There are a lot of different things that will influence how healthy your skin is. From our genes down to how we treat our bodies along with our skin. Here’s some information on how you can create a good foundation for healthy skin.

It Needs to Breathe

Just like you, your skin needs to breathe. Did you know that 70% of the oxygen that you breathe into your lungs actually goes directly to your skin? Well it does. When you breathe in, you are supplying your skin cells with all the important oxygen that it needs to survive. When you breathe out you are also removing the carbon dioxide that would poison your cells if you didn’t get rid of it. As we get older, we tend to lose our perfect way of breathing like babies and animals do. Their breathing is perfect with long and slow deep breaths. By doing this they get oxygen all through their bodies. So, it’s a good idea for you to practice taking deep and slow breathing. Slowly take in a breath through your nose and pull it right down to your stomach and hold for a count of four or a little more. Then push the breath out during a count of four. You should do this four times at least and then see how much better you are feeling after just doing that. You can do this any time during the day as well as a nighttime ritual before going to bed.

Get Fresh Air

You need fresh air, your skin needs fresh air. This means you should take walks as often as you can in the fresh air. However, if you live in an area that is heavily polluted you might want to go to an area that has less pollutants in the air such as somewhere near the ocean or away in the hills or mountains somewhere.

Exercise is Good

We all know how good exercise is for our body and mind. No different for the skin. When you dome any kind of exercise the oxygen goes to all the cells in your body quicker, even your skin and this is going to help your cells to work and grow faster. This means that there will be improved texture in your skin, more moisture retention which leads to a dermis that’s more resilient.

Your Skin Needs to Be Fed

I’m not talking about cleansing and lotions. Sure your skin needs that, but I’m talking about a good diet. If you have a healthy diet then you are going to have healthy skin. Your skins health depends upon how efficient your kidneys, liver and intestines are working. For them to work properly you need to eat good food. So, you need to eat plenty of the following:

•    Fresh veggies and fruits like avocados, apples, bananas, oranges, garlic, onion, green leafy veggies just to name a few.
•    Dried fruits.
•    Cereals and grains.
•    Several eggs a week.
•    Oils such as olive, sesame, safflower and sunflower oils are good ones.
•    Dairy products.
•    Wholewheat bread.
•    Brown rice.
•    Nuts.
•    Organic meats.
•    Fish like tuna and salmon.
•    Shellfish.

Plenty of Sleep

We all need sleep. It does a body good. It does the skin wonders. When you have a sound night’s sleep your skin, especially facial skin relaxes and this means the lines and wrinkles on your face will be softer looking when you wake up in the morning.

Finally, drink plenty of water. Keep your body hydrated you keep your skin hydrated. Some say drinking up to 1.5 liters of water per day is ideal for keeping the skin nice and healthy.

Julie