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5 Tips for Better Skin

  By posted Feb 7th 2012
Healthy Living
5 tips for better skin

Glowing radiant skin, and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. If you think you are living a healthy life, but your skin looks unhealthy, then think again. Chances are that your lifestyle may not be half as healthy as you thought. In order to have radiant, glowing skin, what you do not need, are expensive external creams and moisturizers. What you do need however is to have a better understanding of how your body works and the delicate balance that prevails between what you eat and how it affects your body. Here are some tips on how to get better skin.


Hormonal balance: 

This is one of the root causes of bad skin. The ups and downs of hormone production can wreak havoc on your skin. By ensuring that you are eating right and staying healthy – your hormonal problems may correct themselves in some cases but many times it could be more serious than that.
For example a common hormonal problem like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) causes a lot of women to have acne, oily skin or darkening of skin and pigmentation. PCOS is caused because the delicate hormonal balance in the body has been disturbed due to unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle. Therefore if you suffer from bad skin the problem maybe serious and none of the plethora of skincare products out there will be able to solve the problem. It may need to be diagnosed by a doctor in order for it to be pinpointed to hormonal imbalance. 
Knowledgeable and creative medical treatment (conventional remedies in tandem with appropriate lifestyle changes) can make a world of difference – for your skin and overall health.

Reduction in inflammation: 
Inflammation is the way in which the body reacts to a disturbance, be it infection, irritation or other injury. Over a period of time however, when inflammation builds up due to an unhealthy lifestyle, it can manifest in a lot of chronic ailments like chronic fatigue, chronic joint pain, and chronic bad skin amongst others. But lucky for us, it is not too difficult to keep inflammation at lower levels by staying active, eating plenty of green leafy vegetables and other colourful food, having a regular intake of Omega 3, and avoiding white bread, pasta, and sugar. 
Inflammation is one of the causes of bad skin and it is very important that we lead an all round healthy lifestyle to keep it under control.

Eat good fats: 
Many of us avoid any kind of fats like the plague. Infact we’ve been told that eating fried food is the root cause of bad skin. While this is true, all fat is not created equal. Eating junk food, trans fats, fried samosas, and other fried junk is definitely not healthy for your skin and otherwise. Likewise processed food items with a lot of fats are really bad for the skin
But avoiding all kinds of fat can also be detrimental and can cause your skin to look sallow and unhealthy. A lot of people on strict diets with no fat have unhealthy skin. Therefore ensure that you eat good fats like: Avocados, Fish oil, olive oil, coconut oil, full fat yoghurt and cottage cheese. 

Get more nutrients into your diet: 
What good nutrition does is that it feeds the skin from the inside. It is very important to eat a diet rich in nutrition, and if you do not get adequate nutrition from your diet then supplement it with multivitamins, fish oil capsules, and other vitamins and minerals that are lacking.
Try vitamins like A, C, E, and the B-complex as well as other nutrients like zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, and Omega 3. Vitamins C and E are known for offering sun protection and reducing the damage of sunburn. Vitamin C, DMAE and alpha-lipoic acid help protect skin from the aging ravages of free radicals from sun exposure, pollutants, and other stress. Others like vitamin A and zinc help regulate healthy and well-balanced oil production for skin that’s soft and supple without being too slick.

Sleep well and de-stress: 
And finally it all comes down to living a stress free existence, which involves plenty of rest and sleep. Too much stress could cause a hormonal spike or even chronic inflammation, which could in turn have a negative impact on you skin. Here are some tips on how to combat stress and how you can improve sleep.

Of course grandma’s remedies work like home made face packs and it helps if you keep yourself well hydrated, but more important is for you to get to the bottom of what you are doing wrong with your lifestyle that is causing your skin to be less than perfect. 

 

 

 

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