Good skin care is a critical part of preventing the damage that can occur from the elements, normal wear and tear and the effects of aging. A few basic techniques form the foundation for keeping skin in good condition. Here are a few tips to keep your skin looking clear and healthy, at every stage of life.

Feed Your Skin with a Healthy Diet

Vitamin A helps to rejuvenate skin, and it is found in low-fat dairy products, carrots, spinach and broccoli. Foods that are rich in antioxidants help to counteract the free radicals that can contribute to dry, dull skin. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are loaded with antioxidants to improve skin appearance. Essential fatty acids are also important for glowing, healthy skin. You can find these in foods like canola oil, flaxseed, salmon and walnuts. Selenium has been found to be an important element in preserving skin. It is found in tuna, turkey, Brazil nuts and whole grains.

Develop a Daily Skin Care Routine

Your skin care routine can be simple or complex, depending on your needs. It should consist of cleaning, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing. The right products may require some trial and error. However, consistent care is key to producing the best result.

Beware the Effects of Hard Water

If you live in an area with hard water, you may notice the subtle effects it can have on your skin. Your skin may feel dry and tight. You may develop redness. The constant layer of carbonates can lead to acne, rashes, enlarged pores and itching. It can even make you more vulnerable to rosacea and eczema. Softened water eliminates these problems. Your local plumbing contractor can install a water softening device in your home, to ensure softer water that does not produce the drying effect of hard water.

Protect Skin from the Elements

Indoor air can be extremely dry, causing dullness, dryness and flakiness of the skin. A humidifier used during the winter months will prevent the effects of indoor heat on your skin. Sunscreen protects skin from damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. If you wear a foundation that contains sunscreen, you will ensure daily protection from the sun in a convenient application. Windy days can dry out the essential oils in your skin. A protective moisturizer will help to minimize damage.

If you eat a healthy diet, provide moisturizing and protect your skin from damage by the sun, your will provide the elements to allow it to replenish its cellular structures on a daily basis. You will be rewarded with a fresher, healthier appearance that flatters you at every age.

About the author

Anica Oaks

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.

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