When it comes to your skin, it’s extremely important that you look after it well. Damage can happen when you're not paying attention. There are several things that you can do to protect your skin from environmental damage and the natural aging process. Of course, you will never eliminate these problems entirely, but you can certainly help minimise and slow the damage. Below, we have provided you with five fantastic tips for keeping your skin as happy and content as possible.
Tip 1: Always Remember, You Are What You Eat.
The first, and most important, thing to remember is that you are what you eat. You build your skin from the foods that you eat, and so you need to eat foods that will lead to healthy skin.
You already know the advice. We’re reminded about it frequently. Here it is again:
- Minimise processed food – they contain added chemicals and they lack vital nutrients.
- Minimise alcohol – a glass of red wine a day is meant to work wonders, but too many glasses and you tip the balance away.
- Eat a lot of vegetables – they are incredibly good for your skin, and the best thing you can eat.
- Eat some fruit – while it is good for your skin, too much sugar can actually be damaging, even if it’s from a healthy source.
- Eat lean meats – they have the building blocks of skin and muscle, such as proteins and amino acids. Red meats are good in small quantities, but too much is actually bad for you because the body takes a lot of effort to process it.
- Stay hydrated – natural drinks, like water, tea, and fruit juice (in moderation). Your skin craves moisture, and it needs a lot of hydration to stay healthy.
- Make use of the right herbs, spices, and condiments. Our bodies love these. Some particularly good ones for the skin include ginger, garlic (fantastic for circulation), olive oil (ozonated olive oil is great for rubbing into the skin), turmeric, and all the usual British herbs, like Thyme, Rosemary, and Parsley.
Tip 2: Minimise Sun Exposure
The sun is by far the most damaging thing for our skin. You should try to minimise exposure as much as possible. This means that you should always wear an SPF of at least 15. Avoid going out in direct sunlight during the hours of 12pm to 2.30pm; if you do, use a high SPF and cover up with clothes.
We understand that the tanned look is big nowadays, but really, pale skin is fine.
Tip 3: Exercise Moderately
The push for exercise is going a bit far in modern life. We were not built to exercise hard for 2hrs a day 5 days a week. Rather, our bodies prefer a slow, but constant movement with some decent rest periods. Rest is very important in repairing the body, so make sure you build this in to your exercise regimes.
Tip 4: Use Skin-Loving Supplements
Our skin loves certain types of lotion. We would generally recommend against using unnatural moisturisers and stick to those that only use natural ingredients, such as ozonated olive oil. While there is not definitive proof that other moisturisers are necessarily bad, we can envisage a future where the health experts recommend against their use.