Five Causes of Unhealthy Skin

March 22, 2011  |  Tips & Technique

We all want healthy radiant skin.  Healthy skin not only looks and feels beautiful, it also heals quickly, has small pores, elasticity, and doesn’t need constant exfoliation.  A flawless complexion not only is a confidence booster, but it’s also a direct reflection of what’s going on inside the body.   Surprisingly enough, age isn’t necessarily a determining factor in whether our skin is healthy or not.  Simple diet and lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in our skin’s health.  Wondering what the main causes of unhealthy skin are?  Keep reading!

1.  DEHYDRATION – Have you been trying to quench your dry skin with thick, heavy lotions? Dehydrated skin actually stems from internal dehydration.  The best way to hydrate your skin is the good old fashion way: drink more water.  Get bored with the taste of water?  Try adding lemon, cranberry, or low cal drink mixes like Crystal Light’s On The Go flavor packets.

2.  LACK OF EXERCISE – You don’t only get a better body when you move around more, you get better skin too.  The right amount of exercise every day helps stimulate proper blood flow, giving your skin a healthy glow.  Make sure you get active for at least 30 mins a day.  Your body AND your skin will thank you.

3.  SMOKING – Smoking is a big factor in causing unhealthy skin.  It literally sucks the moisture right out of your skin.  In addition it depletes your body of vitamin C, and accelerates the rate at which your skin’s collagen is broken down.  Yikes!

4.  DIET – We’re not talking about a DIET (cue the scary music) we’re talking about your daily diet.  It’s not about going on a mega diet, or a detox diet.  Having a skin friendly diet as about keeping to foods that are easy to digest.  Not being able to properly digest what you eat can cause you to feel bloated and sluggish.  Who wants that?  Check back tomorrow for our healthy skin food list.

5.  THE SUN – We’ve all been told that repeated sun exposure isn’t good for our skin.  It depletes collagen, and contributes to the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles.  Save your skin by making sure you always wear at least SPF 30 on your face, yes even in winter.  Already showing signs of skin damage?  You can turn back the clock by incorporating creams and lotions that include peptides, vitamin A, and retinol.

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  1. The above did not mention genes. Some peope do all the healthy skin ‘dos’ but still have bad skin and others do all the ‘donts’ yet have beautiful skin.
    Unfortunately genes and stress have a bigger influence on the quality of your skin more than any of the above.

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