Maintaining the natural gifts we were born with is a war on multiple fronts. We feel that we must ensure that we’re in good general health, with a healthy BMI and body fat ratio not just for the sake of our longevity, but our appearance. We also need to make sure that we take good care of our teeth. Not only are dental health and hygiene an important part of healthy living, even the most beautifully composed look can be denigrated by a smile full of brown teeth. Of course, we also need to take care of our hair. Nobody wants to be seen with, limp, fine, frizzy or damaged hair. That’s why we make sure to load up on Vitamin D supplements to keep our hair looking healthy, full-bodied and glossy.
But when it comes to beauty, there’s no one part of our body that plays a bigger part than our skin. Beauty is pretty much synonymous with our skin. We hear all the time that beauty is only skin deep (which it isn’t) or that we need to love the skin we’re in or at the very least be comfortable in our own skin. Perhaps it’s this association of skin with beauty that has led us to spend so much of our hard-earned money on beauty products and services. Last year 1.35 million Americans spent more than $500 on skin care products over the space of 3 months. You don’t need to be an economics major to see that this kind of spending is unsustainable. Moreover, it’s just possible that the expensive products you’re slathering on your skin may not be doing you any good at all. Here we’ll look at some of the ways in which you can maintain gorgeous skin even on the strictest of budgets, while avoiding the rip-off products that will do your skin little or no good.
Better products, not more products
We all have our issues with the skin we live in, whether it’s spots, acne, dryness or a few wrinkles that we could do without. The trouble is that while there are many brands out there with the products to help us with this, there are many less than reputable brands out there who prey on our insecurities. They bombard us with pseudoscience to bamboozle us into purchasing products with ingredients that seem impressive but don’t actually do our skin any good.
Look for an antioxidant-rich, oil-based lotion for natural hydration while avoiding expensive products that use unnecessary yet costly additives like collagen (important but can’t be absorbed through the skin, it needs to be incorporated into your diet) or elastin (same issue as collagen) or stem cells (which need to be alive to nourish the skin).
Hydration within, hydration without
When it comes to treating dehydrated skin, it’s important to use the right products to treat the imbalances that lead your skin to become dry. But that’s only half the battle. You also need to make sure that you consume plenty of water (at least 8 glasses a day). It’s impossible to make sure that your skin is properly hydrated from without unless it’s also hydrated from within.
Do or diet
There are few health issues that can’t be resolved by making the right dietary changes, and beautiful skin is one of them. Very often, beautiful skin depends not only on buying the right products but eating the right foods. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you have to go on a crash diet. It just means that you avoid processed fatty, salty, sugary foods (which can actually accelerate your skin’s aging process) and load your plate with plenty of;
- Lean protein sources – These will aid your body’s production of collagen to keep your skin plump and firm.
- Vitamin C- Also very important in helping your body build collagen (especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan.
- Chlorophyll You’ll find this under-appreciated nutrient abundant in green leafy veggies like kale, spinach or savoy cabbage. It’s what gives them their color but don’t worry it won’t turn your skin green. It’ll help ease the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your skin for that elusive, healthy glow.
- Omega 3 fatty acids – Found abundantly in eggs, fish, nuts and seeds, these essential fatty acids are great at helping your skin retain its natural moisture to keep it plump and firm, whatever your age.
Attaining (and maintaining) naturally beautiful skin is not simply a problem we should throw money at. Instead of just looking for a solution in a myriad of bottles we should also take a good look at our lifestyle for naturally gorgeous skin that doesn’t cost a fortune.
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