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Skin Care 101: Tips for a Smoother and Glowing Skin

Our skin serves as our protection against elements and harmful microorganisms so it is important to take good care of it. Everyday our skin is exposed to various problems such as dryness, acne outbreaks, and other skin problems due to environmental factors like stress, pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals. But how do we keep our skin healthy and smooth? Our genes play a huge factor in the quality of our skin, but we should take healthy steps such as proper diet, reducing stress levels, exercise, and proper use of skin products in order to achieve a glowing and healthy skin. Let us discuss some important tips you can do in order to properly care for your skin.

Dermatologists encourage high consumption of fruits and vegetables for a healthy and glowing skin. Apples, banana, berries, lemon, papaya, peach, pomegranate, and kiwi are good for your skin. Consumption of kiwi and pomegranate fruit is good for achieving a clear, beautiful and healthy skin. Papaya is a natural exfoliant for a toned skin. To help the skin retain strength and moisture especially for dry skin, fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and trout are high in mega-3 fatty acids for a moisturized skin. Consume sweet potato, avocado, oysters, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. For a moisturized and tone skin, try eating avocado, sweet potato, olive oil, oysters, cucumbers and nuts which are rich in vitamin E. Dairy products are not good on your skin. Foods that can trigger inflammation and hormonal fluctuations include processed breakfast cereals, white bread, white rice, pretzels, cookies, potato chips and other high glycemic or high in sugar containing foods. Potassium, sodium, vitamin E and vitamin D are the most important nutrients to prevent skin dryness and these nutrients can be found in potatoes, squash, tomatoes, pickles, olives, cereals, corn, sunflower oil, carrots, oats and wheat germ.

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Our bodies produce a stress hormone called “cortisol” and this can make your skin oilier, predisposing it to acne because of decreased immunity, so it is best to reduce your sources of stress in order to decrease your body’s cortisol production. It is essential to teach yourself some important stress management such as learning breathing exercises, being optimistic, consulting an expert as needed and researching on other forms of stress reliever. It is important to get a good night’s sleep because this is how our bodies regain energy and strength, and the best time for the skin to repair itself from damage and stress. Cortisol and adrenaline production are increased because of sleep deprivation causing a great deal of strain to your skin and body. Skin products with SPF factor helps in protecting your skin against too much sun damage.