Natural Remedies For Skin Problems

    Your skin is the barometer of your health, and lifestyle
    choices literally make their mark on your face. No need to cover your face or
    panic. Just follow the commonsense guidelines below for skin preservation, and
    you’ll be sure to radiate vitality and vigor.

    Everyday skin care—keep it consistent
    Create a consistent
    skin-care routine. Regular cleansing rids the skin of excess oils and dirt and
    sloughs off dead skin cells.

    If you have dry skin, use a mild exfoliant with a heavier moisturizing cream
    that contains nut oils or aloe.

    If your skin is oily, occasionally use an exfoliant with astringent
    properties and finish with a light, water-based moisturizer. Tea tree and citrus
    oils help tone skin between washings.

    If you battle with problem skin, avoid using harsh exfoliants on breakouts.
    Instead, apply a deep-cleansing mask and a moisturizer with antibacterial
    ingredients such as tea tree oil and lavender.

    Cover up—almost
    Let the sun shine, but choose your
    exposure carefully.

    A face cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher should be a
    mandatory part of your beauty regimen. Look for a cream that matches your skin
    type and wear it even on cloudy days.

    Your body does, however, need some sun exposure, as the UV rays from sunlight
    trigger vitamin D synthesis in the skin. A 20-minute walk or bask in the early
    morning or late afternoon sun should suffice; you might prefer to wear a hat and
    let your arms and legs get the rays.

    Let it glow
    You are what you eat and drink and breathe,
    so consider this:

    A healthy diet full of antioxidants A, C, and E helps fend off free radicals
    from everyday exposure to air pollutants, sun, and stress. Foods rich in vitamin
    A and vitamin C include brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as
    squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, tomatoes, strawberries, and
    kiwi. Vitamin E is found in a variety of nuts and their oils and wheat germ.

    Exercise increases circulation, which helps nourish collagen fibers that give
    skin its appearance of plumpness, while perspiration from your workout cleanses
    the skin.

    Water hydrates the skin from the inside out, so practice drinking enough
    water that you rarely get thirsty.

    Avoid smoking and breathing secondhand smoke, which causes blood vessels to
    constrict, inhibiting blood flow and starving the skin of oxygen.

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