It’s time to start thinking about your skin. With the summer months approaching, it will soon be upon us for more of our skin to be on show as we wear fewer clothes and bathe in the longer days and the warm sunlight.
If you want to improve your skin ahead of the arrival of the sunshine, then there are several ways you can do it. Cutting out bad habits and being aware of other lifestyle factors that can affect your complexion can make a huge difference to our skin quality.
Here are seven ways in which you can help your skin glow this summer.
Ditch the alcohol
You might want to put down the gin and tonic before you read this one. According to experts, drinking alcohol is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Alcohol is a toxin which can affect the liver, reduce immunity, disrupt hormones and cause cell damage – all of which can have lasting effects on the quality, appearance, and aging of your skin. Cutting alcohol from your diet will almost instantly improve your complexion. If you think you might need help stopping drinking, then facilities like rehab for drinking, Broward could help you remove it from your life.
Drink green tea
You can replace the alcohol in your diet with green tea. Okay, so it might not sound quite as fun, but green tea can give a real boost to your skin. Green tea is an anti-inflammatory which means that its properties can be soothing. According to some experts, it also contains epigallocatechin gallate which may help prevent collagen destruction that leads to wrinkles, think lines and discoloration.
Try and avoid stress
Stress takes a toll on nearly every part of your body, and its effects can be devastating. From increased blood pressure to heart disease, it is a genuine killer. It’s not good for the skin either because it increases the production of hormones such as cortisol, which makes the skin oilier. These stress hormones decrease the body’s ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria, with potentially devastating consequences for our complexions. To avoid stress, you should practice techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, and meditation.
Improve your air quality
The quality of the air around us can have a big impact on the health of our skin. Smokey environments can lead to the release of free radicals that damage skin and hasten the aging process – so you can add smoking to alcohol on the list of bad habits to avoid. Other ways you can improve your air quality include using the fan over your cooker if cooking with oil and by running a humidifier in your bathroom as dry, damp indoor air can dehydrate skin and make lines more noticeable.
Watch how much sun you are exposed to indoors
Nobody needs informing that sunlight is hugely dangerous to your skin if exposed to too much of it when outside – but did you know it can also prove to be a real threat when you are indoors too? UV rays can penetrate the windows in your home, in your office and on your vehicle which makes sitting in patches of sunlight indoors dangerous. Either shut the blinds or curtains or move to a shady spot when you’re indoors to stop yourself being exposed to sunlight and consider wearing a moisturizer with SPF when being in sunlight is unavoidable during tasks such as driving.
Monitor your dairy intake
The Harvard School of Public Health has released a study that has shown that teenage girls who consumed a lot of milk were 30 percent more likely to have acne. Nobody has been able to prove why dairy contributes to bad skin, but some believe that the natural hormones found in such products are to blame. Whatever the reasons, by cutting back on the number of dairy products that you consume such as milk, cottage cheese, and breakfast drinks can give a boost to the health of your skin.
Get a good night’s sleep
When you are sleeping is when your body sets to work at repairing all the damage that it has picked up. Your skin is no different and a good night’s sleep can help its recovery mechanisms swing into action. By getting the recommended amount of seven to nine hours sleep per night, you are giving your body the best chance possible to repair your skin and leave your complexion glowing.