Dreaming of a radiant, glowing complexion? Here, in part two of our two-part guide to healthy skin, we tell you how to get it.
What you put inside your body shows up on the outside too, which is why one of the best ways to get great skin is to eat well. A diet for good skin is the same as the recommended healthy, balanced diet – filled with plenty of fruit and vegetables – but there are other foods you can eat to give your complexion an extra boost. A variety of nuts, avocados, and vitamin-C-rich fruits like strawberries, blueberries and kiwi fruit have all been linked to great skin health.
It's one of the most obvious tips for great skin, but drinking lots of water is still the best piece of advice when it comes to boosting your complexion. This is because skin needs moisture to stay supple – dehydrated skin looks tired, dry and dull. Aim to drink between six and eight glasses of water a day. Most fluids – barring alcohol and carbonated drinks – count towards your daily intake but water is the best.
Some skin problems are caused or exacerbated by bacteria – bacteria that is harboured on things we keep close to our faces but don't clean often enough. If you wear makeup you should wash your makeup brushes once a week to keep them clean, but that's not the only way bacteria can be transferred to your face. According to a Stanford University study, mobile phones can become more germ-infested than a public toilet, so use anti-bacterial wipes to keep yours clean. You should also wash your pillows regularly.
While a steaming hot shower might feel great, it doesn't do any favours to your skin. The heat causes blood vessels to dilate, giving the skin a flushed look. When you're still young the skin will quickly return to its normal colour after showering, but as you get older your skin loses the ability to return to its normal state, making it looked permanently flushed and ruddy.
All the tips mentioned above and in part one will help to improve the health of your skin, but if you have a more persistent or serious skin condition such as acne, eczema or psoriasis, it is important that you visit a doctor. They may be able to prescribe you a topical treatment or medication to deal with the issue, or they might refer you to a dermatologist or other specialist.