Tips for a Healthy Glowing Skin

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At the core of a flawless complexion is a healthy balanced diet. Our food provides our body with the nutrients to repair damaged tissue, mend collagen, build new cells, strengthen the bones, and produce proteins and enzymes and scores of other things. A healthy body is reflected in a healthy skin and an unhealthy skin is a sure sign of an unhealthy body. So do not take your food diet lightly. By diet we mean your food intake, not a self- imposed regimen of controlled eating.

Essential Foods: You must consume portions of fruit and vegetables, fibre, lean protein and complex carbohydrates low in saturated fats. Anti- oxidants like berries contain the ageing process, keeping the skin healthier and younger looking. The Indian Gooseberry or Amla is great for your complexion, as are walnuts, apples, pears, honey and green tea.

Fresh fruit and vegetables and juice from fresh fruit and vegetables are essential to keep your skin supple and young looking.

Water: It is imperative to flush out the toxins from the body with plenty of water.

Avoid: Junk food, tea, coffee, alcohol and sodas.

Exercise: Regular exercise helps to keep the skin glowing.

Cleanliness: Wash your face at least twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Remove all make up at night. Sleep on clean sheets and pillowcases and keep your hair of your face at night.

Sleep: This is the most essential ingredient of any recipe for enhancing beauty. A minimum of eight hour of restful sleep is necessary. Leave your stress on the bedside table!

Avoid direct sunlight: The UV rays of the sun are well-known for their ill effects on the skin. Wear a sun hat when out in direct sunlight. Sunglasses and a moisturiser (SPF 15) will also protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

Use natural beauty products: Commercial products contain chemicals that can be quite harmful to the skin. Often one product is necessary to rectify the damage caused by another. Toner was used previously to counter the harmful effects of soap on the skin. It’s best to go natural.

Natural cleanser: Splash a mixture of cold raw milk and cucumber juice on your face first thing in the morning. Then rinse off with cold water.

Natural exfoliator: Coffee grounds are great for getting rid of dead cells, excess oils and dirt. Mix some of the grounds from your coffee maker, with some olive oil and gently massage it into your hands.

Natural body scrub: Mix 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 4 tablespoons of olive oil and massage all over the body during your shower. No soap needed! An even simpler scrub is olive oil and sea salt mixed in a proportion of 2:1.

Simple face mask: Raw honey is antibacterial and therefore very good for your skin. Warm the honey gently with by rubbing it with your fingertips. Then spread on your face and rinse off with warm water after 5-10 minutes.

Brighter elbows and knees: Massage your elbows and knees lightly with half an orange. Rinse off.

A skin brush: Brushing the skin with a natural skin brush using circular motions not only tones the skin but is beneficial to the health of your mind and body.

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