Good skin care including sun protection and gentle cleansing can keep your skin healthy and glowing. Don’t have time for intensive skin care? You can still pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection you should use sunscreen.

  1. Stay away from dangerous chemicals

Most likely you have already heard a bunch about why not to use conventional skin care products. But have you also thought about other product categories that pollute your skin and thus pollute your body? Actually conventional household cleaners are even worse than beauty products and they enter your body just as easily through your skin and your lungs as conventional beauty products do.  Among household cleaners, dish soap is an item with underestimated health effects. Conventional dish soaps are laden with dangerous ingredients such as SLS, a proven carcinogen that enters your skin when you do the dishes. But this is not where it stops. They leave behind a chemical film on your dishes that mixes in with your next meal. That’s not what you want to end up in your kids’ bodies, right? Luckily there are some dish soaps out there that do a good job. Better get a real natural dishwashing liquid to ditch those dangerous ingredients for good. Check out this funny short video to get an idea of what we mean.

3. Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. Simply quit.

4. Treat your skin gently

Most skin care products contain numerous chemicals that harm your body. If you want to be healthy it is best to choose natural body care instead. This way fewer toxins enter your body. As a result your organs have to work less to get rid of these toxins.

5. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear, but some research suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.

6. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin, and a healthy state of mind, take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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