FIVE PRACTICES THAT IMPACT SKIN HEALTH

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Do you fancy a healthy skin? It could be yours without you having to spend a whole lot of money to achieve it. Here are the five best practices for having a healthy skin:

1. Seek protection from the sun
          Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems. It can also increase the risk of skin cancer. You can minimize your exposure to the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
          Another way to minimize exposure to the sun is by avoiding the sun at the time of the day when the rays of the sun is at its peak. You should also make use of protective clothing such as tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats.

2. Smoking should be avoided
          Smoking contributes to wrinkling of your skin thereby causing you to look older. It also narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin and decreases blood flow making the skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.
In addition, smoking also damages collagen and elastin (the fibres that give your skin strength and elasticity). It increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer.

3. Treat your skin gently
You can take care of your skin by doing the following:
·        Limit bath time as long baths tend to remove oil from the skin. Hot baths should be avoided, instead warm baths are encouraged.
·        Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin, you should make use of mild cleansers instead.
·        Shaving cream, lotion or gel should be applied before shaving to protect and lubricate the skin. clean, sharp razor should be used in shaving.
·        Gently pat or wipe your skin dry with a towel after bathing, so that some moisture remains on the skin.
·        Use a moisturizer that fits your skin type if your skin is dry. Also consider a moisturizer that contains SPF for daily use.

4. Eat a healthy diet
Always ensure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins because a healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Some study suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Also, drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.

5. Manage stress
when stress is uncontrolled, it can make your skin more sensitive, trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To enhance a healthy skin and a healthy state of mind, you should take steps to manage your stress such as getting enough sleep, setting reasonable limits, scaling back your to-do list and making time to do the things you enjoy.

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