Glass of water with lemon

The 5 Basics of Healthy Skin

1. Healthy Diet

Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, adequate amounts of protein (primarily plant-based), healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, and cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon, trout, and sardines, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

2. Drink Water, Water, and More Water

Nothing quenches your thirst better, especially after exercising. Try this strategy. Drink a large glass of water when you wake up in the morning and before you go to sleep. To make it easier to stick to this habit, keep a water pitcher and large glass in the bathroom.

Drink another large glass of water when you arrive at the office and then when you arrive home at night. Besides quenching your thirst, water can also help prevent you from overeating at meals, so before lunch and after lunch, have another glass of water.

Add a twist of lemon or lime if you don't care for plain water. And, don't forget that herbal teas also count towards your water quota. Try these easy to make refreshing herbal drinks using fresh herbs.

3. Exercise

Aerobic exercise will get your blood pumping. Walking at a fast clip, jogging, biking, dancing, skating, and swimming are all aerobic activities that will get your blood circulating. Better circulation means that more oxygen rich blood is reaching your vital organs-including your skin--to nourish them.

4. Stay Out of the Sun

After allotting yourself the 15 minutes sans sunscreen that is needed for your body to manufacture vitamin D, slather it on. Your skin will thank you when you turn 40, look in the mirror and see a 30 year old looking back at you.

5. If You Smoke, Quit

If you never tried it, don't start now. There are better habits to acquire. And no, drinking martinis isn't one of them. Alcohol dehydrates your body including your skin, so for your skin's sake it's best to limit alcohol consumption as well.

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