adiant, glowing skin is the first step to looking great.
And that skin can be yours for the asking, sans expensive skin treatments, high-end skin products or layers of makeup.
The secrets to good skin are much more basic; they have to do with a well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, the two most important factors that influence the condition of your skin.
Practise these diet dos and lifestyle tips and get that glowing skin the natural way.
Revitalise your skin with a regular intake of vitamins.
i. Vitamin A helps repair body tissue, prevents skin dryness and postpones ageing. Make sure you get lots of Vitamin A by supplementing your diet with milk, cheese, eggs, butter, spinach, broccoli, carrot and fish oils.
Vitamin A is fat soluble. This kind of fat gets stored in the liver, so make sure you do not have it in excess.
ii . Vitamin B improves circulation and skin colour.
It is found in yoghurt, brown bread, wheatgerm, yeast, cereal and green leafy vegetables.
iii . Vitamin C helps maintain levels of collagen, a protein constituent of skin that is essential for healing the skin as well as keeping it smooth, firm and healthy-looking.
Eat lots of citrus fruits, strawberries, blackcurrants, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli and sprouts.
Vitamin C is also water soluble and can be taken on a daily basis.
Your skin, which is prone to damage during the day, is repaired as you sleep.
Some people require as much as eight to nine hours of sleep every night; others can make do with just five.
Stress and tension accelerate the formation of lines around your eyes and can even produce abnormal skin conditions like eczema (where the skin gets dry and itchy; it can even result in broken skin and bleeding).
The environment and your skin
Read the instructions on your sunblock and choose one with an Sun Protection Factor (it will be given as SPF) suited for your lifestyle.