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How to Get Healthier Skin

Good Skin From Within: 4 Easy Tips That Actually Work

Did you know that drinking loads of water doesn't necessarily make your skin better? Well, it's true. While proper hydration is key for keeping your skin healthy, overhydrating doesn't do any good. So what can you actually do to get clearer, fresher skin without slathering on a ton of creams? For four smart, easy solutions, just keep reading.

  • Cut down on the sugar. No one's telling you to give up sweet stuff altogether, but processed sugar can actually contribute to the breakdown of collagen, making your skin dull and less taut.
  • Take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. Whether it's flaxseed, fish oil, or borage, fatty acids help keep your skin's lipid barrier healthy. This is especially important if you have dry or acne-prone skin. Plus, many of us (especially vegetarians and those who don't eat seafood) don't get nearly enough of them.
  • Get enough vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to help retard cell damage, keeping your skin less prone to pigmentation issues and wrinkles. So make sure to stock up on C-rich foods like citrus fruits or supplements.
  • Cool down your shower water. Don't freeze yourself out, but using tepid or warm water, although less satisfying than a hot shower, is actually better for your skin's hydration levels and can even help prevent inflammation. It might sound counterintuitive, but all that water actually dehydrates you. Spending less time in the shower or bath is another good fix — you'll be saving yourself some money and helping keep your skin calm and soft.
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TracieMB TracieMB 4 years
I notice with eating Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables, it really does make a difference when it comes to how my skin feels and that it seems to be less likely to be dry.  A variety of healthy foods and drinks really makes a big difference.
carlychaos carlychaos 6 years
I started buying the jif peanut butter with omega 3 because i am totally grossed out by fish, and it tastes great! its much smoother than regular PB
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Interesting, Verena-anne. I'm also a vegetarian and get lazy with my flax seed/DHA. Do you taste the fish?
Sundown321 Sundown321 6 years
I love these tips! I have never heard of half of these suggestions!
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 6 years
Traders has a lot of good vegetable and fruit smoothies!
amber512 amber512 6 years
Green monsters! I agree with kohina. As long as you have some banana in your smoothie you won't taste the spinach or other greens at all!
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
The no sugar part is always the hardest!!
kohina kohina 6 years
I make fruit smoothies all of the time and just add a giant handful of baby spinach (you can't even taste it) to each bactch. The vitamin A from that (and strawberries) really has helped make my skin look great. My little sister is visiting and she suffers from acne so I gave her some and her skin is even clearing a little. They taste great even without sugar too.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Good advice! But I want to add that if you're looking into an omega-3 supplement, seek one out that says on the back "USP verified"... with all the crap in our oceans these days, it's best to find one that's as healthy/clean as possible :)
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