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10 Skin Care Tips You Need to Keep Skin Healthy

Skin is the largest organ of our body and the most neglected one too.
Skin is the largest organ of our body and the most neglected one too. We are very careful with eating healthy and exercising to lose weight, but little do we realise that we should also take care of our skin, as healthy skin leads to a healthier you! We forget to take care of our skin because following a different morning or evening routine to take care of our skin becomes a tedious task-this is added when you have many products in your skincare routine, and you have to use all of them- it becomes confusing to understand using which product before and which one after! The result- you tend to opt out of the routine and leave your skin uncared.
Taking care of your skin is of utmost importance, and if you are a beginner, planning a routine or want to simply do your previous tedious routine, use these 10 basic routines to get healthy and glowing skin.

1. Use Sunscreen

We are always told to go out in the sun to get Vitamin D, but excessive exposure to sunlight is also harmful. The ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) emitted from the sun can lead to age spots, wrinkles, discolouration, freckles, pigmentation, tanning and even cancer; this can damage the elastic and collagen present in your skin and cause the skin to lose its lustre and glow. Wearing sunscreen while going out in the sun (SPF 30 as directed by your dermatologist or above) is advisable. Sunscreens help filter out harmful UV rays and prevent them from reaching your skin and causing damage. You should apply sunscreen every two hours for maximum protection and avoid sunburns.
You can also wear full sleeves shirt and full pants and don them with a hat while going outside in the sun to protect your skin.

2. Stay Hydrated

Water is the answer to most of the problems as your body needs to be hydrated to carry out essential functions of the body, including keeping your skin healthy and supple. Water helps remove toxins from your body that can cause acne, blemishes, etc. It also reduces inflammation, prevents dehydration and keeps the skin’s moisture intact, reducing signs of ageing. Your skin has two main proteins that keep it strong and elastic – elastin, collagen, and water help in regular production. You should consume 8 to 10 glasses of water daily (consult your doctor on the amount of water to be consumed daily if you have ailments like heart disease, kidney problems, etc.) to get flawless and healthy skin. If you cannot consume water by drinking, you can also eat foods with a high quantity of water in them, like cucumber, watermelon, strawberries, etc.

3. Quit Smoking

Active or passive smoking is bad for your health- Smoking damages your lungs and can lead to cancer, but smoking also affects your skin. Studies have proven that smoking delays wound healing and cause the early development of wrinkles, making your skin looks old and saggy (the skin loses its elasticity) due to the loss of elastin in the skin. Research has also shown that smoking worsens existing skin diseases like psoriasis.

4. Manage Your Stress Levels

Most of the time, when we are stressed, anxious or worried, we can see pimples developing on our faces- the reason for this skin breakout is stress as it has an impound effect on the skin. When you are under stress, the steroid hormone cortisol is increased, which causes your skin to become oily and decreases your body’s immune system’s response in fighting off the infection. Uncontrolled stress leads to premature skin ageing, DNA damage, etc., resulting in pale and lustreless skin. Skin diseases like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, etc., develop due to stress initially. Stress can also cause the flaring up of acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc. It is advisable to control your stress for healthy skin. You can try yoga, listening to music, drawing, painting, cycling, dancing, etc., to reduce stress in your daily life.
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