6 natural beauty tips for improving your skin

SKIN is something a lot of people take for granted, yet it's the outer most facet of our bodies and quite possibly the first thing others notice.   

Although looking after your skin shouldn't be about what other people think, it should be about maintaining a healthy outer shell, a shell that encompasses who we are and all we are, it's worth looking after.   

As we age, our skin tends to bear the experiences we've had along our earthly journey: we display our stretch marks, a show of strength and growth, our scars, a show of courage and survival and our winkles display our knowledge and wisdom.   

Here's a few tips to get your skin in shape, it's never too late to take care of your skin.   

1. If you smoke - stop. 

Research shows that smoking prematurely ages your skin.   

2. Just say no to the tan. 

Don't sunbath or use tanning salons. Stay out of the sun between 10am and 2pm. The sun's rays are the strongest then.  If you must be outside, wear a protective hat, long-sleeved shirt, pants and sunglasses. Freckles, age spots, and blotchy complexions are linked to sun exposure.  


3. Wear sunscreen religiously. 

Use products with SPF 30 or higher and with both UVB and UVA protection every day. Sun damage can result in such changes as fine wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.   

4. Get regular skin check for cancer. 

If there are changes that worry you,  call your doctor right away. Older, fair-skinned people are at high risk and must have a yearly check.   

5. Soothe dry skin.

Use a humidifier. Also use moisturising soups and lotions. See your doctors if you still have problems.  

6. Eat right and hydrate.    

Good nutrition helps the body repair skin. Drinking lots of water helps hydrate skin from the inside out. 

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