There is no greater gift that we can give our future selves, than the gift of good health. Taking care of your skin is of prime importance when it comes to ageing with grace. Here are ten simple tips to help to keep your skin in the very best condition.
Drink Green Tea
“If your complexion is red or blotchy, this tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can be soothing,” says Andrea Cambio, a dermatologist in Cape Coral, Florida. “ Iced is best because hot beverages can worsen redness and other symptoms of rosacea.” Green tea is rich in anti-oxidants and is also known to aid weight-loss and lower the risk of cancer and dementia.
Moderate Your Dairy Intake
Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that adolescent girls who consume a lot of milk are almost 30 percent more likely to have acne and problematic skin. Scientists don’t understand exactly why dairy milk products can lead to acne, but some suggest that the hormones present in dairy may be to blame. Be mindful of your dairy intake and consider dairy alternatives.
Get Your Eight Hours
While you sleep your skin’s repair mechanisms are activated. Sleep deprivation puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can lead to breakouts and other skin problems. A good night’s rest ensures your stress levels remain low and your skin has time to rejuvenate.
Avoid Smokey Environments
Sadly, you needn’t be a smoker to be affected by cigarette’s harmful chemicals. “Just being around smoke can lead to the release of free radicals that damage skin and hasten ageing,” says Diane S. Berson, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, in New York City. As an added measure to ensure your home’s air quality, purchase a humidifier.
Omega 3 oils and fatty acids can have spectacular effects on your skin. Omega 3-rich food “encourages the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce skin redness, breakouts, and puffiness,” says New York nutritionist Brooke Alpert. Opt for salmon, cod or halibut at least once a week.