Get healthy skin by avoiding these 4 skin wreckers

So you are looking for some tips for optimal skin, right? Well while you may know that you need to moisturize and exfoliate your skin and also use skin creams to keep your skin well moisturized, you also need to know what you should avoid to prevent further deterioration of your skin health. In other words, these are the skin wreckers you need to avoid for healthy skin.

  1. Get rid of cigarettes

First of all, you need to stop smoking as smoking is the biggest skin wrecker after the sun. In fact, heavy smokers are five times more prone to get facial wrinkles than nonsmokers. Moreover, smokers are more susceptible to skin cancers.

Smoking also reduces the skin’s blood flow as it damages all capillaries and artery linings. All it takes is 10 minutes of smoking to reduce the skin’s oxygen supply for almost an hour. This leads to shiny, fragile and deeply wrinkled skin which heals rather slowly. Moreover, plastic surgeons don’t prefer operating on cigarette smokers as cigarette smokers heal slowly.

  1. Get more sleep

You must have heard the phrase ‘get your beauty sleep’. There is a reason for this phrase; when you rest, your body generates keratin and collagen which are the proteins you require for taut and healthy skin.

Insufficient sleep makes your overall complexion look dull and especially makes the skin under your eyes look baggy and dark. So make it a point to get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.

  1. Reduce your alcohol intake

You need to drink water through the day for smooth and silky skin, and not only during meal times. As alcohol dehydrates the skin and body, you also need to limit your alcohol consumption to one drink a day. It’s better to not drink alcohol within 3 hours of your bedtime as this increases the risk of capillary leakage which leads to puffiness.

  1. Reduce stress

Excessive stress only leads to your skin going pale and drawn. Breathing deeply and sipping herbal tea does help reduce stress. However if you are not comfortable with these stress busters, you can try something more effective and fun.

You can consider getting yourself a massage as it helps improve blood and lymph circulation. This in turn helps accelerate the elimination of toxins from the body and speeds up the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. So if you have any big event to attend, it’s better to have a massage the afternoon before to look relaxed, healthy and glowing on the day of the big event!