You may be like me have been wondering about how to make your skin smooth and healthy. Since I’ve been in high school, I was preoccupied with finding effective and affordable solutions for skin care.
Skin is our largest organ that supports our daily adventure in life. It gives us protection from pathogens and outside factors like weather, UV light, dust. Daily skin care is the only adequate response that will keep this organ strong and responsive to changes in our life.
I would like to focus on just one small skin care topic today which is about some tips on smoother skin.
Main Causes of Dry Skin
Sun and wind, stress, lack of sleep, pollution are all the individual factors that effect the health of your skin. Over time, the skin becomes more prone to wrinkles, age spots, sagging. Women with rosacea, eczema, psoriasis can experience dry and rough skin even more dramatically.
For women going through perimenopause and menopause, hormonal changes contribute to loss of collagen and elasticity. Though it is a natural process, every woman wants to hold on to her youthful skin as long as she can.
Lack of hydration, poor diet and insufficient physical activity are the lifestyle factors that place their footprints on the condition and the looks of your skin. Rough spots on the skin can be exacerbated by the buildup of dead skin that is called keratinized skin. The cells within such skin are void of nucleus, rather they are filled with protein called keratin which makes our skin waterproof.
What our skin needs is a unique combination of collagen, ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. These environments create the ultimate matrix for our skin and ensure its proper hydration and protection.
How To Get Smooth Skin
Like anything else, practicing these skincare tips every day will result in smooth skin that is healthy and powerful to resist pathogens and weather conditions.
Improve Your Daily Diet to Get Smooth Skin
We know too well that junk food is not good for us. If we want to apply ill-effects on our skin, then junk food and carbonated drinks destroy the gut flora in our intestines. Without good gut bacteria, our body is more prone to developing chronic inflammation. As you may guess, bodily inflammation can play havoc with the skin. Different skin conditions may develop, the skin color may change, and other skin effects may follow.
Adding a variety of foods from the vegetables and fruit family, you will increase your skin barrier against infections and free radicals. All that contributes to a more powerful anti-aging effect and protective effects of your skin.
With Omega-3 DHA and healthy fats, you are on the right way of delivering the necessary fats for your smooth and radiant skin.
Vitamin C is necessary for collagen formation if you are looking for a smoother and more plump skin today and as you age. Eating foods rich in this vitamin ensures your skin repair needs will be covered naturally as well.
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help fight free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation. The result is anti-aging action for younger-looking skin any woman appreciates! Some of the vitamin C rich foods include all citruses and many fermented foods like fermented cabbage.
Add Fiber Rich Foods for Smoother Skin!
Fiber is known for its effective action when it comes to maintaining good blood sugar. It is also very effective to keep your body regular and eliminate the byproducts naturally occurring as a result of daily living. Have you thought that fiber plays a crucial role in helping to maintain your skin clear and smooth?
Getting rid of toxins brings your skin color to a natural glow and allows it to absorb more nutrients from the blood stream.
Adding a variety of fiber-rich foods like lentils, vegetables, and even fruit, you are going to support your skin health and well-being automatically.
Check out these lentil-rich recipes, from soups to desserts!
Lentil Vegetable Stew
Love pizza? Try this delectable Lentil, Zucchine & Tomato Tart
Who doesn’t love pasta? Add this Mac And Cheese with Lentils recipe to your living!
Lentil & Bacon Jalapeno Poppers are our staple for parties
And for dessert, bake a heavenly Double Chocolate Beet & Lentil Cake. You’ll never know what’s it made from!
Sweat It Out Every Day for Maximum Positive Effect on Your Skin
Does sweating makes your skin better? Yes, it does. When you sweat, the skin releases dirt and by-products of the chemical reactions taking place inside the body. The pores clear up, too. Overall, the final results that sweat brings are very positive to the skin.
Daily exercise that forces your body to break a sweat is one of the best ways to keep internal inflammation at bay and regulate hormones that affect the health of your skin.
