Here we have a collection of tips and tricks on how to fake and make your way to beautiful-looking skin all over your body.
Tip #1 Skin damage from UV rays needs your attention
Reapply your sunscreen throughout the day if you work near a window, are in a car, or are outside, even if it’s cloudy. There are so many new forms of sunscreen – powder, sprays, liquids, roll-ons, gels, make-up – it’s impossible to say it’s too hard. Find a way that works for you, and be diligent. The UV damage is happening without you seeing or feeling it.
Tip #2 Salt sucks up water, and keeps fluid in your body
While this is almost always a good thing, eating a lot of salt will force your body to retain water. Salt is hydrophilic, which means it loves water and is attracted to it. Salt and water – like the sea – are a perfect pair. In your body, salts work to keep liquid in your body, because without it, water just passes through. Anyone who’s had a big night of drinking, then dried to rehydrate without adding in electrolytes understands this problem acutely. You need enough salt to keep hydrated, but don’t overdo it if you want to avoid looking puffy.
Tip #3 Don’t skimp on weight training
Running and vigorous exercise can feel great because they increase your adrenalin and cortisol levels – why running right before bed usually doesn’t work very well. What cardio misses, however, is the skin-tightening effect of a big juicy muscle. Weight training firms and fills out muscles, drawing the skin tighter over them in the process.
Tip #4 Work on managing your stress response – adrenalin and cortisol aggravate skin conditions
Stress is normal and natural, but when we’re constantly stressed, stress hormone levels can be consistently high. These hormones aggravate skin conditions, which is why everything gets worse when we’re stressed. We pop out in eczema, coldsores, psoriasis, and every other condition we have lying dormant.
Learning to keep cortisol and adrenalin levels low – or drop them after a period of stress – is a life skill that will see you through to old age. You will need to find the things that work for you, but if you’re not sure, science has proven meditation, dancing the night away with friends, and laughing hard and often all work.
Tip#5 Stay hydrated even when you don’t feel like it
Skin really responds to how dry you are on the inside, since every cell sucks up water to function. If you imagine that each cell is at optimal, say two-thirds water, but when you are thirsty, that level goes down to one-third, you need to top it up. Dry, itchy skin can be caused by dehydration, so keep your fluids up.
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