Wednesday, 19 December 2012

5 Things your skin needs daily:

1.     Water:
Drink at least half gallon (around 2 liters) of water daily as it flushes all the toxins out of the body, helps your body cells to absorb nutrients and keeps your digestive system working properly. Water removes impurities from the skin hence preventing occurrence of pimples and keeps your skin hydrated to make it look plump and smooth.

2.     Essential fatty acids:
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are some of the “good fats” necessary for the body for its healthy performance. EFAs are must for healthy and youthful skin. Youthful skin is plumpy due to water filled cells but with age skin cell’s ability to hold water decreases. It is the job of fatty acids to keep skin cells healthy and membranes functioning properly that hold in water and nutrients. EFAs helps in preventing acne break out by dissolving fatty deposits (as fatty deposits blocks pores and causes acne). Walnuts, flaxseed, Soya oil, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and leafy vegetables are the sources of EFAs.

3.     Cleansing:
Cleansing is the basic element of the skin care routine. It removes excess oil and dirt from the epidermis to make your skin clean. Cleansing prepares the skin for subsequent application of moisturizer or cream and ensures its better penetration. Cleanse your face properly twice a day.

4.     Sun protection:

Always shield your skin with sunscreen (SPF 15-30) at least 20 minutes before stepping out  to safeguard it from UV radiation as it will help in protecting your skin from skin cancer and preventing the signs of skin aging due to sun exposure. Exposure of the naked skin to the sun rays can cause skin darkening and wrinkles.

5.     Antioxidants:
Antioxidants protect your skin by limiting the production of free radicals hence preventing damage of skin cells. Antioxidants improve the skin health; rejuvenate skin appearance, help in reducing the signs of aging, minimize the scars (by increasing the blood flow to scar tissue), calm inflammation and repair sun damage.
Many antioxidants are beneficial for skin but two in particular get more attention:
  • Vitamin C- It helps in building collagen which is very helpful in keeping your skin plump and tight.  Sources of vitamin C are whole grains, lemon, orange, amla and other citrus fruits.
  • Vitamin E- It protects cell membranes and helps in fighting off UV damage. Sources of vitamin E are wheat germ oil, almonds and peanut butter.