The face, they say, is the window to one’s soul (or is it the eyes?). Either way, the face is one of the first few things that people notice about us. Everyone has different skin needs. That’s because our skins were made differently and a particular skin care regimen might work for someone but may not be as effective for others.

One has to be very careful in choosing a skin care regimen for the face as it is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. The face holds important organs like the eyes, lips and nose. It is how people identify us, reason why we should come up with some sort of habit to maintain its well-being.

Here are some steps that will help you to maintain your facial glow.

  1. Drink Up!

One of the easiest and most natural ways to keep your skin healthy and blemish-free will be to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day will help keep away redness, blotchiness and other skin conditions like acne, dryness and dullness.

When there our body lacks water, blood circulation becomes difficult due to blood thickness. To compensate, our body naturally pulls water from other parts of our body, including our skin cells. When this happens, our skin becomes dry and dull and find it difficult to regenerate cells. This would also make your skin prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

That being said, drinking water is a necessary way to keep skin healthy and supple.

  1. Avoid Smoking And Drinking

Avoid unnecessary habits like drinking alcohol and smoking because these could be harmful on your skin, not to mention, alcohol and nicotine from cigarettes are linked to other serious health conditions like cancer, heart attacks and kidney and liver problems.

As multiple studies have proven time and time again, cigarette smoking contributes to skin ageing, in fact, it can accelerate the whole process. It causes fine lines, dryness and makes the skin vulnerable to harsh environmental factors.

It reduces Vitamin A levels in the body and changes its moisture content. In addition, cigarette smoking can also narrow blood vessels in the body, which makes it harder for blood to flow through and reduces the blood supply to the skin. This makes it harder for the skin to produce collagen, which is mostly responsible for keeping skin supple and elastic.

On the other hand, excessive alcohol intake could cause different adverse skin conditions like spider angiomas and hyperpigmentation. Spider angiomas are spider-like marks that are usually found on the neck, face, chest, arms and stomach caused by liver cirrhosis or scarring. Meanwhile, hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin usually found around the eyes, mouth and legs caused by chronic liver diseases brought by alcohol abuse.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important and almost instantaneous solutions to skin problems.

According to dermatologists, lack of sleep could increase your body’s stress hormones, which puts you at higher risk of inflammatory skin problems like severe acne and psoriasis. On top of that, lack of sleep worsens your existing skin problems.

Sleep deprivation also causes your skin to become dry and less resistant to diseases.

  1. Regular Exercise

Regular exercises will improve your blood circulation which in turn help your skin regenerate new skin cells. Even sweating helps you to maintain good health. Blood carries necessary things that our skin needs – including oxygen and nutrients. When we exercise, these nutrients are being carried more efficiently.

When we sweat, the dirt, grime and excess oils that has lodged deep into our pores will be flushed out, giving you a healthy glow.

  1. Eating Healthy

A lot of times, skin problems are caused by unhealthy eating habits. When it comes to the skin, the age-old quote, “you are what you eat” holds true most of the time. When you eat poorly, it shows on your skin. But when you take care of your body on the inside, the glow of health on your skin could be astounding.

Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables since they have lot of vitamins and minerals that the skin needs.

Vegetables and fruits like tomato, apple, banana, carrot, lentils, greens, citrus fruits, etc can help in maintaining a youthful skin. Avoid drinking carbonated or fizzy drinks since these contain high amounts of sugar, which may cause your skin to break out. Take foods that are high in antioxidants such as coffee and chocolate, although this has to be taken in moderate amounts.

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