Did you know that drinking tons of water doesn't really make your skin better? Well, it's true. While proper hydration is key for keeping your skin healthy, overhydrating doesn't do any good. So what can you actually do to get clearer, fresher skin without slathering on a ton of creams? For four smart, easy skin fixers, just keep reading.
- Cut down on the sugar. We'd never dream of telling you to give up sweet stuff, but processed sugar can actually contribute to the breakdown of collagen, making your skin dull and less taut.
- Take an omega fatty acid supplement if you've got dry or acne-prone skin. Whether it's flax seed, fish oil, or borage, fatty acids help keep your skin's lipid barrier healthy. Plus, many of us (especially vegetarians and those who don't eat seafood) don't get nearly enough of them.
- Get enough vitamin C, either straight from the foods you eat or in supplement form. C is known to help retard cell damage, keeping your skin less prone to pigmentation issues and wrinkles.
- Cool down your shower water, and take shorter soaks. Don't freeze yourself out, but using tepid or warm water, although less satisfying than a hot shower, is actually better for your skin's hydration levels and can help prevent inflammation. It might sound counterintuitive, but all that water actually dehydrates you. Spending less time in the shower or bath is another good fix - you'll be saving yourself some money and helping keep your skin calm and soft.
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