10 Ways to Make Your Skin Beautiful

by Amy Tudor Patient Expert

Your skin can tell l a lot about your health. It can reveal how well hydrated you are, whether you're eating a healthy diet, and if you're getting enough sun. Here are ten tips on how to optimize your health and beauty.

Never go to sleep with makeup on

Leaving your makeup on while you sleep will lead to breakouts and rashes. Residual makeup clogs pores and causes skin to get inflamed and reactive. Rinse your face with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil. Make it a healthy habit.

Reduce processed foods, eat more fruits and vegetables

Processed food is usually filled with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and processed grains. Those ingredients get absorbed by your body and don't enhance your health or your skin. Instead, eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These healthy foods provide nourishing vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your skin and body need.

Eat healthy fats

Not all fats are created equal. Omega 3 fatty acids provide a host of health benefits and can improve your skin. Eating fish and taking fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements can help you meet your daily quota.

Olive oil is another healthy fat to cook with. Some skin care products contain olive oil in their formula for topical benefits.

Drink water, not soda

The high calorie and high fructose corn syrup in soda won't help your waistline and your skin's luminosity. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to hydrate your skin. Try adding lemon to your water for extra flavor. You can also drink unsweetened tea.

Simplify your skin care regime

Creams and lotions can only do so much. Go for quality, not quantity. Take your money and invest in a consultation with a reputable board certified dermatologist or aesthetician to learn the facts. Find a simple and affordable skincare regime that fits your age, needs, and budget. Many skincare products multitask.

Wear sunscreen every day

Reducing sun exposure is one of the best ways to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. Use sun block that contains UVA/UVB protection daily, even if it's a cloudy winter day.

At least once a year do a thorough check for unusual looking moles or discolorations.

Don't pick pimples

Picking pimples can lead to scarring. Dermatologists and trained professionals know how to remove debris and clogging from your blemishes. Don't try to extract pimples on your own. In some cases steroid injection maybe needed to calm an infected or inflamed pimple.

Moisturize your skin

Apply lotion immediately after you shower. Moisturizer on the skin will seal in residual hydration and soften your skin.

Take shorter showers

Long showers can dehydrate your skin and temporarily give you wrinkled fingers. It's best to keep showers and baths short. Afterwards, gently towel dry the skin to allowing a film of moisture to remain.

Watch your weight

Skin has elasticity but excessive weight gain can cause skin to stretch. If you decide to lose weight, you may get stretch marks on the stomach and thighs.

Facial skin can also suffer from repeated weight gain and wieght loss. Skin can lose its elasticity, making you look older. Since excess weight can challenge your health, try to maintain a reasonable weight. Keep a healthy diet and exercise.

Amy Tudor
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Amy Tudor

Amy wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Psoriasis.