Time and an unhealthy lifestyle do a number on your skin and it is your duty to make sure your skin stays as young and youthful as it can be.
I’m sure you know someone who seems to have perfect skin and you think, How does she do it? The secret is simple.
So, here are 15 things you can do to make sure your skin looks as naturally flawless and youthful as it can be.
1. Drink plenty of water
Without the optimum amount of water in your system, your skin will look flaky, loose and dull.
Don’t only drink when you are very thirsty or when you are in the gym.
Drink at least 2 litres of water every day to keep your skin radiant.
2. Eat lots of fruits because – they have anti-oxidants
Eat plenty of foods with antioxidants and fruits are one of those foods that is packed with these antioxidants.
Antioxidants fight diseases and the ageing process in your body by reducing inflammations and damages in your body.
3. Reduce your dairy intake
Teenage girls and adult women who consume lots of milk are more prone to have acne than those who drink far less, according to a research done from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dairy products have hormones in them that stimulate your oil glands, which lead to acne.
Go with skim milk if you must have dairy.
4. Limit your exposure to the sun
Sun provides vitamin D for us as long as it is in small dosage.
But too much of it will cause damage to your skin.
Always try to use sunscreen every day and also sunglasses.
But your best treatment is to avoid the sun.
5. Take merlot
A great antioxidant called resveratrol that has been found in grape skins has been known to prevent wrinkles, lines and sagging skin that is caused by smoke and smog.
Sometimes it is even more potent than vitamin C.
It is also found in some wine, like merlot.
6. Get enough sleep
A good sleep helps your skin because your skin repairs itself naturally while you sleep.
Don’t just sleep for the recommended amount of time; make your sleep a quality one.
No screens an hour before bed.
Also, go to bed early.
When you sweat during exercise, it removes nutrients and sweat which can make you have a firmer and clearer skin.
Jogging, running or regular sports activities give your blood the necessary circulation and cleanse your body in the process.
8. Don’t pick at your skin/ touch your face with your fingers
You don’t know where your hand has been. You don’t even know where the hand of the person whose hand you just shook has been.
You cannot be too careful.
Avoid touching your face with your hand as it transfers the dirt and germs from your hands to your face causing acne, blackheads and makes your face rough.
9. Use a clean pillowcase
Use a clean and silky pillowcase because a quality pillowcase will make sure your face does not get any of the dirt from your pillowcase.
And get a silky pillowcase so that your face does not get wrinkly when you lie on it.
A cotton pillowcase drags your face when you sleep but a silk pillowcase cannot hold tight to your face.
10. Moisturize everyday
Moisturize every day when you leave the shower and every night when you are about to go to bed.
Find a moisturizer that is gentle and also has no irritations on your skin.
11. Maintain a healthy diet
A healthy diet goes a long way to help rejuvenate your skin and help you looking young and radiant.
A diet filled with fruits and vegetables will help your skin well and leave it with a shine that most people will envy.
Start with a healthy diet everyday so that you don’t have to spend unnecessarily on expensive skin treatments.
Exfoliating removes the dead skin on your face which helps in reducing or removing the dead skin cells on your face, which leads to a reduction or a removal of acne from your face.
13. Use sunglasses
Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun and will help you squint less.
It also protects the delicate skin below your eyes and keeps it healthy.
Since you won’t squint when you wear sunglasses, you won’t develop crow’s feet on the side of your eyes. (They are those wrinkles you see on the sides of both eyes when some people smile).
14. Remove your make-up before bed
Removing makeup from your face before going to bed prevents the chemicals of the makeup products enter into your skin and build up there, causing acne and blackheads.
Also, use a gentle makeup remover so you don’t cause any irritations on your face.
15. Clean your phone screen
Your phone screen can accumulate dirt on its surface and when you receive a call, you put it on your face and the dirt transfers to your face.
These go into your pores and build up, causing blackheads and acne.
Smile! It is the best exercise for your face.
After doing all of the above, you need the one thing that comes to you naturally, smiling.
Keep a smile on your face to maintain the tone of your facial muscles. When you do this, people will think you look ten years younger than you actually are.