Five Ways to Improve Your Skin in the New Year December 29 2013, 0 Comments
1. Avoid the Sun
The sun is skin's number one enemy. It does the most damage and causes the most skin conditions including cancer and more minor skin problems like age spots and wrinkles. Too much sun exposure even in the cloudy winter months will dry your skin and dry skin is old-looking skin. So, wear sunscreen (yes, African-Americans too!), stay in the shade or at least cover up. Protecting yourself from the sun will go a long way to maintaining a healthy and beautiful complexion.
2. Stop Smoking
Smoking destroys the elastin and collagen that is naturally present in skin causing your skin to loosen and sag. Smoking also damages the blood vessels and capillaries beneath the skin by narrowing them and reducing blood flow. This limited blood flow robs your skin of vital oxygen and all of the other necessary nutrition it needs to remain rosy and vibrant.
3. Be Careful at Bath Time
Use all-natural soaps for your body and foaming face cleansers to avoid harsh, harmful chemicals that dry out your skin’s natural oils, especially those cleansers that contain sulfates. Also, consider taking shorter baths and using warm water rather than steaming hot water or cold water. Either extreme -- too hot or too cold -- will dry out your skin.
It also a great idea to apply moisturizers fresh out of the shower when your skin is most receptive to the nutrients available in your lotions and body butters. Be sure to choose a moisturizer with all natural ingredients that won't harm your skin or clog your pores.
4. Eat Well
All your best efforts will come to nothing, if you don’t eat a healthy and balanced diet. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, start small. Include lots of fruits and vegetables and less processed foods and unhealthy fats. You will see the difference in how you look and feel. Here is a very tasty recipe for a veggie and fruit juice that will do wonders to improve your complexion (I like it without celery).
Spend some time on your most valuable asset -- yourself! Learn about yourself, what do you enjoy doing? Find out what relaxes you. It’s important to develop coping mechanisms to eliminate and reduce stress. You would be surprised at how many skin and health complications are a direct result of an emotionally draining lifestyle.
So there you have it, remember it all starts with just one simple step, so don't get overwhelmed. Choose one item on the list each month and make a concerted effort to incorporate it into your lifestyle and by next year you will surely see a huge difference in your skin.