Many people today struggle with skin problems such as dry skin, oily skin, rashes, etc. Many (minor) skin problems can relatively easily be treated or avoided however.
If you want to have healthy, glowing skin, try out the tips below.
Get Rid of Your Sugar Habit
Refined sugars should be cut out your diet almost completely. Start with any foods and drinks that contain high amounts of sugar such as soft drinks, chocolate bars and candy. If you want to have a treat, eat very dark chocolate (with low sugar content) or some fruit. Make sure to also look at the ingredients of foods you buy in the supermarket that you eat regularly. Many products that you wouldn’t expect contain high amounts of sugar or high fructose corn syrup (which is even worse than sugar). Not only will your skin look better if you eat less sugar, but your entire body will feel better.
Get Out into The Sun
While this may sound like strange advice since you’ve probably always been warned about the sun’s harmful effects on skin health, getting a limited amount of sunlight every day will actually help keep your skin and body healthy. Sun exposure provides your body the necessary vitamin D, which is very hard to get from food alone. Don’t expose your skin to the sun for too long (10-20 minutes daily is enough depending on your climate and the time of the year) and if you stay out for longer, make sure that you wear sunscreen.
Increase You Omega-3 Intake
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be very important for skin health. Because a lot of foods we eat today contain much more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids, most people’s omega-3/omega-6 ratios are out of whack. In order to compensate for this you should try to consume more foods high in omega-3. Good sources of omega-3 include fatty fish such as salmon and sardines. Flax seeds are a great vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Make sure you always have water with you so you can hydrate your body and consequently also your skin throughout the day.
Don’t Wash Yourself Too Often
Don’t wash yourself more than once a day. If you have very dry skin it’s even better to shower only every two days, though this is not really an option for many people. Especially don’t overdo it when washing your face because you will strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause dryness. Always use mild soaps.
Exercise is great for your body and skin. The sweat you’ll produce helps keep your skin healthy.
Get Rid of Stress
Stress hormones negatively impact skin health. For example, it’s been shown that people with acne are more likely to break out when under stress. Try to avoid stress as much as possible. During stressful times make sure you get enough sleep and exercise. This will help you better cope with stress. If you are constantly under stress, you may want to consider making some major lifestyle changes.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at the Kansas City Skin and Vein Center. Zane always tries to avoid the sun.