Regardless of age, it seems that both men and women still pine for the same thing, clear skin. But a lot of factors can influence why your skin is the current state it’s in. Hormones, lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, smoking, and even stress can cause skin to break out at the drop of a hat.
While these tips may not guarantee you instantly clear skin, they will help to balance out your body and stop the bad breakouts from happening.
It goes without saying that smoking doesn’t benefit the human body in any way whatsoever. A cigarette here and there might seem harmless until you have a pack in your handbag, and the shakes every time you can’t seem to locate your lighter.
Do we even have to mention the catastrophic effects that longterm smoking can do to healthy skin? Fine lines and wrinkles are only emphasised by the chemical in nicotine, teeth and fingers turn yellow – you get the picture.
DO: Drink water
You’ve probably heard this one thousand times before, but water really does cure everything! The standard is eight glasses a day (which may seem a little steep), but it’s really very manageable. Carry a water bottle in your bag if you’re extremely forgetful or constantly on-the-go. If you just don’t like the taste of water, infuse it with your favourite fruits. Not only does it look better, but it taste so good!
DON’T: Binge drink
While we all enjoy the occasional glass of red wine with dinner or cocktails with the girls, it’s important not to let binge-drinking become a large part of your life. Not only does it absolutely damage your liver, but in the longterm will also destroy your skin. Dehyration can most commonly occur on the surface of the skin, and symptoms include dry patches, breakouts, and even bloodshot eyes.
DO: Eat your greens
Most fruits and vegetables are packed with so many natural vitamins and minerals that can repair almost any ailment. In relation to skincare, it’s best to indulge in a diet rich in tomatoes, fennel, red grapes, beetroot, and kale just to name a few. All of these greens are loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, and even K which assist in repairing the look and feel of damaged skin.
DON’T: Have too much dairy
It has been proven that a diet which revolves around dairy products and bi-products can lead to breakouts, bloating, and digestive issues. If you find that you are lactose intolerant, there are many substitutes which are just as good at filling the void. Almond milk is a tasty, sugar-free treat which is perfect for smoothies, cereal, baking and protein shakes.
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