People are always looking for a way to get their skin looking young and vibrant. The shelves and shelves of skin care products promising to remove fine lines and wrinkles that you see in nearly every big box store are proof of this.
Sadly, many of the products and processes available on the market today leave me shaking my head — both at the product and the price. The great news is you do not have to fork out the money for expensive products and fillers to look your finest.
Here are 5 tips for beautiful skin at any age without the need for over-priced skin care products.
1. Cleanse Your Skin Each Day
Since your skin is continually excreting wastes and shedding dead skin debris (sounds a little gross, but that’s just what skin does), daily cleansing is a must. To cleanse your skin, all that is required is a moderate, natural cleanser made for your skin type.
If you wear foundation, powder, blush, or watertight face and eye makeup, then it is absolutely critical that you remove this coating prior to going to sleep so as to minimize the possibility of getting clogged pores, blocked tear ducts, or the formation of blackheads and acne.
If you tend to sweat a lot, rinse off and massage your body with a coarse towel, then use a body brush before bed to eliminate salt and dead-skin buildup.
2. Practice Good Nutrition
What you eat directly influences how you feel and how you look. The fastest and cheapest means to improve your overall appearance and feel better both mentally and physically would be to clean up your diet.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, over two-thirds of adults and one-third of kids in the USA are overweight or obese. Studies show that more than 60 percent of our daily calories come from highly processed foods such as refined breads, soft grain-based desserts such as cookies, sports drinks, sodas, and juice.
As a culture we love pizza, hamburgers, fried foods, chips, sugary snacks, and other foods that provide plenty of calories but little nutrition. Studies show that vegetables and fruits make up just 12 percent of the typical American diet — and half of that stems from potatoes (chips, fries) and tomatoes (ketchup, pizza sauce, pasta sauce).
As a result, we’re often overfed and undernourished. We feel and look older than we are by many years, and we suffer from reduced energy and an assortment of aches, pains, and illnesses.
Many of the foods you see in grocery stores nowadays are created with an eye toward corporate earnings as opposed to the nutrition the food provides. On-top of this modern intensive food processing methods and inadequate soil management create foods that usually lack flavor and nourishment.
Focusing on whole fresh foods, and avoiding over-processed foods with high levels of added sugar will put you streets ahead of most people. A daily array of organic foods in their whole form is the best option.
3. Be Active
Regular physical exercise boosts lymphatic flow and circulation, it enhances digestion, and stimulates your metabolic processes. Exercise helps circulate nutrient-rich oxygen and blood, improving circulation to your skin, hair, and fingernails.
Daily exercise can also be crucial to your psychological well-being. It may energize you in the morning or allow you to unwind after work, reducing or eliminating the stresses of daily. Exercise also acts as a natural antidepressant.
Try to work out in the fresh air and sunshine as often as possible and vigorously enough so you work up a good sweat. Sweating cools your skin and eliminates waste through your pores. If hard exercise doesn’t sound like its rights for you, consider taking on an activity that will you to get some exercise without you having to go to the gym, even something like gardening can do the trick. Gardening is a great way to stretch and strengthen your body — plus you’ll have a bounty of fresh, nourishing foods as your reward! There really is an activity for everyone.
It’s your choice to find what works for you and stay with it, or to choose several and alternate to help keep things interesting!
4. Get Your Beauty Rest
Sleep is often the first thing we forfeit because of work commitments, children’s demands, lifestyle factors, or the action of the hustle-and-bustle world. Sadly, sleep does not get much attention until it is sorely missing. The solution: instead of thinking of sleep as a luxury or as something you can put off and catch up on afterwards, think of it as an essential nutrient, just like vitamin C. Nighttime is the right time for renewal, and those prized hours when you sleep are the optimal time for your body’s rejuvenation and repair.
Your body produces human growth hormone, which aids in the repair of damaged cells, including those of their skin, hair, and nails, while you sleep. When you are sleep-deprived, your body struggles to keep itself together emotionally and physically.
Lack of sleep shows up as dark circles or puffy skin under your eyes, haggard and shallow skin, dull hair, lackluster nails, low energy, diminished immunity, emotional meltdowns, depression, irregular appetite, and lack of sexual desire. Sleep deprivation may also activate the release of cortisol, the stress hormone. Overproduction of cortisol ages your skin and leads to unmistakable signs of fatigue (plus it contribute to weight gain around your waist). In short; you can’t put your best face forward, when you’re running on empty!
We call a good night of shut-eye our beauty sleep or beauty rest since it’s one of the best (and least expensive) beauty secrets of celebrities and models or anyone who depends on physical appearance for his or her livelihood. You can spend scads of cash on the latest eye cream or trendy spa treatments, but a good dose of sleep has become the best beauty booster of all — and even more important, it is the basis of your emotional well-being as well.
What’s the difference between a plum and a prune, an ocean marsh and the Sahara Desert, the smooth skin of a teenager and the sagging and wrinkled skin of a 90-year-old? Water — the simple, pure essence of life which makes up roughly 70% of a persons body. It’s one of the most important and most abundant compounds in the body. In fact, it is undoubtedly the most abundant material in most cells.
Without water you can’t bend or stretch, blink, yawn, smile, jump up and down, poop, breathe, sweat, or even think without water lubricating every element of your physical being or assisting with the transport of oxygen, nutrients, and other vital substances.
You also cannot be amazing, energetic, and healthy without adequate water intake. With ample moisture, the skin and collagen matrix in the dermis layer of your skin remains plump. Conversely, a dehydrated person ages quick and is exhausted regularly.
Try to consume at least four full glasses of water every day for optimal well-being. If you despise drinking plain water, try adding a squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange into the glass. A splash of cranberry or cherry juice concentrate added to water makes a deliciously tangy treat as well. Either way make sure you are getting lots of water, especially in the summer heat or if you are exercising.
Everyone wants beautiful skin, and while stores are lined with expensive products promising miracle results, some of the best and most effective ways to improve your skins vibrancy and get back its natural glow are all available at your fingertips. Follow these five tips for beautiful skin at any age and you’ll start seeing improvement in no time!