Keeping the skin young, soft, healthy and luminous doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Sure, there are great products on the market that claim they are the key to luxurious skin, and they may even be affordable, however simple lifestyle changes ensure glowing, healthy skin.
The first step in supple skin is keeping hydrated. The skin is the largest organ of the body that protects all other organs and needs to be nourished. The skin is also waterproof, meaning it will not absorb water so hydration must come from the inside out with a balanced, healthy diet and water. Drinking at least 8 eight ounces glasses of water per day will help to keep the skin elastic.
A balanced diet is essential to healthy skin maintenance. Foods such as milk, liver, spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots rich in Vitamin A and berries and plums full of antioxidants contribute to healthy looking skin. Acidophilus, the healthy bacteria found in yogurt not only helps with digestion, but also in the appearance of healthy skin. It would stand to reason that proper digestion which is inherent upon high fiber and plenty of water would also promote healthy skin.
Equally important to maintaining young looking skin (and preventing skin cancer) is avoiding the sun, especially on Long Island’s beautiful beaches. Wear layered clothes and sunblock even in the winter months to prevent any sunburn, which will damage the skin, and dry it out.
A little trick to keeping the skin young, smooth and brilliant is to apply baby oil or mineral oil to damp skin immediately after showering or bathing, wrap with a bath towel, but do not rub. Allow the oil to penetrate the skin and seal in the moisture from the shower, pat dry then moisturize with your favorite lotion. Baby oil is inexpensive and can be found at any CVS, Target or Walmart across Long Island. Baby oil is also available fragrance free, comes in many brands or hypoallergenic for those with sensitive skin.
Maintaining young, soft and luminous skin is easy and affordable with a few minor lifestyle changes. Love the skin you’re in!
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