It’s a fact of life: Your skin ages just like the rest of you. It’s constantly exposed to the elements, from the punishing sun and heat to the bitter cold and wind. It’s impressive to know that it holds up as well as it does. Through the years, the largest organ in the human body weathers sunburns, acne, stretching, winter dryness and cracking, and many other damaging effects without much too complaint.
Your skin performs several crucial roles. It keeps your body temperature regulated; protects you from infection and injury; keeps moisture inside; and filters and remove impurities.
But those duties exact a price on your skin, causing it to lose elasticity and become thin, dry and cracked. Wrinkles, blemishes and spots are frequent signs of aging skin.
But if you want smooth skin for as long as possible, there are things you can do now and throughout your life to make it happen. The key to remember is that making good health choices about your skin can keep it looking younger for a longer amount of time.
That means not just being careful about your exposure to the elements, but also being careful about what you do to your body as a whole.
By following 3 simple tips, you can have healthier, smoother skin.
1. Keep Your Skin Clean
If you want smooth skin, you’ll need to have clean skin, too. Washing your face twice a day with warm water, a clean wash cloth and soap or a cleanser removes dirt and oils and keeps your skin healthy.
Be gentle when cleaning your skin if you want it to stay smooth, though. Avoid strong, scouring soaps, and limit the time you spend in the bath or shower. Shave carefully using a lubricating gel or foam, and pat dry with a towel after cleaning instead of wiping — this will keep some moisture on your skin.
Also, make sure you don’t overdo it. While it’s necessary for good hygiene, washing your skin too often, especially your hands, can cause damage. Soaps and detergents are among the most harmful things we routinely put on our skin. So, look for the most gentle soaps you can find and apply them regularly, but judiciously.
2. Maintain a Proper Diet
You are what you eat, and that goes for your skin, too. If you want smooth skin, there are certain foods to consider and certain foods to avoid.
Foods rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin D help keep skin smooth and healthy. Vitamins A and C are particularly helpful if you want smoother skin. They can also prevent spots and other growths from coming later in life.
A good diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish and antioxidants and vitamins from tea, fruits and vegetables may help preserve smooth skin and protect it from disease .
But a good diet for smooth skin would be incomplete without the most essential ingredient — water. The human body is made up mostly of water, and keeping it properly hydrated is essential to preserving good skin.
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day can help maintain the proper fluid levels to keep your skin working right and properly moisturized.
The positive effects of a good diet on your skin can be multiplied by taking a few more steps toward healthy living.
3. Healthy Living
Keeping your weight in check can give you smooth and healthy skin. Exercise, combined with a good diet, will do wonders for one of your most important organs.
Exercise increases your circulation, delivering more nutrients to the skin and the rest of your body while carrying away toxins. It also helps the body produce collagen, which minimizes wrinkles .
If you smoke or drink too much alcohol, chances are you’re harming your skin. Smokers have more wrinkles around their eyes and mouths, and tobacco can cause the skin to turn a yellow or brown color.
People who consume too much alcohol develop enlarged oil glands and blood vessels, which can make your pores appear larger. Chronic alcohol abuse can often leads to liver problems, turning the skin a yellowish color.