You know how some people just glow? Of course their personality and inner radiance has a lot to do with that, but beautiful, healthy skin really helps too, whether you’re male or female. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and yet it’s easy to ignore until it actually becomes a problem. Paying it a small amount of attention daily goes a long way towards keeping it healthy.
Here’s how to take care of your skin:
Wash it regularly
Wash your body once a day and your face twice, especially if you’re prone to spots. A build-up of dirt or sweat can clog the pores and makes it difficult for your skin to breathe. Use a gentle cleanser appropriate for your skin type.
Protect it from the sun
Every time we go outside, even if it’s just for a few minutes walking between buildings or running for the taxi, our skin is exposed to the sun. A little sun is a good thing, but a little soon becomes too much, so it’s worthwhile investing in a good everyday sunscreen. If you normally wear moisturiser, consider one that contains a built-in sunscreen and make it a habit each morning rather than an afterthought.
The body uses a lot of water, especially when it’s hot, and if it doesn’t have enough available inside, it dehydrates the skin to free up that water to use elsewhere. Depending on your skin type, this could cause dryness or spots. Drinking plenty of water every day keeps your skin hydrated and your body operating well too.
Fruit and vegetables are essential food items for healthy skin (and a healthy body too). Foods that are high in Vitamins C, D and E are especially good for the skin, for example, bananas and berries.
Reduce bad habits
We all have vices that we resort to when times are tough (and sometimes even when they aren’t). Smoking and drinking are particularly bad for the skin though, as is eating mostly junk food. If you can’t give them up entirely, at least try to reduce them and counterbalance their effects by following the other suggestions above.
Get the basics right
A certain amount of healthy sweat is really good for us as it clears out toxins, amongst other things, so regular exercise is a good habit. Add a decent night’s sleep to that and you’ll already be well on your way to glowing, healthy skin.