Take Back Your Skin With These Healthy Steps

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Not all of us strive to be one of those poreless freaks of nature who appear on Dove commercials. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want healthy, radiant skin. If you’ve even dipped your toes into the roaring waters of the skin care industry, you know there are 1000 creams for every skin eruption known to man. And if you’ve tried more than 3, you might be forgiven to think that none of them work very well. There are some great skin care products, but these are in the minority.

I’ve got a couple of skin creams that I make sure I never run out of, and I love my trusty acne mask. But my main mode of attack for healthy skin is all natural. It involves some easy steps you’re already familiar with, but may not currently practice. I’ve found that when you try to deal with bad skin topically, you’re just treating one symptom of a deeper disease. If you want the best skin of your life, you’ve got to try a little harder and dig a little deeper. But don’t worry. It’s not that hard. So grab your Illumask acne mask and come along with me.

1. Drink More Water. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This happens for a lot of reasons. One, we don’t drink enough water, or use our acne mask enough. Two, we drink a lot of coffee, which is a natural diuretic. Three, we drink a lot of alcohol, which is a natural diuretic. Four, we take a lot of prescription drugs, which are usually natural diuretics. Even if you do even one or two of these four dehydration causes, it’s enough to make you chronically dehydrated. If that’s the case, this is a bad situation for your skin. Your skin is made of mostly water, and it needs a lot of water to be at its best. It’ll make your acne mask work way better, too. You’ll need to drink more water at different times of the year, and at different activity levels. Mostly, remember to drink lots extra when it’s cold and dry or very hot. It’s not either of those things at my house today, but I think I’m going to grab a glass right now.

2. Get in Shape. There’s something about being fit that holds water in your system better. Have you ever stopped working out, only to lose 5-10 pounds in a few days? This is mostly water weight. Healthy tissues tend to remain hydrated, and unhealthy tissues have the tendency not to hold enough water. You don’t have to start running marathons, but it’s a good rule of thumb to shoot for 30 active minutes a day, 6 days a week. Your body will also be a lot healthier in general, which will help every system of your body, especially your skin. Once your skin is fitter, it’ll react to creams and acne masks a lot better.

3. Eat Good Food. No amount of time with your acne mask will help your skin if you’re feeding it with bad food. Processed foods contain a lot of chemicals that don’t exist in nature. Your body won’t know what to do with them, which puts stress on your system and can cause allergies and autoimmune reactions. A hydrated, fit body will deal with these stresses a lot better than a dehydrated, unfit body. But it’s much better to have a continuous supply of quality, whole foods rejuvenating your skin at all times. Healthy fats, like fish and avocados, are really good for it. But your skin likes beans and greens a lot, too. Err on the side of natural and simple, and it should be pretty good for your skin.