5 Natural Ways to Improve Your Skin | Laurie Larson

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When it comes to skin care, we’re willing to try anything that works.

Unfortunately, sometimes the products that we see recommended to us may be loaded full of chemicals that are either unsafe for our skin or simply not an option due to allergies and other sensitivities.

Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is stick to the natural methods that you know work. Check out these five super simple natural methods for naturally improving your skin.

1. Stay hydrated

Keeping up with your water intake is one of the easiest things you can do for your skin care, and it’s probably even more effective than any expensive topicals you could put on your face. Staying hydrated will give your skin a better chance at staying clear and giving off a glow.

Experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which is about half a gallon. This may seem like a lot if you don’t regularly drink water. Try to balance it out through the day and create a challenge for yourself to stay motivated.

2. Create a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet

What we put in our body truly is important. We really are what we eat!

When you’re working on having better skin, it’s critical that you’re paying attention to your diet. By eating structured, healthy meals and avoiding inflammatory foods, you’ll be on your way to better skin.

One thing you should avoid is sugar. Sugar is a large contributor to your skin’s inflammation which is represented in the form of acne, wrinkles, and dry skin. You obviously won’t want to cut sugar completely out of your diet forever but doing a detox before a big event could help give you the glow you’re looking for. To keep up with a better diet for healthier skin, make sure to:

Eat fruits and vegetables
Eat salmon
Make sure you’re getting all the important vitamins
Avoid alcohol

Fully evaluating your diet can go a long way in maintaining better skin care.

3. Work on your beauty sleep

Dark circles and bags under your eyes are just the start of the visible effects of sleep deprivation. Beauty sleep is more than just an old wives’ tale. Your sleep is truly important to the restoration of your body and the glow of your complexion.

Make efforts to get better sleep at night by upgrading to a better quality bed for better sleep, implementing a night time wind-down routine for relaxation, and getting more strict on your bedtime.

The way you’re sleeping matters, too. Sleeping on your side, the most common sleeping position, can promote early wrinkle development, as can stomach sleeping due to your face being shoved in your pillow. Try to rotate to your back, and while you’re at it, switch your pillow case out to silk instead of cotton so you’re sleeping on a less abrasive texture.

4. Eliminate stressors

More stress = worse skin.

Premature aging, acne, and eczema are all issues that worsen with chronic stress.  For a healthier glow, work to eliminate any stressors in your life. If you can’t get rid of all the things that stress you out (i.e. work, important deadlines) then learn how to manage your stress better.

You may consider exercising or meditating to reduce your stress. Yoga can also be a great method for managing your stress, and it’s even said to help your skin glow when you practice particular poses. Find whatever way works best for you to keep your stress low and see the results in your healthy skin.

5. Monitor your air quality

Being in a smoky environment can lead to skin damage and premature aging, so it’s best if you avoid areas polluted with smoke. Other pollutants indoors can also damage your skin. To make sure your air is clean and safe, make sure to regularly change your air filter.

Dry indoor air can also be a factor damaging your skin. This will dehydrate your skin and amplify any fine lines. Minimize this issue by running a humidifier, especially in the winter season when the air is drier.

With these five tips, you’ll be able to maintain a natural glow all year long!

Author’s Bio: Laurie Larson is a freelance writer. She writes on home, health, and lifestyle topics to help promote healthier living.

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