Regular physical activity brings more blood to the organs, skin included. It means more micronutrients and oxygen are delivered to the skin, and the by-products are carried away in such nutrient exchange. This is an ultimate skin smoothing mechanism anybody could use without any money spent. Just start walking to begin with!
Reap Benefits of Sleep for Healthy Skin
Sleep is your number one tool that determines how well you will look the next day. When rested, you think and look better. Thanks to the REM cycles, million of chemical reactions take place in your body. Skin rejuvenation won’t be happening during those healing and repairing nightly cycles if your sleeping patterns are inconsistent. The most optimal amount of time for your sleep is seven to eight hours.
Premature skin aging happens without adequate sleep. First, you may notice puffy eyes, then dark circles under the eyes, then sagging skin. These are all the consequences of not enough sleep. Make sleep priority for the youthful beauty of your skin.
When you have a hard time to get an adequate number of snooze hours, check out some of the most effective ways to fall and stay asleep.
Use Proven Skin Cleansing Techniques
Cleansing is one of the important steps of skin care. Using skin cleanser and mild exfoliation does wonders on the skin appearance. Our skin is regularly producing a layer of dead cells. If not cleared, these dead cells will seal most of our skin from the benefits that skin care products we use could bring.
Using a mild cleanser in the morning and evening for your face will get rid of the dead skin and allow the skin care products deliver the intended benefits. If you would like exfoliate, choose liquid exfoliation products with salicylic, glycolic or lactic acid. I used to use scrubs that had exfoliating grains inside. But they were truly damaging to my facial skin. Be aware of it before you buy a skin cleanser.
For the body, I use dry skin brushing to exfoliate daily. I would never thought about the benefits this skin brushing process could bring to my overall well-being!
For my feet, I love this product! It gets rid of the cracked and dry feet almost in no time. Depending on an individual extent of damage of your skin, it will take different time to heal the skin on your feet. But the product is organic, non-GMO, cruelty-free and vegan. I use it when I see my feet need TLC. After a couple of applications, I get back my smooth skin on the feet.
Hands crave our daily care! Using personal care products with Manuka honey take a gentle care of the skin on the hands. Manuka honey is famous for its antibacterial, anti-fungal properties.
Moisturize Your Skin Every Day!
I do it in the morning and before going to bed. Apply the moisturizer on a damp skin. It is especially good right after the shower, when the pores are open, skin is clean and ready to take on some actives and hydrating ingredients. I use my serum first and then apply my day cream or lotion on top. For the body, I just apply the body lotion to keep my skin feel well taken care of .
Hydrate Before Dehydrated Skin Shows It
Hydration comes in many forms and shapes. To keep your cells plump and active, you need to drink water. Water allows to flush out the toxins and the cellular by-products and to keep each cell active from the chemical point of view. Water helps the cells to function with optimal results.
Enjoying fruit and vegetables in your daily meals also adds to the hydration status of your skin. Eating berries, apples, oranges, grapes, and adding colorful veggies to your snacks add the valuable minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants to your cellular health. For the skin, it means a more potent and more efficient functioning. Well-hydrated cells produce a healthy-looking glowing skin.
For the external hydration, use tonics, lotions and creams based on your skin needs, weather, and skin conditions.
Practice Skin Protection from the Sun
If you want smooth skin without compromising your health, do at least two things when it comes to sun and light exposure.
Your skin elasticity drops significantly during the perimenopause and menopause years thanks to the natural hormonal fluctuations. To protect the precious collagen and elastin that make up the connective tissues of your skin do use SPF 30 creams and lotions.
One of the biggest factors of any sunscreen is its active ingredient. Use the ones that truly protect your skin. Avoid any products that list oxybenzone and/or octinoxate as their active ingredients.
Use only those sunscreens that are skin healthy and reef-safe with an active ingredient of zinc oxide.
The second thing you need to keep in mind is to get enough sunlight for an overall health and well-being. Take ten to fifteen minutes each day to walk or work in your garden with your face exposed to the sunlight. This short exposure to the sun rays will allow you to generate vitamin D and allow the sunlight to positively affect your mood.
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