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Skin Care Tips

Skin can only shine when it is well nourished. Part of nourishing it is cleaning it well. There are three steps to a beauty regimen: clean, tone and moisturize.

Cleaning involves removing all of the dirt and grime from your face every day. If you use a professional cleanser, be sure it has all-natural products and contains no drying alcohol. Clean your face on the morning and also before bed. You don’t want to sleep through the night with the dirt of the day on your face. A weekly oatmeal mask can remove deep down dirt from pores.

Toners return your skin to balance. You’ll see a reduced pore size. They also refresh your face and remove any traces of dirt the cleanser left behind. You don’t need a toner with an astringent unless you have oily skin. Dry skin can do without it.

Moisturizing rehydrates the skin. Skin that is properly hydrated looks and feels healthier. It is softer to the touch. Avoid thick lotions that can clog pores and cause pimples. Use a light moisturizer that soaks in quickly without harsh chemicals and perfumes.

Eating Your Way to Healthy Skin

Fill your body with good things and it will be good to you. How you eat has a lot to do with your skin.

Drink water - This point can’t be stressed enough. Your body is composed of mostly water. Each body system needs it to survive. Drink at least eight glasses a day. This can be tea, flavored water, and coffee. Avoid sodas because they have too much sugar and calories.

Whole grains - Whole grains contain a lot of fiber. Fiber not only makes you feel full longer, but it also flushes your digestive system of some of the fat from your meal. Many problems with our digestive tract stem from what we are putting into it. We often eat less fiber than we need and experience things like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and diarrhea.

Fruits and vegetables - Besides being a naturally sweet snack (the fruits), they are also full of good stuff like antioxidants. This includes phenols (fruits), quercetin (apples), capsaicin (peppers), beta-carotene (carrots) and allicin (onions), to name a few. Antioxidants boost the immune system which will help your skin to act as a better protective barrier against infection.

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