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Your skin is the largest organ of your body, it weighs between 6 and 9 pounds and it covers about 2 square yards. It guards your body against bacteria and viruses and regulates your body temperature. Your skin can reveal something about your general health. Glowing skin is a good sign of healthy skin. For your skin to be the healthiest it can be, you should feed your skin the nutrients it needs from the inside out so it will be healthy and glowing for years to come.

Protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s harmful rays wreck havoc on the skin causing wrinkles, age spots and dryness. Exposure can even lead to skin cancer. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen before going out into the sun. Apply one preferably with at least a SPF of 30. Use a generous amount and reapply every two hours. Keep in mind the sun’s rays are strongest midday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Exfoliate your skin and face. A gentle exfoliation will get rid of dead skin cells. An accumulation of dead skin cells will make your skin rough, dry and dull looking. Be careful not to over scrub your skin -- treat your skin gently.

Drink a lot of water. Our bodies are comprised of 60 percent water and about 83 percent of our blood is water. Water will carry nutrients through your body, flush out toxins and increase your energy. Your skin is tied to the health of your body, so when you are properly hydrated you will look and feel better.

Eat a healthy diet. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins can lead to healthier looking skin. Nutrients in fruits and vegetables provide essential elements such as vitamins A, E and C, which all play a role in improving a healthy skin glow. Increase your intake of leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers. The skin is made of protein and eating protein is necessary for healthy skin.

Moisturize your skin after you bathe. Applying a moisturizer immediately after you bathe traps the water and seals in moisture. It is important to preserve the natural oil in your skin. Since excessive bathing will wash it away, take shorter showers and gently lather your skin. Pat your skin damp instead of rubbing dry to leave some of the moisture from the water to moisturize your skin.


Bathe with warm water instead of hot water; hot water can remove essential oils from your skin and dry it out.

Dry, heated air can damage your skin. Use a humidifier in your bedroom to help replace any lost moisture.


Do not pick, pop or squeeze blemishes on your face. Doing so can irritate your skin and possibly scar your skin.

Tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkles. If you want a sun-kissed look, try using a sunless self-tanning product.

About the Author

Nina Strange

Nina Strange began her writing career in 1994 while attending the Illinois Young Author’s Conference. Since then, she has written short stories and poems and earned a Best Poet Award for several poems written and published in "The Scriblerian." Strange has a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary arts from Columbia College Chicago.