Skin creams and potions can only provide half the answer. The really best way to look after your skin is to start with what’s within. Because it is what you put inside that counts!
TAKE SOME GENTLE EXERCISE
This doesn’t have to mean running the Boston Marathon, just getting up and taking a stroll every now and then. Sitting still at your desk all day may not be doing your complexion any favors, and that is even before you factor the drying air conditioning in the office into the equation!
Even just going out for a walk at dinner time can help stimulate your circulation, which in turn brings fresh blood into your skin. Otherwise known as getting some color in your cheeks!
If you don’t get time to take a walk, stop every now and then for a stretch. This will help with muscle tone and circulation also.
Any exercise that you do will help, whether that means parking a block or two away from where you work so you can walk a bit further every day, or going to the gym. It will all help.
EAT ESSENTIALLY FATTY ACIDS
Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs are vital to maintain your health and a glowing complexion.
These can be found in things like cold water fish such as Alaskan salmon and sardines.
Also walnut and flaxseed oil can be added to your list of salad ingredients, which are a good source of EFAs.
EAT LESS SUGAR
Sugar is not your complexion’s friend. It is connected to inflammation, so anything you can do to reduce it is a good idea for your skin.
A gradated approach can be taken if this is too hard to do in one go. Instead of taking it all out of your diet in one go, which might be a lot to stomach – try reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, one snack at a time!
BOOST YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
If your complexion is troubling you, then it is likely that the problem has originated in your gut. To keep your digestive system happy, take these tips.
Dehydration is the prime cause of a poor complexion. Keep your fluid levels topped up – avoiding caffeine and alcohol.
KEEP YOUR FIBER UPTAKE HIGH
The second most probable cause of bad skin is not enough fiber in your diet. This can be remedied by eating whole grains, beans and legumes, apples, cauliflower and flaxseeds.