Some people seem to be born with good genes, while others constantly struggle with their complexions. Acne, sun spots, wrinkles and dark under-the-eye circles are just some of the conditions that can affect a person's skin. Resorting to surgery, laser and salon treatments to improve your skin may seem tempting, but such procedures can be costly and risky. However, there are some factors you can control to positively influence the way your skin looks, including your environment, lifestyle, diet and the application of skin-care products.
Remove all traces of makeup from your face before going to bed. Sleeping with makeup makes it difficult for your skin to breathe and can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Incorporate a sleep schedule so that you get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Go to bed at the same time each evening and wake up at the same time each morning. A lack of sleep can lead to bags and dark circles under your eyes, dull skin and wrinkles. When you get sufficient sleep, your skin has more time to rejuvenate and repair itself.
Apply a facial mask to your skin to instantly deep cleanse and detox it. Peel and mash up a medium-size banana. Mix 1 tsp. of honey into the banana and apply the mixture to your clean facial skin, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Leave the mask on for up to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Moisturize your skin every day to help it stay hydrated longer. Apply a light layer of petroleum jelly or olive oil to your face as an alternative to commercial moisturizers.
Drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated because a hydrated body functions at its best. If you're dehydrated, you feel fatigued quicker and this may show on your face.
Eat a healthy diet. Limit processed foods and simple carbohydrates. Products such as cookies, sweets, white bread and white rice can spike insulin levels and trigger skin breakouts. Focus mainly on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats such as olive oil.
Take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement daily, because these can help your skin maintain a balanced level of hydration. Eat fatty fish such as salmon as an alternative omega-3 source.
Practice yoga, meditation or reserve some daily time for quiet relaxation to keep stress at bay. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, stress can trigger or worsen skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea.
- "Los Angeles Times"; For Healthy Skin, Get Some Sleep; Alexandra Drosu; November 2009
- ShapeFit: Benefits of Water
- WebMD: 6 Secrets to Gorgeous Skin; Shelley Levitt
- "Cosmopolitan": A Diet for Gorgeous Skin
- American Academy of Dermatology; Managing Stress Can Help People Improve Their Skin Conditions; August 2011
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