Natural Remedies For Skin Problems

young woman washing face by face bowlYour 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.