exposure to the sun can cause age spots, wrinkles and other skin setbacks including an increase of the risk of cancer. In order to completely shield your skin from the sun, do the following:
• Make use of sunscreen of at least an SPF of 15. When you are outdoors, re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours; or more often in case you are perspiring or swimming.
• Look for shade: Avoid being in the sun during periods when the rays of the sun are strongest.
• Wear shielding-clothing: Cover your skin with wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts and long pants that are tightly woven. Consider also laundry additives which offer an additional ultraviolet protective layer to the clothing for a definite number of washings. There are also special sun-protective clothing specially designed to block the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Do not smoke

Smoking makes people’s skins look older. Smoking constricts the minute blood vessels in the skin’s outermost layers, thereby decreasing the flow of blood. This uses up the amount of nutrients and oxygen that are essential for a healthy-skin. Smoking also damages elastin and collagen. These two are the fibers that are responsible for giving your skin its elasticity and strength. Additionally, the recurring facial expressions that you make while smoking can add to wrinkles. Doctors can help individual smokers with tips or treatments that can help them quit smoking.

Treat your skin tenderly
Shaving and cleansing on a regular basis can help take a charge on your skin. Do the following so as to maintain it gentle:
• Limit your bathing time. Long baths or showers and hot water remove oils from the skin. Avoid the use of hot water while bathing, but instead use one that is warm.
• Avoid using strong soaps. Strong detergents and soaps have the capacity to strip oil from the human skin. Mild cleansers should be chosen instead.
• Shave cautiously. In order to lubricate and protect your skin, a shaving cream, gel or lotion should be applied before shaving. Always shave while following the hair grows-direction and not against it.
• Pat dry. After bathing or washing, gently blot or pat your skin dry using a towel so as to leave some moisture in the skin.
• In case you have got a dry skin, moisturize it.

Eat a diet which is healthy
Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains. It is suggested by some research that a diet which is rich in Vitamin C and low in refined or processed carbohydrates and unhealthy fats can promote younger-looking skin.

Control stress
Uncontrolled stress may make your skin more susceptible and trigger breakouts of acne and other problems of the skin. In order to encourage a healthy state of mind and a healthy skin, make an effort to deal with your stress. Set limits that are reasonable, rationalize your list of things to do, and create time for doing things that you love and enjoy.

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