If you are struggling with skin problems there may be a solution that is much cheaper and easier to implement than over-the-counter skin creams or expensive professional skin treatments. Below are some largely unknown ways of improving your complexion.
Get Rid of Your Bread Addiction
Many studies have indicated that consuming too many refined grains may be detrimental to our health. A recent study also showed that a diet low in refined grains may help prevent spots from developing on the skin. Try consuming only whole grain products or cutting most grains out of your diet altogether.
Sleep on Your Back
Not only is sleeping on your back generally healthier for your neck and spine, it may also help prevent wrinkles. Sleeping on your belly with your face down can cause wrinkles to form on your forehead, while sleeping on your side may wrinkle up your chin and cheeks. Sleeping face up is the way to go if you want to keep the skin on your face looking young.
Indulge (a little) in Red Wine or Grape Juice
While we’re not advocating that you empty a bottle of red wine every day, a small glass a few times a week can help keep your skin looking great. Red wine contains a high amount of antioxidants which help prevent skin aging. You can also drink grape juice or just eat some grapes, which contain similar levels of antioxidants.
Give Yourself a Facial Massage
Another great cheap skin health trick is giving your face a quick massage every day. Massaging your face stimulates the connective cells in your skin, which promotes the release of collagen. Collagen helps keep your skin more elastic.
Eat More Fish
Omega 3 fats are essential for skin health. You can load up on Omega 3 fats by eating oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines. Alternatively, you can supplement with cod liver oil.
Don’t Eat Trans Fats
Trans fats don’t exist in nature, but are the result of the industrial processing of vegetable oils. Consumption of trans fats has been linked with many negative health effects, including decreased skin health. Avoid any products that contain trans fat, which are sometimes labeled as “hydrogenated vegetable oil.”
Stress can negatively impact your complexion. Hormones that are released when you are suffering from stress can cause or worsen eczema, acne and other skin conditions. If you suffer from stress, try meditation, yoga or other relaxing activities.
Put Some Oats on Your Skin
Oats contain phytoalexins, which have been shown to be beneficial for the skin. There are a number of skin care products available based on oats.
Getting rid of dead skin cells by exfoliating can help your skin look more vibrant.
SPF is Not All That Counts
Don’t buy sunscreens higher than SPF 50 since there is hardly any difference in sun protection between high and very high SPF sunscreens (SPF 100 for example blocks 99% of UV rays, while SPF 50 “only” blocks 98%). Instead of wasting money on expensive high SPF sunscreens, apply more sunscreen to your skin instead, which will be much more effective at preventing sun damage.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, a Sugar Land dental office. Zane is trying to cut down on the bread he eats.