Caring For Your Skin 101
In order to have beautiful skin, you need to know what is harmful for your skin in addition to knowing what is good for your skin. This article will help you to understand what you need to do to make your skin look its absolute best.
Much debate has been occurred over the years about whether the sun is good for your skin or not. Many people believe that a tan is a beautiful thing, and they spend hours in the sun trying to achieve a tan look. It is for this reason that tanning beds have become so popular as well as all the self tanning products available today. Unfortunately sun exposure equals damage to your skin. Any darkening of the skin at all is an indication that your body is producing more melanin to protect the body from ultraviolet radiation. Scientists have long known that exposure to ultraviolet radiation causes premature aging and makes you more likely to develop skin cancer. Tanning beds really aren’t any safer than lying out in the sun as they also produce ultraviolet radiation. The only true way to get a safe tan is from the self tanning products such as sprays and lotions.
Have you heard the expression “you are what you eat”? Well, your diet really does have a significant effect on your appearance. A healthy diet is paramount to having healthy skin. Your skin texture depends on the intake of certain nutrients and vitamins. Vitamin A is needed to keep your skin from appearing dry and scaly.
Vitamin A can be found in dairy products, dark green vegetables and organ meats. Green vegetables are also very important in making the skin appear bright. Some of the worst things you can eat for your skin are junk foods loaded with salt and sugar as well as drinking sugary sodas. Your skin is also a minor filtration system for your body. Rashes and blemishes are often a sign that your body is trying to eliminate too many offending foods from the body. Often just eating healthier will make these go away.
There has been much debate about whether drinking eight glasses of water a day really improves the appearance of your skin. Most experts agree that your skin is an organ, and all organs need an adequate water supply in order to function properly. If you are not drinking an adequate amount of water, your skin will become dry and flaky. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles, which we all want to avoid. Unfortunately, the skin is the last organ to be reached by the water that we drink. There are other things we can do to keep our skin well hydrated in addition to drinking the suggested amount of eight glasses of water a day. It is extremely important to apply a hydrating moisturizer within a few minutes of getting out of the shower. The skin is much more porous at this time allowing for better absorption.
With just these three simple tips you can be on your way to having healthier looking skin in just a few weeks. It won’t happen overnight but you will soon start to see a difference. Best of all, these tips will also improve your overall health.