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How to Maintain Healthy Looking Skin

Unlike clothes and accessories, beautiful naturally glowing skin never goes out of style. It’s the best fashion statement a woman can make when she enters a room. But maintaining healthy looking skin requires a daily lifestyle commitment that starts when you wake up and ends when you hit the sack.

Eat the right diet. Load up on veggies and fruits such as leafy greens, carrots, and berries. The more colorful they are, the higher their level of antioxidants and phytochemicals, 1 which help nourish your skin and protect it from damaging free radicals that cause premature aging.2 Craving for carbs? Choose whole grains instead of pasta and white bread to avoid inflammation and breakouts.3 Fish, flax seed, and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids should also be a part of your diet. The good fats stimulate collagen production4 and fortify the skin cell membranes, a barrier against environmental toxins.5

Go gentle on your skin. Harsh chemicals found in some skin products can strip away natural oils, clog pores, and can even trigger allergic reactions. It’s time to let your skin breathe and restore its healthy look with a gentle solution. The AVEENO® ULTRA CALMING® Foaming Cleanser is a unique soap-free formulation that contains the soothing extract of Feverfew, a medicinal herb in the chamomile family. The powerful emollient helps relieve the look of irritation and redness, and conditions your skin as dirt, oil, and makeup are gently lifted away. This is a noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic cleanser which is also free from fragrance.

Stay hydrated. Skin cells contain a significant amount of water, so drinking 8 glasses daily not only helps flush out the toxins, it also helps to keep the skin from becoming dry and flaky.6

Protect against the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays break down the skin’s collagen and elastin,7 while causing freckles, blemishes, premature wrinkles, and potentially cancer.8 So never leave home without wearing your sunscreen. With AVEENO® ULTRA CALMING® Moisturizer with SPF 15 or SPF 30, you get both the effective UV coverage and the benefits of calming feverfew, which is gentle enough even for hypersensitive skin. Clinical tests have shown that in as little as one week, visible results appear, from reduced look of blotchiness and a more even skin tone, to a more radiant and silky smooth texture.

Exercise. When you’re physically active, your heart pumps more blood to your skin, feeding it oxygen and essential nutrients. That’s why you get that healthy glow after a good workout. Exercise and yoga also relieve stress, which we all know can ruin your complexion and may lead to breakouts.9 So don’t skip your next gym session, even when the TV is calling.

Get enough sleep. Your skin undergoes cell repair and renewal while you’re in dream land,9 so give it sufficient time to do its job. But first, make sure your face is clean of cosmetics which can clog and irritate the skin. The AVEENO® ULTRA CALMING® Gentle Make-up Removing Wipes, formulated with feverfew, does the job effectively and safely, without drying or aggravating sensitive skin!

Links :
http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2011/aug/eating-colorful-food-has-health-benefits.html
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/how-antioxidants-work1
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=54286
http://www.betternutrition.com/essential-fatty-acids-healthy-skin/columns/askthenaturopath/828 (EFA, eg omega 3, increases collagen production)
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin/want-healthy-skin-feed-well
http://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/sun-exposure-skin-cancer
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/skin-care/art-20048237
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/face/tips-for-gorgeous-skin?page=3