Smooth and flawless skin isn't something many people are born with; most of that you see have worked hard to get it looking that way.
You may be surprised to know that a few simple lifestyle and diet changes can make all the difference. If you want smoother and clearer skin, the following seven tips can get you there.
1. Eat Berries Every Day
Berries (and other foods that are high in antioxidants) are one of the biggest secrets to improving the texture and appearance of your skin. Antioxidants can help slow down the aging process by fighting free radicals that breakdown collagen and cause wrinkles.
2. Eat Fish Two Times Each Week
Fatty fish from cold waters, like salmon and mackerel, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are critical for having healthy skin. Adding these fish to your diets a couple times a week will help improve the quality of your skin and of your overall health.
If you dislike eating fish, you can get Omega-3 from some vegetable sources, like kidney beans, spinach and broccoli, as well as from walnuts and flaxseed. Foods that are high in protein encourage the body to step up production of collagen and elastin, as well.
3. Go To Bed!
3. Go To Bed!
"Beauty sleep" isn't just an old wives' tale! Sleep is necessary for rejuvenating the body - including the skin. Getting 7-8 hours of solid sleep each night should be a priority in your life.
4. Exfoliate Regularly
Dead skin cells build up on the surface of your skin, causing it to look dull and older. Exfoliating your entire body will clean off those dead cells as well as improve skin circulation, leaving you with smooth and glowing skin.
5. Cut Out The Sugar
Cutting down or eliminating sugar is healthy for a number of reasons, including weight control, but the anti-aging benefits are there too.
You can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by cutting sugar out of your diet. Sugar can lead to wrinkles, through a process known as glycation that breaks down collagen.
6. Don't Forget To Drink Lots Of Water
Drinking adequate amounts of water works not only keeps your skin well hydrated, it helps to flush out toxins that make it look dull and cause blemishes. You might also want to consider doing an all juice cleanse to help wash the impurities out of your system - good for your skin and the rest of your body.
7. Apply Makeup After Moisturizing
Always use a moisturizer, and apply your makeup immediately after. Your concealer and foundation will blend more easily and provide better coverage. If you give the moisturizer too much time, it's absorbed into the skin and your makeup won't go on as evenly.