Winter has left and the days are warming up. As the heat rises and days start to brighten up, you will find that you are feeling good, too. Change of seasons can influence the way we feel, and seasons also have certain moods that go with them. Spring can fill you up with joy as the outdoor temperature becomes pleasant. You will feel better if you enjoy the great outdoors in spring as much as possible.
Spring is often the perfect time to clean your home and prepare your lawn and garden for the warm weather. You will also enjoy spring’s potential more if you take a few minutes and dedicate some time to yourself by getting some new clothes and trying a new look.
Skin for spring
Spring symbolizes youth, rejuvenation, and rebirth. Along with other things, cleaning your skin is important. Healthy skin makes you look and feel younger instantly. You will feel a lot happier and healthier with a healthy glow on your skin, and you can do this without going to a beauty salon or using expensive skin care products. Your eating habits and lifestyle also play a role in how you look. A lot also depends on genes, so your chances of staying younger and looking younger increase if you inherit good skin traits from your parents. So if your mother was wrinkle free until she was 65, you would have a good chance that you may, as well. But again, your lifestyle always shows up on your skin. As we start aging past the age of 20, our face will start showing some signs of wear and tear.
Major factors in your lifestyle that affect your skin include:
- eating habits
- alcohol use
- exposure to sun
- air quality
- healthy lifestyle
- exercise habits
- drug/medication use
- skin cleaning
1. Eat for your skin
Whatever you eat directly affects your skin. To keep your skin healthy you must eat plenty of antioxidant-rich food. Most fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of your skin cells. Your daily meals should contain plenty of nutrients. A well balanced diet is one of the key elements to healthy living. Avoid bad fats and sugar.
Food with highest levels of antioxidant
- small red beans, such as kidney beans
2. Avoid drinking alcohol, for your skin’s sake
A social glass of wine at a dinner party will not harm your skin. However, if you see yourself over-consuming, you should be aware that alcohol will damage the blood vessels in your skin, reducing blood and oxygen supply. Overtime, you may have visible blood vessels or permanently flushed skin.
3. Smoking damages collagen
Smoking can reduce the blood circulation form your skin and also rob your skin of essential oxygen. Smoking also reduces elastin and collagen. You also get wrinkles around your eyes and lips and age faster.
4. Stay protected from sun’s UV rays
Sun’s ultra violet rays are a major cause of wrinkles, signs of aging, spots, dryness, roughness, and other skin problems. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause leathery skin and even cancer. If you have to be outside in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M when the sun’s rays can be most damaging to our skin, use a sun blocker with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30. Also make sure that the sun blocker you choose gives you protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Drink plenty of liquids. Reapply sun block after regular intervals and avoid being burned if you are exposed for long periods of time.
5. Care for the environment
Air pollution is also one of the leading causes of skin problems. The quality of air and the amount of pollution and particles in the air definitely show up on your face. If your face has a youthful glow, it would mean that the cells that produce collagen and proteins in your facial skin are functioning well. It would also mean that the barrier functions and elastin of your face are intact. In order for these functions to work properly you need to provide your skin with enough oxygen, and Vitamin A, E, and C to fight damage from free radicals. As we age, we produce less protein, collagens, and elastin to fight free radicals effectively. Air pollution robs skin from essential oxygen. Dirt build-up can clog your skin’s pores making your skin suffocate.
6. Adapt to a healthy lifestyle
Your health and your skin’s health should come from within. It doesn’t matter how many lotions you use or how frequently you put on your sun block, your skin can benefit the most from a healthy lifestyle. Living a healthy life means to follow a regular healthy routine of diet, sleep, rest, exercise, and following other healthy habits.
7. Follow an exercise routine designed for you
Working out improves your fitness level and will make you appear younger. You will also feel younger and more energetic if you follow a regular exercise routine suited to your age, health conditions, or your special needs. For most people, a 30 minute walk in the park can have a visible effect on facial skin.
9. All-natural skin cleansers
You should exfoliate your skin with all-natural ingredients like sugar, olive oil, and so on. There are many antioxidant and sugar scrubs you can make at home to give yourself a refreshing face scrub.
As we grow older, our ability to resist diseases also decreases. Chronic stress has been linked to many physical illnesses, according to leading experts, and also weakens our immune system making us more susceptible to other infections. Stress also shows up in our face as we grow older, it increases the general rate of aging of our skin.