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Your Skin: How to Keep That Healthy Glow

By Susan Cody HERWriter Guide
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I had a fantastic facial yesterday. My skin feels smooth, clean and I had a few zits popped away to infinity. The massage is the best, including décolletage, arms and hands. It took me a solid 10 minutes to be fully awake after, and the feeling of relaxation can't be beat.

But facials are just a small part of keeping the skin looking and feeling great. There are many other ways to maintain a healthy glow.

Many women (myself included) feel that a good night's sleep can knock 10 years off the face, so sleep is crucial. Lack of sleep can cause the skin to have a grayish pallor and the eyes to look smaller and creased. And nutrition is so important because it feeds the skin from the inside out (as well as fruit and herb inspired facials from the outside).

The Washington Post interviewed Meagen McCusker, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, who is a staunch advocate of good nutrition for the skin. She blames the sugar so many people consume for many of their skin problems.

"'Foods that keep your blood sugar low are also good for the skin,' McCusker says. 'The first thing I tell people is avoid sugar — which includes refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup – and processed foods.'"

She also noted that certain foods contain natural skin cleansers like salmon that contains omega-3 fatty acids and nuts that offer plenty of healthy fats. Vegetarians can take an omega-3 supplement derived from plant algae.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are great for healthy skin, as well as healthy oils in our diet. Sunflower seeds and flaxseed are a great option for the skin too. McCusker also believes dairy should be limited because it can cause acne and other skin troubles.

She recommended taking a daily probiotic. A clean diet and clean living can transform the skin but she noted that this can take time.

For someone coming from a diet of processed and fast foods, not getting optimal sleep or hydration (lots of water!), achieving good skin can take time, but can definitely be achieved.

A morning and nighttime routine of cleansing and moisturizing should be part of every woman's routine.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Add a Comment5 Comments

Miya Allen

Skin starts aging with time and extra care is needed to make it soft and glowing. Doing yoga early in the morning and eating a well balanced diet keeps you younger than your age for a long time.

November 6, 2013 - 9:22pm
Lana Wilde

Susan, thank you for this nice, informative article.

I must say that since I started drinking a lot of water, my skin has been much cleaner. So simple, and yet, so effective!


October 23, 2013 - 4:42am

Nice Article!! Thanxx for sharing.

October 22, 2013 - 2:29pm
Vonnie Kennedy

Thanks for mentioning my article, Susan. :)

October 2, 2013 - 2:34pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Vonnie Kennedy)

You are very welcome, Vonnie. It's an article worth quoting!


October 2, 2013 - 5:01pm
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