15 Natural Ways to Maintain Beautiful, Youthful Skin

While there's no magic pill that one may take to remain forever young, there are things that we can, fortunately, do to have youthful skin and prove that age is just but a number. Here are 15 natural ways to maintain beautiful and youthful skin

Go the balanced diet way
Your skin needs as many nutrients as the body to fight off any free radicals that cause skin cell damage. Free radicals often damage your skin's cell structure by breaking down collagen hence resulting in signs of aging. Incorporating foods rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients in your diet like spinach and blueberries prevents this by boosting your skin's ability to fight off the inflammation caused by these radicals. In a nutshell, a balanced diet incorporates all the nutrients that your skin needs, thus resulting in youthful skin.

Take in lots of water
Keeping your skin hydrated is the lifeline of having that wonderful youthful glow. Water usually flushes out toxins that cause acne build ups resulting in clear skin.

Get enough rest
During sleep, you give your skin and body a chance to repair and rejuvenate itself hence preventing dark under the eye circles and wrinkles.

Be active
It may not seem like it, but working out or exercising gifts you with beautiful glowing skin. It promotes proper circulation of blood, ensuring that the nutrients and oxygen are transported to all parts of your skin. Exercise also helps in flushing out acne-causing toxins when your sweat, resulting in flawless and firmer skin.

Make use of essential oils
Oils like lavender, Tea tree, Frankincense, Peppermint, geranium, and Lemon just to mention a few, boast of anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial properties which when combined help fight against any free radicals that cause aging to our skin. However, you should check this complete buyer guide before you buy essential oils to make sure that it is from a trusted brand as you will be applying it on your skin.

Don't be a sun worshipper
While Vitamin D is good for your skin, staying in the sun for long exposes your skin cells to the damaging UV rays which break down collagen hence causing it to lose its natural elasticity.

Wash your face before bed
After a day full of activities, your skin tends to collect dirt and environmental debris which clog your pores causing acne. Double cleanse your skin every day before bed and moisturize it as well using products such as apple cider vinegar.

Really exfoliate
When you were younger than you are right now, your skin used to slough off dead cells from your skin. Now that you are a year older, it no longer does so readily which means that these dead cells remain causing a dull, flaky appearance. Exfoliating with natural products at least 2-3 times a week results in a bright, polished skin and also opens up pores preventing the formation of acne.

Watch your sugar intake 
Sugar has been dubbed badly for all the right reasons. From weight gain to increasing your risk to heart diseases, too much sugar is also not sweet for your skin. It causes collagen breakdown thereby speeding up aging.

Crunch on some carrots
When we hear carrots, most of us think about better vision, but the benefits of these crunchy veggies go beyond that. Carrots pack a lot of beta-carotene which boasts of antioxidants that prevent excessive skin cell production, thus minimizing dead skin and promoting a smooth skin. They're also rich in Vitamin A which prevents the development of cancerous cells.

Keep indoor hydration optimal
Your atmosphere not only affects your health but your skin as well. For instance, when the air is too dry, the moisture locked in your skin evaporates, resulting in itchy, dry, and unpleasant skin. When it is too humid, it causes your sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, resulting in more breakouts as pores tend to become clogged.

Use natural skin care products
Don't spend thousands on cosmetic products that are full of toxic ingredients, instead, opt for natural skin care products. If possible, make your own at home. As mentioned earlier, essential oils are good for the skin, and what's interesting is that you can make any type of skin care products using one or two of them. From facial toners, anti-aging serum to facial scrubs, there is so much that you can do with nature’s products such as honey, turmeric, essential oils, and many others.

Don’t stress
Stress causes premature aging. Also when happy, your skin tends to glow. However, when stressed, it appears dull and saggy. Avoid stress at all costs, when stressed, go into meditation or yoga, and use essential oils as they help in relaxation.

Create a skincare routine
Proper cleaning, toning, moisturizing and exfoliating are the secret ingredients to youthful skin, and as such, you need to carry out these practices regularly. Don't exfoliate today and stay for three months before you do it again. On the minimum, you should exfoliate at least two times a week. As for the rest, those should be everyday practices. Therefore, create a proper skin care routine, using natural products.

Make your gut happy
Your gut plays a significant role in your wellbeing, and this includes the welfare of the skin as well. In respect to that, ensure it's happy by incorporating probiotic foods such as dark chocolate, Greek Yoghurt, and other fermented foods. Doing so boosts collagen production, hence ensuring skin elasticity and preventing wrinkle appearance.

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