While or medicine cabinets are crammed with expensive skincare products, experts say that our skin needs just a handful of “inexpensive treatments” to stay healthy.
(1) Cleansing : It not only removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis, so it can remain blemish-free, but it also preps the skin for any subsequent products you’ll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective. But make sure your facial cleanser is soap-free.
(2) Water : The skin is no different from the rest of the body when it comes to needing hydration. Water helps to remove impurities from the skin that can lead to pimples, and it hydrates to keep the skin looking smooth. To keep the skin hydrated, you should drink at least 2 litres of water each day.
(3) Essential Fatty Foods : Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are great to keep your skin looking beautiful. Omega-6 is found in plenty of foods including poultry, grains and cooking oils. You’ll find Omega-3 in cold water fish like salmon and sardines, along with flaxseeds and sunflower oils, kidney beans, walnuts and spinach.
(4) Sun Protection : When you use sunscreen, you’re not just helping to protect yourself from diseases like skin cancer, you’re also helping to prevent the signs of skin ageing. Skin, that’s left naked in the sun, ends up more discoloured and wrinkled and less elastic than skin that has been steadily shielded from UV radiation. Look for one with an SPF greater than 15.
(5) Antioxidants : While many different antioxidants are beneficial to the skin, two, in particular, get lots of attention. Vitamin C —- builds collagen for tight skin. You can find it in whole grains, apples and citrus fruits. Aim for 75 milligrams a day. Vitamin E —- protects cell membranes and ‘boosts’ nutrients that fight off UV damage. You can find it in wheat germ oil, almonds and peanut butter. Aim for 15 milligrams a day.