When we think of beautiful skin, we think of vitamin E, supplements, trending skin products and miracle treatments. But achieving a flawless skin doesn’t have to cost that much. You don’t even have to impose on yourself a superstrict beauty routine that may discourage you further if you discontinue or lose track.
Sometimes, the basic principles of skin care are more about working for it from within.
Effective stress management is a big piece of the pie when it comes to hacking your way to flawless skin. Wonder how does stress and skin connect?
Several clinical observations relating to the brain and skin connection have led researchers to conclude that skin problems are more than physical. A field on its own, psychodermatology presupposes that pimples, strained complexion, early development of wrinkles and certain skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis are often related to one’s emotional state.
Next time you are wondering why you’re aging fast or no treatment does seem respond to your acne problems, check at how overly stressed you are. Do you find enough time to relax and slow down a bit?
Take your beauty sleep seriously.
Lack of sleep projects a facial cue that may affect your desirability as someone’s potential mate. The concept of beauty sleep is real and is scientifically validated. As found out by Swedish researchers in a 2010 study, the participants who have less than eight hours of sleep were rated to have bad overall complexion and are less attractive.
Plus, those dark and sunken patches under your eyes may become permanent if you continue to deprive yourself of sleep. A condition known as preorbital hyperpigmentation, there is no surefire treatment to it once it sets in.
Work out moderately.
Strenous or exhaustive exercise causes oxidative stress that can break the collagen. While cardio or aerobic exercises are proven to be good for the heart, memory and for its skin-reversing benefits on the skin, too much of it may damage your skin’s supportive fibers.
But keep your running shoes and your treadmill just yet. You can still reap the anti-aging benefits of exercise without affecting your skin elasticity by doing it moderately.
So how much is moderate? A 2008 study recommends that less than 90 minutes of exercise at 70 to 80 of your maximum heart rate is good enough for fat burning and revitalizing your skin.
Watch out for high amounts of sodium in your diet. It is an essential nutrient but it can be the culprit that causes your breakouts and puffy-looking face. Sodium retains water and causes bloating. Avoid frozen meals and processed foods such as canned soups and vegetables, breakfast cereals, Deli meats, flavor packets and condiments.
Do not miss out on the importance of protein either. Fibrous protein is the building block of collagen and elastin – two structural tissues that bind the skin together. Regular consumption of protein is necessary to replace the old and worn-out skin tissue fibers.
Have lots of antioxidants and less on sugar.
The benefits of antioxidants on the skin work only when ingested internally. From within, these agents work to limit the production of free radicals that cause oxidative stress in the skin cells.
Antioxidants are abundant in green tea and fruits such as kiwi and grapes. Other sources are found in red wine, coffee and dark chocolate. In a study, the epitachen and catechin in high-flavanol cocoa are found to significantly reduce skin roughness and scaliness. Flavanol, also found in avocado, improves blood flow and hydration.
Cut your intake of refined sugar from high-gyclemic foods. Too much insulin causes inflammation, which in turn, produces enzymes that break down elastin and collagen.
Protect your skin from destructive UV rays.
Extreme exposure to sun may cause skin damage, freckles and age spots especially for people with light-colored skin. Wear hat or a protective clothing whenever you are exposed to the sun in the middle of the day.
Improve your skin’s natural sunscreen with having a regular intake of tomato paste. Lycopene protects your skin against sunburn and sun-induced aging from within. You can get a significant amount of lycopene from cooked tomatoes and concentrated tomato paste. But be careful with having too much because it may cause acid reflux or GERD.
Do not overexfoliate.
Scrubbing is a good beauty routine because it unclogs and deep cleanses the skin to make way for the production of new skin cells. However, exfoliating many times over in a week may cause your skin to develop wrinkles fast.
Exfoliation strips away the natural oil. This is true especially when you use chemical peels and other exfoliation products. Limit the use of harsh soaps or chemicals and be gentle on your skin.
Moisturize with olive oil.
Topical olive oil can significantly effectuate its benefits to the skin inasmuch as when olive oil is a staple in your diet. As a moisturizer, it is best applied when the skin is still damp and after cleansing.
The olein in olive oil is an essential fatty acid that makes the skin supple and younger-looking. Although it may take longer to be absorbed in the skin than light lotions do, the oil penetrates deep into the skin and provides long-lasting moisture.
Nicotine is responsible for the early development of crows around a smoker’s mouth. It also impedes wound healing and accelerates aging. We have had enough of pollution and hosts of other toxic chemicals from our surroundings, why add nicotine to these potential causes of skin problems?