We may have all started off in this life with a near perfect skin tone, but, as the years go by, acne breakouts, sun damage and discoloration of the skin can all take its toll, leading to an uneven skin tone. But fear not…help is at hand with these simple tips on how to even your skin tone. These small changes will help ensure you see and feel the difference in no time.
Say hello to H2O!
Drinking lots of water not only helps in cleansing your skin from the inside out, but also keeps skin wrinkles at bay. If you’re lusting after skin that looks plump and baby like, then reach for the water at every opportunity as keeping it hydrated will help to achieve this.
Water should be your primary drink… not cosmos girls… and avoid sugary drinks as much as possible. Alcohol is a no no if you’re after beautiful skin as it actually robs the skin of moisture, making it look older and fizzy drinks full of sugar can cause oil to build up, leading to pimples.
If you’re not keen on the taste of plain water, try adding lemon, mint or cucumber to give it a new lease of life. Not only do they add a zing and refreshing taste to water, they also have skin stimulating benefits – a win win situation!
Reach for the sunscreen all year round
Sun damaged skin can happen any time of year and is the most common cause of an uneven skin tone. And, when it comes to the effects of sun damage, believe me girls, wrinkles are the least of your problems as it also causes a cancer risk. Solution is easy, wear sunscreen during the daytime, all year round.
Take up regular exercise
If you do regular exercise, not only will it keep you slim, healthy and feeling great – it also helps the body to produce new skin cells which help keep skin looking young and even. We’re not suggesting you run marathons or swim for miles every single day (although go for it, if that’s what takes your fancy!), even enough to get your blood pumping for a few minutes daily will have a big impact.
Just a point, should you sweat during your workout, make sure you wash and clean the oil and dirt from your face to avoid blocking the pores which can lead to acne breakouts and an uneven skin tone.
Avoid junk foods
We all love a treat from time to time so it may not be possible to completely cut out junk food, but try to at least limit your consumption.
Oils, sugar and chemicals found in junk foods trigger the skin to produce more oil, which can clog your pores and result in an uneven skin tone. Instead pile your plate high with fresh fruits and vegetables.
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