The fact that we enjoyed perfect velvety skin in our teenage
years is not reason enough to enjoy it throughout. Sun damage is cumulative
and can be seen on our skin a decade or two later. The skin on our body
needs the same kind of love and care as our face. Dull, coarse and lifeless
skin is a result of a generally toxic lifestyle, and healthy eating, proper
exercise and body brushing can make a dramatic difference.
Grab the Veggies
Your diet supplies the nutrients
needed by the cells to keep skin, hair and nails looking healthy. Therefore,
it is important that you feed your body a well balanced diet. Vegetables
are actually ‘longevity’ foods; they are clean burning, ‘high octane’ fuels
that return the cells causing premature ageing. Veggies like tomatoes,
carrots, broccoli and green leafy vegetables like spinach are packed with
vitamin A and C, beta carotene and fibre. These nutrients not only make
your skin glow, but even help in destroying cancerous cells and preventing
heart attacks. They are also loaded with calcium – the mineral your body
needs to keep your bones from buckling. Vegetables are rich in healthy
carbohydrates and devoid of fat or cholesterol, making them good for the
Poor eating habits can cause
temporary hair loss, cracks in the corner of your mouth and brittle nails.
Your skin can bruise easily, heal slowly and look dull, drab and ‘ashy’.
A good diet, on the other hand will keep your skin looking healthy and
toned, and sport a fine texture and colour. Besides, a healthy diet will
keep skin diseases at bay. In fact, if you eat right, you wont need to
take vitamin supplements. In short there is no substitute for veggies.
Exercise is surprisingly enjoyable,
good for the self-esteem and carries significant benefits for the quality
of our lives and our health. Be it yoga, aerobics or walking, and no matter
how little of it, it is important for both physical and mental health.
Exercise is a panacea for boredom, tension, anxiety and even PMS. Working
up a sweat is natural and healthy, a vital requirement for a balanced,
Exercise improves blood circulation,
which helps in the reproduction of new cells, besides getting rid of all
impurities to reveal radiant skin. But when you donut exercise enough,
the blood circulation is sluggish and the skin receives less oxygen. As
a result, your skin may look dull and sallow, one that lacks lustre. In
fact, it might even aggravate acne.
It might take some getting
used to, but once you get started, your body and mind will get accustomed
to the exertion and actually hunger for it.
Simply Brush it Away
Body brushing is a good way
to stimulate blood circulation. Because the skin is an organ of elimination
(and the largest one in the body), many toxins can be eliminated if you
stimulate the circulation and the lymph system by brushing the skin. Use
a loofah or a body sponge and brush in circular motions to remove the dead
skin cells. Pay special attention to the elbows, knees, shoulders, the
back and thighs. Do this every day before bathing or showering. Also, keep
the temperature of your bath water a little higher that of your skin so
as to stimulate sluggish circulation.
Smoother skin is a spin-off
of this toxin eliminating regimen, which leaves you feeling invigorated
and truly bright-eyed.