Easy Skin Care Tips From Dr. Mercola

Eat plenty of fresh raw organic foods in your diet, and getting enough omega-3 fats are ways to improve your health on many fronts.

Exercise: Through exercise induced sweat, your skin detoxifies impurities from your system.

Cleanse: Every day of your life, pollution, grime, and dust attach themselves to the surface of your skin. If you don’t take a couple minutes daily to cleanse your face and unclog your pores, your skin may look sluggish. Limit exfoliation to twice per week and use a gentle exfoliator.

Avoid or minimize damage from hot water and chlorine. Although taking baths and showers may seem like it’s health-promoting and relaxing, your skin may disagree –especially if you have chlorinated water, which is almost certainly the case. Chlorine causes oxidative damage. The hotter the water, the more potential for damage –because the rate of chemical reactions increases with temperature. Hot water may cause your skin to age faster.

Use gentle and safe skin care products – organic whenever possible. And for better absorption, be sure your skin is warm. Don’t compromise your health and the health of your skin by using potential poisons.

Sleep on your back. Gravity creates a downward drag on your skin all day. Give your skin a break at night. By sleeping on your back, you reduce gravitational pull on your face. If you press your face to your pillow, you will likely experience increased puffiness in the morning.

Don’t smoke: Not only does smoking lead to the most common cancer, lung cancer but it also affects the skin. Smoking causes free radical production, which is one cause of the signs of aging.

Sunscreen: If you will be in the sun for extended periods of time, use sunscreen with safe and effective ingredients, he suggests: Mercola Natural Sunscreen.

Never pull or rub your skin: Apply your skin care products gently, and lightly tap for a few moments to help your skin absorb them. Rubbing stretches your skin and can promote sagging and wrinkles. (Note: This principle includes leaning your face on your hand while sitting at a desk, which also stretches your skin.)

Pateince: Even if you start doing everything right today, it may take a month or even two to three months to notice changes. Remember: it took years to get where you are today, so show patience when expecting changes and improvements.



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