5 natural ways to improve your skin

Sun exposure and unhealthy lifestyle habits can wreak havoc on your skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends these five natural ways to improve your skin.

Natural ways to improve your skin

Protect your skin from the sun.

Sun exposure can cause fine lines, age spots and uneven skin tone and increase your risk of skin cancer. Avoid the sun between 10AM and 2PM, and don’t use tanning beds. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen every day, even when you’re indoors. The sun’s UV rays can penetrate the windows in your home, office and car.

Don’t smoke.

Smoking prematurely ages your skin, causing wrinkles and making your skin look older. Smoking constricts the blood vessels in your skin, reducing blood flow and robbing your skin of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to be healthy. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin—the proteins that give your skin strength and elasticity—causing sagging. Avoid second-hand smoke as much as possible.

Treat your skin gently.

Hot water, harsh soaps and detergents remove oil from your skin. To prevent this drying effect, limit your time in the bath or shower and use warm—not hot—water. Use mild cleansers and moisturize dry skin.

Eat healthy foods.

A healthy diet helps your body repair skin. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. The relationship between diet and acne isn’t clear. Some research suggests that a diet that’s high in vitamin C and low in unhealthy (saturated and trans) fats and refined carbohydrates (such as sugar and white bread) may promote younger-looking skin. Drinking plenty of water hydrates your skin from the inside.

Manage your stress.

Stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne, redness and other skin problems. To improve your skin’s health—and your mental well being—take steps to reduce your stress. Set limits to protect your time and energy, and make time for you.

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