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By Ugochi Obiajunwa

Everyone wants a smooth skin and fights tooth and nail for products to clear this and clear that. But after they are cleared, then what? Do you stop using your creams and hope with faith that the blemishes never return? No, you make healthy lifestyle changes to maintain that glow you have worked so hard to achieve. Check out tips to help keep your skin healthy:

  1. Drink Lots Of Water

Water is essential to keep nutrients in your body circulating. The more water you drink, the more likely that the nutrients you eat are actually going to benefit your skin. Not to mention, collagen, the protein that keeps your skin elastic and free of wrinkles needs water to form. Water requirement varies from person to person, but about 6-8 glasses is a great place to start.

  1. Eat Healthy

Eat antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables which will make your skin feel much younger and refreshed. Even if you don’t feel the difference, you’ll definitely see it. Avoid oily and greasy food as this will cause more breakouts and acne

  1. Exercise Regularly

Exercise gets your blood pumping and the sweat flowing. This is important because the sweat helps detox your skin and dispel any dirt clogged your pores. It also increases circulation which helps your immune system rev up. This keeps infection and bacteria at bay.

  1. Wash Before And After Gym

As much as you might want to look your best at the gym, forego the makeup. Sweating in makeup will only clog your pores and you’ll end up missing out on the actual detoxifying benefits of sweating. Make sure you wash your face before you work out to make sure your pores are not clogged up. But make sure that you wash immediately after as well. Ideally, you should shower right at the gym if you work out there.

  1. Wash Makeup Brushes

Many of us find it hard to take care of our makeup kits. It advisable you wash the makeup brushes regularly to get rid of the dirts on it. And try not to share your makeup or makeup brushes with other people. One can use olive oil and an antibacterial soap to do the washing.

  1. Exfoliate The Right Amount

It’s not advisable to exfoliate more than once or twice a week. While it can help you renew your skin, get rid of dead skin cells, and reduce blackheads, doing it too often can cause inflammation. If you have dry skin and tend to get acne easily, you should stay away from overly abrasive exfoliants. Try a gentle exfoliating lotion instead.

  1. Avoid Very Hot Showers

Hot water washes away the lipid layer on your skin that protects it. It can also open up your pores. This means that more moisture can escape and dry your skin out. Instead of taking showers in water that’s as hot as you can stand, try room temperature water instead. It’s much better for your skin.

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