The BBW guide to beautiful radiant skin.

by admin on October 30, 2011

Dry flaky skin unfortunately can be one of the side effects of the long winter months. The bitterly cold dry wind coupled with harsh heat of heaters can conspire to leaving your skin dull, without lustre and with most of its radiance gone. Yes, that goes for us plus size singles too. There are however things you can do to ensure your skin maintains its youthful looking radiance all year round.

Cleanse and exfoliate:
Find out what skin type you are and clean it accordingly. There are 5 different skin types (Oily, combination, sensitive, dry and sun-damaged) and this in turn determines how you cleanse your skin. As a rule of thumb though, try to avoid bars of soap as they are likely to wash away all the natural oils your skin needs thereby drying your skin out. Instead use a face cleanser twice a day in the morning and at bedtime. The temperature of the water is also important and cold or lukewarm water is kinder to the skin.

Exfoliate using a loofah in circular motions and if possible, use grainy exfoliating cleansers. Exfoliating cleansers need not be expensive. Mix sea salt, olive oil and lemon juice together, or mix ground almonds and powdered milk. Another very good one is mashed papaya as it contains enzymes that aid exfoliation. One note of caution though always exfoliate when your skin is soft and wet and exfoliate about once a week. Doing it any more could make your skin dry! Now watch how guys compliment you on being a ravishing larger date!

Moisturize:
Everyone should moisturise regardless of skin type. “But I have oily skin!” I hear you go. Yep, you still need to moisturize. Cleaning the skin gets rid of all the oils on the face and body. However there’s nothing to keep the body’s own natural water inside hence the need to moisturize. If you have oily skin, then a gel or lotion might be the way to go. They preserve the moisture in the skin without making it an attractive prospect to oil prospectors! Do be careful not to go overboard with the moisturiser though as the result could be clogged pores – a sure way to end up with acne.

Diet:
Now I’m not talking about dieting to lose weight. Rather this is a reference to having a balanced diet. Diets cannot be over emphasised. A balanced diet should provide all the essential nutrients the body (and skin) needs. Avoid over processed foods that can be high in sugar, saturated fat and salt and go for healthier options that your body over thousands of years has evolved to digest. Fish contain Omega 3 fatty acids and protein that will nourish the skin. Fruits with anti-oxidants like Strawberries, Peaches and Nectarines can protect the skin from UV rays. The anti-oxidants in these fruits also fight free radicals which we encounter in our daily lives from pollution, cigarette smoke and neutralise them. Green vegetables contain a variety of vitamins and minerals and other bioactive substances that include lutein, vitamins C and E, flavonoids, folic acid, and fiber which studies claim can reduce skin cancer.You really are what you eat.

Water:
Drinking enough water helps the skin remain hydrated. But how much is enough? Well the average adult is recommended about two litres of water a day. This depends on other external factors though. You might need more on a hot day or if you’ve been exercising than on a day you’re taking things easy. While the moisture of the skin is not determined by the amount of water you drink, water is essential in removing harmful toxins from the body. It aids in blood circulation and digestion which increases metabolism. Dark circles around the eyes can be caused by lots of things including dehydration. Ensuring you take enough water can be a way to get rid of them. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to refill. By then you are already dehydrated!

Sleep:
Sleep relaxes the facial muscles reducing wrinkles on the face. It also gives the body a chance to rejuvenate, grow and repair itself. This growth and repair combats stress which is a known cause of aging. As there is no attack from the sun’s UV at night, the body can repair itself quicker leaving you younger looking.

The quality of sleep is also important as the length of time sleeping. Studies recommend that an adult on average needs about 8 hours of sleep a day. Tips to aid sleeping include:

  • Having a light meal a few hours before going to bed. Avoid alcohol or sugary foods that will give you a rush of energy but hinder sleep.
  • Ensure the room is quiet and dark and there are no stimuli i.e a TV that can disturb sleep. Also make sure the temperature is right for sleeping. Studies recommend a room temperature of 21 degrees centigrade.
  • Read a book or develop a relaxing routine that soothes you. This may be breathing techniques or listening to relaxing music.
  • Have a warm bath with scented oils about an hour before going to bed. Just to get you relaxed and in the mood to sleep. Remember to moisturise afterwards!
  • Finally try to leave the worries of work behind. This might seem impossible in our frentic, fast paced lives but if work is interrupting your thoughts, write he chores that cause you stress are down on paper, leaving your mind is free to relax and think more pleasant thoughts.

With these tips applied on a daily basis, you are bound to achieve your goal of radiant, beautiful youthful looking smooth skin.

This article was first published on CurvyDate.co.uk, a UK dating BBW site and a place to mingle with plus size singles.

 

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