Do you do these already? Congratulations to your skin :)
1. Eat Better Food
If you love to eat junk food, this might be the most difficult tip for you to take on board. Junk food is interesting in that for many people, it manifests on the outside, unlike other vices that don't. A positive of this is that if you improve your diet, it should also show in your skin and body. A negative is that if you continuously slip up, you may see that as well. It is important to eat enough fresh fruit and vegetables in order to get the nourishment of vitamins and minerals from your food. If in doubt about how many to eat, you can check out Eat For Health – Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. It is the government's recommended diet. Visit your doctor and dietician before making any drastic health changes.
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2. Drink More Water
This might look like a very obvious tip, but it's not so easy for those of us who simply do not like the taste of water. If you want nice skin, drink more water. It's that simple. Such a simple remedy is unlikely to be promoted by most skincare brands, because it is difficult to capitalise on it. Do not forget to drink enough water. Usually, people tend to focus on the number of 8 to 9.5 glasses per day. See how your skin and body reacts to upping your intake of water and adjust accordingly. If you don't normally drink water at all, try staggering the increase at a gradual pace.
Another WeekendNotes writer came up with this delicious recipe for an all-natural homemade facial mask. Check the recipe out, as it contains ingredients that most of us will have at home, or at least are very easy to obtain. The photo of the author Gabriella Caruso shows her beautiful skin under the mask and she describes a tantalisingly relaxing experience that she's followed for upwards of five years at the time of publishing. A wonderful idea all-round.
4. Reduce and Manage Sun Exposure
We're in Australia, so avoiding the sun is unlikely be a highly realistic option unless you choose to morph into a vampire. Those of us who do not have such a choice will need to either reduce our exposure to the sun wherever possible, manage it or both. The Cancer Council also more information about the detrimental effects of the sun on skin damage. The latest Slip Slop Slap Seek Slide campaign encourages us all to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on sunnies. If you don't do all of those consistently, you may be overexposing your skin to damage.
Beauty sleep is not a myth. Make a habit of improving your sleeping patterns and over time, your skin should either improve or stop deteriorating as much it could have been before. You can reduce the appearance of puffiness around your eyes, the appearance of wrinkles, the pace at which wrinkles are created and also the persistence of any skin conditions that you may have. You're more likely to appear radiant and healthy as well, not to mention feeling better overall.
I hope that these tips were helpful to you, at the very least as a reminder of how to give yourself (or maintain) healthy skin. They may seem obvious, and like they align with other tips about healthy eating or healthy lifestyles. That's because they are - our body is a machine, one that is connected and if you treat it badly, it will not perform as well. I hope that you continue to treat your machine very well and that it works as expected.