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The texture of your skin is dependent on many factors and can easily be affected by sun’s rays, age and dehydration. In order to protect your skin from damage, follow some simple tips and keep it as smooth as a baby’s skin.
Keep your skin hydrated. This will not only make your skin glow, but also make it stronger and better equipped to ward off irritations. Use moisturizers as these will protect the skin with two ingredients – humectants which draw water from the air to the skin and emollients which hold the moisture. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day. Caffeine-free tea and herbal drinks are also good for the skin but, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol, both of which age the skin.
Your diet is responsible not only for maintaining your waistline but also for supple skin. Consume green tea which has antioxidants to protect collagen and take wild salmon, walnut and linseed, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids essential for the skin’s barrier repair functions.
Supply your skin vitamin C with blueberries, strawberries, sweet potatoes, guava, oranges and papaya. Make your diet colorful with colored vegetables and fruits like pumpkin, carrots, spinach and kale which keep the skin healthy and aid in the normal development of the skin cells.
Eat foods rich in vitamin E (hazelnuts, almonds and avocado), selenium (fish, eggs, tomatoes and broccoli), phyto-estrogen (whole grains, fruits and vegetables), low GI carbs (pulses, beans and porridge), monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (fish, avocados, seeds and nuts) and zinc (lean meat, poultry, seeds and nuts) all of which go a long way in making your skin soft and supple.
While sleeping, the body releases hormones which boost cell turnover. So don’t miss out on your sleep, and apply age-fighting natural products before going to bed. Avoid using rough sheets which tend to create friction and break down the collagen because of rubbing and reduced blood circulation due to frequent turning over while sleeping.
A hot shower strips the moisture and the essential fatty acids off your skin, which are needed to retain the moisture and keep the skin hydrated. So use cold water to shower to protect and keep your skin smooth and supple.
If you are shampooing your hair, ensure that you clean your face with a cleanser after rinsing your hair so that your face is free from all the chemicals contained in the shampoo. Don’t be too harsh on your skin with a towel. Pat yourself dry to protect your skin. Always moisturize your skin after a shower, which tends to wash away the skin’s moisture and also its moisture retaining ability.
To retain the youthfulness of your skin and keep it supple, protect your skin from the sun’s rays, moisturize it and follow a strict skin-protecting regime to fight dryness, dullness and lack of elasticity. Click here for more information on how to keep your skin soft and supple.
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